Seeing as we are living in the digital age and reading is becoming increasingly less tangible, I thought it would be cool to do a bit of a “What’s on my phone?” bookish apps edition!
So here we have the Books folder on my phone:
- Goodreads: So this is an obvious one. I think we can all agree the GR app is pretty poor. It’s awkward and lacking a lot of the features from the website but, since I have a Goodreads account and that’s how I choose to record my reading and the community I choose to interact with, it makes sense to have the app. And, to be fair, I use it frequently; mostly for updating my page progress which is extra insurance in case my bookmark falls out. I just discovered the free ebooks on Goodreads so I’ve been using that recently.
- Kindle: I haven’t used this app in yoinks(!). Not since I stopped using Amazon about a year or so ago now. I don’t think I ever actually bought anything through it, but I had one or two free books on it (I read a lot of classics which are often free because they’re old enough to be in the public domain). I think Kindle is the app that allows you to highlight quotes that fall across more than one page, which I liked.
- Nook: I use this one pretty regularly. Like I said, I read a lot of classics which tend to be free because most are in the public domain. I like it. It isn’t connected to the Nook store though, so I’ll tend to get the books via my computer and read them later on the app. It comes with a random assortment of free books (I got Georgiana Darcy’s Diary and The One You Love?...neither of which I will probably read).
- Kobo: I use it similarly to Nook, but less much regularly. I really like it because I think it’s sort of cute (it gives you cute reward badges for all sorts of random things: reading at certain times, reading a certain amount, reading a certain length book, taking advantage of the app’s functions, etc). However, as with Nook, you can’t get books straight from the app and it can be a little glitchy. More than once I’ve been trying to highlight something (which can be awkward in Kobo) and it has unexpectedly quit on me. It’s like it can’t take the pressure. It’s okay, Kobo. You still look cute! ;*
- Overdrive: Free audiobooks! I just use overdrive to listen to audiobooks from my library, though I have heard it can be used for ebooks too. The interface is kind of ugly and a little clunky maybe, but it’ll do. Set up was a bit confusing and I have found bookmarking a bit faffy, but I may just be a doof.
- Leeds Library: My library’s app! I…forget why I have this on here. I can check my library catalogue through Overdrive so it can’t be that. I think I downloaded this when I was trying to figure out Overdrive because I thought I needed to (I didn’t). I’ll have to look around and see if I can actually put this to any use…hah
- WordWeb: Digital dictionary! Although all my reading apps have built-in dictionaries, I don’t have a physical dictionary in my house (which is shocking since I used to sort of collect them…I love dictionaries!). This is for when I’m reading a physical book and I need to look up a word.
- Bluefire: The most recent addition. I added Bluefire so I can download and read .acsm (Adobe Content Server Manager) ebook files (like the ones from Net Galley). I haven’t had much chance to really explore this app yet, but it seems like your bog standard reader. It’s okay but maybe not noteworthy. It comes with a free book (I got Treasure Island) and it looks like you can get more books (via freebooks) while in the app. Handy.
Sometimes I shift between a preference for Nook or Kobo depending on which ones have which books, but I definitely find myself using certain apps way more than others (Goodreads, Nook and Overdrive are solid regulars). Still, they all have their uses.