What Reading Apps Are There?

The iPad these days has become more than just an extension of one’s laptop. For some people, their iPads are their gaming consoles, accompanying them when they are bored. iPads have also become productivity tools for people on the go, letting them finish pertinent presentations, documents, and spreadsheets even without their laptops. There are also those who make their iPads their e-book readers, allowing them to open and read e-book files anywhere they are.

Only a few years ago, e-books could only be Reading Apps for kids with a dedicated reader like Kindle or the Nook by Barnes and Noble. However, just three years after these e-book readers became every bookworm’s darling, the iPad was made available, causing Amazon and other dedicated e-reader manufacturers to adapt to the changes in the market.

With Amazon’s Kindle Fire further blurring the lines between a dedicated e-reader and a tablet PC, it seems that some have actually considered transferring allegiances from iPad to Kindle. When the Kindle Fire was launched last year, it rose to become the number 2 tablet PC in the market. It may look like a good number of Apple loyalists were indeed tempted to sell iPads and try Amazon’s product.

But whatever your e-book reader may be, the question now is what app you are using to read your e-books. E-reader apps have become popular in the app stores, both in Google Play and Apple’s App Store.

One e-reader app for your iPad that you can try is Amazon’s own Kindle app. The Kindle App is pre-installed on most tablet PCs, even on iPads. Compared to iBooks, which is the default e-reader app for iPads, Kindle’s selection of books is larger than the iBooks’ with about 700,000 titles and still expanding, thanks to Amazon’s main business, which is selling books. There is a built-in dictionary that instantly displays when you highlight a word. You would also be able to see popular highlighted passages of the book you are reading. It can also be changed to a horizontal, two-page layout. Unfortunately, Kindle (both the tablet and the app) does not recognize ePub e-books, and only opens.txt,.mobi, and its default.azw files. This is certainly one reason for some to not sell used iPads but stick with their devices rather than switch to Kindle.

The free app of Barnes and Noble is the Nook. This app boasts of having the largest collection of books among the three apps mentioned although half of those are considered to be out of print. The great thing about this is that it has a lend and borrow feature which you can share with other Nook users for two weeks. The drawback here is that it is slow in loading the pages.

There are also apps produced by independent app developers for the iPad, the most popular of which is the Bluefire Reader. The popularity of the app rests on its uniqueness as the only iPad app that allows users to borrow e-books from a local library. How cool is that? But then, no matter what app you use, you can definitely benefit from selling your old iPad so you can get upgraded to the latest

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