The 8 best apps for reading books in 2023 and beyond 

Unlike the current era, where everyone loves the hustle and bustle of party life, some people still prefer simple things like reading a book and enjoying some private time with stories. Quite truly, book lovers live in two worlds: one of reality and the other that their books are based upon. The love readers have for their books is spell-bounding and unbreakable. While some might prefer the tangible touch and feel of a physical copy, others have made peace with the online versions available on their smartphones, iPads, laptops, or desktops, which is great news for big reading fans as there has been a resurgence of awesome reading apps. 

Want to get your hands on all the books striving for your attention and find the interesting ones quicker? Here we unfold all free and paid reading apps that are easily accessible via Android, iOS, smartphone, or tablet. Keep your charger close, and you will never be without a book! 

1: Libby by OverDrive

Similar to a public library, Libby by OverDrive is an online library of e-books available. Like a library subscription model, you can download and read this book online for free. With Libby, you can digitally leverage your public library card by entering your information and borrowing the books you desire to read available in that particular library. Packed with an engaging and easy-to-use interface, with Libby, you can shelf, hold, and tag books while reading them. Its sample reading feature lets you read the synopsis of a book before you borrow it. 

Its beautiful UI and simplicity make Libby by OverDrive a must-have app for book readers. 

Available on: Android, iOS, and Amazon 

2: Wattpad 

This app is the literal version of a reading platform/community where you find everything you’re looking for. Fan fiction from contributors and writers, comic books, course books, fictional books, and so on. This is one of the best apps for reading books and connecting with a community whose interests match yours. 

With its Facebook plug-in feature, Wattpad is one of the best reading apps in the market. If you’re a budding writer, you can share your writing with the community and ask people for their opinions. Furthermore, Wattpad runs an award contest as well, where serious readers rate the books and the most popular ones win.

Available on: iOS, Android, and web

3: Inkitt

An app builds by a publishing house, Inkitt houses an astounding number of books online in different genres and allows users to read them freely. In fact, readers can also make it a part of their offline digital library to read afterward. Besides that, Inkitt is known to encourage several budding writers, help them discover their hidden talent, and become globally-acclaimed authors. Inkitt even self-promotes and publishes books on its sister app Galatea. Its appealing design and easy usability make Inkitt one of the best reading apps. 

Available on: Android and iOS

#4: Rakuten Kobo

Rakuten Kobo houses millions of eBooks and a growing number of audiobooks on its platform. With an impressive font style and color, Rakuten’s Kobo makes your reading experience extremely personal and comfortable, similar to reading a physical copy. Its social reading features allow users to log in from their social accounts and read books with peers. Powered by statistics like the hours spent reading and awards for sharing books online, Rakuten’s Kobo is a blessing for serious readers. 

Available on: Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac

5: Moon+ Reader

An easy-to-use reading app, Moon+ Reader, includes an impressive number of audiobooks and eBooks in its online library. Packed with unique features like audio reading for when you’re too tired to read the text, a floating button to switch back to the text you were last reading, import books from other platforms, download eBooks, and so on, this reading app is all about connecting with book readers. 

Available on: Android 

6: Blinkist 

Although this is not a free reading app, it is one of the best-paid apps available in the market. For people who wish to turn reading into a regular habit and those who love non-fiction books, this app does all that for you. Its most exciting feature is the listening and reading mode, where you can choose your most comfortable reading mode. This app became a sensation during the pandemic and picked up many first-time readers. Its massive collection comprises bestsellers, award-winners, and the most popular and talked-about books. 

Available platforms: iOS, Android

Subscription price: $7.49/month or $89.99/year with a 7-day free trial

7: Audible by Amazon

Another one in the category of paid reading apps, this one needs no introduction. Audible has been in the market for quite some time and has already dazzled its users with an interactive interface and a fantastic reading mode. Its most interesting feature is that you can hear the author reading their book or whosoever has voiced it, mostly a Hollywood star. 

If you’re into audiobooks, Audible and its excellent content are worth a try. It is highly compatible with several different formats like smartphones, smart home devices, Amazon products, tablets, computers, and so on. 

Available platforms: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Amazon Kindle, Fire TV

Subscription price: $14.95/month with a 30-day free trial to download one audiobook

8: Epic 

If you’re a comic lover, then Epic is a top choice for you. Epic is a leading digital library choice for readers younger than 12 years. The best part about the app is its age-based library content, audio and video format availability, and books for learning new languages. For parents who wish to build a habit of reading for their kids, this app will do just the trick for you. The quizzes at the end of each book boost your learning capabilities. 

Available platforms: iOS, Android

Subscription price: $9.99/month and Free for educators

Building the next popular reading app with a leading mobile app development app

A reading app is not just about books; it is about providing a comfortable and seamless reading experience to its users and compelling them to use the app more. And to build such a master app requires an experienced workforce, cutting-edge transformative solutions, and data-driven insights. 

At Mypcot Infotech, our team has developed countless reading apps powered by emerging technologies and market trends. If you’re looking to partner with one such custom mobile app development company, get in touch with our team, and we will help you with a roadmap on how to build such a user-driven reading app for a growing number of channels. 

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