Any bookworms in the house? Thought so.
I love to read. Like many kids, I devoured fiction while I was growing up, staying up late to read under my covers with a book light.
As an adult, however, it’s not so easy to find the time. Most of us get caught up in the humdrum of our day-to-day, forgetting the magic that can exist between the pages of a good book and opting for the mindless relief of a TV show or movie instead.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
Here are 5 powerful apps to connect you with your inner book lover:
Think of Goodreads as a social network for books. After creating a profile, log and rate books you’ve read. Goodreads will look at the kinds of books you like and suggest similar titles for you. The app also connects you with friends to see what they’re reading so you can trade suggestions, reviews, and add their books to your own “to-read” list.
If you’re not using Audible, you should definitely start now. A monthly fee gets you access to one audiobook per month with the option to purchase more if you finish early. Even if you prefer to read hard copy books in your free time, audiobooks are a great way to stay entertained while you’re working, cleaning, or driving. I promise, listening to a good book will make vacuuming the house a lot more enjoyable.
If you want to read more classics, look no further. The app serves as a tiny library: For just $2.99, you’re given access to 23 classic e-books, from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to Paradise Lost (Yep! Just $0.13 per book). While they don’t add new titles often and the app can be a little buggy, it’s by far the cheapest way to add legendary titles to your literary arsenal.
Any big reader should definitely sign up for a book subscription service. Think of it as Spotify for literature: You pay a monthly rate and have unlimited access to available e-books and audiobooks.
Scribd ($8.99/month) and Kindle Unlimited ($9.99/month) are fairly similar in terms of offerings, though their selections of titles vary, so it’s up to you to decide which you like better. Scribd functions like a typical e-reader app, while Kindle Unlimited works with a Kindle reader and Amazon account.
Did you know that most local libraries have copies of digital books to rent out for free? You can access them using OneClickDigital at no cost to you: All you need is your local library card. The number of books you can read will be limited to what your library has available, but you’ll have access to free titles without leaving the comfort of home.