Who needs actual paper books when you can carry thousands and even millions of books with you from a single device? The iPhone is great for hundreds of things, especially reading. With all of the iphone ebook readers to choose from, it can be hard to settle on just one. While many of them offer the same basic features, there are really some amazing and impressive iPhone ereader apps out there with unique features. Let’s take a look at the top 5 iPhone ebook readers that are definitely worth your time and money.
Free Books ($1.99)
They claim to have 23,469 classic books, no more or less; that is an awfully specific number, but it’s also quite a large number of free books that you’ll have access to. They mainly focus on the great classics as opposed to new releases and package them up so that they’re functional and readable on their integrated eReader. There is an automatic bookmarking feature so that you can pickup right where you left off upon closing the app. You can also read whether you’re online or offline. For the single price of $1.99 (with no in-app purchases required), this is definitely a great deal.
3D Classic Literature Collection ($2.99)
“Enjoy some of the most time-honored stories ever written with the world’s first fully 3D eBook application for iPhone and iPod Touch.” If you’re looking for a real-life reading experience on your iPhone, this is the best you’ll get complete with 3D action and book sounds. You can take your book from the shelf and open it, all in 3D fashion. As you’re reading, you’ll enjoy the sounds of the book covers creaking and pages swiping as you turn them. There are many other features like book sorting, multitasking support, auto bookmarking, inverted color schemes and more.
With Stanza you can browse, share and read over 100,000 books on your iPhone. These books range from the classics to contemporary. You can also import eBooks and PDF documents that you have on your computer to Stanza (via iTunes). Along with their huge online catalog, they have a ton of awesome features like library organization, auto bookmarking, theme customization, multi-language support, instant search and more. Best of all, many of the available books can be downloaded for free through sources like Feedbooks, Project Gutenberg, BookGlutton and more.
You’ll definitely be amazed with this eBook reader. “Combining over 1 million free books, a beautiful and super customizable user interface [...] and the #1 Speed Reading Technology makes QuickReader like no other.” The interface is customizable so that you can make it look just the way you’d like. With the amazing speed reading technology you can read up to 4,000 WPM without having to turn any pages or even touch your screen. So, along with being an excellent eReading device, it’s also a great productivity booster and will have you reading faster in no time. If you’re not ready to dish out $4.99 just yet, you can try out their lite version first
Finally, there’s Kobo which has over 1.8 million free and affordable eBooks. You’ll be able to find your favorite classics as well as great new releases. Kobo offers some of the most unique features that you’ll find on an eBook reader. You can subscribe to newspapers and magazines as well as connect your Instapaper account (which lets you save articles from the Web for later reading).
They’ve even gone a step further and made reading social by integrating Facebook and Twitter for sharing purposes. You can also add your own books from your library via email, the Web, Dropbox or iDisk. If you need to look up a word, you can do that via Wikipedia or Google (from within the app). They even offer reading stats so that you can see things like how many books you’ve read and on average how long it takes you to complete a book.
You can see from the variety here that iPhone ebook readers come in all shapes, sizes and complexity. Whether you’re looking for a simple ereader app with the basic features or an ereader loaded with unbelievable features, these iPhone ereader apps have got you covered!