Android Apps for Book Lovers

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Android Apps for Book Lovers

Well. I had the framework for this post all written up (including an AMAZING intro paragraph (I can say that now because it’s gone and you’ll never know what you missed)), and then something went awry with our hosting and we lost about 24-48 hours worth of comments and content — including my draft for this post.

SO. Now I get to start all over. Um… Hey, so like… I have an Android phone (:P to all you iPhone users) and sometimes I browse the Play Store to see what apps are out there, and sometimes I find some cool things. And NOW I’m going to do one of the things we do best around here, and share all of the things I collected with YOU!

Naturally, it seemed right to focus on the apps most relevant to our viewers, so this post will focus on book-related apps (but rest assured, I have plenty of other lists I’d love to share with you in the future).


Bookish Utility Apps

First, let’s start with the utility apps — those that let you read and organize your books. This is something that most of us probably do on a daily basis anyway, so having great apps to help you out with this is important! Click on the app logos to be taken to their download page on the Play Store.


Goodreads

Let’s just face the facts here: my bookish life would be severely diminished without Goodreads. So of course I have the Goodreads app on my phone, and of course I use it on an almost daily basis. (Note: I am referring to the official Goodreads app here, which is free.)

No, this is not my screenshot, because the only thing Android phones suck at is taking screenshots.

 

 

Things this app is excellent at:

  • Looking up books and/or authors
  • Adding books to your shelves
  • Viewing reviews for books
  • Updating your reading status
  • Viewing notifications

Things this app needs improvement in:

  • If you have MANY shelves (as I do), it doesn’t show ALL of them on the list, when you go to add a book to multiple shelves
  • Book information is limited (no publisher or publish date, etc.)
  • Can’t tap on book series (when listed beside a book title) to view it
  • Can’t see book covers larger
  • Can’t view different editions of the same book

So obviously it’s not as robust as I wish it was, but at the very least, it lets me look up books and add them to my lists for later, which is the main reason I want to use it when I’m not near my computer anyway.


Kindle

Another app I cannot live without is my ereader app (I mostly use Kindle, but that’s just me). Friends, I don’t know what I would do without it. I have gotten SO much more reading done since I got the Kindle app on my phone, because it means that I can read my books wherever I am!

Again, not my screenshot

Again, not my screenshot

Things this app is excellent at:

  • Reading my ebooks, including ANYTHING I send to my Kindle
  • Looking at the pretty book covers (which I can’t do on my cheap b/w Kindle)
  • Highlighting and making notes in books
  • Adjusting font face, font size, etc.
  • Adjusting pager/font colors and screen brightness
  • Making your place and syncing with your other devices

Things this app needs improvement in:

  • Viewing PDFs (I get an error every time)

As you can see, I have very few complaints about this app, and it’s a big reason I became a fan of ebooks in general. I also used it to follow along with my The Way of Kings audiobook since I had the ebook version too, which was really handy.

Comparable apps from other providers: Nook & Kobo & Scribd


Wattpad

I don’t read on Wattpad a lot, but I have been excited to find that some of my favorite YA authors have published short stories on there, many of which accompany their existing series — and it’s all out there for free! I love this because — just like with my Kindle app — it allows me to catch up on novellas and short stories and other smaller bits of content when I’m not at home and don’t have time to sink into a book.


Bookish Fun Apps

Next up — and these are the real goods I wanted to share with you — are the fun apps! These are pure bonus material, for when you want to be your bookish self, but perhaps don’t want to engage in one of your normal reads and want something a bit different.


The Elder Scrolls Books

If you know what The Elder Scrolls is, you’re probably already excited. Many a gamer who enjoys expansive RPGs like those in the Elder Scrolls series (Oblivion, Skyrim, etc.), likely also enjoys the massive amounts of lore hidden within these games. There are dozens and dozens of actual books within these games that you can interact with and READ inside the game.

Well! One awesome gamer has taken it upon himself to compile all of these books — from the last 4 games (Daggerfall, Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim) — and put them into an app so that we can read them at our leisure! How cool is that?!


Books of WoW

Similar to the above app, TomDroid has taken it upon himself to compile all of the books from several popular video games and put them into apps for gamers to enjoy! Not only does he have an app for all of the books from World of Warcraft, but he also have other apps for Skyrim, Dishonored, Divinity, and Kolb & the Dragon!


QuizUp

You might be wondering why I have a trivia game on the list, but this is the best one, I swear! I’m a sucker for trivia games for some reason, so every time I find a new one that looks good, I try it out. So far, QuizUp is one of my absolute favorites, and here’s why.

QuizUp_screenThings this app is excellent at:

  • It looks GREAT (which is important in an app)
  • It has over 400 topics to choose from
  • It has TONS of bookish topics, including things like Harry Potter Characters/Spells, Divergent, Discworld, Neil Gaiman, and on and on!
  • It is FUN!
  • There are no ads in sight

Things this app needs improvement in:

  • Nothing?

As you can see, I think this app is pretty awesome. If you enjoy playing trivia games and want to look me up so we can play together, let me know and I’ll figure out how to add each other! >_>


What are your favorite bookish apps? What would you add to my list? Do you use any of these apps? How do you like them?

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