Reading eBooks is getting more popular every day. A lot of people choose rather to download an eBook and read it on their device, instead of buying an actual book. While the old-fashioned readers don’t like the new way, modern generations tend to use this method of reading even more and more.
What are the best apps for reading ebooks?
#1 Kobo (recommended)
Kobo is definitely a smaller and less-know eBook reader than Nook or Kindle, but it still provides a great selection of content. Kobo has some elements of both Kindle and Nook. A simple, Kindle-reminding design of the app, combined with similar store integration as Nook, makes Kobo a very decent app which definitely deserves to be on our list.
Navigation between sections is a little bit rough, as the developer decided to put the navigation bar inside the settings panel, but reading experience is very satisfying. Navigation and transition between the pages is different than Kindle and Nook as you’re only allowed to tap on the screen, and not to swipe.
One of the world’s leading book retailers, Barnes & Noble have made an outstanding app for reading eBooks, called Nook. This app is probably your best choice for buying and reading not just the books, but also a various collection of other media, like magazines and comics, which is different than Kindle, which already has to release the comics section.
We put Nook ahead of Amazon‘s Kindle for a couple of reasons, and one of them is app‘s bright design and UI, which is a real refreshment compared to Kindle’s dark and monotonous user interface. After opening, Nook offers you your “Daily Shelf,” a five item collection of the content you’ve already read. Nook’s start screen is divided into two sections, showing you content you already own, and Barnes and Noble’s recommendations for you.
Reading experience in Nook is very enjoyable. The app has beautiful page slide animations, but some users reported that these animations distracted them after a long reading time, but if you’re really concentrated, this shouldn’t be an issue. The only possibly con of Nook is the fact that columns couldn’t be adjusted manually, because the app automatically selects a number of columns based on a text size, which may cause reading to be uncomfortable sometimes.
Amazon’s Kindle is probably the best-known eBook reader in the market, but that fact didn’t prevent it from being second on our list. But besides the second place, Kindle still has some great features and it’s worth mentioning. When you open the Windows app, you’ll get the grid list of your eBook library, which can be categorized alphabetically or chronologically. Switching between the content on your device and the content from your storage is also very easy.
If Nook beaten Kindle in design, Amazon‘s app is definitely a winner when it comes to a reading experience. Kindle offers some nice features including note highlights and quick dictionary definition look-ups. Navigation through the pages is also very easy and comfortable, but I’m sure that Amazon could do even better job in the further versions of the app.
#4 Manga Tree
And now something different for all you manga fans out there. If you’re looking for a good manga reader, Manga Tree will make you stop searching. Manga Tree allows you to browse for your favorite manga through categories like harem, Shonen, slice of life, and so on. Instead of downloading pages locally, Manga Tree pulls them on demand, which could be a double-edged sword, because it will save you a lot of storage space, but it can also cause some pages to fail to load. But if you don’t want to risk, you can also download mangas from KissManga’s database for an offline reading.
Navigation through the app is smooth and responsive, but some users said that they had certain problems with swiping to another page. This problem is probably caused because Manga Tree doesn’t cache the mangas and loads them dynamically.
Cover is probably the best app in the App Store to read your own CBR/CBZ/CB7/PDF/EPUB comic books. With Cover, you can create your own library, and easily manage it by adding folders and sub-folders. Cover also allows you to customize the pages of your document by changing the background color, height and width of the page, align of the text, and so on. Free version of the app offers you a limited Library storage, while premium version offers you an unlimited storage for your Library.
If you are on Windows 10, you could be interested in checking out some free and open source ePub readers. Do check them out and let us know which one is your favorite.
Perfect PDF Reader is a free app that allows to read and print many ebook file formats, such as PDF, XPS, OXPS, EPUB, MOBI and FB2 eBooks.
You can use this tool across all Microsoft’s platforms. Thanks to the multiview user interface you can display multiple files or even multiple eBooks in individual windows). There are also many customization options available that allow you to change contrast, enable night-mode, and so on.
There are also professional versions of the tool which are suitable for your business needs, such as Perfect PDF Ultimate, Perfect PDF Professional or other editions.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2014 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.