The 21st century is marked by technology and automation. E-commerce was inspired by old brick-and-mortar establishments, which forever changed the way businesses operate.
Despite the fast-paced evolution of technology, books remained one of the best pastime activities for people of all ages. Individuals living a fast-paced life need something compact and readily available hence the birth of ebooks.
Traditional books vs eBooks
Bookworms around the world have mixed feelings about this. The smell of old and printed books still delivers beautiful memories for all the book lovers out there.
For traditional book enthusiasts, it’s not just the printed materials but the special feelings that come along with holding a physical book. Book shops are still thriving despite the advent of eBooks being lavishly marketed to the public.
And besides, a second-hand book delivers the same content, but you get it for a cheaper price compared to a new book or eBook. Some traditional bibliophiles claim to have experienced less eye-strain compared to reading content from a smart device.
Contemporary book readers find comfort in knowing their books are readily available simply by opening an app and reading off their devices. Ebooks provide the convenience and portability that fits in your smart devices such as your iPad.
If you’re a voracious reader, it’s also possible to store five to ten books in one app. Built-in highlighters and notepads are easily accessible as you browse through the book. Reading at night would be a breeze since you already have sufficient lighting without disturbing others.
Ebooks are eco-friendly, cheap, and sometimes free too!
If You do not have traditional e-book readers like Kindle series or Nook Glowlight, you can still get same experience from your own iPad with an app.
Do you have an iPad with you and still looking for the best ebook reading app? Here are some of the best picks for your reading pleasure.
It holds one of the largest collections of eBooks to rival popular sites such as Amazon. Aside from its variety of books available, it also contains other content such as music, audiobooks, and research-based categories.
Its user-friendly interface is easy to access and navigate for seamless reading. It also offers an easy transition from reading books to listening to audiobooks without having to switch accounts or apps.
Using more than one device? Auto-sync to any device and pick up where you left off.
Ebooks are also available for offline reading, so you don’t have to worry about slow internet or read a new release of your favourite author. The same is applicable for storing and listening to audiobooks as well.
Overall, Scribd is an exceptional app that pairs easily with your iPad. And the best of all: you can download it for free! Just browse through the iTunes store and look for this app.
This is the third generation of the Marvin app series. It currently holds 150 new enhancements providing better user experience than its predecessors.
But unlike other eBook platforms, this one primarily runs with existing eBook collections stored on your iPad. This app also reads CBX, CBR comics, and EPUB books which are DRM-free.
Another unique feature is its integration with Goodreads, a site offering reviews on old books and the latest releases. You simply search for the title and see what others are saying about the book you have in Marvin 3. Want to read books faster?
The built-in Karaoke feature can help boost your reading performance.
Ebook pages are also automatically numbered. Ideal for research-based genres footnotes pop-ups easily even as you read. With this app, you get an eBook reader that has all the basic features.
This eBook reader can be downloaded for free at the App Store.
A noteworthy competition for Scribd, this one deserves a spot in this list. Amazon is a behemoth in the e-commerce arena selling practically almost anything—including kitchen sinks!
But kidding aside, Amazon’s exemplary collection of books indeed catches a bibliophile’s attention.
The Kindle app covers multiple book genres and audiobooks. The cross-platform integration of previous books you purchased is stored for future references when you sign in Kindle using your Amazon log-ins.
See what others are reading and reviewing from its newsfeed feature. It also suggests books you might be interested in as you browse through the app. If you’re too deep to let go of reading, switch to day or night mode to allow your eyes to rest and continue reading with ease.
Whether you are near-sighted, far-sighted, or have astigmatism, Kindle allows you to change the size of the text and even make them bolder, so it pops out as you read page after page.
It also offers other unique features such as Print Replica, X-Ray, Page Flip, and Whispersync that are only found in this app.
What better way to read eBooks other than what came from the manufacturer? Unlike the other eBook readers presented above, you don’t have to look to third-party sources to read books from your Apple device.
You get a decent range of book categories from fiction to non-fiction. You have full control over how to organize your eBooks such as ‘according to purchase’ or ‘according to titles’.
The iCloud syncing feature from your iPad will also let you read your eBooks on other iOS gadgets. Select phrases or print notes from Apple Books and have them printed using the AirPrint feature.
Apple Books also lets you search for books by typing certain words or phrases, efficiently pinpointing the books carrying these details.
For apps such as Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Scribd, you will only need to download the apps via the App Store. From here, you can purchase books you’d like to read and download it (if offline downloads are allowed).
You can immediately browse the book as soon as you open the app.
Ebooks from third-party sites or applications need to be downloaded first. Various eBook reader platforms require certain book formats such as ePUB or PDF, so it’s best to do some research first to avoid the hassle of searching and downloading again for the right formats.
There are myriads more available in the App Store that you can explore. While a traditional book still gives you the ‘feels’, an eBook would be superior in terms of convenience and efficiency, especially when you combine it with your iPad.