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10 free reading apps to take books anywhere you go

Cliff Weitzman
By Cliff Weitzman Dyslexia & Accessibility Advocate, CEO/Founder of Speechify in Lists on February 12, 2023

    10 free reading apps to take books anywhere you go

    If you’re a passionate bookworm, your books may be a bit of a burden to carry around all the time. Maybe you’ve tried sticking them in your purse or backpack, but did you know there are more convenient places to store them?

    When you want to take your books with you and ensure they’re always at hand, you need something more convenient than carrying hardcover and paperback copies—and that’s where reading apps come in.

    The best free apps for book reading

    We’ve compiled 10 of the best reading apps for ebooks that will make it easy for you to take your favorite titles and new books with you wherever you go. Whether you read on your iPad or prefer Kindle ebooks, you’ll find an app to fit your reading goals here.


    Goodreads is a free reading app and a social network for book lovers that lets users organize their favorite books, authors, and genres into lists. Users can also create groups of friends to discuss books with, as well as leave comments on the pages of books they’ve read.

    The Goodreads app is available on iOS and Android devices and Kindle Fire tablets. The app syncs with your Goodreads account so that your progress will be saved no matter where you are or your device.


    ReadEra is an excellent book-reading app that lets you take books anywhere. It has a simple, easy-to-use interface and supports many formats, such as ePub, MOBI, PDF, and more. It has different font sizes and colors to customize your reading experience. The app also has a night mode, so it’s easier on your eyes at night when it’s dark out and hard to read on a screen. There are no distracting ads here when you’re trying to read something important.


    Libby, from the makers of OverDrive, is a reading app perfect for anyone who wants to take their books with them for free, needing only their local library card for access. You can highlight passages, bookmark pages, and add annotations without getting lost in settings or menus. The app also has various layout options, allowing you to choose from light and dark backgrounds based on your mood and lighting conditions.

    Google Play Books

    Google Play Books is one of the most popular ebook reading apps.

    It allows you to read books from various genres, including fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, poetry, and more. You can also buy books from within the app or add your collection.

    Google Play Books has advanced features like changing the background color, text highlighting, and note-taking, so you can easily mark your favorite passages or take notes while reading.


    Aldiko is a free Android app that allows you to read books on your mobile phone. It features a gorgeous interface with a bookshelf, library, and reading list, as well as an option to buy books in its store or browse your local library collection.

    Amazon Kindle

    You can download the Amazon Kindle app for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and then use it to buy any of your favorite books right in the app.

    You can also download books directly onto your device, taking them anywhere. The app has an interface that makes it easy to search through a vast catalog of titles, sort by genre or author name, and read reviews.

    The Kindle app also has a “Whispersync” functionality that lets you synchronize your bookmarks between Kindle and Audible, so you can seamlessly switch from reading to listening in a single click.


    Kobo is a popular reading app that allows users to access various formats of books, magazines, and newspapers. It is available on desktop computers as well as mobile devices. The app is available in several languages and has many ebooks.

    Kobo works with most major ebook retailers, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You can purchase books directly from the app or use your existing library of purchased items. The app also allows you to add books from other sources, such as Google Books or local libraries. You can read on your computer or mobile device using Kobo’s free reader apps (iOS and Android), with support for multiple languages.


    FBReader app is available for Android, iOS, Kindle, and Windows. FBReader is a free ebook reader that allows you to read EPUB, PDF, MOBI, and plain text files on your mobile device. With FBReader, you can synch your progress across multiple devices, quickly continuing your progress wherever you are.


    Scribd is a subscription-based digital library that allows you to read millions of books online or offline. It offers access to ebooks and audiobooks, including bestsellers, comics, and manga. Scribd offers customization features such as font size and type.

    The app is available for iOS and Android devices.


    Oodles is available on Android and iOS devices, as well as computers.

    The app has a simple interface, with an easy-to-use menu bar at the top of the screen. You can access an extensive library of classic books organized by author name or title. The book covers are also displayed on this page so that if someone asks what book they should read next, they can easily see what options are available in their library.

    Listen to books on the go with Speechify

    You’ve got a book on your Kindle, but you’re stuck in the car with your family. Or you’re on the bus and want to listen to something fun. You may want to read in bed without disturbing anyone else.

    If any of this applies to you, audiobooks are your solution. Speechify Audiobooks makes it easy for readers like you to listen to the best books wherever you want.

    Speechify allows users to download books directly onto their Androids, iPhones, or tablets so they can listen anytime, anywhere. You can even take notes while listening through their app, making it perfect for students who want to keep up with their reading while on the go.

    Try Speechify for free and watch your reading experience become instantly more convenient.


    What app can I use to share books with friends?

    The best app for sharing books with friends is Google Play Books. It’s free, easy to use, and has many books.

    You can also use the Kindle app to share books with friends if you want to share a book with someone with an Amazon account.

    Is there an app to keep track of my books?

    Some popular book-tracking apps include Goodreads, LibraryThing, and Shelfari. These apps allow you to create a virtual library of your books and easily manage them online.

    What app can I use to read books in different languages?

    A variety of apps allow you to read books in different languages. Some popular options include Amazon Kindle, Google Play Books, Apple Books, and Kobo.

    What are the benefits of reading books on an app?

    Reading books on an app is more convenient than carrying physical copies. It can save money since digital versions of books are often cheaper than physical copies. Additionally, apps often offer access to a broader selection of titles than in a physical bookstore.

    Cliff Weitzman
    Cliff Weitzman

    Cliff Weitzman is a dyslexia advocate and the CEO and founder of Speechify, the #1 text-to-speech app in the world, totaling over 100,000 5-star reviews and ranking first place in the App Store for the News & Magazines category. In 2017, Weitzman was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list for his work making the internet more accessible to people with learning disabilities. Cliff Weitzman has been featured in EdSurge, Inc., PC Mag, Entrepreneur, Mashable, among other leading outlets.