There are plenty of good reasons to choose an e-reader over a tablet. The low price, incredible battery life, eye-friendly screen, and reading-focused design make a dedicated e-reader a clear win for anyone who wants to read books on the go.
But there are some people for which a full-featured e-reader isn’t the best choice — people who want the apps, games, and video capabilities only a tablet can provide. So, what do you do if you want to read and store all your books on your tablet? You buy an app.
Not all e-reading apps are created equal, however. Here’s a rundown of some of your options:
E-Reader manufacturer app
If you want the Kindle, Nook, or Kobo experience without having to buy any of those devices, you’re in luck. We try to avoid saying this as much as possible, but this time it’s unavoidable: there’s an app for that.
With the Kindle, Nook, or Kobo e-reading apps, you’ll get the reading experience you’re already comfortable with if you’re familiar with those devices. Plus, you’ll get access to the store associated with that e-reader. (And, of course, easy and fast downloading from that store.) All three are feature rich and allow for syncing your books and reading progress to any device your account has been activated on.
This is our personal pick for an e-reading app, though it comes with a drawback: it’s only available on Android. Still, if you have a tablet or smartphone running Android, Moon+ Reader is your ticket to a really enjoyable reading experience. It’s super customizable, easy to use, and packed with nifty features. It’s even worth buying the pro version, which is only a couple bucks.
Overdrive Media Console
If your local library supports Overdrive (many do these days), this app is a must have. Download it, sign up using the credentials you have on file with your local library, and start borrowing and reading e-books for free. You don’t even have to remember to bring your books back when you’re done with them — they simply get automatically deleted from your account on the due date.