The advent of e-books has been a real boon for fans of reading. Not only because we save a ton of shelf space in our library, but also. But because we now have a practically infinite catalog of titles!
In today’s post we review the 12 best applications to read books for free on your mobile , tablet or any other device with Android. Which one do you stay with?
The 12 best free applications to read books from an Android tablet or mobile
Needless to say, the experience will always be much more satisfactory from a tablet, but if we have a smartphone with a good screen, it will not go bad either. These are some of the most outstanding eBook reading apps of the moment.
Be careful, because some platforms, like the one we will see below, also offer books in Spanish that we can download for free.
Kindle is synonymous with reading. Amazon’s device is a favorite of many, due to its excellent e-ink display. What many people do not know is that there is also an app of the same name to bring the experience to tablets and mobiles with Android or iOS.
From the Kindle app we can download a lot of books in Spanish without paying a euro . In his store we will also find free eBooks in English, as well as the latest news at much lower prices than the usual ones in bookstores.
Wattpad describes itself as a social storytelling platform, where we can find more than 10 million stories and books to read totally free . It has a wide catalog of thrillers, romance, science fiction, adventure, cyberpunk, fanfiction and many other genres.
Also, if we like to write we can also upload our own stories and make them known. This is where some recent Netflix hits have come from like The Kissing Booth , or the New York Times best-seller After .
An exciting fresh and novel reading source with over 100 million users and a sky-high 4.6 star rating.
FB Reader is one of the community’s top-rated Android readers, open source, with markup, underline and note features. It supports a wide variety of formats, such as:
- EPUB (including new EPUB3 features)
- AZW3 (Kindle).
- FB2 (ZIP).
- DOC (Microsoft Word).
- Plane text.
The app allows us to synchronize our library with the online library of FB Reader via Google Drive. As for the reading settings, we can use external sources, custom backgrounds , adjustable brightness and night mode, among many other features. It’s not bad at all.
Worldreader – Free Books
This application for Android has an extensive library of free books that we can read directly from the app. It has categories ranging from science, fantasy, suspense, religion, sport, and many other topics. There are also children’s books for the little ones.
Although many of the titles are in English, it also has a fairly large space dedicated to books in Spanish. It has old novels but recently published titles are also included. A good app to read free ebooks.
We can’t talk about the best apps for reading books without mentioning Audible. It is a Netflix-like platform, where we pay a fixed monthly payment and we can read –or rather, listen to- an endless selection of audiobooks of well-known works. In fact, Audible has the largest collection of talking books in the world .
New releases, best-selling books and a multitude of genres (mystery, romance, science fiction), all in audio format. Perfect if we don’t have a very big screen or we are walking and we don’t want to run into the first obstacle that gets in our way. Without a doubt, one of the most popular platforms in recent times. The first month is free.
Magnificent application with which we can read thousands of books totally free. Overdrive allows you to borrow books from our closest library and read digital books and audiobooks from your mobile without leaving home. More than 30,000 libraries around the world make up the Overdrive literary conglomerate with a remarkable success.
We can create wish lists and sync libraries and bookmarks between various devices. Of course, in order to operate we need a valid account from any library, school or institution that is participating in the project. So now you know, request a pass at your municipal library and give it a go.
Aldiko is one of the oldest eBook readers for tablets and mobile phones. Easy to use and with support for books in EPUB, PDF, Adobe DRM protected eBooks, and books on loan from libraries.
Like the rest of the guild’s applications, it has an important collection of digital books in Spanish, English, French, Italian and German, with best-sellers, news and public domain books.
Google Play Books
Google Play Books is usually installed as standard on many Android devices. However, if we don’t have it, it may be interesting to take a good look at it. We are facing an app to read quite versatile books :
- Adjust the font size and color.
- Includes dictionary in case we do not understand a word.
- It has books to download for free.
- It incorporates an automatic translator and audiobook player.
In addition, it also has a store where we can find the latest news in eBooks and audiobooks at a reduced price.
Oodles eBook Reader
This application developed by Oodles is a must have for those looking for free books. It has a selection of more than 50,000 eBooks and 15,000 audiobooks. Although it is highly valued, it has a slight downside, and that is that it is not a book reader for everyone.
Why? Well, because all the books are in perfect English . If that is not an obstacle for us or we want to practice the language of Shakespeare, here we will find an excellent collection of classics by authors such as Jane Austen, Dostoevsky, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde and Mark Twain, among others.
This is one of the best free e-book readers, especially if we have a device with an old version of Android. Although many current readers only work with Android 4.0 and higher, AIReader allows us to read eBooks even on devices with Android 1.6 .
Supports ZIP and CG files, as well as a large number of formats: fb2, fb3, fbz, txt, epub (without DRM), html, doc, docx, odt, rtf, mobi (without DRM), prc (PalmDoc) and tcr . It has automatic scrolling, animations for changing the page and various settings to make reading more comfortable.
Ebookx is an epub book reader, but it has a section called “Book Catalog” from where we can link the app with free ebook libraries and download books from sites like Amazon, Project Gutenberg, OpenBookPublishers or Standard Ebooks.
An application very similar to Kindle and Google Play Books. It is basically a book store with an integrated reader. Of course the books are paid, although there are also some free novels.
Among its qualities stands out the possibility of synchronizing the reading between several devices . For example, we can be reading from the mobile on the subway, and when we get home continue reading on the tablet right where we left it. It also allows downloading for offline reading, night mode, and a pretty slick suggestion engine.
What do you think of this list? Would you add or remove any app from this TOP? For any opinion or suggestion, do not hesitate to visit the comments area.