25 Awesome iPhone and iPad Apps for Book Lovers

If you’re craving an iPad, then you may not be using your iPhone to its fullest capacity, especially if you’re not using that phone to employ book and news readers, e-books or organization tools for research. But, if you also have an iPad, then you have the advantage of using tools in both your iPhone and in the iPad — tools that can help you study or enjoy reading during your train or plane commute or while waiting for that next class or client. The following list of 25 awesome iPhone and iPad apps for book lovers is filled with the best apps for anyone who loves to read for knowledge or for pleasure.


iPhone eReader

  1. Bluefire: Read ePub and PDF books from most booksellers; transfer books between computer and Apple device; read books protected with Adobe DRM — even library books. Interact with this app the way you normally would with taps and swipes…the Bluefire Reader has many controls to customize your reading experience.
  2. Google Books: Access free preview pages, unlimited storage of books in the digital cloud, hundreds of thousands of public domain titles; 2 million free e-books available instantaneously.
  3. iBooks: Read a free sample of any book in Apple’s iBookstore before purchasing; sync your bookmarks, notes, and current page wirelessly across Apple devices; the only reader that offers an integrated bookstore and in-app purchases on Apple devices. According to the linked review, the iBooks app is easier to use than the Amazon Kindle and the Kindle app for the iPhone (see below).
  4. Kindle: Gain access to Amazon Kindle books and periodicals and share quotes and passages on Facebook and Twitter while reading; look up words on Google and Wikipedia without leaving the app.
  5. Kindle Cloud: Download e-books from Amazon directly to your device, rather than downloading onto a computer and then transferring to the device.
  6. NOOK: Access Barnes & Nobles books and periodicals; LendMe feature allows you to lend out certain e-book titles to one friend one time for 14 days; built-in Merriam-Webster dictionary. This tool has an added feature that may be important to researchers and students — the pagination is the same as the original book.
  7. Stanza: Read books in non-DRM-protected ePub, eReader, PDF, Comic Book Archive, and DjVu formats; access free books from Project Gutenberg and the Random House Free Library.
  8. Wattpad: Offers downloadable content from published and unpublished writers for free; allows unknown writers to self-publish; used by a YouTube-like community for reading and sharing ebooks.



  1. Book Crawler: Quickly and accurately upload an entire book collection into one easy-to-manage database using an ISBN barcode scanner or manual number search.
  2. BookSearch: Allows users to search for online prices of books using an ISBN, book title, author(s), or keyword; single easy-to-read table presents prices at many online bookstores.
  3. iBookshelf Lite: A comprehensive book database that helps you track of both your physical and digital books; – track book loans; rate your book; find places to buy books and the price at each vendor.
  4. IndieBound: Browse for the latest independent bookseller recommendations and bestsellers; locate independent booksellers in your area; buy books online from independent booksellers.
  5. Leatherbound: Features in this app include e-book searching, plot summaries, and the ability to share information viewed within the application via email; price comparison feature tells exactly where the cheapest place to buy an e-book is located.
  6. OverDrive Media Console: This app allows you to hook into over 13,000 libraries worldwide; if your library is part of the system, then you can download free, contemporary, popular titles.
  7. SnapTell: Take a picture of any book and SnapTell will identify it and list vendors that sell it, prices, and links to websites; also provides links to sites with related content, such as IMDB, YouTube, and Wikipedia.

Specialty Books

Kindle Library Skin

  1. Audiobooks Premium: An audio player that features automatic bookmarking to keep your place in all audiobooks in your library, a custom sleep timer, and lots of advanced search options.
  2. Comic Zeal Comic Reader: Both a comic book viewer and a storage application; access the online archives at Golden Age Comics, a free British repository of vintage comics now in the public domain.
  3. iLibrary+Audio: An audio player/download manager and advanced multimedia book reader with text-audio synchronization.
  4. Marvel Comics Reader: Each panel is displayed by itself, and you can zoom in with a double tap; a finger swipe moves on to the next panel. With larger panels, the swipe can zoom out farther to reveal more of the action.
  5. TomeRaider: Makes fresh, open reference, multiple language content available and is the primary source of reference data for casual and education users.
  6. Zinio: Try a single magazine issue for free, or subscribe and have it delivered to your device; pages auto-adjust for either portrait and landscape viewing, and it remembers where you left off if you leave the app.

Social Interaction

iPhone in Pocket

  1. Goodreads: Social network for readers; share and store book reviews, rate books, and keep track of what you’ve read and want to read.
  2. Kobo: Add books to your library from email and the web; read websites, blogs, and other online content and get daily clippings from them delivered to your library; see what books your friends have read and ask for recommendations.
  3. Pulse News: Aggregate all your news content in one place — from online newspapers, magazines, blogs and even Facebook. This app also allows you to share your content and sync it to read offline.
  4. ReadMore: A reading log/diary to show you your reading habits and motivate you with relevant feedback, it can break large books into more manageable pieces and keep track of your progress.