Literature is a bit of a niche subject in the app world. Generally, most people find what they’re looking for through Google searches and ebook readers. Still, there are some good literature apps available on mobile platforms. Most of them are ereaders, but there are some other decent apps for literature fans as well. In any case, here are the best literature apps for Android!
Amazon Kindle is one of the obvious literature apps. Most (if not all) of the biggest authors publish here, but it also has a good variety of independent writers and old classics. The app itself functions as intended most of the time. You can sync your library, use a night mode, customize the text size, and more. Amazon Prime members ($99.99 per year) can read a rather impressive selection of books for free. Amazon also maintains a collection of totally free, out-of-copyright books. The app is a little bit heavy, but otherwise it works fine.
Audible is a popular audio book platform. It lets you listen to books instead of reading them. Nothing quite compares to reading a book. However, you can’t always read. It’s mostly great for listening to books while driving, working, or other activities where reading isn’t always possible. The service is rather expensive. However, the app includes a bunch of titles, a 30-day free trial, offline support, and more. There’s no coupon code here. This list isn’t sponsored by Audible or anything. It’s just a decent literature app.
Browsery by Barnes & Noble is a recommendation platform and a social media network. It lets you connect to other readers who like the same kind of stuff you do. Additionally, it lets you search for books with a variety of search filters. The app also creates reading lists for future purchase. It links directly to its online store and its Nook platform. However, you can always just buy the books on your reading list elsewhere if you choose to. This and GoodReaders are excellent for finding new stuff to read.
Feedly is one of the few good RSS apps left. It’s good for a lot of subjects and topics. It lets you follow websites, blogs, and news sites that you like. The app works for literature fans as well. You find the blogs and sites that talk about new books or literature in general. Feedly keeps them all in one spot for easy recall. It’s completely free with no in-app purchases or advertisements. Plus, it’s cross-platform between mobile and PC, Mac, and even Linux (via a Chrome extension). It also integrates with a bunch of other apps.
GoodReads is the biggest social network for readers as far as we know. This one serves a lot of functions. It connects people who like similar types of books. Additionally, people can review books they read for other people. It also comes with a reading list, status updates, page number updates, and a barcode scanner. The barcode scanner puts your physical books into your digital library. You can’t read them there, but it can show other people what you own. Between this and Browsery, you can find a lot of good information. The next best option is finding groups on Facebook or Google+. However, those only work so well.
Google Play Books is an ebook platform similar to Amazon Kindle. You can buy all kinds of books, sync them between your devices, and read whatever you want. It also features a selection of free books along with magazines, guides, and all sorts of other literature. It even supports comic books. The app itself works offline, has a night mode, and some text customizations as well. The app has the occasional issue, but it generally works pretty well.
LitCharts is kind of like the modern version of SparkNotes. That’s probably because the same team that made SparkNotes did this one as well. It’s a literature guide with hundreds of books. The app shows the story points, synopsis, and and more information about the books it supports. This is meant as a study aid for students mostly. However, anyone who wants to learn more about literature can appreciate this one. The app is currently free with no in-app purchases or advertisements.
Literary Terms is a good educational app for literature fans. It includes a glossary of a bunch of various words, terms, and phrases associated with literature. That’s basically all the app does. It has an old, but functional UI with tons of various words. It’s not difficult to navigate or anything like that. There is also a search tool that worked fine during our testing. You can download the app for free. There is an optional cost for the pro version.
FBReader is a fairly decent ebook reader. The reader supports a variety of ebook formats, including EPUB (and EPUB3), AZW3 (Kindle), FB2, RTF, DOC, HTML, and plain text. An optional plugin adds PDF support as well. There are a bunch of good ereader apps. However, we liked this one because it’s fast, light, simple, and customizable. Moon+ Reader is also quite popular in this space. We have our list of the best ebook readers for Android linked under the first paragraph of this list if you want more recommendations!
Poems is a fun little app with a bunch of poems in it. The app features hundreds of authors and tens of thousands of poems. There are enough poems here to last you quite a long time. The app also includes bookmarks for favorites, a share function, and offline support. The UI uses Material Design with an aged paper background. It’s an interesting mix of modern and old school, but in a good way. The app is free with a single $0.99 in-app purchase for the pro version. This is the best poetry app we could find on Google Play, although we’re sure there are other great ones there too.
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