Free Apps Every Book Lover Should Download

Apps are changing the way we read, catalog our books, and keep track on new releases. Let’s ride this wave and be the modern day readers we should all be.

When you surf the Internet, you will see a lot of apps for readers that you can download. All of them offer different services and are sold at different prices. Some of them are pleasantly given away for free.

I understand that it can be very tempting to download all the free ones. Unfortunately, you don’t have unlimited memory on your smart phone. Hence, we can only pick out only the best ones.

Don’t worry, though. I searched high and low for the best apps for book lovers and compiled them in this list! Find the ones that tickled your fancy, download them, and enjoy!

1. Goodreads
Available on: iOS and Android

Goodreads is the most popular app used by book lovers across the world. In fact, there are more than 20 million people who use it actively. It proves to be one of the best apps for readers because there are tons of things you can do on this app:
  • Keep track of the books you’ve read, books you are currently reading, and books you want to read. The app has a huge catalog of books - whatever you are reading, it will definitely be on Goodreads.
  • Categorize books. You can have a group for books you like, books you don’t like, books about robots, etc. You are free to be as creative as you want!
  • See reviews of different titles. Millions of people write short reviews on the app and rate them using the star rating. These will help you decide if you will purchase a copy or not.
  • Add friends and see what they are reading. You can stay updated on their progress and reactions at certain parts of the book. Plus, you can leave comments on these updates!
  • Get updates on authors and new releases. Subscribe to their newsletter to make sure you do not miss a thing.
  • Set a challenge for yourself. At the beginning of the year, you challenge yourself to read a certain number of books and update the app whenever you finish one. Goodreads will keep track of your progress.

2. Litsy
Available on: iOS and Android

People are calling Litsy the “daughter of Goodreads and Instagram.” It functions just like Goodreads, but has a user interface that is very similar to Instagram. Yes, square photos and hashtags included.

Here’s what you can do on the app:
  • Review a book. You can tell the world what you think of the book and attach an image with it. If you don’t feel like using words, you can upload the photo by itself.
  • Rate books. Litsy’s rating system is unique. Instead of the usual star system, you choose from the following verdicts: Pick, So-so, Pan, or Bail.
  • Follow accounts. Users, authors, and publishers have accounts on Litsy. You can choose who to follow and stay updated on what they are currently reading.

3. Book Crawler
Available on: iOS

If you have a lot of books and want to keep a catalog on your phone, then Book Crawler is the app for you. It is a lot like Goodreads and Litsy, only without the social networking aspect.

Here’s what you can do on the app:
  • Catalog your books. It is very easy to do this on the app - you can either scan the barcode or enter the details manually.
  • Personalize book details. You can add your personal tags to different books. This will enable you to add details like who recommended the book to you, where you bought the edition, and who borrowed it from you.
  • Backup your catalog. It can be very tiring to do a cataloging project all over again! Through the app, you can connect to Dropbox and leave a backup of your catalog there. You can easily import the file whenever the need arises.

4. Shelfie
Available for: iOs and Android

Shelfie is quite different from all others in this list. It allows you to take digital copies of your books with you for free or discounted prices!

You read that right! The makers of the app know how difficult it is to bring paperbacks and hard bounds with us when we go to school or work, so they made it easier for us to get digital copies. All you need to do is take a picture of your shelf! The app will analyze the spines and will let you know how much you need to pay. Shelfie is partnered with the biggest publishing houses, so you can grab your favorite titles at a cheaper price than usual!

5. Wattpad
Available for: iOS and Android

Wattpad is a community of writers who publish their own stories on the platform. Contrary to popular belief, there are actually a lot of good works found on this site! Even if you don’t want to be an author, there are still some things that you can do on the app:
  • Read stories. You can subscribe to a story and be notified when a new segment has been released!
  • Leave comments.This is where you can voice out your opinions and let the writer know how you feel about the story! Comments are visible to other users, too, so you can interact with everyone.

These apps definitely deserve their own space on your phone. They don’t require you to pay a thing, so there is nothing to lose and everything to gain! These will definitely modernize your reading experience.

You wouldn’t regret installing any of them. I know I didn’t!

What are your favorite bookish apps? Tell us all about them in the comments below!