The Best E-Reader Apps for your Phone, Tablet, Computer and More!

By Jonathan Wylie

No e-reader? No problem. Simply install one of these e-reader apps on your phone, tablet, or home PC and you too can have access to thousands of e-books wherever you are.

  • Kindle – You don’t need to own a Kindle to read Kindle e-books if you download the free Kindle e-reader app. It is available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Windows PCs, Windows Phone 7, Macs, Blackberries, and Android phones or tablets, and if you are reading this article, you have at least one of these already. With the Kindle app you can access any of the 950,000 Kindle e-books, get free book samples to try before you buy, and even sync your reading progress across devices so that you are always on the last page you read.
  • Stanza – This app doesn’t quite have the compatibility that the Kindle app has, but it has a few unique features of its own.  For instance, it lets you read the popular ePub file format that is now being used to lend digital books at many local libraries, as well as eReader, PDF, CBR, and DjVu book files. You can also change font sizes and colors. Stanza is available as a free app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, or as a desktop reader for Windows and Macs.
  • Nook – B&N certainly weren’t going to let Amazon have everything its own way when it came to free e-reader apps. So you won’t be surprised to hear that it is available for all the same devices as the Kindle app. Where it differs from Amazon is that there is also a Nook Kids app for iPad. This app is specially designed for B&N’s growing collection of colorful, interactive e-books for kids, and right now it comes with two free Nook Kids books!
  • Kobo – With over 2.2 million titles in its bookstore, Kobo is an attractive proposition for those who are new to e-books. Again it is available for smartphones, tablets and multimedia devices, or as a desktop app for PC and Mac. Each device can support slightly different features, but like the Kindle, they all sync up to keep your place in whatever you are reading. All ePub and PDF titles are supported by the Kobo app, and you can even choose a two page reading view on some tablets. How quaint!
  • Aldiko – This app is only available for Android devices, but there are over 100 million Android users out there right now, so it is still going to appeal to a lot of people.  With Aldiko you can browse and download a huge selection of best sellers, new releases, and free e-books right on your phone or tablet. You can also organize your books into collections, tag them for easy searches, customize your reading experience, and borrow e-books from your public library. So, if you’re madly in love with your Android, this is the one for you.


E-reader apps are a great way to ensure that your favorite e-book are with you at all times, but they can also be good motivators to help encourage your kids to read, so why not try one today. They are, after all, free to try, and they may just open up a whole new world of reading opportunities for you and your family.


Jonathan Wylie

Jonathan Wylie

Jonathan Wylie is the owner of The Education Technology Blog, a website dedicated to helping teachers advance the use of technology in the classroom. He is a teacher, husband, and proud father, but also works as a freelance writer for several online publications. Jonathan is originally from Scotland, but now lives and works in rural Iowa. He has a love for education, photography, computers, and just about any gadget that he can get his hands on.

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