As a reader, I use a fair amount of apps and websites to try and get the most out of my hobby. Whether it’s by logging and tracking, finding something new to read, or granting access to free books. I mean, come on, who doesn’t love free books?
These five apps and websites are free, easy to use and sure to come in handy.
I don’t know about you, but for me, part of the joy of reading is tracking and logging what I read. It’s fun to see how my tastes have changed over the years. For instance, this year I have read more classics than I have any other year.
The Storygraph is currently my favourite for tracking as it not only tracks what books you read but breaks it down into graphs. From that information, they suggest titles you are sure to love. Think Goodreads but better.
I wrote a whole ramble about this app and website, so for more info, please, check that out.
Support your local library through your phone or kindle!
Plenty of libraries these days now offer free eBook borrowing via the Libby app. All you need is your library card, and you are good to go. If you don’t have a library card, don’t worry since many allow you to sign up online these days.
What’s not to love? Free eBooks while still supporting local libraries instead of Jeff Bezos.
Found an author you love, but now you are wondering if there are others like them?
Look no further as Literature Map has you covered.
Simply type your favourite author’s name into this website, and it will suggest numerous other authors. The closer their name is to the original name, the more similar they are. One of my amazing co-workers, Clare, told me about this website. I am shocked that no one told me about this before as it is brilliant!
Another tracking app, shocker I know.
Beanstack not only helps you track what you read but how much time you spend reading. Personally, I try to read for at least half an hour per day. I keep hearing that reading for at least 30 minutes per day is supposed to be rather beneficial.
Despite this app being aimed at younger readers, I think it’s a good app for readers of all ages. It’s simple to navigate and helps motivate you to keep up a good reading streak.
As I mentioned earlier, recently I have been reading a lot of the classics. The thing is, sometimes it’s hard to get your hands on these titles. Maybe they are out of print or always out on loan when you check your local library.
That is when Project Gutenberg comes in clutch.
Project Gutenberg is the oldest digital library, boasting over 60,000 free eBooks. If a book is no longer in the public domain in the US, you can find it here. From Jane Austen to Alice Zimmern, they have it all. So, needless to say, they are sure to have something you will love!