The digital age has exploded the resources available for a reader. A decade or so ago, we had limited choices. We would know about books through word of mouth, or the small limited columns in newspapers. Piracy was rampant. Choices were limited to paperbacks only. The Internet has been a great leveler here. And so are the apps and websites. A reader is never deprived of his read, even if we forget to carry our paperbacks, or the Kindle.
Here are some of the Android apps/Websites I use as a reader.
- Kindle App – For reading all my Kindle books. Also, the innumerable resources available online for Kindle readers like newspapers, magazines, free Kindle books.
- Wattpad – This is an app which is for the reader and also the writer. It allows me to write my own stories. We can read stories written by others. They can vote for our stories. It has a social media like feel with having followers, news updates from followers and even weekly and monthly writing contests. It has some great reads for inspiration.
- Pocket – If you have no time to read or is not having sufficient net connection on the phone, use Pocket to bookmark your reads. You can get to it later. Here also, you can follow other people and see what they are reading. You can also recommend reads to your friends who follow you.
- Instapaper – This one is similar to Pocket but with the whole social networking thing. It lets you book mark and read it later. I love this better than Pocket for its clean screen and no-nonsense interface.
- WordPress – WordPress needs no recommendation here. I use it to do pretty much everything we can do on the WordPress website. It is simple, easy to use. It lets you see comments, respond to them, read new blogs. It is a must have for a wordpress blogger.
- Feedly – Feedly lets you follow blogs across WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr or anything else. You can create groups for bloggers like we can do in Twitter. It lets you see the unread blog posts of a blog. You can surely not miss another entry from your blogger friends. I have created groups for BookBloggers, MomBloggers, Writing, Prompts. Easy to segregate and use with a neat interface.
- Bloglovin – This one is similar to Feedly but with slightly more social interaction wherein you can follow other bloggers and have followers for you. The webpages open with a Bloglovin overlay. It is good but I find it a bit complicated as it keeps reminding to follow others and the overlay is a turn off. I love Feedly more.
- Audible / AudioBooks / Librivox – If you are a fan of audio books, then these are some of the apps to use. Audible is an Amazon entity and comes with the might of Amazon behind it. Audiobooks is also good. Librivox is free audiobook app with the reading done by volunteers. It has mostly classic books whose copyrights have expired. We can also download from Librivox and listen to the clips later. It is my go to website/app for classics. For Hindi audiobooks, there is ‘Suno’.
- Goodreads – Another Amazon product. I keep track of the books I read on the app. It provides recommendations of similar books. I can also see what others are reading and if they liked it or not. It is the Facebook for readers. The app is a bit on the heavy side, but useful to keep track of your reads. I mostly access Goodreads website.
- Netgalley – This is one of the best websites I discovered through some other readers. Netgalley gives you ARCs for free. All you have to do is, read them and give your feedback. The more consistent the feedback, higher your chances of getting more ARCs. It has the latest and some of the best books. They give out Kindle, Nook, PDF copies. Create an account on Netgalley, browse for books in the genre you like and apply for them. The publisher may /may not allow you the ARC. But using Netgalley, I have read some famous books like Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Currently, I am reading a Salman Rushdie book called ‘The Golden House’ whose publishing date is 5th September.
Do you use these resources? Which is your favourite resource? Is there a resource if you want to share?