National Reading Movement

Mobile Applications For Your Reading Goals

There’s a mobile application for almost everything we do. Heck, even Sesame Street made a skit about having an app for everything (even giving your cat a scratch)! But is there one that helps with reading?

Read on to find out!

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Reading More Books

You don’t devour ALL the books you borrow or buy. There are books of which you blaze through its entirety or take an eternity to finish. If you’ve no idea what books to read, there’s an app for that.

Other than Goodreads, having the Libib app on your mobile feels like you’re bringing your entire home library in your pocket. Sure you can get reviews from others and categorise them into individual virtual “shelves”. But where this app truly shines is in the ease of usage. To search for any reviews or to add a new title to your library, you simply need to scan the book’s barcode! Talk about convenience!

iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/libib/id721908216?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.libib.app&hl=en

 

Reading Anywhere

Now that you know what book to get, you’re probably eager to flip through the pages. Unfortunately, you don’t bring the book everywhere with you – and by that, we mean everywhere.

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Yes, even there. Thankfully, there is something that is almost always on you: your phone. So, when you need something that helps you read wherever you are, there’s an app for that.

Aldiko Book Reader allows you to read not only books in the PDF format but also EPUB. Sounds like any old reader app? Think again. Where Aldiko stands out is with its highly customisable user interface. You can adjust everything from the font size to the background and even to the line spacing!

iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/aldiko-book-reader/id974117987?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aldiko.android&hl=en

 

Reading Faster

Armed with the recommendations from Goodreads and the ability to own e-books thanks to Kindle, we have to solve another problem. Between the hustle and bustle of the week, it can be hard to find time just to read. Wouldn’t it be great if you could read faster? When there are too many books to read, but you can’t complete them fast enough, there’s an app for that.

ReadMe! is a mobile app that uses two of the most popular methods to train you to speedread. The first method, Beeline, uses colours to split the words and sentences up, whereas the other method Spritz, streams the text to reduce eye movement while you read.

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Did we also mention that the app also synchronises all the books found on your mobile phone?
iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/readme-spritz-beeline/id877697552?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.readmei.readme

 

Visiting the Library

Lastly, for those who prefer visiting the library but have no time to do so… Yes, you’ve guessed it. There’s an app for that.

The NLB Mobile app allows users to do everything you can in the library. Borrow books, check. Manage your loans and reservations, check. Borrow library items by scanning the barcode, check check check! That’s not all, you can even read your borrowed books on the app, and view events happening at each library.

iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/nlb-mobile/id1147053983?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=sg.gov.nlb.nlbmobile

 

What do you think? Is there any app we missed out that helps you with your reading? Feel free to let us know in the comments!