“New age for Reading ”
As if smartphones weren’t already smart enough, one of the best things about them is the ability to find a great book to read while you’re waiting in line, taking the train home from work, or otherwise just passing the time. But before you think you’re stuck with just the Kindle or Nook apps, take a look at these great ereading options from some of the other game changers in the industry. Each of these apps brings something unique to the reader experience, and they’re all certain to offer something for everyone.
5) Kobo App
Kobo is the quiet underdog in the
ebook retail space behind Amazon and Barnes and Noble, which is really only funny since Kobo is in more countries and supports more foreign language content than any other player in the game. If you’re a fan of sub-Saharan African sci-fi authors, THIS is the app for you.
Rook is in beta right now, but has some big announcements coming this week from the London Book Fair. Basically, Rook is playing off a concept that many game changers in the book industry already know: if you can get readers hooked on a little bit of free content, they’ll whip out their wallets for more. It’s kind of how heroin dealers operate, too, but Rook is cool about it. You can read as much of the ebook as you want on your own personal device, as long as you stay put in the location that’s offering it (like a coffee shop). If you leave, you have to give up the book or buy it.
When ebook subscription services like Scribd, Oyster, and Kindle Unlimited launched, readers loved the all-you-can-eat for $9.99 model. There’s just one problem: most consumers don’t have time to read enough to make it worth the money. That’s why Rooster launched with its $4.99 serialized content model. For about half the money, you get all you can read of their shorter works each month, and installments you want to be reminded of come straight to your dashboard.
As the name implies, here’s a great location for shorter ebooks by female authors, but the topics and genres are broad. It may be a source for great women writers, but there’s nothing girlie about the content.
Of course, nothing beats free, except free with 40 million registered users and more than 100 million uploaded stories, there simply isn’t enough time to get to all the great content. Load the app, follow some writers, and while away the morning commute lost in a great story.