iPad Apps for Reading

Written by the Instructional Design Team

Hoopla (free):

This is an app that allows you to check out digital books and movies from the public library, if such titles are available in digital format.   Not every library  book or movie is available yet, but it is a nice to check out books once in a while right from your mobile devices.

Kindle (free app; books are purchased through Amazon):

You do not have to own a Kindle device to read digital books from Amazon.   You can download the Kindle app on your iPhone, iPad and computer to read your favorite books.  As long as you log in with the same Amazon account, you will be able to use multiple devices to read the same book.  You can also annotate and highlight along the way.

Audible (free app, but books are purchased through Amazon or Audible.com):

Audible has been purchased by Amazon,  so you will find that it is possible to sync your reading in a totally new fashion.  For books with both Kindle and Audible versions, you can pay a few extra dollars for an audible version and read the book when you use the Kindle, or listen to it when you use Audible.   You can listen from where you leave off in reading, or vice versa.

Gutenberg (free):

The Gutenberg app offers thousands of free books, including audio books.  Check out whether the books you or your students read happen to be there!