Best Free eBook Reader for iOS



Books are timeless treasures and gateways into other worlds. They are designed to captivate, make ideas last forever and can take you on an otherworldly adventure.

Available in the form of paper books or ebooks - the latter as a result of the digital revolution - they contain the same information, but of the two forms, I prefer ebooks because they let me carry around a small library in my hands. I swear, I have about seventy-five to eighty books on my iPad!

But what is the best ebook reader for your iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone or other iOS devices? There are plenty of apps to choose from and it's my pleasure to compare these apps and reveal what I think is the best.


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An eBook reader supporting various book formats and designed to work with your Amazon account

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License: Free
Great and easy-to-use interface, offers more books than iBookstore.
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Apple's default ebook reader for Mac OS X and available for the iPad and iPhone

Our Rating: 
License: Free
A default reader by Apple, user-friendly and lovely interface, allows buying of books directly within the app.
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An eBook app by Barnes & Noble with five or six free ebooks when you sign in

Our Rating: 
License: Free
Besides common layouts, allows you to control the line spacing, margin size, and whether to turn justification on/off and also publisher defaults - get five or six free classic eBooks when signed in.
Must have a Barnes & Noble account to use the app.
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Google Play Books  

Take your favorite books with you on the go and personalize your reading experience

Our Rating: 
License: Free
Offers a choice of Flowing Text and Scanned Pages; optional 3D Page Turn; and other common features - receive three free books when signed in.
Need a Google account to sign into the app.
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All of these apps are very good at what they were designed for: reading eBooks. Personally, my favorites are iBooks and Kindle, but each to his own. The Best Free eBook Reader for iOS in my opinion is Kindle. It offers a great and easy-to-use interface, and the Kindle Store offers more books than iBookstore. A lot of people will use iBooks simply because it comes preloaded into every iDevice. But for those of you who want to make your own choice, I hope this article helped you on your reading journey.

If you have any questions, comments or criticisms leave them below and I'll be happy to answer them.


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That "Marvinapp" mentioned by Walter Eagle does look very interesting. Wish someone would review that here on Gizmo's. Hmmmmm.... perhaps I should do it....

How does the latest version of iBooks compare to the version you described in your comments? Does it still have the wooden bookshelf, page curl and the look of reading a real book?

Why are you recommending Stanza as a valid app when it is no longer available in the App Store?

My apologies. I first wrote this article earlier about a year ago and it must have been gotten deleted in the meantime, but it has been taken care of.

Thanks Cinna for your feedback. It's now been removed from the review.

Could I suggest a close look at the Marvin reader app? I find it absolutely excellent in every way.
For reading it has freely adjustable fonts, sizes, line spacing, paragraph spacing, margins, text and background colours etc - you can set the appearance of the book exactly as it suits you.
It has facilities for searching, bookmarks, notes, highlighting text. It also has the most incredible "A.I." Artificial Intelligence facility. Marvin will 'read' a book for you and, (to quote the web-site), you can ..
"•Look up characters and other names in the book in Wikipedia or anywhere on the Internet straight from within the app.
•Annotate names in the book and share your research.
•Find out where a name appeared first in the book. This is great if you forgot who a character is and need to quickly look it up.
•Fetch articles about the book and author biographies.
•Learn more about the book. Was it made into a movie, a play, a radio drama?
•Find and attach links to web content such as reviews and videos.
•Build summaries of the book."

If you store your e-books from your PC in Dropbox it will pick them up from there. It also interfaces really well with the best PC-based e-book cataloging program, Calibre.

I had one instance where I required support on it (I couldn't work out what I was doing wrong with some bookmarks), and I found the response from the author to be really prompt (less than an hour on a Saturday morning!), completely relevant and pointed out my error very politely. An absolutely excellent app, free of charge, with great support - what more do you need?