Do you want to read more in 2017? Consider making a Reading Resolution – it can empower you to keep turning the pages throughout the year. Whether you want to read before bed or during your morning commute, there are a variety of free apps designed to help you meet your goals.
Here is a list of my top three favorite reading apps you can download today:
Goodreads is the world’s biggest site for book recommendations. It’s a place where readers from all across the globe can connect with each other to share book reviews and book lists. Is there a new book you want to read? Using the Goodreads app, you can immediately place it on your “to read” virtual shelf, so that as soon as you finish one book, you can look up your list of titles to read next. Likewise, if someone asks you for a recommendation, you can pull up your shelf of “read” books to jog your memory of past favorites.
OverDrive is a virtual library that is connected with over thirty thousand libraries around the world. With this app you can borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and videos from participating libraries right from your phone – for free! With OverDrive, your virtual library is open 24/7. And because titles are automatically returned, you’ll save money on all those late fees.
This app is a Book Club member’s dream. For those of you in a book club, or those who are interested in joining one, downloading the Book Movement app is a must. Here you can keep track of meeting details, book selections and RSVPs on your own private page that only your members can see. Group leaders can post polls so members can vote on upcoming selections for future meetings. This app will also notify you when books on your virtual shelf go on sale and give you the links to those great deals. They have numerous weekly giveaways as well, in which every member of your club can win a copy of a book.
May your new year be filled with many fine books that move you, challenge you and inspire you. Happy reading!
Maureen Manning, M.Ed, CAGS is the Director of Family and Community Engagement in Wareham, MA and a Mass Literacy Champion.