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Mobile Apps, Websites, Widgets & Tools: eBooks, eAudiobooks & eReaders

A guide to library widgets, toolbars, apps and mobile websites. Take the FDU Library with you wherever you are!

eReader Apps

eBook Readers:

  • AudioBooks - this app uses the Librivox recording project to make it easy to get over 2,800 classic audiobooks on your iPad. It automatically bookmarks your last spot and has a built in browser so you can surf the web while listening (kinda multitasking).
  • Bluefire Reader - a reader that supports a variety of formats include ePub. Allows you to download library ebooks.
  • iBooks – Apple's ebook store and ebook reader. It allows users to purchase, download and read ebooks. The way the pages turn is pretty and you can see your books all on a shelf that you can look through. The selection in the Apple book store isn’t as good as the Amazon of Barnes and Noble book stores, which also both have apps. But it is decent and there are a lot of free books you can choose from too.
  • iScholarReader - iScholarReader is a specialized document reader for research papers using Google Scholar. It enables users to search, bookmark, and download papers on their iPhones.
  • Kindle - Amazon's ebook store and ebook reader. It allows users to purchase, download and read ebooks. Uses a proprietary format.
  • Kobo - The Borders reader includes 100 free pre-loaded books so it is ready to go right out of the box.
  • Nook - Barnes & Noble ebook store and ebook reader. It allows users to purchase, download and read ebooks. It also supports ebook lending.
  • Overdrive Media Console - an app that provides access to MP3 audiobooks and ebooks from more than 10,000 public library websites. The app allows you to "check out" books from public libraries and to read or listen to the books on your device. Files checked out using the app automatically expire in the app, so you don't need to worry about late fees! The app is FREE and may be downloaded from the iTunes App Store for use on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, or from Android Zoom for use on Android devices (scan the QR-code using a barcode scanner app, manually install from the Android Market, or receive a direct download link on your mobile from the link provided).
  • Stanza - They have books for purchase but also over 50,000 free titles from places like project Gutenburg. You can also import ebooks inPDF, ePub, or various other formats. It gives you a few more options for customization than iBooks does

PDF Readers:

  • GoodReader ($) - a place to store, manage and access  pdf files. You are able to download web based pdf files, by simply paste URLs of them into the app, then file them away into folders. The app makes viewing pdf files very attractive and  as easy as looking through a book.
  • iReadPDF - a powerful PDF reader that offers tabbed reading, full-library keyword search, and support for viewing PDF standard annotations on your documents!

Other Reading Related Tools

  • Adobe Digital Editions - view and manage eBooks and other digital publications. Use it to download and purchase digital content, which can be read both online and offline. Transfer copy-protected eBooks from your personal computer to other computers or devices.
  • Calibre - an open source eBook management tool. Converts files, synchs files with devices, and more.