Juggling multiple hobbies can be draining on the wallet. I’m one of the people who like to read before bedtime, it’s just the way I was raised. But most of the time I’m short on cash, so this is where the best free book apps for Android come in handy.
Sure, the free books are not the latest ones but there are some indie gems and of course classical masterpieces included. The best free book apps for Android not only save you cash but also introduce you to new amazing authors who never landed a publishing deal.
Note: The 5 best free book apps for Android were tested on a Samsung Galaxy Note III smartphone. The apps performed fine. A fair warning, you will not find latest books from the likes of R. Martin or Suzanne Collins. However there are some great books to be read on the apps, you will need to explore.
1. Wattpad – Free with In-App Purchases
While Wattpad is a serviceable eBook reader, the free book collection it provides is amazing. I have been using the app since I wrote the eBook reader article and have absolutely loved the concept and execution of the app. The interface is clean and the books they provide meet a certain quality criteria.
There are millions of stories written by published as well as amateur authors. The only problem I have is that some screens tend to get over saturated with information.
In-App Purchases: $0.99 – $2.99 per item
- Popular genres are there and so are niche ones.
- You can share what you read with your family and friends.
- You can leave comments and give feedback directly to the author.
The best part about this app is that you can write and upload your own personal stories/novels. This is an amazing way to expose your work to rampant criticism and try to improve.Kindly don’t search my name on the app, pretty please.
2. Moon+ Reader – Free and $4.99
The Best Reader
2.A Free Version
Moon Reader+ has the best interface in the whole list. The app looks great on smartphones but really shines on tablets. The landscape orientation might not be ideal for reading but it really helps while you are choosing what to read.
The app comes with thousands of free books belonging to various genres. The selection is vibrant and vast so you don’t have to worry about running out of interesting books anytime soon.
- 10 themes are available to curb visual monotony.
- The books are in popular formats.
- The books are shown with covers and synopsis to ease selection.
Moon Reader+ is actually an amazing eBook reader as well. While you can get books from the app itself, it potentially can display books which you download from other apps on the list as well.
2.B Paid Version
The paid version of the app removes those mischievous ads. It also brings in a lot of features which facilitate your reading experience. There is no much added in terms of free available books though.
3. Free Books – 23,469 classics – Free with In-App Purchases
Are you in love with classics? Then this is the app made just for you. Free Books comes with 23,469 classic books which are available to download and read right off the bat. Many apps on the Google Play Store lure users with promises of “free books” but in the end want you to pay for them.
Thankfully this is not one of those clever ruse apps. The reader included in the app is an average one but the books are in popular PDF format. The In-app purchase, which is one time only by the way, allows you to listen to audio books as well.
In-App Purchases: $3.99 per item
- From Shakespeare to Austen all are there.
- The search feature works like a charm.
- The app comes with original covers not the first Google image of the name.
The most noticeable feature of this free book app for Android is its comprehensiveness. Sure, many classical authors are featured but it is also easy to find works of less famous writers as well.
4. 50000 Free Ebooks – Free
I have not checked whether the app actually has 50000 books or not but it certainly seems that way. There are a lot of books here, even if you read 2 per day, they will never end (unless you are secretly Dracula).
The interface is nothing to write home about but it gets the job done. The books do come with covers, but some of them are not original US ones. Tap on a book and it will give access to a small summary and the download option.
- Books are arranged in neat categories.
- Check all the books by one author with ease.
- The search feature is great.
The app comes with a curl page animation. While this is not a big deal for many, it does add to the “realness” of the book for me.
I’m one of those old-school people who will select an actual book over an eBook any day of the week and this app does try to capture some of the magic.
These were the 5 best free book apps for Android. I do hope that the book worm in you is satiated with all of these free books. I personally only read fiction and sometimes dabble in romantic novels. What do you guys like to read?
If you have any great recommendations do scribble them in the comments below.