App World Wednesday: Carry a Library in Your Pocket with These Apps


For most of the world, fall means temperatures are dropping and you’re spending more time wrapped in a blanket next to a crackling furnace. So what’s an active BlackBerry ® person to do? Check out a book from a virtual library with one of these apps. These apps not only save you the hassle of traveling to the library or bookstore, but they also allow you to read books right from your BlackBerry ® PlayBook ™ tablet.

Let’s check out these awesome literary apps:

Book Reader for EPUB by Untangled Development: The Book Reader app allows you to manage and read e-books on your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. With this app, you can swipe to turn pages and highlight text, bringing you closer to the feel of a “real book”. The app also remembers your place and returns you to that spot when it’s re-launched.

OverDrive Media Console by Overdrive: OverDrive Media Console gives you on-the-go access to e-books and audiobooks from more than 18,000 libraries worldwide, with available titles ranging from best-sellers to the more obscure. OverDrive Media Console gives you a real library experience, allowing you to check out books that expire automatically at the end of the lending period.

100,000 Free Books Wattpad by WP Technology Inc.: Wattpad offers more than 100,000 free e-books, from novels to poetry. What’s also cool about this app is the huge amount of both older and newer content available, so you can go from the original Dracula to the latest book about sparkly vampires—all with just a swipe.

Play-A-Book by Spinaker Multimedia: Play-a-Book is an app designed to read audio books to you, playback downloaded Podcasts, or play .mp3 files through your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. For the visually impaired or in bright/dim light, this app can be especially handy.

BONUS: My Next Book by JB Inc.: While not an actual reading app, My Next Book allows you to enter an author name or book title and get recommendations based on your preferences. The app also includes links to more information and purchase details for recommended titles.

Are you reading books on your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet? Have you used any of these apps? Share your feedback – along with feedback on any other apps you’re using – in the comments below!

About Donny Halliwell

Donny is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at BlackBerry and Former Editor-in-Chief for the Inside BlackBerry blogs. There's no disputing, #TeamBlackBerry is awesome. I'm pumped to have the opportunity to talk with you and bring you the latest and greatest from Inside BlackBerry every day. In my spare time, I can be found helping entrepreneurs and startup companies grow their business. I spend the rest, obsessing over the auto industry, or enjoying music. Follow me on Twitter or Google+

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