12 FREE Must-Have Reading Apps All Bookworms Should Know About

Always looking for new reads and bookish ways to spend your time? We asked around and found 12 FREE must-have apps that all bookworms will love!

1. Book Breaks – Available on iOS & Android

bookbreaksThis new app from Harlequin gives you all the romance you need, 24/7, FREE! Stories from your favorite authors, whether it be suspense, contemporary romance or historical, Book Breaks has it all.

The app itself gives you the option to find stories that fit any mood and however much time you have. Hundreds of free stories are already available in the app, plus new chapters are posted every weekday! All you need is to register your email address to access them all.

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2. After Dark – Available on iOS

afterdarkCreated by Wattpad, this iOS exclusive app curates the hottest romance titles from Wattpad, for the mature reader. If you love Harlequin novels or 50 Shades of Grey, you’ll love After Dark!

After Dark offers a sleek reading experience curated for fans of all subgenres of romance, with thousands of free eBooks for all passions and persuasions including New Adult, Contemporary, Paranormal, Werewolf, Fanfiction, LGBT, Urban Fiction, and much more.


3. Shakespeare – Available on iOS

shakespeareFeaturing the works of the original romantic, Shakespeare is a free app with the complete works of The Bard himself, including all 154 sonnets and 41 plays.

The app also has a comprehensive search function and a BardFind feature that helps you find a Shakespeare theater or venue anywhere in the world!


4. Hooked – Available on iOS

hookedHooked features bite-sized stories told in the form of chat conversations, and delivered one message at a time. If you can’t get enough of books like Hunger Games, Divergent, The Fault In Our Stars and Harry Potter. Or if you’re a fan of Wattpad fanfic, like stories about One Direction. Or if you just can’t put your Kindle down at night. You will love Hooked. And even if you’re not a big reader but love Snapchat, you should give Hooked a try!

Hooked lets you read epic stories like “Kidnapped” on your phone free. These are gripping, edge-of-your seat thrillers that will keep you reading for hours.

New stories added daily!


5. Goodreads – Available on iOS & Android

goodreadsTap into the world’s largest social network for readers with the Goodreads app!

Read thousands of book reviews by your friends and other Goodreads members, keep a virtual bookshelf of what you’ve read, and build your to-read list as you discover great books on the app.

You can use the basic features of this app without a Goodreads account, but sign in or sign up (you can do this in the app) for the best experience!

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6. EverAfter Romance – Available on iOS & Android

everafter-romanceEverAfter Romance – the app as sweet as the first kiss—gives romance readers an eBook experience worth falling for. Designed exclusively for romance fans, EverAfter offers all the books, authors and series that readers love. Users will find great features, such as in-app purchasing, flash sales, weekly deals and thousands of free eBooks, as well as recommendations, author spotlights and unique categories like Alpha Males and Love at First Sight.

Find the best deals on great titles in your favorite genres – from the hottest erotica and Regency heartbreakers, to paranormal heartstoppers, to the latest five-star releases from Harlequin, Avon, Samhain, Diversion, and other leading romance publishers.

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7. Bookperk – Available on iOS & Android

bookperkNever miss another e-book deal! Download the Bookperk app and explore a new selection of deals from A-list authors every day. No more wading through the rest to find the best – Bookperk includes thousands of books from today’s hottest authors in every category.

Find something you like, download it with a click, and read the book instantly across all your mobile devices. No matter what you crave—mysteries, literary fiction, romance, non-fiction, memoir, contemporary fiction, suspense, sci-fi, cookbooks, lifestyle books, spirituality and more – Bookperk has the books people are talking about.

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8. BookBub – Available on iOS

bookbubBookBub helps you discover great deals on bestselling ebooks. Millions of happy readers use BookBub to find the best free and deeply discounted books matching their interests. It’s free to join, and each day we’ll show you new limited-time deals in your favorite genres.

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9. Wattpad – Available on iOS & Android

wattpadJoin millions who love Wattpad – the world’s unlimited, ever growing library of FREE stories. Free stories and books written by published and aspiring authors, writers and creators, search popular genres and trending topics to find any story you can imagine. Follow stories as they are written and get updates for new chapters, connect with writers and other readers, using text, emoji, emoticons… all the reactions.

Binge read, leave comments on stories and discuss the newest plot twists! Write your own stories. Share your writing with the supportive Wattpad community and finally finish that novel (or listicle) you’ve been talking about.

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10. Overdrive – Available on iOS & Android

overdriveBorrow eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming video from your library using OverDrive on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch or Android device.

More than 30,000 libraries worldwide offer titles from OverDrive, so download the app and find your next book today! Available 24/7, now the library comes to you!

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11. LibraryThing – Available on iOS

librarythingThe LibraryThing app allows LibraryThing members to catalog and browse their collections. LibraryThing is focused on books, but you can add most media, including books, DVDs and CDs. LibraryThing relies on data from Amazon, and over 65 million library records.

Add books by searching for them or scanning their ISBN barcode with the camera.


12. BookShout – Available on iOS & Android

bookshoutYou’re never more than a tap away from over a million books with the BookShout app. With tons of FREE eBooks and NYT Bestsellers, BookShout is a top reading app for book lovers! Now integrated with the Spritz speed reader, you can devour words and finish eBooks at lightning speeds.

Stock your shelf with bestsellers, share notes and highlights, get recommendations, read samples and post reviews. The BookShout app is also the only reading app that allows you to scan a physical book barcode and get the digital preview on your device.

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