Best gadgets and apps for reading

If you're struggling to take all your favourites stories with you, why not use your smartphone as an eReader?
Best gadgets and apps for reading

eReader gadgets

The summer may be coming to a close, but if you're planning a last minute getaway, you'll need a good book. Unfortunately with strict rules on how heavy your bags can be, taking a novel or two on holiday can be a problem.

So here are our favourite space-saving gadgets and apps that’ll let you enjoy your favourite books in a 21st Century way, no matter where you’re going.


The Amazon Kindle is the eReader that makes physical books tremble in their sleeves. The latest generation Kindle is super slim, lighter than the average paperback book and has space to store thousands of novels.

Its E Ink screen is designed to be the perfect size for reading books. And it shows text like paper does, so there’s never any screen glare when you’re reading outside. Couple that with a battery that’ll last for weeks and you have the ultimate gadget for reading while on holiday. Just be careful by the pool, it’s not waterproof.

Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 edge

If you're looking for a high-powered smartphone experience, look no further than the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+. If you’re planning on spending a lot of time at the beach or pool and are worried about getting your gadgets wet, this is the one for you.

This water-resistant smartphone has a fantastic Super AMOLED display that's easily good enough to let you read pretty comfortably even in the sunniest weather. And it’s got a super-quick camera, so you can take loads of great holiday snaps.

eReader apps


Free on Android, BlackBerry, iOS

If you don’t want to invest in an eReader or new smartphone to make your holiday reading better, download the Kindle app on your current smartphone. It gives you access to Amazon’s complete Kindle library of more than 2.5 million books, including thousands of free classics.

They’re easy to buy with your normal Amazon account and arrive on your phone in seconds. And when you’re reading a book, there are options to change font size, page colour and more to make it easier to read.


Available on Android for free (with ads) or for £4.99 (without ads)

Aldiko is a great alternative to Kindle for all you Android users. It looks good, is easy to get around and you can shop for loads of eBooks without leaving the app. Its big advantage is that it let you easily import your own eBooks that you’ve downloaded from other places. It even supports library eBooks.


£1.99 on iOS

The top alternative to Kindle for iPhone users is eBookMobi. Like Aldiko, it lets you easily import eBooks that you find online and in other apps (like eBook Search below). But it can also open comic book files and can even show files from Microsoft Office. But it can’t handle eBooks encrypted by Adobe DRM, a common way publishers protect their books from illegal downloads.

eBook Search

Free on iOS

eBook Search has more than 2 million free eBooks ready for you to download. There are loads of the classics that you’ve always wanted to read, alongside modern and self-published books. And the eBook files can be opened using almost any eReader app, like Kindle and eBookMobi above.


Free on Android, iOS

If you love the sound of delving into a good eBook while on holiday, but are planning something more adventurous than lying on the beach, check out Audible.

It has Amazon’s complete library of Audio eBooks, so you can choose from more than 100,000 titles. And because these are audio books, you’re free to hike up a mountain, explore a new city or anything else that takes your fancy.

If you’re a bookworm and have any apps or gadgets that you can’t live without, let us know in the comments below.

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