Do you want to use your iPhone, iPad or iPad Mini as an eReader? Maybe you’ve already tried by using Apple’s iBooks. The problem is, Apple’s so-called ‘bookstore’ doesn’t have a broad range of books unlike the more well-known eBook retailers. That’s why we’re here to give you a few great alternatives to iBooks that have added features for an overall better eReading experience.

Take note that some of these reading apps have cool features like Open Publication Distribution System (OPDS) where you can find free resources or eBook catalogs, and some that support different eBook file formats. So without further ado, here are the top reading apps for iOS.

Enjoy!

 

 

Wattpad

Wattpad

This is a social reading/writing hub where a community of writers come together to read works by aspiring authors – themselves!

Once you sign up, you can manage your library and start writing your masterpiece. Without an account, you can just browse through tons of eBooks and read to your heart’s content. The books are rated and commented on by other Wattpad members so you know that you’ll be reading something worth your time.

There are 2 ways for you to read using this app: you can flip pages by tapping the left or right third of the screen or you can scroll up and down or even opt for auto-scrolling. Font sizes and color schemes can be changed according to your preference, as well as the brightness level and background colors.

 

Nook by Barnes & Noble

Nook by Barnes & Noble

If you love reading eBooks, then you’re surely familiar with Barnes & Noble, the largest known book retailer in the US. eBooks bought from them can be read on their dedicated eReader or straight on your iOS with this handy app. You can search for text within a supported file, add annotations or notes, highlight text, and even use it with the built-in dictionary (downloaded separately). You can also make changes to the text, font type and size, line spacing, as well as page margins to suit your reading comfort needs. It features a night theme for better reading experience, and you can also customize your own theme by picking colors of text, background, links, and color for your highlighted text.

 

Stanza

Stanza

This versatile reading app prides itself with more than 4 million book downloads and supports different file types such as ePub, PDF, and CBR/CBZ in languages other than English. You can insert a download link of a supported file format which can then be downloaded and saved into your library. You also have the option to add public OPDS catalogs where you can browse and download free eBooks.

Stanza also lets you change the theme or ‘paper’ of the book, enable the ‘night theme’ where the text is white while the background is black, or customize the background and text colors according to your preference. To flip pages, simply tap the left or right third of your screen or swipe left and right, as well as jump between pages through the table of contents.

 

Zinio

Zinio

Are books too mundane for you? Get a reading app for magazines instead! Zinio, the world’s largest newsstand and bookstore, has online publications under 11 broad categories, including Science & Technology, Lifestyle, Travel, and more. You’re spoilt for choice with hundreds of thousands of available issues, plus daily offerings of free magazine previews. You can read the magazines in high-fidelity mode, complete with full, rich colors; interactive content; and other multimedia enhancements. You can also switch to plain text mode for a toned down reading experience.

Manage your purchased subscriptions and issues with your iTunes account and sync them to all of your devices. With Zinio, you can also bookmark your favorite pages, articles, and even photos, or share them to your friends via sharing options.

 

Kindle

Kindle

If you don’t own a Kindle but still want to shop for eBooks on Amazon.com, then this is the app for you. With an Amazon account, all your eBook purchases can be accessed via this app. Without it, however, you need to use an app like Dropbox to open the file on the Kindle app. The app also recognizes files imported through iTunes.

The Kindle app supports .mobi files, and also has support for Japanese character for vertical text and even manga. You can customize the font and the font sizes, and choose a normal, night or sepia theme. What’s more, you can control the level of brightness within the reading settings. Text can also be highlighted and shared on Facebook or Twitter. You can add notes, and all your notes will be saved in a list which can be viewed and accessed under the book information page.

Take note, however, that you can’t browse the Amazon library with this app to make new eBook purchases.