Thanks to the rise in popularity of audiobooks and reading apps, we now have access to entire libraries of literature, right at our fingertips.
With so many different apps out there to choose from – it can be tricky to work out which one is right for you. Find our top picks below.


Available on: iOS and Android
Cost: Free with optional in-app purchases

One of the best features of Audible is the vast library of audiobooks available for you to download and buy. There’s a plethora of categories to explore too, from celebrity autobiographies to science fiction, you’re spoilt for choice. Lose yourself in some of the most classic pieces of literature, many of which are read by some very familiar voices, including Paul Rudd, Reece Witherspoon, and Nicole Kidman – to name just a few.


The multi-tasking feature is useful for filling time during a download. Surf the internet for more context of your chosen audiobook without having to reload the app.

Plus, if you’re unsure about Audible, you can enjoy a free thirty-day trial. Pick two audiobooks at no cost and try it yourself - you can even send an audiobook you’ve already purchased to a friend for free.


Available on: iOS and Android
Cost: £7.99 per month

Escapism doesn’t get much better than Realm’s unique and exclusive stories. Pitched as the ‘Game of Thrones for your ears’, you’ll have over 500 original tales to dive into. Focusing on genres like horror, sci-fi, and fantasy – Realm’s storytelling is as compelling as it is macabre, and is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.


The engaging cinematic effects provide you with a truly immersive experience. Not to mention, storytelling is assisted convincingly along the way by sci-fi legend George Takei, who’s just one of Realm’s dedicated narrators.

Overall, the app is easy to navigate, with light and dark mode to help during those late-night reading sessions and remove any irritating screen glare. All audiobooks and podcasts are downloadable too, so you can listen to these chilling stories offline.

Apple Books

Available on: iOS
Cost: Free with optional in-app purchases

Whatever genre you’re in the mood for, the chances are that Apple Books has it. Search their extensive online bookstore for novels, autobiographies, poetry, and discover your next favourite book. Narrow your search by title, author, or narrator and find that bestseller you’ve been keen to get your hands on. Another great feature is the preview setting, where you can trial a short sample from any book before you decide to invest.


Reading on the app is intuitive and effortless; the digital bookmark means when you’re done reading for the day, you can pick up where you left off without scrolling through pages to find your place.

Browse Apple’s bestsellers section and read the books that everyone’s talking about. Apple Books even gives you personalised recommendations based on what you’ve been reading too, providing you with plenty of future reads to dig into.


Available on: iOS and Android
Cost: Free with optional in-app purchases

If you’ve ever needed a little motivation to read, then this is the ideal app for you. Bookly improves your reading skills over time by allowing you to set yourself goals and pushes you into the habit of reading weekly or monthly. Bookly tracks your progress too, providing you with statistics of your average reading times, streaks, and how you’ve developed over time.


Scan or search for books and add them to your collection on the app. Save your favourite quotes, make notes, and make the piece of text your own - the perfect app for students studying English Literature.

Bookly is a free app, but there’s also the option pay for a pro version, which enables you to track and download an unlimited number of books.


Available on: iOS and Android
Cost: Free with optional in-app purchases

Collect blogs, articles, videos, or any content on the internet that interests you with this handy app. With Pocket, you can save text, websites or images, and revisit them later in the day when you’re not so distracted. This means you can enjoy your favourite content in your own time. Pocket works offline too, so no more waiting around for an article to load during a long train journey home.

Another feature you’ll find useful is the ability to share your own recommended reads with your other Pocket friends. Share content from your curated list to your public profile and discuss the topics that intrigue you with other users.


The ad-free interface makes this app smooth and simple to use - while the highlight feature makes finding your area of interest quick and easy.

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