Do you find all the ads, widgets, and general clutter to be distracting when you’re trying to read articles on the interwebs? Do you sometimes stumble across great articles but don’t have time to read them right away? Readability.com is a free app for smart-phones, tablets, and web-browsers that allows you to read web articles clutter free, save them for later, and move them across different devices. According to Readability:
A Better Way to Read on the Web… Readability is a free web and mobile app with a simple purpose: to deliver a great reading experience. It turns virtually any web page into a clean, comfortable reading view. You can also sync articles for reading later as you surf around the web.
Readability is available for Android, iPhone, iPad, Kindle, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, iOS, Mac, and more. Readability also has a blog.
Do love to read classic works of literature? Would you like free access to all the classics without ever leaving your place? Litfy.com is an online e-book library focusing on classic novels where you can read over 2000 free e-books from your computer. According to Litfy:
Litfy was born out of our love of reading. No matter what we prefer to read, be it the classics, romance, crime, or literary fiction, reading brings us joy and food for thought. Reading enhances our world and deepens our understanding of ourselves, others and the world around us. Reading feeds the imagination, reading feeds the mind, reading is fun… With Litfy we simply want to make reading available to each and everyone; we want it to be easy and affordable to attain new books to read. And by affordable we mean free! …We have gone to great lengths to make Litfy fun and easy to use. We have excluded all the fluff and unnecessary features that make navigating a site difficult… getting started reading is as simple as a couple of clicks with the mouse.
Categories include: Non-fiction, Romance, Mystery, Thrillers, Suspense, SF & Fantasy, Horror & Supernatural, Historical Fiction, Myths & Fairy Tales, Poetry, Plays, American Fiction, European Fiction, World Fiction, Ancient Era, Medieval Era, Renaissance, 18th Century, 19th Century, Early 20th Century, and Modern Era. There are several features designed specifically for students including: bookmarks, highlighting pens, a smart notes feature that lets you write in the margins, sharing options for social media and email, and discussion forums. Apps for iPhone, iPad and Android are coming soon for easy reading on the go. Litfy also has a blog.
Do you love a good story? Do have a story to tell yourself that you’d like to share with the world? Movellas.com is an online community of amateur writers where you can read great stories, and anyone can write a story and have it published. According to Movellas:
Movellas.com is a community site where you can read, write and share stories – or movellas as we like to call them. Here you can read thousands of stories, become a fan of other authors and comment on the movellas. When you create a profile you can write your own stories and get lots of readers. With Movellas it is possible to read anywhere, anytime… At Movellas.com everyone can be a writer! At Movellas everyone can publish their stories. Neither age nor experience are essential. All that we require is that you love to write and share your stories. From Movellas.com you can share your stories with all your friends and the rest of the world.
Categories include: Love & Romance, Mystery & Thrillers, Diary, Humor, Bedtime stories, Vampire & Horror, and Poetry. You can easily read movellas on your computer, tablet, iPad, iPod Touch, e-book-reader, or smart phone by downloading as an e-book or receiving a SMS-link. Movellas runs various contests from time to time so if you can write a really good story you could even win a prize.
Are you hesitant to buy books because you’re afraid you won’t end up liking them? Do you wish you could sample books before you buy like you can with music? BookDaily.com is a website that posts the first chapter of over 60,000 popular books so you sample them before you buy. According to BookDaily:
Here at BookDaily.com, we make it easy for you to discover new books to read as well as your old favorites. You can now read the first chapter of more than 60,000 titles from BookDaily… We invite you to make BookDaily part of your online routine. If you’re interested in a book, sample it here before you spend your hard-earned money buying it.
Books can be browsed by category and searched by author, title, or ISBN. Each book has an Amazon link so you can buy it and keep reading if you really like the first chapter. Signing up for a free account allows you to set up a “Sample Shelf” and receive a daily first chapter from that shelf via email. BookDaily also includes reader book reviews, genre newsletters, weekly columns, and more.
Do you like the idea of an electronic book reader but don’t want to buy yet another electronic device? Do wish you could just read books on go with your phone? BooksInMyPhone.com is a website that offers free downloads of books for your mobile phone. According to BooksInMyPhone:
We relish the opportunity to read great books, anywhere and at anytime (without actually having to carry them around). Now we can and we want to share the capability with you… The advent of the mobile/cell phone means that we’re actually carrying around a great ‘e-reader’… We format and package books so that you can read them on a java enabled phone… Our book reader program is integrated within each downloadable book… We manually review and format each of our books so that they will present well on a mobile/cell phone screen and deliver a high quality reading experience.
Books can be browsed by author, title, or tag. There are four ways to get books into your phone: Bluetooth, external memory cards, USB, and direct download. Features of the reader include: adjustable font size settings, night-vision mode, chapter navigation, pause & auto-resume function, and auto-bookmark.
Do you love to read? Have you run out of great books and need an idea for what to read next? WhatShouldIReadNext.com is a website that compiles book recommendations and reviews from readers, and uses that information to suggest new books based on what you’ve already read and love. What Should I Read Next? explains how it works:
WSIRN produces recommendations based purely on collective taste: when books are entered into the same favourites list, they become associated with each other. The more often particular items appear on different lists, the stronger that association becomes. Purely and simply, WSIRN represents mass opinion about books. Over time the recommendations should get better and better as the database grows… If you simply want a quick recommendation, you only need to enter one book; confirm that we’ve got the right one on the next page, and then you can click the WSIRN button to get some recommendations. The best thing to do, though, is enter a list of favourites. This will give you more focused recommendations, as well as helping to build the database and share your taste with other users of the site.
Books can be entered by Title, Author, or ISBN number. You can register to save your favourites list and recommendations.
Do you love to read? Are you looking for something new and need a good book recommendation? Would you like to discuss your favorite books with other book lovers? Goodreads.com is an social networking website that is all about books. According to Goodreads:
Goodreads is a free website for book lovers. Imagine it as a large library that you can wander through and see everyone’s bookshelves, their reviews, and their ratings. You can also post your own reviews and catalog what you have read, are currently reading, and plan to read in the future. Don’t stop there – join a discussion group, start a book club, contact an author, and even post your own writing.
If you think you know a lot about books and want to put your knowledge to the test, you can also answer trivia questions and take quizzes at Goodreads.