10 Handy eBook Readers for iPhone

I must confess that I don’t have a Kindle or read eBooks on my laptop, but I was thinking the other day about downloading a few eBooks on my iPhone. After a little research, I found myself fairly impressed at the range of options out there!

I’ve put together a roundup that includes ten of the best eBook readers for the platform. Whether you’re wanting to read Kindle books, classic novels, or simply PDFs – there’s something for you.

Classics

Classics

Classics

This is an amazingly designed app, and probably the most interactive in the list. You are able to organize your books, virtually flip through pages, insert your bookmarks, and much more. Instead of just regular text and flipping through screens, you actually see different fonts, font sizes, formatting, and images, unlike some of the other apps out there. Currently there are 25 books available, but new ones are added regularly via free updates.

Price: $2.99
Developer: Andrew Kaz and Phill Ryu
Download: iTunes Store

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble eReader

The B&N eReader app is specifically designed for the B&N store. Upon initially downloading it, you get 6 eBooks free, as well as access to a library of classic titles. Not only can you browse the entire B&N library of eBooks to purchase, you can also download samples of books to see if you like it, just like if you were in the bookstore browsing. After building your own library of purchased books you can browse through them with the Cover Flow feature and easily find what you are looking for.

Price: Free
Developer: Barnes & Noble
Download: iTunes Store

Kindle

Kindle

Kindle

The best thing about the Kindle App is that you don’t even have to own a Kindle! You can utilize all the features of Kindle on your iPhone instead of spending the cash on the actual Kindle reader. But, if you do have a Kindle, you can actually sync between your last pages read on your Kindle or iPhone, and the unique Whispersync technology syncs the two devices together. The app has all the basic functionalities of all the other eBook readers, and can access Amazon Kindle’s entire eBook library.

Price: Free
Developer: Amazon
Download: iTunes Store

Stanza

Stanza

Stanza

One of the more popular choices when it comes to eBook Readers is Stanza, and for good reason. It has Cover Flow, page flipping effects, a huge library of different stores, free resources and a ton of little features that make the experience great. You can take notes, access your computer from the shared Wi-Fi network, and customize every little possible detail to make your experience reading exactly the way you want to.

Price: Free
Developer: LexCycle
Download: iTunes Store

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus

I like the fact that when I pay a flat fee I am going to be getting a selection of books for that rate. With Eucalyptus this is the way it is. You get 20,000 books right in the palm of your hand, with awesome organization, great visual effects inside of the app, and tons of great features that make tasks like searching, downloading, bookmarking, and managing all your books really easy.

Price: $5.99
Developer: Things Made Out Of Other Things
Download: iTunes Store

Comic Zeal

Comic Zeal

Comic Zeal

If you read comic books than this is an app that you have to have. It’s not really an eBook reader per-se, but it is the best app if you download comic books and graphic novels. There are a ton of different ways to browse through your downloaded comics, and a bunch of optimized features, like locking screen orientation if you are reading laying down, zoom snapping to the size of frames, and it has been optimized to operate one-handed.

Price: $3.99
Developer: Bitolithic
Download: iTunes Store

Bookshelf

Bookshelf

Bookshelf

With this app you can use the Baen Free Library to get any free books that you want, or you can use your WebScription.net account to buy books as well, if you can’t find the what you are looking for on the free one. Also, this app uses a unique software called ShelfServer so that you can load your own personal ebooks onto your iPhone and take those along with you too.

Price: $9.99
Developer: HPC Technologies, Inc.
Download: iTunes Store

Aji Reader

Aji Reader

Rather than this app being just an eBook reader, this is actually more geared toward reading PDF files. It gives you full functionality of reading your PDF files on the go including accessing links, outlines/bookmarks, annotations, and even important password-protected documents. If you deal with PDF documents on a regular basis, this is a must have, and the best thing… it’s free!

Price: Free
Developer: Aji, LLC
Download: iTunes Store

Wirdy aka iPDF

Wirdy aka iPDF

Wirdy (aka iPDF)

So this is kind of tricky, you can find this in the app store as iPDF and Wirdy, but the website they have classifies it as named Wirdy, so that’s what I am going with. Its another free PDF and eBook reader with basic functionalities of what a PDF and eBook reader should have, letting you view in landscape and portrait mode, save books and PDFs, and its also completely free!

Price: Free – $6.99
Developer: Fubii
Download: iTunes Store

eReader

eReader

eReader

This is one of the oldest eBook formats, existing for over a decade, and now they got their iPhone app out there for everyone to grab for free. eReader supports a ton of features, just like almost all the other eBook readers out there, such as landscape mode, tons of font styles and sizes, footnotes, sidebars, and dictionary integration.

Price: Free
Developer: Fictionwise, Inc.
Download: iTunes Store

Conclusion

I’ve never really been much of an eBook reader, but now having a look at all the options that are actually out there… I might as well jump on the bandwagon. The iPhone is never going to offer the same quality experience as a dedicated eBook reader, but it’s a great option if you’re a casual reader and want something to flick through on-the-go.

I hope you guys enjoyed this list of sorts. Feel free to let me know what your favorites are, and why, down below in the comments!


  • Stef

    I love Stanza. It’s def. the App on my phone I use the most, at least until I can afford a Kindle.
    I do have the eReader App on my phone as well, but it’s unstable and much more difficult to navigate.

    I wasn’t aware that there’s a Kindle App … thanks for the heads-up.

  • millca

    So I want to be able to read just regular PDFs but want the ability to bookmark, highlight (or take notes) and have the app remember where I left off on the various pdfs I’m reading at the same time. Does anyone know which one would be best for those features? I don’t think the Kindle app does this, right? Not with standard PDFs, right?

    • Stef

      I use Stanza for it. You can sync pdf’s via their desktop version and a wireless network, plus you have access to tons of free books and news feeds.

  • http://xanato.net maique

    i use the kindle app, just because it’s connected to amazon, and it’s convenient to get books, and a ton of them i get.

    i just wish they would have eucalyptus reading mode, it’s beautiful and a pleasure to use.

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  • http://andrewburgess.posterous.com Andre Burgess

    Great roundup! I’m currently using Stanza for eBooks; I’m giving GoodReader a try for PDFs, because Stanza removes all PDF formatting, and GoodReader is currently 80% off. I think I’ll give Aji Reader a try, though.

  • Sebastiaan Swinkels

    I’m not using any eBook reader for now. Going to try a few now though. However, could you please include a few in-app pictures or screenshots in your next roundup ? It’s hard to tell what a looks and feels like from its app icon only.

  • http://pdftrace.com jhony

    only 2 ebooks that free, ^^ too bad

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  • http://www.technomesh.com Nilimesh

    nice list,they are really useful

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    i use the kindle app, just because it’s connected to amazon, and it’s convenient to get books, and a ton of them i get.

  • Katrina

    Love Stanza. Best on so far in my testing. Kobo comes in a close second.

  • David

    You neglected to include which format each Reader allows. Therefore the article is of marginal use. But thanks anyway.

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