The Art of Green Reading
There is nothing better than reading a book and a cup of tea in hands in rainy season, which is coming soon. However, comfort comes with a cost, as the chunk of papers were once part of the green forest. With so much green disappearing,why don’t we turn to digital age?
Over the past decade or so, how we read and consume books has changed drastically. Books don’t always come on paper anymore, but instead, they are often consumed on ebook readers and tablets that allow you to churn through as many titles as you want, whenever you want. Let us look at apps that help you go digital faster.
The Google ecosystem
Google has its Play store, which has an equally massive collection of books, movies, magazines, apps, games and more. Buy once, and you can read on all the devices associated with your Google account. The prices are fantastic and you get several national and international releases.
Zinio and Magster
These are the biggest apps for magazine aficionados. You can subscribe from a massive selection with the biggest brands and access both Indian and international editions. Zinio is superior, with a better user interface and design. Its offline sync mode allows you to read even while you are travelling in a low network area. Magster looks a bit dated, but has a larger collection of magazines. Both have the ability to share and save clippings.
Audiobooks have come a long way, and Audible has the biggest collection. They are a bit more expensive and heavier (in file size terms) than e-books, but are read out by seasoned actors, who do an excellent job.
The app has a large collection of popular and independent magazines, including digital-only publications. Its interface is fantastic and is perfect if you want to publish your own magazine. And a lot of magazines are free.
Though not a reading app, Evernote is the perfect tool if you want to save snippets from magazines and books and share and access them across devices. So you can just access your Evernote app rather than search through reams of paper for a piece.
Amazon Kindle App
The e-commerce giant’s heart has always been in books and now it has one of the largest book collections out there. It’s best experienced on Kindle devices, but you can download the app on your smartphone and enjoy one of the biggest book stores out there.
Everything is readily available on the Apple App store, the biggest collection of books on the iBooks store, major magazine publishers on Apple Newstand, and also latest Indian and international releases.
By Sanjay k bissoyi