8 Best eBook Readers for iPhones

Reading ebooks on smartphones eliminates the burden of carrying your books around. You can also carry as many books as you want on your phone. However, you will need a capable ebook reader on iPhone so that you can open all kinds of ebook files and read on the go.

Apple bundles a native eBook reader called Apple Books to keep up with what you’re reading. While it’s good, it’s basic at best. There are much better eBook readers on the App Store that bring more versatility to your reading experience. That said, let’s take a look at the ebook reader apps you can try on your iPhone.

1. Apple Books

Apple Books, formerly known as iBooks, makes it easy to download both ebooks and audiobooks directly from iTunes. It integrates deeply with the Apple ecosystem. For example, you can sync all their collections on other Apple devices like iPad or MacBook using iCloud. On the other hand, AirPrint makes it easy to print PDFs and even notes.

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The interface is fluid and reading is a pleasure. The basics like automatic dark mode, search, bookmarks and notes are all here. Searching and discovering new books is easy, and Apple does a good job of recommending books based on app usage.

Apple Books is free to use and does not contain any ads, but only supports Apple devices, which is not surprising.

2. Ignite

One of the major limitations of Apple Books is that it does not support the Kindle format. It’s not surprising to see how they compete for the same market share and are the two largest platforms for ebooks.

The Kindle’s UI isn’t polished, but it gets the job done. You will find the top search bar hard to reach. However, you will mostly find what you are looking for.

Besides the usual bookmark and notes feature, you can improve the reading experience by changing the font type, font size and even margin. Tap and hold a word to search for the definition, translation, or Wikipedia.

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Kindle’s greatest strength is its e-book collection. You won’t find such a large and diverse collection of books from major publishers and independent authors. And then there’s the Kindle Unlimited program, where you can read your heart for a flat monthly fee. A boon for bookworms.

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Kindle is free to use and works on all major mobile and desktop platforms.

3. Marvin 3

Marvin 3 claims to pack over 150 features and enhancements. Some of these great interface options are really amazing like customizable gesture support, pagination modes, multiple scrolling options, enable/disable home screen menu items and much more. It will take some time to get hung up on everything you can do with the UI.

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Marvin is for opening your existing DRM-free EPUB, CBX, and CBR comics, not search and discovery. Cloud storage integrations make it easy to pull books from your collection, while GoodReads support lets you read book reviews before you start reading.

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Marvin 3 is a free app with an in-app purchase of $4.99 that will unlock premium features and open up more ways to customize the UI and reading experience than you know what to do.

4. Yomu eBook Reader

Yomu Kindle supports many more ebook formats such as PDF, MOBI and others. The clean interface lets you focus on the most important thing – reading. Unlike Marvin, which offers endless ways to customize the ebook reading experience, Yomu sticks to key features like brightness, dark mode, and layout.

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The focus is more on accessibility. The app supports popular ebook formats and popular cloud storage sites like Dropbox, iCloud and Google Drive. instead of storing

5. KyBook 3

KyBook finds the perfect balance between Marvin and Yomu. It supports many formats including PDF, EPUB, MOBI and even audiobooks and fiction books. They have added support for text-to-speech to make reading easy and fun, so you can listen to any ebook on the go. There are also many themes, color schemes, reading and scrolling modes.

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There aren’t many ebook reader apps that allow users to annotate text. KyBook 3 allows annotating with Apple Pencil, which you can then export in markdown format. You can also download ebooks from popular cloud storage services, SMB and WebDAV servers, and open source libraries like Project Gutenberg.

KyBook 3 is free to use. However, syncing and some premium features require a $14.99 per year subscription.

6. Kobo Books

Kobo is an e-commerce platform that sells e-books, audiobooks, and even e-readers. As such, it competes with Amazon. Kobo Books is the ebook reader app that lets you access their collections from your iPhone but syncs with other platforms. This means you can search and discover new ebooks to read. In the polished interface, you can use the bottom bar for navigation.

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It’s good to see that Kobo allows users to download ebooks from free and open source platforms like Gutenberg and FeedBooks from within the app. There are a few basic options for customizing the reading experience, but not as versatile as some of the ebook readers we’ve seen from indie app developers. You can search for definitions and explore Wikipedia and Google opened in the Safari browser.

Kobo Books is free to use.

7. FBOReader

FBReader supports both MOBI and EPUB ebook format, but you can also open Word and HTML files in it. Not all eBook readers for iPhones have this feature. There are many ways to customize the UI and reading experience by changing the font type, size, color, background, margins, page animations and more.

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Google Drive hosts the FBReader Book Network. Here you can create and manage your e-book library, which will be synced across platforms and devices. Think of it as your private library in the cloud.

FBReaders is a free app that you can unlock for a one-time fee of $4.99.

8. Wattpad

Wattpad is a unique platform where you can both read and write books. It’s kind of like Amazon’s Kindle Publishing platform, but on a smaller level. A great platform to discover independent writers before they become famous. It’s also a nice platform for writers to tell their stories for them to read with the audience.

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They have a team of editors who will curate the stories they think might interest you. Wattpad is more about writing or exploring what others have written than it is about uploading your library. If you love discovering new content, Wattpad is a great place.

Wattpad Premium will unlock more content and will cost $5.99 per month.

Reading on the Go

These were some of the best ebook readers for iPhone. There is something for everyone and all apps are either free or free. This means you can test the app before upgrading to unlock additional features. Are you using a different eBook reader app? Let us know in the comments section below.

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