The more avid bookworms among us know that reading is not just an activity; it’s a lifestyle, affecting what you wear, how you interact on social media, what podcasts you listen to, and what you talk about with your friends. But what platforms allow you to track your reading and reviews, divorced from certain bog-box retailers?
Here at Libro.fm, we’re recommending eight of the best apps and websites to help you live an amazing bookish life.
If you’ve ever been in a book club, you know all too well the long email chains and group messages that come with it. The folks at Bookclubs knew there could be a better way, so they created it. Through their website, you can create a book club, email invites to everyone, easily collect RSVPs, poll your members to select books and meeting dates, rate reads, explore discussion guides, and more!
Bookly bills itself as “your reading assistant”, and that’s exactly what it is. You can add a book by scanning its ISBN or searching for it online, and then track your reading — just click “start” and “stop”, enter the page number or the percentage you’ve got to, and Bookly spits out pretty graphs and statistics about how long it takes you to read a page and how much longer it will be before you finish your book. There’s even a section for recording thoughts and quotes, and you can set up monthly and weekly goals and unlock various achievements.
Libby is a user-friendly way to borrow ebooks and audiobooks from your local library, and also to place holds if they’re not immediately available. If you’re out and about, you can stream your borrowed books using mobile data until you’re on WiFi, when they’ll be downloaded automatically. And no need to worry about late fees — your books will be returned automatically on their due date. The app was created by OverDrive, which also offers a student reading app.
Libib allows users to catalog all their media, including books, movies, music, and video games. You can also leave notes, import/export your libraries, and tag content. According to Amber, a Libib user, “It helps me keep track of the books/movies I already own, so I don’t duplicate purchases” and would also be helpful in case of an emergency that caused loss of that media.
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Imagine Instagram just for book nerds, and without the pressure for beautifully staged pictures. That’s what Litsy is — a social network where people share their love of and thoughts about books. There’s a built-in way to share quotes, so you don’t even have to use a picture if you don’t want to. Book Riot’s resident veloci-reader Liberty Hardy is active there, and she’s an excellent source of information about new books.
The StoryGraph is a tool to help readers find their next—well, story. Users can take a brief survey about their reading preferences based on genres, themes, mood, and more. From there, The StoryGraph recommend the books in their database most suited to those preferences. Their site also offers reading challenges to get you started and a community board where you can see what other users are reading in real-time. Download the app here!
Wattpad is a great place to discover writers, read some fanfiction, and interact with authors as they upload their stories in installments. There’s a free version, and there are lots of stories you can read without spending any money. You can browse by genre ; YA and romance are big there (and werewolf lit is its own category), but you’ll also find thrillers, mystery, nonfiction, poetry, and more! Read away, while helping new writers get discovered.
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