Top writing and reading apps

01 September 2015

You can check out new authors, enjoy a virtual bookcase of great reads and books, and draft your own novel with these superb writing and reading apps.


Your bookcases wouldn’t be able to cope with Amazon’s catalogue of 1.5 million titles, but you can access them all through this app (some are free) and never be stuck for holiday reading again. 

Sync the last page you read and pick up where you left off on another device. Free, iOS, Android

The Week

This digest of the best of the week’s British and international press has been going strong on paper for years. Now you can buy a subscription for your phone or tablet, complete with a night-time reading mode and adjustable print size. Free, iOS, Android

The Hanx Writer

Created by Tom Hanks, this app turns your iPad into a manual typewriter. A joy to write with. You can choose different coloured ribbons and it even clacks and ‘clings’ pleasingly. Free, iOS

Good reads

Tap into the world's largest social network for readers with Goodreads.  Before committing to that novel, read thousands of book reviews by your friends and other Goodreads members.  

Keep a virtual bookshelf of what you've read and build your to-read list as you discover great books. Free, iOS, Android.

Saga Magazine

How could we not recommend downloading the UK’s bestselling monthly magazine on an app from Apple’s Newsstand? Packed with fascinating features, entertaining columns and expert advice, all for £1.99 a copy. Free, iOS, Android. Or order from for a wider range of options.

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