Your bookcases wouldn’t be able to cope with Amazon’s catalogue of over 3.4 million titles, but you can access them all through this app (some Kindle books are free) and never be stuck for holiday reading again. Kindle Unlimited allows you to read as many books as you like for a set monthly fee.
Sync the last page you read and pick up where you left off on another device. Free, iOS, Android
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
Scribd, billed as 'Netflix for books' long before Amazon Unlimited came along, features half a million books from hundreds of publishers across a range of genres, plus provides personalised recommendations based on your reading habits. Subscription based, 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
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. Join online communities and book groups based on genres you love and get recommendations from Goodreads based on the kinds of books you enjoy.
Keep a virtual catalogue of what you've read and build your to-read list, favourites list and other custom lists as you discover great books. Free, iOS, Android.
WriterDuet is from the same team behind scriptwriting web-based app Celtx, and it's great for budding scriptwriters who want to write on the go without having to worry about formatting. Free, iOS, Android
The Libby app by Overdrive allows you to download ebooks and audiobooks from participating libraries. You'll need to check with your local library to find out whether they use it and what the limitations are, for example Kent Libraries allow 12 books to be borrowed at a time. You can browse what's available using your local library's Overdrive interface. Free, iOS, Android
tiReader is a reading app for iOS supports a wide range of formats such as PDFs, epubs, cbrs, cbzs, plus photos. If you download DRM-free books you can easily read them in the tiReader, plus add bookmarks, annotations and search and manage your library - although the free version only allows you to store five items at a time. Upgrade for unlimited storage. Free, iOS.
Evernote includes templates that lets you do anything from taking notes during lectures to planning a novel's structure. You can share your work with collaborators or tag your work to make managing projects easier. There's a free plan that can be upgraded to premium for a few dollars a month. Free, iOS, Android
Magazine readers can enjoy reading unlimited magazines from participating publishers for the set price of £7.99. Considering the cost of some monthly glossies this could be a big saving for anyone who buys multiple magazines a year, and can be bought as a gift card. Subscription fee, iOS, Android
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. iOS, Android.