App Attack #003: The Reader Edition

App Attack #003: The Reader Edition

App Attack #003: The Reader Edition

So you just bought that shiny new tablet. It's all charged up and ready to go. But you'll need more than that to truly enjoy the tablet experience. And for some, the tablet has become an ebook reader. So how does one get around to enjoying their reading experience on the tablet? One word: Apps. Besides the definitive Apple iPad and its iOS option, there are some apps that cross over to the Google Android realm. Hence, we present five of our favourite tablet apps, for your reading pleasure. 

 
Kobo

Price: Free
Category: Books
Platforms: Apple iOS / Google Android / Palm Pre / BlackBerry

Reading and downloading books onto a tablet. Now that's an idea that we're on board with. But it's not easy to find one that is readily available across multiple platforms. Hence, Kobo is the recommended reader app, given its support for the major mobile platforms, ranging from Apple's iOS, to Google Android, Palm Pre and RIM's BlackBerry OS.

Kobo's real strength lies in its content availability, which amounts to almost 1.8 million in titles. With an account tied to Kobo, you can synchronize any downloaded and purchased books back onto your device, old and new.

  

 
Zinio

Price: Free
Category: News
Platforms: Apple iOS / Google Android (selected devices only)
What is the real purpose of a tablet acting as a reading device? In one word: storage. This is especially true if you do not wish to have magazines constantly piling up at your coffee table. Should that be the case, we recommend Zinio, which is an app that acts as a digital distribution channel for your favourite magazines.

As a digital newsstand, Zinio has a plethora of magazines to choose from. While most magazines that are found on this digital platform are a direct port from its physical publication, there are some which includes interactive elements.In fact, you can also find our very own HWM within Zinio. You can choose to purchase the magazines as a one-off purchase, or pay for an annual subscription as you would with its original format.

 

 

 
Marvel Comics

Price: Free
Category: Books
Platforms: Apple iOS

Reading for pleasure can only get better when you have an app that promises all your favourite comics with just a few clicks. For comic fans, the Marvel Comics app does just that. With a wide selection of comics from the Marvel universe, you can save on space by downloading these digital comics, as long as your iPad's storage permits it to.

Flipping through the Marvel Comics app is as simple as how you would do it with the paper edition. This simple interface is also brought over to the comic store within, which has a wide collection of classic and new Marvel comics (from as low as US$0.99) for you to download. More importantly, once you purchased these digital copies, you won't have to worry about losing them, since it's all backed up with your Marvel.com account.

 

 
Pulse News Reader

Price: Free
Category: News
Platforms: Apple iOS / Google Android

The internet is a big place to explore. And if you depend on these vast medium for your daily news, you'll probably get swamped and drown in the sea of information. Apps such as Pulse News Reader are just one of the many ways to organize these news for easy reading.

Pulse News Reader summarizes and organizes your news feeds into a horizontal scrolling bar. You can choose to update and refresh your news feed manually (to conserve power) or just let it automatically pull in any updated news feed whenever possible. Choosing an article will bring you to a preview of it, while that specific news feed column is hidden at the bottom until you tap on the screen to bring it up. Inicidentally, you'll also options to share the article via Twitter, Facebook or even through a text message with an accompanying link.

 

 
Flipboard

Price: Free
Category: News
Platforms: Apple iOS

The thing about social networks, is that they tend to be too scattered. This makes it hard to read all your news feeds at one glance. Flipboard solves that issue with not only efficiency, but finesse too. The beauty of Flipboard is in its layout, which collects your Twitter and Facebook news feeds, and transforms it into a style befitting of a magazine.

Personally, Flipboard is one of our favourite iPad apps. This is especially true with its recent update that includes Google Reader support. This makes it much easier for us to peruse news from the internet, spruced up with great design elements across your daily news reads.