Top 8 | Kindle Alternatives for iPhone

I, like so many people, own an Amazon Kindle and use it often to read books while on the train or in bed at night, often buying digital copies directly through the device and reading them on the go. The Kindle app is great in that it is also available for a range of different platforms including iOS, but is it really the be all and end all. I mean, I like it because I also own a Kindle so it makes perfect sense to have the same app on both Kindle and iPhone, but there are other options out there that may suit you better. We recently took a look at some of these and came up with a Top 8 Kindle alternatives list, which could be construed as some kind of hardware list but we’re really looking at alternatives to the Kindle app. Given the power of Amazon when it comes to choice and variety and of course price, it’s a big ask for any app to compete with what they offer these days, but there are big companies doing so. When you have the likes of Apple’s built in iBooks to compete with, and of course Google’s Play service and the Barnes and Nobile created NOOK, that top spot shouldn’t be viewed with too much security.

8. iBooks (Free)

I mentioned iBooks above and so it is probably best to elaborate on that, since why would you want to look elsewhere when you already have a nice eBook or reader app installed on your iPhone? Well, choice for one, but the catalogue for avid readers has gotten bigger and biggers in recent years so there is a lot of variety these days. I guess the main thing about this app, or at least the plus point is that it syncs with the iCloud meaning that if you own an iPad and a Mac then all your book purchases will immediately be synced across devices so that you can keep up with your reading no matter where you are and what device you are using. The interface itself is not as simple or easy on the eye as what we’ve seen with Kindle, but it’s a nice basic alternative nonetheless. – Download from iTunes

7. GoodReader ($4.99)

Speaking of nice interfaces, GoodReader provides one of the best in the business these days and is less an ebook app and more of a general reader. This means that no matter the format of document you choose to open and view, GoodReader should have you covered. If you’re looking for a tool that is a lot more professional than Kindle, and something you want to use for work as well as at home and when travelling, this app could be the one for you. It’s particularly useful when it comes to reading and modifying PDF documents, which most of us will have encountered at some point or another! – Download from iTunes

6. Bluefire Reader (Free)


We haven’t yet mentioned it, but many of the apps here are also available on the Kindle Fire HD and other Kindle devices. One of these is Bluefire Reader, which may be desirable for Kindle owners in that it allows you to access your PDF files. Bluefire is also available for a range of devices and platforms, including both iOS and Android, so it’s a nice choice if you own both a Kindle and an iPhone like myself and would like to keep your collections updated.  – Download from iTunes

5. Marvin ($3.99)


Marvin may well be one of the best ePub readers on the iPhone at present, with a nice AI engine that reads your books along with you and helps you discover different things about each one, then points you in the direction of discovering new content. I actually downloaded Marvin when the app was still free to the public, and wasn’t at all surprised to see the price go up to something more realistic recently. For all those who haven’t yet taken a look, it’s well worth the current price and a whole lot more for what it brings to the table. – Download from iTunes


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