Computers and many mobile devices can be used for reading eBooks simply by installing free software or applications (apps).
* For free eBooks, see Free eBook and Lending Sites.
Amazon provides free Kindle apps for the iPhone/iPod Touch, iPad, Windows PC, Mac, BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone 7. The app allows you to make annotations or notes. It also allows syncing across multiple devices. New content can be purchased via the Amazon store but not within the app itself. You cannot add old content or content purchased at other vendors unless you own a Kindle eReader.
*OverDrive Kindle eBooks can be read with this app.
BluefireBluefire Reader for Apple and Android devices organizes EPUB and PDF eBooks from public libraries, independent bookstores and national retailers into a single reading environment on mobile devices.
*OverDrive EPUB and PDF eBooks can be read with this app.
OverDriveA free app is available for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone/iPod Touch, iPad, and Windows Phone 7. Ebooks can be search for and downloaded directly from the app. In addition to an OverDrive account, it also requires setting up a free Adobe Digital Editions user name and password.
AldikoA smart-looking Android app for use with non-DRM EPUB books. Use it to browse and download from thousands of free classics and modern works and read them right on your Android Smartphones and tablets.
*OverDrive EPUB and PDF eBooks can be read with this app. See instructions.
Adobe Digital EditionsAdobe Digital Editions is used for acquiring, managing and reading eBooks, digital newspapers, and other digital publications. The software supports PDF and EPUB files. It uses Digital Rights Management (DRM) to allow document sharing between multiple computers and devices with authentication through an Adobe ID.
*OverDrive EPUB and PDF eBooks can be read on your computer with this software.
The International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) brings a worldwide collection of free children's books to the iPad. The largest collection of its kind, the ICDL spans the globe with thousands of children's books from over 60 countries, in a wide assortment of beautiful languages with captivating illustrations.
Because of the visual nature of Kids' storybooks, there are very few apps that will read multiple eBooks. Most apps are created for one eBook and charge a small fee (usually $.99 - 8.99). These apps are only available on tablets such as the iPad, Kindle Fire, and Nook Color.
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