WINDOWS WEEK: 5 Windows 8.1 apps for a good read

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The internet is a treasure trove with millions of books, articles and magazines online, so if you’re looking for a good read, these five (mostly free) Windows 8.1 book apps are ideal downloads.



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Amazon’s Kindle app gives you access to over one million books in the Kindle Store. If you have any other devices with Kindle installed, you can just sync all your devices so that you have your books on each device and no matter which device you use, Kindle will bookmark where you stopped reading. If you want to purchase more books, Kindle will redirect you to the Amazon online store.

Rating: 5/5

[symple_column size=”one_half”] [symple_box style=”boxsucces”] “One app, multiple devices[/symple_box] [/symple_column][symple_box style=”boxerror”] Get it from the Windows Store [/symple_box]



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On Bookviser, you can read eBooks straight from your device for free, all you need is an internet connection to download books from the app. You can boomark, add notes, highlight, look up a word or sentence and change the fonts of the books you’re reading. If you happen to come across a word you don’t understand, you can search for it’s meaning on Google or any dictionary installed on your device, directly from the app.

Rating: 4/5

[symple_column size=”one_half”] [symple_box style=”boxsucces”] “Another good ebook app[/symple_box] [/symple_column][symple_box style=”boxerror”] Get it from the Windows Store [/symple_box]



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Zinio gives you access to tons of magazines from around the world including local titles such as YOU, People, Food and Home, Destiny and more. The added advantage about Zinio is that you can buy issues that aren’t even out in stores yet as well as previous issues that you may have missed. You can choose between buying just one issue or subscribing to your favourite magazine and once you’ve done so, you can read offline.

Rating: 5/5

[symple_column size=”one_half”] [symple_box style=”boxsucces”] “Huge range of magazine titles[/symple_box] [/symple_column][symple_box style=”boxerror”] Get it from the Windows Store [/symple_box]

Alpaca Children’s Story Books



Alpaca Children’s Story Books contains a library of classic tales and original stories such as Humpty Dumpty perfect for kids’ bedtime story reading. Parents can record their own voices and audio tracks so their kids can read the stories even when mom or dad aren’t around and navigating through Alpaca Children’s Story Book is easy enough for even the younger ‘uns to use on their own.

Rating: 3/5

[symple_column size=”one_half”] [symple_box style=”boxsucces”] “Fun for kids and parents”[/symple_box] [/symple_column][symple_box style=”boxerror”] Get it from the Windows Store [/symple_box]


Price: Free


Tome is the official app for the Goodreads book site where you can share and discover new reading material with your friends and other Goodreads members around the world. You can access free ebooks uploaded by other member, and scan barcodes of books that you want to recommend for others to read. It’s basically all about joining an online community of book lovers.

Rating: 4/5

[symple_column size=”one_half”] [symple_box style=”boxsucces”] “A great online book club”[/symple_box] [/symple_column][symple_box style=”boxerror”] Get it from the Windows Store [/symple_box]



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