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Phone Apps to Turn Your iPhone into the Ultimate Personal Library
by guest columnist Caroline Ross
also published on Accredited Online Universities
iPhone users have access to the best personalized library right at their fingertips with the invention of Kindle for iPhone and other book readers. Forget the plastic library card and the hassle of remembering to return the books to the public library. Download the newest bestseller instead of wasting your gas driving all over town to find it in the bookstores.
There's something to be said about the weight of a book in your hand and the feel of the pages, but iPhone apps now give you an option. In this list of 75 iPhone applications, you'll find reference books, fiction, nonfiction, audio books and book readers to outfit your new digital library.
References, Dictionaries and Resources
- Google Mobile App - Googling is the way of the Internet. It's only natural you should have it on your iPhone to look up information in a snap.
- FreeSaurus - Need a better word for free? You can find one with this free thesaurus app and never run out of synonyms.
- Free Translator - If you ever find yourself in a foreign country where you don't speak the language, this app can help you out. Type is a word or phrase and let this app translate it into a different language.
- Wikipedia Mobile - Wikipedia is like the Internet's changeable encyclopedia. Most of the time, you'll find credible information on a subject from Wikipedia and learn a lot in a short amount of time about the subject. This app is free and great if you really need to look up a relatively extensive subject on the go.
- Dictionary.com - A free dictionary app. It doesn't get much more strait forward than this.
- Constitution for iPhone - You'll know your rights; especially if you've got the U.S. Constitution on your iPhone.
- Street Lingo: Urban Dictionary Search - Parents can download this Street Lingo app to figure out what their kids are saying. C'mon all the cool parents are doing it.
- Grammar Guide - Perfect grammar is imperative on resumes, cover letters, applications and other important forms that lend first impressions. Don't be making no mistakes no more on your forms with the Grammar Guide.
- The World Factbook - The World Factbook is not only interesting to browse, but it can make you a global trivia master. Go on tell your friends about the capital of Montenegro.
- Multilingual Dictionary - A multilingual dictionary is just about as important as a multilingual translator. If you plan a trip to a foreign country, download this app before you go.
- The National Archives - Can't get to the National Archives in London? Download this free app and browse through some of the most popular and important images from the museum itself without having to jump across the pond.
- Quotationary - Find a great quote for a card or look up who said, "To be or not to be" on the Quotationary app. You can't beat the random quote feature to infuse your brain with thoughtful ponderings everyday for $1.99.
Random Tidbits for a Well-Rounded iPhone Libary
- Phobias - Learn a little bit about psychology with the Phobias app. The 99 cent application has an index of phobias listed with their technical names like alektorophobia, or the fear of chickens.
- Stupid Laws - It would surprise you how many states have really dumb laws. Share this app's stupid laws with your buddies and have a good laugh at what the law comes up with sometimes.
- Harvest: Select the Best Produce - Pick your fruit when it's at its peak during the year with the Harvest app. It lets you know when specific fruits and vegetables are in season so you'll have a fridge full of nothing less than perfectly ripe produce.
- Gratitude Journal - Add your own book to your personal library by using the Gratitude Journal. Oprah touts that this app changed her life according to the app description. Record what you are thankful for each day in the journal and you won't dwell on the day's blah moments.
- All the Countries - Your high school teachers would be impressed after you play around on this app. Learn everything from a country's flag, currency, largest cities, religion, population, languages, economy, literacy, government and ethnicity.
Book Volumes, Collections and Classics
- Touch Bible Loaded - The Touch Bible Loaded app is an easy to use, searchable King James Version Bible with over 60,000 study notes to enhance Bible study time. The $4.99 app is a bit pricey, but is worth the plunge if your enjoy having a portable daily Bible study available at all times.
- Free Books: 23,469 Classics - Read all the classic books your brain can handle with this app: 23,469 free books to be exact.
- Comics - For 99 cents, you can download a giant comic book library with over 250 different comics from genres across the board. You must be 17 or older to download this app due to mature content.
- Wattpad: 100,000+ Books - Wattpad is a one stop application for classic and unique literature. You'll find popular novels, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, young adult fiction and classics all contributed from members of the Wattpad community.
- Self Help Classics - Find some of the most popular books in self help, motivational speeches and essays on success by downloading this app for 99 cents. This app has a solid three and a half star rating by other users.
- Sherlock Holmes Classics - Sherlock Holmes Classics features eight of the super sleuths classic adventures in digital form. This app is great for parents that want their kids to read classic literature without a big fuss.
- The Canterbury Tales - This app is great for high school or college students that have The Canterbury Tales as mandatory class reading. You can read from your iPhone anytime, anywhere so you won't have any excuses for not finishing the reading!
- The Odyssey by Homer - The Odyssey by Homer is a Greek classic that many college students will eventually find on a syllabus. Avoid the full book price and download this app book.
- Audiobook: Huckleberry Finn - Listen to this classic novel on your iPhone while you are on the go or parents can hand it over to their children to entertain them on the spot.
- B.C. Comics Vol. 1 - Download the first volume of B.C. Comics by Johnny Hart on prehistoric times. You'll be reading funnies on your iPhone dating as far back as 1958.
- Holy Bible: KJV - A classic, easy to read King James Version of the Bible available for iPhone and iTouch users.
- The Jane Austen Collection - Ladies will love this app of Jane Austen works.
- Mystery Classics - If you like mystery novels, this app is for you. Mystery Classics features eight classic fictional mysteries: The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart, The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe, The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie, The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens, The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie, The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan and Trent's Last Case by E.C. Bentley.
- The Edgar Allan Poe Collection - For 99 cents, you can download the most popular poems and short stories by American gothic author Edgar Allan Poe.
- The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain - This classic tale is available as an application for Mark Twain fans for $3.99.
- Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens - Make Oliver Twist part of your iPhone library for $1.99.
- The Iliad by Homer - The Iliad is also a Greek epic that many college students will have to read over the course of their education. Buy the app instead of the book for $1.99 to save a couple of bucks and precious backpack space.
- The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - For $1.99, you can add this 1850 American classic novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne to your expanding iPhone library.
- Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare - Any lady will love to read this famous play on her iPhone. Download it for $1.99.
- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen - This Jane Austen classic will take readers through the lives of the Dashwood sisters for $1.99.
Tools for Reading Books and Researching on Your Personal iPhone Library
- Kindle for iPhone - The newest e-Book reader is available for iPhone for free. Download Kindle for iPhone and you can buy books from iTunes and Amazon to read anytime, anywhere.
- B&N eReader - The B&N eReader from Barnes and Noble bookstore can be downloaded for free and features loads of bestsellers available for sale straight from the app.
- B&N Bookstore - Download the B&N Bookstore to go along with your B&N eReader to have bestselling books and many, many other books from different genres ready to load onto your iPhone so you'll never be without a good read.
- Book Shelf LT - Get access to thousands of e-books and download up to 10 at a time for reading on your iPhone.
- Book Search - Find any book online by searching its title, author, ISNB number or by keyword with the Book Search app for free.
- Audiobook Player: 2,300 Free Books - Gain access to 2,300 audio books and podcasts by downloading Audiobook Player for only 99 cents.
- Bookmark - Save your place while you're listening to audio books on your iPhone with this handy bookmarking app. Take notes, skip ahead or rewind your audio book too for only $1.99.
- PDF Reader Pro - This app allows iPhone and iTouch users to access any PDF file and read it with ease for 99 cents.
- Pro RSS Reader - Keep up with your favorite online news, blogs and RSS feeds with this reader made for offline use on your iPhone.
News on Your iPhone
Now that you have a starter list for the ultimate personal iPhone library, you can add more of your favorite books and resources to jam pack oodles of knowledge into one handheld device. Don't worry you can always add and remove your apps if you get low on iPhone space to make room for all your applications and other iPhone goodies.
Caroline Ross is a freelance writer for several education and career websites, including AccreditedOnlineUniversities.com . In order to inspire and inform people about the importance of education and seeking your calling in life, Caroline writes many articles about preparing for college, career planning and getting the right training for a job.
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