As a student, buying books is quite a luxury, so I always make the most of offers that enable me to read in a way that doesn’t break the bank. After downloading the Blloon app, I thought I’d mention what I’d read with my first 1000 free pages!
A new reading app aimed at young adults launched in Britain a few days ago. The app, called Blloon, is the product of a Berlin startup company and follows a freemium model. You can download the app now for free and you are given 1000 pages worth of credit to start reading with straight away. After the 1000 page trial is up, you can gain more credits by reviewing books that you’ve read and by sharing books on social media platforms, or by paying for them.
I mentioned a couple of days ago that I might be on the lookout for a Kindle. Since then, I’ve realised perhaps that a tablet would be a better choice than a simple ebook reader. For either the same price or a little extra, I could get a tablet and download various ebook apps (and also be free from guilt in class when we inevitably end up discussing evil Amazon and their publishing takeover with an Amazon product in my bag!). I still love buying books and borrowing them from the library, but, as I said earlier this week, it makes my commute a lot heavier. I also think that, as I read a lot of out of copyright books, I could save a small fortune by making myself a free digital library instead of purchasing print copies. I thought it might be interesting to do a little round-up of what I think are the best devices to read on from a strapped for cash student’s point of view. Continue reading
I’m a little shocked at an article I found on the FutureBook blog about ebook reading habits on mobile phones, a topic that is being discussed this week at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The article summarises the results of a survey taken by 3000 consumers in the US and the UK by Michael Cairns and Publishing Technology, and describes how many people use their phones to read ebooks. Continue reading