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These Android apps are real page-turners!

by Kristen Nicole

The publishing industry has officially gone mobile, and that means plenty of digital books to quench any bookworm's thirst for reading. From readers to games, check-ins to library apps, there are a number of tools and resources designed for your Android phone. While these digital days might not replicate the feel of a tangible book in your hands, the mobile experience is convenient, with an endless supply of prose to feast your eyes on.

Readers

Amazon’s Kindle for Android app is the most well-known reader in the market, with a mobile bookstore and library wrapped in one. Search by keyword or category, filtering by price and author, among other parameters. Powered by WhisperSync, books purchased and downloaded through this free app are accessible on other devices via your online account.

Barnes & Noble's answer to the Kindle is the Nook, which has made its way to the Android market, as well. Free, this reader also combines a bookstore with a digital bookshelf, offering a clean interface for searching and reading your favorite titles. Customize your reading experience, lend e-books to others, and scan through new releases and free titles.

eBooks by Kobo is another nicely designed book store and library, with a few extra reader tools, to boot. Search and purchase millions of titles, or import books from your SD card, as Kobo supports EPUB documents. They'll appear in your library, where you can set your reading preferences for day or nighttime reading, font size and more. Kobo for Android is free.

Aldiko was an early entrant to the Android market, and is still holding steady. This e-book reader isn't as centralized as the others, but it's still easy to use, with plenty of features. If you're looking for a wide range of free titles, Aldiko is an easy bet. Download books from within the app, mark your reading preferences, and search book text. The full version costs $2.99.

Suffering from eye strain, or driving your car? Have your books read aloud to you with the Audible app. Free for Android, Audible has a growing collection of titles to listen to, with options for earmarking your place, and scanning through chapters. Search by author, genre or length with this new-age version of books on tape.

Games and more

If you're like most bookworms, you like word-related games. Word Search Unlimited is an endless game of word search, with much cleaner gameplay than drawing your own ovals around stringed letters. This free Android app has themed puzzles, basic settings and zoom options for easy gameplay.

Like check-ins for books, GetGlue lets you mark your favorite titles, and earn points along the way. Earn stickers for interacting with this highly social Android app, and receive recommendations from the network. Best of all, you'll improve your chances of winning prizes from book publishers, making this media check-in app well worth it.

Shelved

If a real, physical book is what you're after, the Amazon app is good to have. Search the web retailer for any title, using keyword search or barcode scan, and purchase it within seconds. You'll also see your suggested items from Amazon's site, making this a killer combo app that can be a danger to your pocketbook. Amazon's tempting Android app is free.

Although BookWorm isn't a reader, it will help you keep a digital record of physical books in your library. This free organizational tool lets you scan books into its database, where you can keep tabs on your personal collection. You can then search, rate, and sort your library, all from the comfort of your Android phone.

A more comprehensive library tool is MyBookDroid, with cataloging and sync options with bookworm community GoodReads. See reviews from other bookworms, compare retail prices on titles, and bookmark those you want to read or purchase later. Manage and search your library with this free Android app, with filters for quotes, notes and more.