Everything is getting mobile, and this transformation has changed the way of living. From communication to socialization and food delivery to cab-booking, almost every business seems to go mobile these days. Businesses not competing with the current standards are likely to fall behind in competitors' race in the market. When almost every company is striving to stay ahead of the competition by embracing the change happening everywhere, book publishers and authors cannot remain at the back. There are mobile apps and online reading websites that cater to the modern needs of reading.
However, like all other apps and online platforms, some essential features make a reading app perfect for the reader. On the other hand, the absence of necessary elements in a mobile app can make it annoying or unappealing for readers. Therefore, while building a reading platform, a professional software development company should make sure that all the necessary features must be included in the app to make it user-friendly and successful.
App users should be able to personalize their apps as they want. The app must offer them some popular font and color choices. Color themes and backgrounds of a book should also be customizable. They can adjust the fonts, size, color, basic design of the page as they like. It can make reading more convenient for users.
Moreover, readers should be able to highlight and bookmark pages and lines from a book. When users are comfortable reading their favorite books within the app, they are likely to become regular readers and loyal users.
Also, personalized content can make a reading app favorite for many users. They can choose their favorite genres and categories to make a reading plan for their preferred books. A reading plan could make it easy for them to read favorite books just with a tap.
Easy Search and Navigation:
Easy search and navigation for text, books, and categories can help users find everything they want. This feature can make book reading a more enjoyable experience for readers. When they don't have to deal with the hassle of finding a book they love and can read a book just with a few taps, they must enjoy reading in a better way.
A reading mobile app can become users' favorite by offering offline content to the readers. When they are out of network, they can better spend their time with their favorite reading material offline. With a quick search, they should access their favorite book in the offline mood. Ideally, the downloaded/offline available books should be automatically sorted by series, author, category, or genre.
Many readers find it comfortable to read books at bedtime, but if they find the app colors too bright to read at night, this can simply annoy them. Uneasiness during the reading can make users abandon using the app. Including a dark-mode feature can simply solve this issue and make the app night-time-reading friendly. Switching the app to the dark mode can save users' eyes from excessive light and strain.
Translations or multi-language options can make an app double-favorite. It enables a wide user-range and people of different languages to use the app. This way, users can read translations of popular books. The availability of translations for award-winning and best-sellers in some common languages can make the app users' favorite. They can read popular books even when they are unfamiliar with the language used in those books.
A good reading app keeps track of readers about their reading progress. Readers can learn about their time spent reading books. They can keep track of the type of books they are reading and the pace at which they complete a book.
Audio Books and text to speech conversion is a remarkable feature in a reading app. If readers can listen to the audio version of a book, it can make the app distinctive. The ability to convert text to speech for users can make it convenient for them to hear audio of a book when they do not feel like reading.
Social Media Sharing:
Social media sharing can make the app successful, and users satisfied. This feature enables users to share their favorite books, quotes, and other reading material on their favorite social platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and more. If some lines or paragraph that touches their heart, they should be free to share their favorite lines among friends and connections. This feature can make reading more fun and social. And, users can also promote the love of reading among their connections.
Availability on the Web
A reading app can become more useful if it can be accessed from the web as well. A website version of the app enables users to read their favorite books without their smartphones. They login their accounts and continue reading their bookmarked pages.