BlackBerry devices are often lauded for their stability and security, and rightly so. But what many don’t realize is that they’re also quite good at providing a superb e-reader experience given the right tools. All you need to make reading e-books in many formats a pleasure on your BlackBerry phone or tablet is the right application. Here are four good BlackBerry.com apps that should suffice.
To read any e-book you can find from any source, it helps to have the Swiss Army Knife of e-readers by your side so that you don’t have to convert texts from one file format to the next. Mobipocket makes that dream a reality by allowing users to read any book in any format on any BlackBerry device.
The budget tablet maker Kobo puts out a respectable e-reader tablet, but they also offer a surprisingly thorough online bookstore selection as well. Kobo eReader boasts an amazing 2.2 million texts for your immediate consumption. The nice thing about siding with Kobo for your e-book needs is the flexibility their platform provides. You can sync your e-book collection wirelessly via Bluetooth, bring your library with you on an SD card and more.
The major selling point of Wattpad is the fact that the books are free in addition to the application itself. Wattpad is quickly becoming known as the “YouTube of e-books,” thanks to its wide selection of user-submitted prose and fiction. The app itself is quite flawless in terms of performance and execution, but it’s the actual content that sets it apart. Anything and everything published under a Creative Commons license can be found here.
Make no mistake, the Kindle Fire is a solid e-reader. However, you don’t need to shell out $200 to get a fantastic e-book reading experience on your BlackBerry phone or tablet. Kindle for BlackBerry brings the diversity and choice of Amazon’s virtual bookstore to any BlackBerry device, regardless of which RIM mobile tool you prefer. From historical tracts to the latest bestseller, Amazon can provide the e-book you most desire.
While this list isn’t the be-all and end-all of reading apps for BlackBerry devices, it’s certainly a solid overview of the best mobile applications for dedicated readers. Whether you prefer PDF, ePub or .mobi when it comes to your e-books, these versatile and capable applications will allow you to read your favorite content on your favorite device.