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Apps for iPad/iPhone/Droid: Apps for English

Instructions on how to add applications to an iPhone, iPad, or Android.

Reading Apps


iBooks is an amazing way to download and read books. iBooks includes the iBookstore, where you can download the latest bestselling books or your favorite classics – day or night. Browse your library on a beautiful bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and bookmark or add notes to your favorite passages.

Click here to get iBooks app


GoodReader is much more than a simple PDF annotation app. It is a full featured file manager app for iOS. One of the coolest features is the ability to sync a folder on your iPad with a remote one on any server. This ensures your work is continually backed up. Annotation features include text boxes, sticky notes, text highlights, freehand drawings, lines, arrows, rectangles, ovals, clouds, text underlines, strikeouts, and text insertion marks. You can even add PDF links to make navigation simple. For $4.99 you get a better app than the $9.99 apps. The app is easy to use and more powerful than most of the other apps out there. A great alternative to the essential free app.

Click here to get GoodReader 


Read saved web pages on the go, even offline. Install a bookmarklet in your browser on your computers and click to save a whole article into Instapaper for later reading on your iPhone or iPad. Text-only view make it easy to read without scrolling right and left. Adjust the fonts to a size that works for you.

Click here to get Instapaper


Access and read your Amazon Kindle books even if you don't have a Kindle. Automatically synchronizes your last page read between devices. Delete a book when you're done and Amazon keeps your copy online for later retrieval. Adjust the text size, add bookmarks, and more. Universal iOS app. Free. Android version available.

Click here to get Kindle


Read content from Facebook, Google Reader, Twitter, and more in a magazine-style layout. View everyday content in an alternative way that emphasizes linked content, videos, and photos. Get interested in content that you might typically skip when browsing social media. For iPad & iPhone. Free.

Click here to get Flipboard


Similar to Reeder, Feedly is a fun, stylish way to read and share the content of your favorite websites, feeds, & social networks. For iOS & Android.

Click here to get Feedly


Similar to Flipboard, Pulse is an elegant news reading application that incorporates colorful panning story bars and fills them with content from popular sources. For iPad, iPhone, & Android.

Click here to get Pulse


Read Google Reader RSS feeds on a simple and attractive interface on the iPhone or iPad. Scroll through items one-by-one, or swipe items to skip. Star items for reading later.

Click here to get Reeder

Adapted from MIT Libraries, Apps for Academics.

Bibliography Apps

Create accurate MLA, APA, and Chicago style citations in seconds by scanning a book bar code or by typing the name of a book. Build and manage your works cited. Once done, email your citations and then export your citations to's popular bibliography management service.

Read more about the EasyBib App here.

Storytelling Apps

Film-making Apps

Dictionary Apps


Why Shakespeare-in-Bits? 

Handy in-line translations for antiquated phrases and words are literally only a touch away, along with full study notes for every section, analyses, plot summaries, cast biographies and relationships - everything that you need to make understanding and appreciating Shakespeare attainable.


Get Macbeth app here.

Get Romeo and Juliet app here.

Get Hamlet app here.

Get Midsummer Night's Dream app here.

Get Shakespeare app free here.

Shakespeare is a free app with the complete works of Shakespeare - searchable to find the exact word or phrase you’re looking for. Even though it’s free it is packed with impressive features including customisation of colours and font, ability to jump to other scenes. Detailed scene breakdowns give you an overview of the scenes within each play, their locations, and the characters present in each.

Get Shakespeare Pro app here.

Shakespeare Pro™ includes all the features of the free Shakespeare app; the complete works of Shakespeare (41 plays, 154 sonnets and 6 poems, including doubtful works) and search the concordance to find the exact word or phrase you’re looking for (with “relaxed” searching to find words close to your search term).

Get iWilliam Shakespeare app here.

The essential resource for William Shakespeare's plays, sonnets, poems, quotes, biography and the legendary Globe Theatre.

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