E-reading apps or mobile reading apps are essentially robust mobile services developed to make the habit of reading more accessible, convenient, enjoyable and hassle-free. In a post-COVID world, offline reading habits are plunging as the online option is coming across as rather safer.
According to GlobeNewswire, the global e-book reader market size will bloom and reach up to USD 38.17 million by the year 2026. The market and the consumer interest – both are growing at a brisk pace when it comes to online books.
That’s why we say, there’s never been a better time to make one! Let’s understand how you can develop an ideal mobile reading app from scratch that can grab the attention of readers across the world.
Nook, AIReader, OverDrive, Rakuten Kobo and Google Books are currently some of the most prominent names in the e-book market, reaping the best benefits like these:
Nearly everyone today owns at least one smart device (mobile phone, iPad, tablet, etc.) that they carry with them everywhere. Bringing books to them in those handy devices adds convenience and visibility, increasing overall sales.
A reading app is much easier to browse through compared to an offline bookstore. With the search engine, separate compartments according to taste and age, and other segregation features, readers find themselves in a rich pool of options to choose from.
Apps allow you to change the font, color, and size of the book pages, which is the kind of customization that physical books could never offer.
Brand awareness and brand loyalty, both see a spike with online reading apps.
Along with seamless UI/UX, some must-haves are:
There’s certainly room for enhancement in the user experience. What kind of features are considered rather novel? Let’s check them out too.
These are the features that can make your app stand out and make it a premium choice for the users:
The app should quickly adapt to different device ratios.
Users can choose their favorite genres and authors when they’re signing up, so later the recommendations are based on the same.
Try to include as many languages in the app as possible. It will not only lure readers of local-language books, but also make you a more inclusive brand.
Make a cloud/web version of your app so it is accessible over other gadgets like laptops and desktops. Also, make your app (or at least some books) available in offline mode.
Give users a chance to engage with people across the world who also love the same books as them. Go beyond just rating systems. Add a comment section for individual books, or a general forum with different subsections where people can actually talk.
Offer statistics to individual readers about their reading time, their top genres, their current and previous books, etc. Explore a premium graphical representation of the same.
You can monetize your app in many ways, some of them are listed here:
You can rent space on your app to relevant advertisers and reap the income from there. In this model, you can make the e-books totally free for the readers.
Your income can come from users’ upfront payments. Either they can pay for the app in the App Store/Play Store, or they can pay for individual books. Any way you pick, make sure to make the process as smooth as possible.
This is the “try before you buy” model where you can offer some basic books and services to all users for free, but there is a premium subscription that can be availed for exclusive features.
You can offer monthly or yearly subscriptions instead of charging for individual books or offering anything for free.
Many offline bookstores and libraries are adapting to the growing consumer need and digitizing their services. Bookworms are sharing their love for fiction and non-fiction through these apps, too.
Now is the time to invest in a premium e-book app, connect with your developer now!