What are the essential features of any modern reading app?
Any mobile app today should have a user-friendly UI and UX. But you don’t really need to reinvent the wheel. Check out the features that all popular e-reader apps have:
An in-app ebook store along with a user library management system
Support for the most popular digital formats (EPUB, PDF, TXT, LIT, AZW, ODF, MOBI).
The ability to adjust text formatting (font and size) to make reading more convenient on any screen and to meet users’ needs
Color themes and backgrounds for app customization
Cloud storage for books with the ability to download them on-demand to save storage space
The ability to search for text, books, and categories so users can find everything they need
Bookmarks, text highlighting, and notes so users can mark parts they find exciting or remember where they’ve stopped reading
A help center to make sure users can get through any issues
Social network integration for easy registration and for sharing notes or quotes from ebooks — or even for sharing ebook files
How to get more readers and make reading more immersive
With the functionality above, you might think you’ve got everything wrapped up and that users will be waiting to download your software as soon as your mobile app development is complete. But the truth is that you still have to invest massively into making reading a real attraction for users. The reason for that? Statistics!
According to the Washington Post, the number of people who read for leisure in America is at an all-time low. People increasingly prefer videos and movies to books. Social media is another factor affecting the reading habits of people around the world. We’ll share a couple of ways to spice things up and complete your recipe for the perfect reading app.
As you can see, there are plenty of things to consider during eBook app development as a new sales channel and a new product to drive more revenue. Even though there are so many reading apps already in the app stores, unique features can still attract users and drive lots of revenue. If you want to create an e-reading app and have questions about web and mobile app development, let us know. We’ll be happy to answer them and to provide outsourced development services for you.