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Top Ten Free Reading Apps for iPhone

written by: Natalie Hill•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 11/25/2010

There are all sorts of reading apps available, here we have collated the best free reading apps for your iPhone. Enjoy!

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    FOX News

    FOX News The FOX News app is definitely in the top reading bracket for US news. Apart from having all the latest news you can receive alerts on the latest stories, stream live videos including the Strategy Room each day, listen to FOX news radio, share and save top stories, browse through galleries and watch the latest FNC clips.

    This app has everything you need with a user friendly interface. The options to filter what news you'd like to read are listed along the top in order of Top Stories, US, World, Politics, Entertainment, Leisure, Health, Scitech, Opinion and Sports. The options for every other feature are along the bottom. And the best bit, it's a completely free iPhone application.

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    Sky News

    Sky News 

    Sky News is a leading network. As one of the most downloaded news apps in the UK it gives you all the latest news, notifications, video, live TV and discussions. Displayed much like FOX news, you have a tabbed selection of Top Stories, UK News, Sport, Politics, Business News, World News, Showbiz and Strange. Perhaps one thing which sets this app apart from the rest is the option to report a news story yourself via the You Report option along the bottom of the screen.

    This easy to navigate interface is uncluttered and breaking news is clearly recognisable. Overall a must have free news app for your iPhone.

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    MTV News

    MTV News If it's celebrity news you're after, search no more. MTV News, both UK version and US version, are the first with any gossip, news and entertainment.

    What's to love about this app is its simplicity, much better than the actual site, just open the app and you have a list of your celebrity news stories which you can scroll through and read at your leisure. The US version does have added features including exclusive videos, picture galleries and articles by category. From US to UK stars this app is ideal for both sides of the pond and is updated at various stages during the day. So if you want to be the first to know when Beyonce confirms she is pregnant, or X Factor goings on inside the house, MTV News should be your first port of call.

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    Comics With over 300 comic books in the range, the free Comics app is unlike the ibooks app, where you purchase the free app to then be hit with costly books. It has the largest number of free comics, not all are free but then we can't have everything! The Comics store has a similar set up to iTunes where you can peruse your selection, featured, free, top 25, and browse, purchasing is much the same as well.

    Once you've selected your comic, to turn a page simply swipe your finger over the screen. Extremely easy to navigate and including over 30 free comics it is easy to see why Comics is the preferred choice amongst comic lovers on the go.

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    Stanza The Stanza iPhone app, an Amazon owned app, has been in various top reading app lists since its release and it's clear why, with over 50,000 paid titles and 50,000 free titles in its catalog this app gives you plenty of choice.

    With a very friendly interface the classic sliding your finger to turn a page gives you the feel of a real book and you can change the book's font, colours (the most popular is white with black background allowing you to read in bed), bookmark your page, organise books into groups and change the layout by simply tapping the center of the screen to access the reading controls. Transfer ebooks to and from your PC by selecting your device in iTunes and then from the file sharing section select Stanza.

    With the many free ebooks in various genres available on this free iPhone app you'll never have to even venture to the paid ones. From romance to horror to self published, the choice is vast. Greatly recommended as the best selection of well known free ebooks available from any reading app.

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    For more top free iPhone reading apps go to page 2.

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    Ten of the best free reading apps for iPhone. Whatever you like to read from the latest sports news to comic books you'll find a great free reading app for your iPhone here. These free iPhone applications are ideal for avid readers.
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    Wattpad On the surface Wattpad looks to be similar to Stanza in that it is also an ebook reader, however, this is completely different in its content. Having been described as the YouTube of ebooks, its content is totally contributed by the community, some well known, but mostly aspiring authors. Content is also completely free and includes novels, short stories, poems, technical manuals and such like.

    With 27 topics to narrow down your browsing of the 100,000 plus ebooks it is easy to navigate and once you've picked a book you just read and save to your library. Although not as feature rich as Stanza, you can still customise the look of your text and there is a nifty scrolling option as well.

    With it being a community you can upload your own work if you want to share it with the community and you can rate other ebooks. It's a great way of getting your work out there for free and has an element of social networking, definitely a bonus when choosing what to read.

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    Read Me Stories

    Read Me Stories The Read Me Stories ebook reader is aimed at children. With it being a well known fact that reading with children and encouraging them to learn at a young age has huge benefits to them in later life, this app is ideal.

    As you enter the app the bright and friendly graphics are great for engaging your child, the narrator is also aimed at children and is fun and vibrant. You're able to flick between book titles on entering the library and choose from titles such as - Is the Moon Made of Cheese?, The Not So Scary Scarecrow, There's a Bear in my Bed and lots of others. This app is definitely a winner with children and could be the answer if they're bored in the car, bedtime stories and lots of other situations. It can also help them learn new words, how to say them and improve or begin their reading skills.

    For a fun but educational free story app this is definitely a winner!

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    ESPN ScoreCenter

    ESPN ScoreCenter A must for all sports lovers around the world is ESPN ScoreCenter which gives you scores and almost real time coverage from hundreds of sports leagues around the world from sports such as NFL football, NCAA Tourney, Premier League, UEFA Champions League, World Cup, MLB Baseball, NBA Basketball, Golf, Tennis, Cricket, Rugby Union and many more.

    The uncluttered and clean looking interface and easy navigation makes this brilliant free app the first choice for sports.

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    Zinio Magazine Newsstand & Reader

    Zinio Magazine Newsstand and Reader The Zinio Magazine Newsstand & Reader is for anyone who loves magazines, with free access to the top 20 articles across the world it also lets you buy single issues, view back issues and subscribe to various magazines in many different categories.

    A lot of the magazines are free which makes this app the one to have when viewing magazines on your iPhone. The format is PDF and another plus is that once you create an account you can subscribe to any one magazine for free.

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    WordPress For all you bloggers out there this app is definitely a must have on the reading list, although it's you doing the writing for others to read. WordPress allows you to create or continue one or multiple blogs via your iPhone. For anyone who is a blogger already, you'll know that there are many different types, from online diaries, to fashion, to sports, to spreading awareness, whatever you can think of. If you've ever thought about starting a blog there is no better time, and with the ease of use WordPress is the perfect place to start. You can create, edit or delete pages as well as insert images or videos.

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