Reading is undergoing a rapid transformation thanks to the advancing technology of mobile devices. Digital readers such as Amazon's Kindle and the Nook from Barnes & Noble are changing the way people read and even how publishers distribute their content. Both are smaller and lighter than an average paperback, and can store hundreds of books. And since these devices are now equipped with Internet connectivity, you can even use them to make purchases. For a couple hundred bucks, you can access virtually any volume and carry your entire library with you.
Smartphones are also getting in on the action. As a result, bibliophiles are discovering that they can enjoy many of the benefits of digital readers without shelling out for yet another device. After all, according to a May 2011 Nielsen Report, at least one smartphone can be found in nearly 40 percent of U.S. households, compared to just 9 percent that possess an e-reader [sources: Nielsen, Kim].
So curl up with the warm glow of your tiny screen and check out these book-friendly apps currently available on smartphone platforms.