Modern smartphones have radically disrupted how most of us work and play, but there’s at least one experience that they’ve failed to improve upon. In my mind, there’s something about the experience of reading a physical book that technology has failed to capture. Whether it’s the lack of a backlight irradiating your eyes or the feel of a serrated page in one’s hand, I still prefer to read the latest New York Times notable book in paperback than eBook format. Still, a couple of apps have come close, and this week I’d like to highlight one called Moon+ Reader.
With Moon+ Reader, customization is the name of the game. Developer Moon+ gives the user a great deal of freedom with which to alter their experience of the app. Everything from the its visual appearance to how you page through a book can be altered to your liking. In a touch longtime Pocket readers will love, it’s possible to use the volume rocker to move through a book without touching the screen. There’s also a day and night mode switcher that helps reduce eye strain if you tend to read a lot at night.
Moon+ Reader also offers easy access to a variety of free ePub libraries, including Project Gutenberg. It’s also possible to import from a variety of other sources using formats like PDF and MOBI. The app also comes pre-loaded with several free books to get you started.
A premium version of the app called Moon+ Reader Pro, priced at a lower $1.99 price point for the American Thanksgiving weekend, removes in-app ads, as well as adds more extensive customization options.