What are the best reader apps for light novels?

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    #1Google Play Books

    Google Play Books
    Make digital reading even easier with Google Play Books, featuring smart recommendations personalized just for you, access to millions of best sellers, comics, and textbooks, and loads of customizable features.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    William Deng
    Written on July 11, 2018
    "I used to read American horror novels and sci-fi using Google Play books. I was surprised that there are also light novels being offered on this app! Though some are in Japanese, there are also some English versions I was able to find, too bad can't afford all of them yet :("
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    #2Aldiko Book Reader

    Aldiko Book Reader
    Aldiko Book Reader is a free ebook reader in which you will be able to read in many file formats, create your own bookmarks, etc. It contains a built-in shop with both free and pay-books.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Ryan Tran
    Written on October 31, 2017
    "This is the best ebook/epub/pdf reader I have ever come across or needed! From the stylish bookshelf, yes its a bookshelf on your phone with as much room as you can hold in your storage! The best part is whenever you have to reinstall or import your new libraries, it is hassle-less, you just import the folder and bam! Everything's imported in a click, MUST HAVE!"
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    #3BookWalker

    BookWalker
    BookWalker is one of Japanese's most popular reading platforms for digital manga & light novels. Use your PC, smartphone, or tablet to access digital manga and light novels and purchase manga in different genres.
    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Liliana Cervantes
    Written on July 11, 2018
    "I used to rely on their website, didn't know that there's already an app! I've downloaded a lot of Japanese light novels, as in A LOT that I don't even know which ones to read first! I've always been a fan of light novels ever since I've finished reading The Daily Life of the Immortal King!"

 DID YOU KNOW?

Have you ever seen a Japanese comic with manga-style pictures on the covers and often inside as well? These are the so-called Light Novels or known in Japan as Ranobe. It is a style of Japanese novel that targets high school and middle school students or the young adult demographic. The average length of a light novel is about 50,000 words. Also, one of the determining characteristics of the best light novels is that they are illustrated with anime and manga art style.

Interestingly, it is not only the Japanese people that are hooked to read the best light novels. People from the West and other Asian countries are showing interest in these light novels. And while there are still people who buy the physical copy, a lot also read light novels online. A lot of websites and reader apps offers users to read and download light novels, making it easier to find the latest updates of these novels. One of the best-selling light novels is Overlord, a fantasy, science fiction light novel series written by Kugane Maruyama and illustrated by so-bin. Its Volume 13 sold 127 thousand copies in three days. This just proved the constant popularity of light novels all around the world.

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    #4BakaReader EX

    BakaReader EX

    BakaReader EX is a reader for light novels that allows you to download entire novels to read it offline. Check what's coming on and check new teasers of light novels to be released.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Bobby Brown
    Written on November 3, 2017
    "I have found BakaReader EX very convenient when it comes to keeping track of the huge library of novels that I am reading. I liked the fact that I could easily use BakaReader EX offline which is helpful while I'm out and about and do not have internet connection on my tablet. I also found the interface very pleasant to use as it is very simple and easy to use. "
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    #5Net Narrator

    Net Narrator

    Net Narrator is a free app which will read aloud the content of news articles, web novel chapters, and blog pages. It can also read aloud content when you use another app or your phone is on the lock screen. 

    Apps

    iOS

    Free

    i b
    Written on September 6, 2018
    "This app app is a Free App that you can use to read webnovel offline or even have it read it for you like a podcast. The main trick is to add a web novel by going to the webpage with the chapter you are currently reading and save it. I really like to have it read it to me when I am doing something like running, tide my room, walking to school."
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    #6Moon+ Reader

    Moon+ Reader

    Moon+ Reader is a free ebook reader application for Android that supports a variety of ebook formats. The mobile app features many tools for the users' reading convenience like a day/night mode, font scaling, auto-scroll mode, and many more.

    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Sara Kim
    Written on February 5, 2018
    "As I made the switch to reading mainly ebooks I found myself needing a new reader app. The first one that I tried out was the Moon+ Reader app. It got the job done but in the end I did not like the feel of it."
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    #7Novel Updates

    Novel Updates

    Novel Updates, The Best Reader for Light Novels is an iOS application light novel reader. This app can also be used to read other novels from different countries such as Japan, Korea, Indonesia, and more.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Sharon Feng
    Written on July 11, 2018
    "I was looking for this one in play store since my boyfriend is using an Android device and I would like to recommend some of the light novels I;'ve finished from this app. Too bad it is only offered in iOS. But I really like how this app looks so clean and easy to use!!!"
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    #8PocketBook reader

    PocketBook reader

    PocketBook a free ebook reader for Android that offers compatibility with ebook formats such as PDF, EPUB, DjVu, DOCX, RTF, TXT, CHM, HTML, etc. It offers a book collection shelf, hand notes, an ISBN scanner, and lots of text customization tools.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Vincent Henry
    Written on July 11, 2018
    "So I downloaded this popular light novel my friend recommended to me and used this pocketbook app as a reader. It worked pretty well and what I like the most is that you can highlight lines and copy them if you want some reference or if you just wanna keep those and share with friends (though we can always screenshot LOL) Also, I can read those in pdf and in Epub!!"
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    #9J-Novel

    J-Novel

    J-Novel is an entertainment app that allows users to read the latest releases of Japanese Light Novels wherever they go. Downloading the app and reading Light novels in it is completely free.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Hao Feng
    Written on March 14, 2019
    "They have the best light novels you could think of and they update really fast 😍 They also have awesome features like the night mode which I loooove! It helps a lot for me to be able to read more "
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    #10Mandrasoft Manga

    Mandrasoft Manga

    Mandrasoft Manga is a free to download Android app for reading Light-novels. Users can search for their favorite manga or light novel. You can download your manga as CBZ or you can read them online.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Scott Moore
    Written on March 14, 2019
    "Every manga or light novel I could think of is in this app 💪 They will also notify you once an update to your fave is available "
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    #11Novel Cool light novel reader

    Novel Cool light novel reader

    Novel Cool light novel reader is a reader app for iOS devices. The app has massive books available for unlimited download and fast updates. Users can organize their own bookshelf with novels under different genres.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Yang Lee
    Written on March 14, 2019
    "I tried a lot of reading applications because I love reading novels but I think I'm gonna stick with this one... they have so many novels to choose from and you can download them all."
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    #12Manga Reader 2.0

    Manga Reader 2.0

    Search and read your favorite manga with this useful app. There are hundreds of manga titles waiting for you in this app, which also will help you to discover new ones.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    George Wagner
    Written on October 28, 2017
    "I was working 8am to 7pm shifts for the past few years and I wanted to make sure I spend time in the evening with my 9 year old twin son. I was looking for something exciting and magical to share with them while I read to them at night. I found this amazing set of manga novels and books using the app Manga Reader 2.0, which is a fantastic database for searching for Japanese Manga Novels that allows children to use their imagination and view illustrations of sci-fi and future adventures. My sons absolutely love the stories, novels, and comics on the Manga Reader 2.0 app, and they keep begging me to acquire more comic books. Thank you Manga Reader 2.0!!"

Summary

Best What are the best reader apps for light novels
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Google Play BooksApps 3 Free
2Aldiko Book ReaderApps 2 Free
3BookWalkerApps 2 Free
4BakaReader EXApps 2 Free
5Net NarratorApps 1 Free
6Moon+ ReaderApps 1 Free
7Novel UpdatesApps 1 Free
8PocketBook readerApps 1 Free
9J-NovelApps -1 Free
10Mandrasoft MangaApps -2 Free
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