The Best Reading Apps for your Samsung GALAXY Note 8.0

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Whether it’s books for the poolside or urgent blogposts to help you avoid eye contact with fellow commuters, access to all of your favourite social content, timely delivery of your RSS subscriptions or your favourite magazines, your GALAXY Note 8.0 has you covered.

Plus, your Note 8.0’s awesome Reading Mode provides your eyes with optimal reading conditions in any situation.

Never be short of things to read on your Note 8.0, with our great selection of apps for readers, covering everything from RSS feeds to the latest airport thriller.


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Free – get it here

After Google Reader disappeared from our lives in June, several apps emerged in the hope of dancing on its grave and keeping RSS alive. The best of the bunch is Feedly, which helps to harness your favourite web content in one place.

It pulls in updates from news sites, YouTube channels and Tumblr blogs you’re subscribed to in a rich and colourful way, while making it easy to add new sources and share content with your social circles. It’s also optimised for smartphones and tablets of various sizes, meaning it’ll look beautiful on your GALAXY Note 8.0. Google Reader who?


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£1.93 – buy it here

As much as we’d like to laze around browsing our favourite websites all day, sadly, little things like work, family, eating and sleeping often get in the way. Fortunately, there’s Instapaper. Just one tap allows you to save a page for offline reading.

The app also strips out all of those links to other articles and photo galleries for a purer reading experience on your GALAXY Note 8.0. Once in the app, you can adjust lighting, text size, font and more, rather than squinting at a web page that may not be optimised for mobile use.

If you know you’re going on a long journey where internet access is at a premium, Instapaper is also perfect for stockpiling interesting articles to keep you entertained along the way.


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Free – get it here

This multi-award-winning app made its Android debut exclusively on the Samsung GALAXY S III in 2012 and now it’s available on the entire range of GALAXY devices. For those yet to experience its joys, Flipboard is an ever-refreshing digital magazine that’s tailored perfectly to you.

The beautifully designed app plays nice with your social networks to collate all of the content most relevant to you, while also incorporating favourite blogs, reputable news sources and specific topics you’ve chosen. It harnesses links and content shared by friends or people you follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, SoundCloud and YouTube as well as a feed of photos from Instagram, Flickr and 500px. If used correctly, Flipboard is the entire web in one app.


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Google Play Books

Free – get it here

If you are rocking a GALAXY Note 8.0 in your rucksack, you’ve got a potential library of millions of books on a device that weighs less than a hardback novel. Through the Google Play Books app, you can access over 4 million titles, from classics to modern bestsellers, with over a million completely free.

Once the book has been downloaded to the device – quick as a flash, we might add – you can change lighting, fonts and text size to ensure the reading experience is tailored to your preferences and environment. You can also annotate books, highlight passages, explore sections further on the web and even summon dictionary definitions of words. Can’t do that on a trade paperback, can you?


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Free – get it here

The Pocket app for your Samsung GALAXY Note 8.0 takes the best aspects of two of our favourite reader apps – Instapaper and Flipboard – to gather up all of the web content you don’t have time to read and make it available for offline viewing in one neat and tidy pile.

Say you’re next in line in Tesco and you see a feature on “100 cats who look like film stars.” You can simply hit ‘Save to Pocket’ from the share menu and read it later when time is less pressing and the LOLs are free.

The same goes for that YouTube video or blog post a friend retweeted; all of the content you collate will be synced back to the app.

If you’re browsing on your laptop, you can install a browser extension to ensure everything you want to read is available on the go on your mobile, as content is automatically synced between devices when you’re logged in. As it’s all available offline, it’s perfect for an afternoon in the park with your Note 8.0.


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Google Play Magazines

Free – get it here

A relative – but welcome – newcomer to the Google Play store, Play Magazines offers you access to digital versions of a host of top-quality magazines, perfectly optimised for reading on your Samsung GALAXY Note 8.0.

You can snap up a free 30-day trial (essentially one issue) of magazines like GQ, Total Film, Esquire, Classic Rock and Vogue. Some magazines are simply digital versions of the print issue, but others, like T3, bring a host of interactive boxouts, photo-galleries, 360-degree product shots, hands-on videos and more exclusive features. That, friends, is the future.


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Samsung Readers Hub

The Samsung Readers Hub, built into your GALAXY Note 8.0, enables users to enjoy all of their reading material on the go, wherever they roam. With over 100,000 books, 3,500 magazines and 2,000 newspapers (from around the world in a range of languages) to choose from, you'll never be short of something to read.

It's also packed with neat social features, allowing you to share your favourite passages to Twitter and Facebook. GALAXY Note 8.0 owners can even make use of the S Pen to annotate text as they would a print textbook, so it is perfect for studious types. The store offers free and discounted books to get you started too. Can't say fairer than that!


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Comics by ComiXology

Free – get it here

The Comics app is almost singlehandedly solving the problems of reading comic books and graphic novels on digital platforms thanks to its Guided View technology. As the name suggests, Guided View shows you the comic on a panel-by-panel basis, rather than having to zoom and pan around the smaller screens in order to follow the story.

The visuals look incredible on the GALAXY Note 8.0, and it’s a great way to access the latest releases from Marvel, DC, Image Comics, IDW and more. Thanks to the ‘buy once, read anywhere’ promise, all purchases are synced across your devices so you can pick up where you left off on your smartphone, laptop or tablet.


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Free – get it here

The world’s most famous – and most frequented – bookstore is available to download now for your GALAXY Note 8.0. If you’ve bought titles from the Kindle store before, all you need to do is log in and they’ll automatically appear on the device. Pretty nifty, huh?

Better still, Amazon’s Whispersync technology acts as a virtual bookmark and saves your current page across all devices. That also applies to any highlights and annotations made on other devices. The app has a built-in dictionary, plus easy access to Google and Wikipedia. Magazines and textbooks are also available to download from the Kindle store.


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Free – get it here - (or £1.23 for the Premium version here)

Like most ‘Redditors’, we’ve tried checking into Reddit Rehab, but we always end up relapsing. Now we’ve simply surrendered to the addiction and its productivity-mauling consequences. At least with the BaconReader app, designed exclusively for Android users, the descent into the Reddit abyss looks great on your GALAXY Note 8.0.

It shows you the site’s all-important front page, while a single tap brings access to upvote/downvote options as well as comments. It’s easy to access all of your bookmarked subreddits (categories to the layman), check on your comment and link ‘Karma’ and share your own content to the site. It’s also extremely user-friendly and colour codes comments so you never lose your place in a thread. Anything with bacon in the name gets our vote too. There’s a free ad-supported version as well as a premium ad-free version.