Best apps (and e-readers) for National Poetry Month
April is National Poetry Month, which makes it a great time to indulge in some reading.
But this is 2013, not 1913, and you’re no longer shackled to reading your favorite poetry on paper. There are plenty of devices now that can make reading more convenient, including dedicated e-readers like Amazon’s Kindle line, or mobile apps for the tablet or smartphone you already own (or would like to grab). With the right device and the right apps, you can start enjoying National Poetry Month immediately.
An app solution
Though there’s still a market for e-readers out there (and we’ll get to them in a minute), smartphones like Android devices or the iPhone and tablets such as the iPad can do e-reader duty with the right apps. Many of them, such as Amazon’s Kindle app or POETRY from the Poetry Foundation, are available on both kinds of device, and are free, as well.
If you find yourself using apps such as Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s NOOK, and other dedicated poetry and reading apps that require you to purchase reading materials, you can save lots of money with gift cards. Many retailers sell gift cards for Apple’s iTunes Store, Amazon.com and Google Play, and all those cards can be used to purchase books and other materials. Factor in cash back from stores such as Kmart (4 percent), Target, Walmart and Best Buy (all 2 percent), and you can get your books cheaper than if you bought them normally.
Grab an e-reader
If you’d rather have a dedicated device or mobile apps, smartphones and tablets aren’t for you, there are a number of great deals to be had on e-readers. Sony, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and others all make e-readers that are handy and cheaper than other tablets such as the iPad. Check the retailers above for good prices, for a start.
You can also go directly to the source for the reader you like. Amazon will offer as much as 40 percent off select Kindle devices, and Barnes & Noble offers big discounts on previously owned Nook tablets. Sony offers 5 percent cash back on purchases from its online store, as well as much as 35 percent off some e-readers as well. If you want more options, try other retailers, such as Radio Shack, Office Depot and Sears – all of which offer as much as 3 percent cash back.
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