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Serial Reader - Classic Books

Get your daily dose of the classics with a reading app that delivers pieces to you each day.

With more than 150 classic books to choose from, and short serials delivered to your iPhone or iPad daily, this app makes it hard not to rekindle a love of reading

Serial Reader - Classic Books

by Michael Schmitt
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Serial Reader - Classic Books
Serial Reader - Classic Books
FREE in the App Store

With more than 150 classic books to choose from, and short serials delivered to your iPhone or iPad daily, this app makes it hard not to rekindle a love of reading.

Browse through subscriptions. The app offers over 150 books to choose from and you can subscribe to more than one at a time. Browse through popular selections, search for a particular book, or take a look through the categories. With classics from Charles Dickens, H.P. Lovecraft, William Shakespeare, and more, you will never be at a loss for literature from the greats.

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Subscribe and receive issues

Subscribe and receive issues. Once you subscribe, you can read your first issue immediately. The app will then show you how many hours and minutes until your next one arrives, which will be the next day. You can adjust the time to receive notifications of your new issues easily within the settings.

Reading features. While you are reading your issue, you can tap to pop open the features for copying to your clipboard or getting a word definition. If you have Serial Premium ($2.99) you can also highlight and add notes. In addition, you can adjust the font from a variety of options and also choose your contrast background for easier reading.

Reading features

What is it about?

Summer, for many, is a time of relaxing and catching up on your reading. Apple's App Store has a whole collection of apps to help you with your summer reading plan, and Serial Reader is one of them.

For those who...

  • Enjoy reading
  • Like classic literature

Not for those who...

  • Do no enjoy reading
  • Prefer modern literature

Why we love it

From “Pride and Prejudice” to “War and Peace,” it can often be difficult to find the time to sit down and read a classic novel. But, what if you could read just a small chunk each day during your lunch break or while on the train? Serial Reader – Classic Books in Daily Bits sends you an issue each day that you can read in less than 20 minutes. The books are broken down into categories, like Adventure books and Fantasy titles. You'll find your usual genres, but Serial Reader refines them even more. There are categories dedicated to American literature, for example, as well as a category comprised of books by the Bronte sisters. You're free to subscribe to more than one book at a time, and you receive daily issues of each one. If you decide you just can't wait until tomorrow to read ahead, a small in-app purchase supports the app as well as your desire not to have to put that wonderful book down.

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App Details

Books Education
Last updated
April 19, 2022
Release date
January 28, 2016
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Serial Reader siri commands

Serial Reader supports Siri commands

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Serial Reader is FREE but there are more add-ons

  • $2.99

    Serial Premium

App Store Description

Read classic books in daily bite-sized bits! 

Serial Reader helps you fit classic literature into your busy life. Choose from more than 850 classic books and receive a new issue from the book every day. 

Each issue can be read in 20 minutes or less. Read the best classic books in your spare time!

"For those who are intimidated by thick, leather-bound tomes, Serial Reader is a good way to break it all down." - The Washington Post

• Read hundreds of popular classic books for free
• Customize with a variety of themes and fonts
• Automatically serialize your own EPUB books (beta)
• Sync your reading progress to Goodreads
• Sync quotes & notes to Readwise
• Easily lookup words in the dictionary & Wikipedia
• Earn fun badges and track your reading streaks

Plus, with a one-time upgrade:

• Read tomorrow's issue early
• Sync your reading across multiple devices
• Save quotes & notes while reading
• Save books to read later
• Pause delivery of new issues
• Pick specific delivery days and hours for new issues

"Serial Reader’s subscription format makes it a little bit more fun to crank through the classics" - Lifehacker

"A useful tool that makes it easy in our modern world to make classic books part of your reading diet" - MacStories

"A clever system that really does get you reading" - TechRadar

Picked as one of Apple's Best New Apps and Best New Updates in 2016, 2018, and 2019.

More than 850 books are available with new titles added each week. You can read every book for free in daily issues with Serial Reader!

Here's a sampling of some of the most popular books you can read:

— Most Popular —
• Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
• A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
• The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
• Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky
• War & Peace - Leo Tolstoy
• Les Misérables - Victor Hugo
• The Time Machine - H.G. Wells
• The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
• The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway

— American Lit —
• Moby-Dick - Herman Melville
• Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
• My Antonia - Willa Cather
• Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain

— Adventure —
• The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
• Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
• Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
• The Odyssey - Homer
• King Solomon's Mines - H. Rider Haggard

— Romance —
• Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
• Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
• Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare

— Science Fiction —
• The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells
• 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne
• A Princess of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs

— Horror —
• Dracula - Bram Stoker
• The Dunwich Horror - H.P. Lovecraft
• Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
• The Fall of the House of Usher - Edgar Allan Poe
• The King in Yellow - Robert W. Chambers
• The Wendigo - Algernon Blackwood

— Mystery —
• The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle
• The Mysterious Affair at Styles - Agatha Christie
• The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins

— Biography —
• The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
• Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
• Twelve Years a Slave - Solomon Northup

— Children's —
• Peter Pan - J. M. Barrie
• Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
• The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
• Anne of Green Gables - Lucy Maud Montgomery

— Fantasy —
• The Well at the World's End - William Morris
• Time and the Gods - Lord Dunsany
• The Wood Beyond the World - William Morris

— Philosophy —
• The Republic - Plato
• Leviathan - Thomas Hobbes
• Rights of Man - Thomas Paine

— Nonfiction —
• Vindication of the Rights of Woman - Mary Wollstonecraft
• On the Origin of Species - Charles Darwin
• The Federalist Papers
• The Communist Manifesto - Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels

— Westerns —
• Riders of the Purple Sage - Zane Grey
• The Virginian - Owen Wister
• Gunman's Reckoning - Max Brand

— Religion —
• King James Bible
• The Dhammapada
• The Quran

Read all of these classic books and hundreds more for free in Serial Reader!

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