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Cabin in the Winter

The Best Apps for Beating Cabin Fever

Right around this time of year, many people start to feel the walls closing in on them. If you are suffering from a case of cabin fever, we have the cure. These are the best apps for beating it.

Rent a Winning Movie

Movies are a great form of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Thanks to our mobile devices, we no longer have to brave the cold and head out to the local video rental store. So, find your escape from the chill of winter by watching some hot flicks.

Amazon Prime Video

Stream and download popular movies and TV shows

Amazon Prime Video

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For movie lovers; especially those with Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime Video has hundreds of thousands of movies, TV shows and original content available to stream or download. The helpful Watchlist feature makes it easy for you to add videos for later viewing. Auto Play is another useful feature that allows you to start watching the next episode of your favorite show automatically, which is perfect for binge watching! The service is compatible with your Apple TV and is included in your Amazon Prime subscription.

Why we love it

A vast expanse of movies and TV shows included with your Amazon Prime subscription. What could be better?

Vudu - Movies & TV

Watch movies and TV whenever and wherever you want

Vudu - Movies & TV

Vudu Main Screen and Rentals

For those who love the convenience of renting a movie without leaving the house

Get the free VUDU app and instantly watch movies and TV wherever and whenever you want. No subscriptions, no late fees, and nothing to return. Watch the newest releases weeks before DVD, Netflix, and Redbox. With Movies On Us, you can watch thousands of titles for free with limited commercials. Stream you favorite titles to your iOS mobile or Apple TV devices in HDX with Airplay. Download movies and TV to your phone or tablet to watch offline and on the go.

Why we love it

With a library of 100,000 titles, you're sure to find the right show to suit what you're in the mood for.

Play a Fun Board Game

Time flies when you're having fun, right? Then gather up the family for some healthy competition with these awesome board games everyone will love.

Curl Up with a Good Book

Does curling up under a blanket with a good book sound like a terrific way to pass the time? Then grab a cup of coffee or hot cocoa and check out these apps. There's no need to brave the elements to run to the library when you have access to millions of books right in your home.

Wattpad - Read & Write Stories

Find all the stories to keep you hooked

Wattpad - Read & Write Stories

For those who interested in finding a great read

Wattpad is a growing community that allows you to connect directly with writers and other readers and discuss the latest plot twists by leaving comments alongside the latest stories. React in real time as new chapters are added, share your favorite lines or create beautiful visual quotes. Always wanted to be an author? Publish your book on Wattpad and share it with their supportive community. Create a new draft, add chapters to an existing story or add a cover, all from the app. You can even get creative with one of our monthly writing challenges. When inspiration strikes, you’ll have Wattpad right in your pocket.

Why we love it

Discover amazing stories from authors around the world. Adventure awaits!

Apple Books

When you just need the basics

Apple Books

iBooks main

For anyone who prefers Apple's own solutions for apps.

iBooks is Apple’s e-bookstore, and as such offers some impressive features. It is also one of the only apps that still supports purchasing a new e-book from within the app using your iTunes account so you can begin reading it immediately. The interface is well-designed and easy to use, with options for font size and style, searching, bookmarking, highlights, notes, themes, an in-app dictionary, brightness controls, and the app syncs your purchased books with every device using your Apple ID (although they can only be read on your iPhone or iPad). iBooks also reads books without DRM in ePub and PDF format.

Why we love it

iBooks is free and easy to obtain. It does the basics for ebooks and PDF viewing.

MegaReader

Access over 2 million free books, right from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

MegaReader

MegaReader Main Screen

For readers with an insatiable appetite for free books

MegaReader makes it easy to download and read free e-books from many sources. MegaReader also offers an extremely customizable reading experience. Users can set actions for tapping in multiple areas on the page, change the margins, line spacing, colors, font size and style. They even have a “heads up display” to help users who read while they walk. The app integrates catalogs from so many differnt sources, including Feedbooks, Project Gutenberg, Baen Books, Smashwords, and Internet Archive. Users can add their own catalogs as well by downloading EPUBs from the Calibre app.

Why we love it

With access to more than 2 million books, MegaReader is definitely worth the price.