Freading 4+

Library Ideas, LLC

    • 4.6 • 2.6K Ratings
    • Free



The Freading application is for reading EPUB books and PDF books. The application was developed for users of the Freading Ebook Service.

The Freading (free reading) Ebook Service was developed by Library Ideas, LLC and is sold to libraries of all types around the world. End users are registered cardholders of participating libraries. Check with your local library for participation.

The end user should use their browser to navigate the library website, then download the book from a library website into this application. Once in the application, the EPUB or PDF book can be explored and read.

The Freading application is designed to lend full support for Adobe DRM and uses Adobe ID for Authentication.

The Freading application includes many features that you would expect for a good reading experience such as tap or swipe to turn pages, remembering the last page read, and selectable text size.

What’s New

Version 3.0.2

Update for UI Strings.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.6K Ratings

2.6K Ratings

-- Old School -- ,

An update (and still one star)

As a former applications programmer I’d like to know if anyone even bothered to test this before releasing it! Trying to use the Settings to get the page to be readable is almost impossible to use. I have the font size up to its maximum and the size is still incredibly small. Many times when I try to make a change (e.g. the line height), the screen goes blank except for the settings themselves—which are then unusable—and in order to get out of it I need to close the app and reopen it. If any developer is reading this I want them to know that I’m on a 5th generation iPad using the latest iPad OS 14. Please fix this as soon as possible because I can’t possibly read anything on your app until something is done. And by the way, please implement double columns in landscape mode. Thanks. UPDATE: This observation may lead the developers to a fix. I couldn’t get Catherine Aird’s “The Calleshire Chronicles, Volume 3” in any of my other online libraries, so I was forced to use Freading. When I try to increase the font size, only the chapter name and number increase while the main text remains the same. I hope this leads to a solution. Please, please fix this!

Halyard1964 ,

Good reader, flawed catalog

I truly enjoy using Freading to read ebooks, but there are two glaring problems with the catalog part of the app. These were cited over a year ago by another reviewer, but the developer hasn’t addressed them. First, either allow the book cover icons to be sized up or add the titles and authors to a text line under or above the icon. Even on my iPad Pro, some of the titles on the covers are completely unreadable. This is a simple fix and shouldn’t take much to implement. The second is that the app loses track of where you are in the list of books when you come back from looking at the book details. This is especially annoying when you’ve gone pages and pages down and now have to page back down again to find your spot. This is so time consuming that I generally have my browser up on GoodReads and look up the title there. This is not the way apps are supposed to work; the user experience is terrible. My library also has Libby which has its own quirks, but suffers from none of these flaws and is much, much more useable.

TulsaTwinmom ,

Only works if you have the magic touch

This app is the most frustrating reading app I’ve ever used. It takes a magic touch to actually access the book you’ve borrowed. I click the book in my downloads. It just goes to my library’s listing of the book and shows that it’s been downloaded. I go back and click redownload, as that’s the only other clickable thing to do. Opens a blurry screen with what looks like a might become a progress bar, but never does. It’s impossible to actually open the book that you’ve been told you have downloaded. And even at the start, the library app doesn’t take you to the Freading app. It just downloads the book and stops there. You have to know to then open the Freading app, although that doesn’t do a lick of good. Magically, I’ve been able to read some books through this app, but I could not begin to tell you how.

App Privacy

The developer, Library Ideas, LLC, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info
  • Identifiers

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

More By This Developer

You Might Also Like

EPL Mobile
The Palace Project
BorrowBox Library