The Big Question: what's the best smartphone reading app?

The best book is the one you’ve already got in your pocket…

Parchment killed cave wall scribbles. Books killed parchment. Kindles killed the book. Fin.

Well, actually, not fin. Books are still very much alive - our local Magrudy's hasn’t been converted into a vape bar quite just yet - and ebook readers, while obviously more convenient than lugging around an entire collection of Harry Potter fan fiction - still aren’t ideal for slipping into your pocket.

Oh, hello smartphone.

Yep, it’s all too easy to forget that the smartphone - our Pocketable Happiness Portal which bring us cat gifs, memes, Snapchat and more - is also capable of beaming words into your brain.

No, we’re not going to stand here and outright lie - a Kindle (or any other decent ereader) is still obviously going to offer you a more comfortable reading experience thanks to a combination of a larger screen, the ability to be read easily in direct sunlight, and a much longer battery life, but a smartphone is on you at all times, and still offers a more than comfortable way to devour words on the go.

From delayed flights, to an absurdly long Spinney's queue, a good book instantly available on your smartphone should help soothe bubbling rage and boredom in equal measure.

Kindle (Android, iOS)

If you’re a real book addict then it’s well worth considering forking out US$9.99 a month for Kindle Unlimited, which is essentially Spotify for ebooks and audiobooks, which can be accessed on Amazon’s Kindle app.

Sign up for the 30-day free trial and have a look at the selection of books on offer before deciding to stick with it, mind, because the selection is limited when compared to Amazon’s gargantuan literary library.