Part Three: Read, Work and Learn

Welcome to day three of our inspirational lockdown series that showcases the best and most popular apps currently making everyone’s lives just that bit more bearable. Yesterday we covered entertainment for the whole family and on day one we looked at connecting and relaxing.

Today it’s reading, working and learning; all ways to make the best of a bad situation.


Scribd - You can now get an unlimited access free 30-day trial with no credit card needed. They host more than a million titles, including e-books, magazines, audiobooks and more.

JSTOR - JSTOR is an academic resource that contains an enormous amount of ebooks and journals. Now all free and accessible without academic credentials.

Wattpad - This is a writing community that allows anyone to publish fresh stories in any genre. Mainly indie and unsigned. Great for discovering new talent.

Comic Chameleon - Free web comic app, with high quality issues from Questionable Content, XKCD, Dinosaur Comics, Girls With Slingshots and more.


To Do - Create lists and tasks for anything, either for yourself or to share with others.

Mindmeister - Brainstorm and free-plan for anything with this mind mapping tool.


Mondly - A fun way to learn virtually any new language.

Duolingo - Bitesize lessons in more than 94 different language courses, for native speakers of 23 languages.

Babbel - For slightly more academic and conversational language learning, you can now get three months free access to 14 full online courses.

Swift Playgrounds - Learn to code Swift through a series of fun and intuitive games.

Udemy - Tens of thousands of video lectures on a range of topics, from singing to event planning. Plenty are free too.

iTunes U - A large collection of free educational content from schools, universities, museums and cultural institutions.

Open University - The industry-standard of higher education has now made the majority of its content free for all.