Rafael Baxa is an android enthusiast currently working as a web developer. He likes to compare and review apps and websites.
For all Android users who don't have enough dough to spare for a new Kindle Paperwhite, or simply don't want to carry an extra device just for their precious ebooks, the Android ebook reader apps come handy. But as it is always with smartphones, there are just too many to choose from. So, here is a list of eleven ebook readers, in no particular order, that I found interesting. This might give you an idea of what's out there and what to expect from an ereader app. Find the one that suits you best and get reading.
1. Aldiko Book Reader
Aldiko is a simple and stable ebook reader that supports ePub, PDF and Adobe DRM encrypted books. It has a beautiful wooden bookshelf-like interface to list all your books. There aren’t much animations to give you the feel of a real book, but it includes all the options that you might need for a comfortable reading time. Some of these options include – an adjustable font size, font style, margin, brightness and also a night-mode. Additional features include bookmarks, tags, global text search, dictionary and collections. The free version has ads that never interferes with your reading. The premium version additionally includes notes, highlights, cover editing and widgets. You can also download books directly from libraries (OPDS) like Feedbooks, and import them right into your Aldiko library. For those who prefer a humble app without too many customizations, Aldiko is the best choice.
Download Aldiko Book Reader from Google Play
2. Moon+ Reader
Moon+ Reader is an advanced reader for those who would like to import multiple types of books and would like more than the usual options to customise their reading experience. It supports epub, pdf, mobi, chm, cbr, cbz, umd, fb2, txt, html, rar and zip that can be added from your phone storage or downloaded from online libraries. Everything from themes, controls and font to page turn animations and gestures are customisable. It also includes a dual-page screen for landscape mode to complete your realistic book reading experience. It also maintains statistics to keep track of how much you have read, and also warns you in case you have been reading too much at a single stretch. The free version contains nonintrusive ads and includes most of the mentioned features. But, in order to make the most of this app and support the developer, you can buy the paid version from Play Store.
Download Moon+ Reader from Google Play
On first look, AIReader might not look very modern and cool, but it’s compatible with almost any android phone you might have, that is, if the phone has an Android version over 1.6. It is also known as ‘Any text book reader’ and it supports fb2, fb3, fbz, txt, epub (no DRM), html, doc, docx, odt, rtf, mobi (no DRM), prc (PalmDoc), txt and tcr. The app supports single page or dual page view. The books can be added from your device or downloaded from online (OPDS). It provides more than enough customisations, such as customisable font size, font color, style, brightness, indent and spacing, that will guarantee a wonderful reading experience. It also includes features to translate, bookmark, highlight text and add citation. It teaches you never to judge a book by its cover.
Download AIReader from Google Play
4. Google Play Books
For all the Google enthusiasts, Playbooks is the best option. It provides a similar service to Amazon, where you can buy even the newly released books online or download their samples before actually buying them. It provides beautiful 3D page transition animations and supports uploading of pdf and epub books to your library. You can bookmark, search, use dictionary, search the web, highlight text, add notes and sync your reading position across the devices. It provides customization in the form of font style changes and themes. The app itself is absolutely free. You can have all your ebooks online, sync your reading positions across multiple devices, all for free with just your Google account.
Download Google Play Books from Google Play
5. Amazon Kindle
If you have ever owned a Kindle and have a huge library on it, then you can access them directly from your Android phone using the Kindle app. The app synchronizes the reading position across your phones, tabs and your Kindle readers. If you plan on travelling light, all you need is your phone to carry your entire Kindle library with you. The app allows downloads from the Kindle store and also from other public libraries. You can download magazines, comics, fiction and non-fiction books. It uses Whispersync technology to sync your reading positions, highlights and notes. It also allows reading customisations and web search, and has an inbuilt dictionary. It would be the best choice for anyone who has owned, or still owns, a Kindle.
Download Amazon Kindle from Google Play
6. Kobo eBooks
Kobo ereaders are the range of ereaders made by Rakuten Kobo Inc. The ebook readers never managed to reach the mark set by Kindle, but Kobo is definitely trying to make up for it by releasing its very own android ereader app. The app allows you to buy books from the online catalogue provided by Kobo. The reader itself is beautiful with 3D page transition animations. It allows customisations of font, margins, and includes a night mode. And if you have ever felt the need to look up something while reading, Kobo provides you with direct Wikipedia search and Google search results. You might never need to come out of the app. And if you own a Kobo reader or other devices with Kobo app, then your reading positions can be synced across them using your Kobo account.
Download Kobo eBooks from Google Play
7. Bookari Reader
Bookari was previously Mantano ebook reader. With the change of name, the reader has certainly improved a lot. The app has a wide range of useful features. It allows you to take notes, bookmarks, highlights, advanced search, gestures, search the dictionary, and allows customizations of font and themes. You can browse the books from the bookstores through the inbuilt browser and download them directly, and if you use your Dropbox to store your ebooks, you can access them directly through this app and import them to your library. For those who take notes while reading, it includes a ‘Notebook’ feature to collect all your notes from a particular book, organize and export them. The reading positions can be synced across devices by logging in with your Google or Facebook account.
Download Bookari Reader from Google Play
8. Cool Reader
The app icon may not appear so cool, but the app itself definitely is. Cool reader supports epub (non-DRM), fb2, doc, txt, rtf, html, chm, tcr, pdb, prc, mobi (non-DRM) and pml formats. The books can be imported from your phone storage or downloaded from online book catalogues. The ereader gives off the feeling of reading an old book with a smooth page sliding animation, and has all the customizations for improving your reading experience. And if you are too tired of reading, just switch on the ‘read aloud’ option and let the TTS do all the work. The app also has a desktop version, and that makes it stand out among the other apps. If you don't care too much about how the ebook reader looks and only mind your book reading experience, then you might want to try this out.
Download Cool Reader from Google Play
FBReader claims to be your Favourite Book reader, and it can very well be, because the app is free and it has no ads. The app supports epub, azw3, fb2, rtf, doc, html and plain text. Plugins can be downloaded to support PDF and DjVu formats. FBReader allows synchronisation of your library via cloud, and syncs your reading positions across devices. As usual, it supports font customisation, backgrounds and night mode. It also allows you to bookmark, translate, search and also sorts your books. You can import your books from your phone storage or download them from online catalogues included in the app. You can even add your own favourite catalogues to access the books and download them.
Download FBReader from Google Play
10. Universal Book Reader
Universal book reader comes from the creator of OfficeSuite. It allows you to import epub and pdf, and has a unique feature to convert around 50 different file formats to epub or pdf and import them into your library. Aside from the usual customisations, it has beautiful 3D animations. It has bookmarks and text search. The ebooks can be added from your phone memory or can be downloaded from the Feedbooks store using the integrated browser. The app includes ads, but has the option to get rid of them by buying the premium version that provides TTS and allows you to lock specific books from your library. No need to lock the entire app or your phone just to hide one questionable book!
Download Universal Book Reader from Google Play
11. EReader Prestigio
EReader Prestigio is a fairly new ebook reader with material design and 3d animations. It allows you to import epub, html, fb2, fb2.zip, txt, pdf, mobi, epub3, djvu and multiple other text and audio book formats. The app includes font customisations, night mode, bookmarks, highlights and has an inbuilt dictionary. It has a great book shelf design where the background can be changed as you like. Some designs include brick wall, sky and wooden shelf. You can import your books or download them from online catalogues. The app allows you to sort your books into collections, a useful function for someone who likes to differentiate their books based on their genre, length or release year. The app allows you to synchronize your collection and reading positions by using your Prestigio account, and it also allows you to import books from the top three cloud services - OneDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive. The app is new to the game, but it definitely deserves a position among the best ereader apps.
Download EReader Prestigio from Google Play
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Ivan on March 21, 2017:
I don't see one of the best application Lirbi Reader! it's more then 10 000 000 downloads, maybe the best book reader for most books formats.