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beartard
01-23-2010, 11:25 AM
The Great Big List of Android eBook Apps

I first created this list in early 2010 when I was using my Android phone to keep up on books while waiting for my nook to arrive from Barnes & Noble. Since then, it has grown and evolved. I don't read primarily on an Android device anymore, so if anyone finds something that has changed, is inaccurate, or a great addition to the list, feel free to comment here or send me a PM. I'll make sure to give credit and karma when possible.

It's definitely worth noting that =X= has most of this information in the mobileread wiki at this location (http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/EBook_software#Android). That's http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/EBook_software#Android just in case. Check it out. It's worth it!


The Big Booksellers


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Google Play Books
Cost: Free
Formats supported: (cloud), ePub, PDF
Online catalogs: Google Play

Notes: Google has introduced book purchases into their update of the old Android Market, making it easy to buy apps, books, and music. Books are stored in the cloud, but may be downloaded as ePub or PDF files.


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Kindle
Cost: Free
Formats supported: azw, mobi, topaz
Online catalogs: Amazon

Notes: Most popular eBook application in the market at this time. The best feature for those already using Amazon's Kindle is that the Android app "knows" where you stop reading. If you read a bit on your Kindle at home, you can pick up where you left off on your smartphone on the commute to work. When you pick up your Kindle at home, you guessed it. It syncs. Even better, for those who have rooted their nook color devices, it's like having Kindle and nook in one unit.


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Nook for Android by B&N
Cost: Free
Formats supported: ePub, prc
Online catalogs: Barnes & Noble

Notes: If you own a nook, this is the mothership. It has a refined interface, not quite up there with Aldiko, but definitely a good experience. Unfortunately, it weighs in at a whopping 17MB installed, and doesn't even integrate the B&N store into the app, sending eBook purchasers to the website instead. For Android users without apps2sd (via hacks or froyo) it's not worth it yet, but shows promise.


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Sony Reader
Cost: Free
Formats supported: ePub, pdf
Online catalogs: Sony

Notes: Sony's long-expected app is now out for Android, but only supports 2.2 (froyo) and later--pretty odd considering Sony-Ericsson phones don't run this version yet. The app does for Sony Readers what the Kindle and nook apps do for their respective readers in terms of functionality, offering download of already-purchased books, text highlighting, etc. One quibble is that it links to the Android browser to actually purchase material.


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Kobo
Cost: Free
Formats supported: ePub, prc
Online catalogs: Kobo (formerly Shortcovers)



General Purpose Readers


Book Place (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.blio.androidreader.toshiba&feature=search_result) New
Cost: Free
Formats supported: ???
Online catalogs: Proprietary

Notes: An interactive reader that makes reading eBooks a multimedia experience. Optimized for tablets, this reader includes color, highlighting, text-to-speech, and a rich, graphical interface.


Mantano Reader (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mantano.reader.android&feature=search_result)
Cost: Free trial, with $7.49 full version
Formats supported: pdf, epub
Online catalogs: Google Books and other online catalogs

Notes: Supports Adobe DRM and password-protected files. Allows note-taking, text-to-speech, dictionary support, font customization, full range of filters for book searches. It seems to be the kitchen sink of ebook readers for Android.


Duokan Reader (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.duokan.reader&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5kd W9rYW4ucmVhZGVyIl0.)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: txt, ePub
Online catalogs: Available but unknown

Notes: Seems to be a good, general purpose reader. New to the market. The developer's website is in Chinese, but the app's description is in broken English, so I assume it supports most languages.


blio Reader (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.blio.androidreader)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: XPS, ePub
Online catalogs: proprietary, with ability to sideload other content (no DRM)

Notes: Large (12MB) download. Multiple bookmarks. Phrase highlighting with lookup. Text-to-speech (TTS) with word highlighting as it reads (may be useful for literacy work). Can add notes (not just text) for serious study. Supports interactive books.


Go Reader (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cerience.reader.app&feature=search_result)
Cost: $4.99
Formats supported: pdf
Online catalogs: None

Notes: This is a full-featured PDF reader for Android. It integrates with gmail, dropbox, evernote, etc., and allows annotations and comments.


Aldiko Book Reader (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.android.aldiko&feature=search_result)
Cost: Free with $2.99 "premium" edition available
Formats supported: ePub (including Adobe DRM)
Online catalogs: feedbooks, O'Reilly, All Romance, Smashwords

Notes: Sports the best interface of all readers for Android, using a cover browser on wooden library shelves. Has multiple methods of turning pages and a great night mode. It allows grouping of books into collections and has dictionary support. I don't think there are any differences in functionality between the free and premium versions. Instead, the premium version is more a "donationware" idea. The only cons I've found is it's impossible to click on links in the text to footnotes and it requires its books to be stored in a specific spot on the SD card, making book sharing or comparing among apps a pain.


Moon+ Reader (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.flyersoft.moonreader&feature=search_result)
Cost: Free with $4.82 "pro" version (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.flyersoft.moonreaderp&feature=search_result)
Formats supported: txt, html, epub, fb2, umd, zip, and OPDS
Online catalogs: Multiple sites

Notes: Has note-taking and highlighting features, along with online (Google, Wikipedia) and offline (ColorDict, Fora) dictionary support. It also has auto-scroll and online translation (again, Google). The paid version includes TTS (text-to-speech) capabilities.


Bluefire Reader (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bluefirereader&feature=search_result)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: ePub (with DRM) and PDF
Online catalogs: Multiple sites

Notes: Claims to handle about every ePub you can throw at it as well as PDF files. It supports Adobe DRM for ePub which allows books purchased or downloaded from multiple online sites to be read. One quibble is that pressing the "back" button loops from current book to the library and back.


iSilo Reader (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dcco.app.iSilo&feature=search_result)
Cost: $15.99 (Says currently $4 off, but that's off the latest increase of $6)
Formats supported: iSilo, pdb, txt
Online catalogs: Unknown

Notes: iSilo is a large, proprietary format made popular in the days of Palm devices. Clients are available for a wide variety of devices, making at least older books widely available. It's an old format, but has its die-hard fans, as evidenced by the hefty pricetag. iSilo, as a format, is hard to convert *from* but easy to convert *to*. This app comes with the CIA World Factbook free.


FB Reader (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.geometerplus.zlibrary.ui.android&feature=search_result)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: ePub, oeb, fb2(.zip), mobi
Online catalogs: Just about any OPDS catalog

Notes: This is one of the best dedicated reader apps for Android. It has multiple page-turn options, a great night mode, and the ability to click links in the text for footnotes. It also allows you to store books where you like on your sd card. It has expanded its support for online catalogs recently to support any OPDS compatible catalog. If you browse to feedbooks.mobi and click on an ePub link, it will automatically download and import into FBReader. As an added bonus, there is a separate plugin (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.geometerplus.fbreader.plugin.tts) you can download from the Market, giving FBreader Text-to-speech (TTS) support.


Cool Reader (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.coolreader&feature=search_result)
Cost: Free, but donations accepted
Formats supported: epub, fb2, txt, rtf, html, chm, tcr
Online catalogs: Unknown

Notes: Cool Reader seems to be the biggest challenger so far for the longstanding kings of Android eBook readers. It's features include:
View as paper book pages or scroll
One or two pages in landscape mode
Internal file browser to open books
Configurable font face, size, style, interline space, text color, background (solid color, tiled or stretched image)
External fonts, background images, CSS styles
Book coverpages in file browser
Supports install on SD (Android 2.2+)
Customizable tap zone actions
Customizable key actions (including volume keys)
Can lock sensor screen and trackball
Can set custom display backlight brightness


LDS Reveal Reader (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jackcholt.reveal&feature=search_result)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: ybk, oeb
Online catalogs: YanceyWare, Gutenberg, Mormon/Bible downloads.


Android chm Reader (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.hystudio.android.chm&feature=search_result)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: chm
Online catalogs: None.

Notes: This is a free, single-format version of the paid HYreader (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.hystudio.android.ebookreader&feature=search_result), which supports chm, txt, umd, and html files.


Palm Book Reader (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.misgod.pdbreader&feature=search_result)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: txt, pdb (no eReader or iSilo)
Online catalogs: None


txtr ebooks (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.txtr.android&feature=search_result)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: ePub (with DRM), PDF
Online catalogs: txtr.com (http://txtr.com)


Android Txt EBook Reader (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.hystudio.android.txt&feature=search_result)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: txt
Online catalogs: None.

Notes: This is a free, single-format version of the paid HYreader (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.hystudio.android.ebookreader&feature=search_result), which supports chm, txt, umd, and html files.


Ebook Reader (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.geometerplus.zlibrary.ui.android.sq uid&feature=search_result)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: prc, epub, oeb, fb2/zip
Online catalogs: gutenberg, manybooks, feedbooks, booksinmyphone, freecomputerbooks, freetechbooks, and onlinecomputerbooks.

Notes: Based on FBreader.


Wordoholic Reader (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wordoholic.reader&feature=search_result)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: ePub, fb2, txt
Online catalogs: feedbooks


Captionary eBook Viewer (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nwave.android.CapViewer&feature=search_result)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: epub, txt, zip
Online catalogs: None.


Ebook Reader (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.s4bb.ebookreader&feature=search_result)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: S4BB
Online catalogs: S4BB

Notes: I have no clue what "S4BB" books are, and I try to shy away from proprietary formats, even if popular.


Speak Text Easy (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.andrego.SpeakTextEasy&feature=search_result)
Cost: $1.45
Formats supported: txt, pdf, epub
Online catalogs: feedbooks

Notes: Supports text-to-speech (TTS) in books. It claims to detect the language automatically. One reviewer claimed it to be better than Moon+ in this regard.


Wattpad (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=wp.wattpad&feature=search_result)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: Unknown
Online catalogs: Wattpad

Notes: Its slogan is "The YouTube for eBooks!" Has a teleprompter-like autoscroll mode. Also happens to be cross-platform. Downloads happen by obtaining a "wattcode" for a particular book from the Wattpad mobile site. Entering the code in the reader will download the book.


iReader (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.chaozh.iReaderFree)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: txt, html, chm, umd, pdb, (mobi/ereader), and image files
Online catalogs: Unknown


GoSpoken Bookstore & eReader (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gospoken.gospokenuk.library.android&feature=search_result)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: Unknown
Online catalogs: GoSpoken

Notes: This seems to be a UK-based bookstore offering an easy way to buy and read books on Android devices. Their app is cross-platform, allowing sync on up to five devices.


Inktera eBook Store (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pf.inktera&feature=search_result)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: Unknown
Online catalogs: Inktera

Notes: Yet another contender in the broadening world of store/reader combos.


OverDrive Media Console (http://www.androidzoom.com/android_applications/books_and_reference/overdrive-media-console_ekyt.html)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: epub (ade) and wma audiobooks
Online catalogs: Overdrive at libraries around the US.

Notes: This is the software supported by most public lending libraries in the United States. It allows downloading of DRM-protected eBooks and audiobooks from your library.


Nightbook (http://www.androidzoom.com/android_applications/entertainment/nightbook_ffkt.html)
Cost: Free with $1.50 premium version
Formats supported: txt
Online catalogs: Unknown


MultiReader (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=bse.multireader&feature=search_result)
Cost: $4.86
Formats supported: pdf, ePub, txt, doc, rtf, ppt
Online catalogs: Gutenberg

Notes: Uses the text-to-speech (TTS) functionalities of the Android device to speak the text of the eBook. Works with multiple languages as well as several different voice services. In other words, it's not limited to just the Android speech synthesis system.

ezPDF Reader (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=udk.android.reader)
Cost: Free with $0.99 "pro" version
Formats supported: pdf
Online catalogs: n/a

Notes: Seems to be an impressive PDF reader allowing the user to make annotations in multiple styles. It also supports text-to-speech (TTS) to have PDFs read to you.


eReader (http://mobile.ereader.com/mobile/softwarewizard/wizard_dl_android.htm) (Not in Android Market)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: pdb
Online catalogs: eReader.com, Fictionwise

Notes: bookmarks, highlights, notes, dictionary lookup when a compatible dictionary is installed. Owned by Barnes & Noble.


Readers for non-Latin Script

Check out Laputa Reader, Best Reader, Wisbook, and the below for a wide selection of readers supporting Asian scripts in horizontal and vertical modes. Searching for the popular formats, aozora bunko and chm, will also yield many results.


KingReader (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kingreader.framework&feature=search_result)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: txt, umd, chm, html, jpg, png, bmp
Online catalogs: None


SnowLamp reader (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dki.dkireader&feature=search_result)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: ePUB
Online catalogs: Unknown

Notes: Korean


Cbook (http://www.androidzoom.com/android_applications/entertainment/cbook_mhx.html)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: pdb (big5 Chinese encoded)
Online catalogs: www.haodoo.net

Notes: Strictly a Chinese reader with vertical text layout.


Others to see not mentioned above include epubreader, starbooks, and PalmBookReader.


Comic viewers


ComicRack (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cyo.comicrack.viewer.free)
Cost: Free with $6.89 paid version that eliminates adverts and allows wireless sync.
Formats supported: CBZ, CBR (natively), CB7, CBT, PDF, DJVU and WebComics (when sync'd with Desktop version)
Online catalogs: any WebDAV server.

Notes: Optimized for phones and tablets. Single and double page viewing. Auto scrolling. Right left to right reading mode for mangas. Color adjustments. Automatic page cropping for small devices. Full library management with lists and searching. Management of reading states (unread, completed etc.) and bookmarks. USB and Wifi synchronization with ComicRack for Windows.


Droid Comic Viewer (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.androidcomics.acv&feature=search_result)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: zip/cbz, rar/cbr, acv, jpeg, png, bmp, folders
Online catalogs:


Perfect Viewer (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rookiestudio.perfectviewer&feature=search_result)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: zip/cbz, rar/cbr, 7z/cb7, jpeg, png, bmp, gif
Online catalogs:


Androbook Viewer (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.androbook&feature=search_result)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: zipped jpg (cbz)
Online catalogs: androbook.net


ComicBricks - beta (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.windmaple.comic&feature=search_result)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: jpg, png
Online catalogs: Unknown.


jjComics Viewer (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jj.comics&feature=search_result)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: zip, cbz, rar, cbr, jpg, gif, png, bmp
Online catalogs: Unknown.


Comic Reader Mobi (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mobi.ComicReaderPlatform&feature=search_result)
Cost: $14.99
Formats supported: zip, cbz, rar, cbr
Online catalogs: any WebDAV server.

Notes: Newcomer to the Market. Its most interesting feature is "Smart Lens" which allows you to tap on a text block in the comic, creating a popup of the enlarged text. It also has animated page turns, remembers where you left off, and many options to fit pages correctly on the Android screen.


ComiCat (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=meanlabs.comicreader&feature=search_result)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: zip, cbz, rar, cbr
Online catalogs: Unknown

Notes: Notable feature: splits two-page scans into two separate views.


eBook Tools

Calibre Library (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tonymaro.calibreLibrary.apk)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: the kitchen sink
Online catalogs: It is one!

Notes: If you use eBooks and don't know about Calibre, you've been living under a rock. Calibre, designed by MobileRead.com's own Kovid Goyal, is the swiss army knife of eBook tools. Originally designed for Sony's PRS-500, it has grown over the last five years to support most popular devices as well as a few less popoular ones. It allows for conversion between many formats, reading books on a computer, downloading periodicals...periodically, and acts as a server so that you can download your saved eBooks wirelessly from your computer to your devices as easily as you would from your device manufacturer's store. This app for Android is the client for that server feature.


eBook Optimizer (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.natygames.ebookoptimizer&feature=search_result)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: ePUB
Online catalogs: N/A

Notes: Not a reader app, but claims to optimize ePUB files, making them 5-15% smaller for smartphone storage.


Bookfm Reader (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bookfm.reader&feature=search_result)
Cost: Free
Formats supported: claims any, but client reads ePub
Online catalogs: none

Notes: You upload your ebook in most formats to www.bookfm.com. The website does the conversion to ePub and syncs with the phone client.


Free Library Books to Kindle (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.phonegap.librarybooksearch) New
Cost: Free
Formats supported: azw, mobi, topaz
Online catalogs: Overdrive catalogs from public libraries

Notes: Get free Kindle e-books (for the Kindle app) if you have a library card. In beta currently and only supports the metro areas of New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

wodin
01-25-2010, 08:35 PM
Thanks, great resource!

I like FBReader myself.

tonyx3
01-25-2010, 11:13 PM
Thanks!

Anybody know if any of those support Autoscroll?

Just 'cause my N1 is a touchscreen doesn't mean I want to be constantly tapping the screen to change pages!

beartard
01-26-2010, 07:22 PM
I haven't seen any that support this feature. I haven't tried them all and don't know if I could for full reviews. The only "readers" I've seen with autoscroll are some news feed readers.

By the way, if you use any of the above, unreviewed clients, please feel free to post a review and I'll update the original post.

Dan de V
05-17-2010, 04:51 PM
On the face of it there seems to be a lot of choice around for epub reader software for Android until you realise most / all of the above are unable to read Adobe DRM epub which is nominally still the standard.

Not a deal breaker for many on mobileread who prefer to strip the DRM but sometimes I do not have the time or can be bothered to strip the DRM and would happily just want to read a DRM epub on my Android phone.

So I suggest an update on the above list to clearly state which software can read what type of DRM epub (if any) would be useful.

It really surprises me that Adobe or A.N. Other big player who has adopted Adobe DRM epub e.g. Sony haven't put some resources into developing a software reader for Adobe DRM for use on Android / Windows / iphone. It is Amazon's strategy that I thought played well to the galleries. Being able to synchronize between your phone and dedicated ereader is functionality I want and I would guess is popular?

FarWest
05-18-2010, 06:27 PM
Looks like Kindle for Android is coming this summer.

http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/18/kindle-for-android-coming-this-summer/

Dan de V
05-19-2010, 03:29 AM
I know, perfect timing on my part. I just posted the same news on a different thread as well.

As I said in my post above, I am interested in Adobe DRM epub, where are the DRM software readers for that! If Amazon can do it for Kindle.......

Dan de V
05-19-2010, 03:30 AM
Repeat

Conor
05-19-2010, 04:43 AM
I upgraded to an Android phone (HTC Desire) at the weekend. Wonderful gadget; so much faster than the Windows Mobile phone I had before. :iloveyou:
I'll be buying iReader today, mainly because it covers Mobipocket DRM. While there is a free version, it's a much earlier version.

Crowl
05-19-2010, 10:27 PM
It really surprises me that Adobe or A.N. Other big player who has adopted Adobe DRM epub e.g. Sony haven't put some resources into developing a software reader for Adobe DRM for use on Android / Windows / iphone. It is Amazon's strategy that I thought played well to the galleries. Being able to synchronize between your phone and dedicated ereader is functionality I want and I would guess is popular?

I have seen a few people wonder why sony haven't got an app on other hardware and the answer is pretty obvious, they are in the hardware business and what little interest they have in their bookstore is in how it helps hardware sales, in countries outside north america they didn't even bother with their own store and are just partnered up with local retailers e.g. waterstones in the uk.

Adobe on the other hand not being more proactive does seem very odd since the combination of adobe drm and epub was basically the standard outside north america with all ebook sellers with kindle being almost nowhere, but all that lead will vanish with the fragmentation of epub support due to ibooks and b&n using other drm and amazon getting a kindle app on every devicetype in existence.

tamole
06-25-2010, 07:02 PM
This is my first post and let me say how nice it is to find so many kindred spirits! I started reading ebooks on my Palm more than 10 years ago and have been hooked on ebooks ever since. When Palm abandoned it's old OS a while back I bought a Blackberry and have been sorely disappointed with the ereader software available for it. I will be getting an Android soon and am pleased to see the iReader software supports autoscroll. I agree with the Tonyx3. When you read books on small devices, it's very distracting to have to swipe the pages every few seconds. I would think this feature would be a no-brainer for ereader software for small devices. I hope software developers are reading this and take heed! :book2:

AnemicOak
06-25-2010, 08:54 PM
This is my first post and let me say how nice it is to find so many kindred spirits! I started reading ebooks on my Palm more than 10 years ago and have been hooked on ebooks ever since. When Palm abandoned it's old OS a while back I bought a Blackberry and have been sorely disappointed with the ereader software available for it. I will be getting an Android soon and am pleased to see the iReader software supports autoscroll. I agree with the Tonyx3. When you read books on small devices, it's very distracting to have to swipe the pages every few seconds. I would think this feature would be a no-brainer for ereader software for small devices. I hope software developers are reading this and take heed! :book2:

That's fine if it's optional. I know personally I can't stand scrolling of any kind and would much rather just tap the edge of the screen (ala Aldiko).

lcalvin
06-26-2010, 01:36 AM
I just got a Motorola Backflip Android phone and am in love with iReader.
It reads secure eReader (.pdb) and Mobipocket secure (.prc). The Mobipocket is a hack - you put in the PIN as opposed to using the actual Mobipocket reader software which is device dependent.

And it autoscrolls - not only that it actually will autoscroll fast enough that I can use it, and that's the first time I've EVER found software that will do that. (Backflip AT&T is crippled Android - must use Marketplace apps unless you go through some slightly more complicated steps - i.e. download the developer stuff.)

Fonts and colors are very customizable.

FarWest
06-28-2010, 06:10 PM
Engadget is now reporting that the Kindle app for android is now available.

http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/28/kindle-for-android-now-available/

tamole
07-01-2010, 04:10 PM
That's fine if it's optional. I know personally I can't stand scrolling of any kind and would much rather just tap the edge of the screen (ala Aldiko).
Choice is always good!

abenderx
07-17-2010, 12:31 AM
Hi all -
A couple things I thought I'd throw out here:
- On Kindle for Android: I downloaded and tested it last week, only to find that it ONLY allows for Amazon purchase/download/read. if you have a collection of PRC, MOBI, PDB or whatever, you CAN NOT import your books into this reader no matter what the format. HUGE BUMMER. I was very interested in this app because of the issue I bring up next.
- One (other) issue that is of some importance to me (I spent almost 5 years on several WinMo devices reading with MobiPocket) is simple text formatting - boldface and italics specifically. The fact is, NONE of the Android readers are capable of displaying anything other then basic text unless you go into the faux-browser mode that doesn't do paging or anything else properly. I've tried FBreader and iReader, AEPreader, you name it and I've tried it. None of them render bold or italics. I may have been spoiled by Mobi, and I curse the day Amazon bought them and halted all new platform development to push everyone into Kindles, but I very much miss the days of simply converting an ebook on the desktop and having it display as expected on the phone. Hopefully soon someone will get this 'feature.'
iReader is my choice after spending a lot of time with fbReader prior to switching again. I say this given its handling of PRC, PDB and even upcoming ePub. I also like the ability to utilize the volume toggle as page up/down. It's a great interface, my favorite honestly - the developer hasn't made an update in some time, but I keep hoping!

Dopedangel
07-17-2010, 01:53 AM
My problem with most the epub readers in android so far is that they all ask me to import books and make their own library. So once I do that I can not open those book with another reader. What the hell if I wanted to be tied down to a reader I would have bought
a kindle.

jschall
07-17-2010, 04:01 PM
There is a very nice new version of Laputa Reader available on the Android Market:
http://laputareader.com/ http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Laputa-Book-Reader
Its reading features are fairly basic. But one standout feature I love is the animated page flip. And it auto-scrolls!

Another nice feature is that it directly downloads epub books to your sd card from two built-in catalogues - Feedbooks and Blazer Books (http://www.blazerbook.com/ http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Blazer-Books).

It also can import non-DRM .epubs from your SD card.

A nice addition to reading on your Android device.

bugeyed
07-17-2010, 09:00 PM
Still looking for a reader that will store the books in internal mem & not the SD card. I know most prefer the opposite, but with an Android tablet there is often enough internal mem to handle a collection. Aldiko would be fine if it didn't take over the SD card. The reader on the Pandigital Novel uses internal mem., but it doesn't have some features that Aldiko has.
Cheers,
kev

abenderx
07-18-2010, 01:19 AM
Dopedangel - I can tell you for sure that neither fbReader or iReader create a library beyond the listing of their respective "home" directory on the sd card. For fbReader believe it was /sdcard/books and for iReader it's /sdcard/iReader. I shuffle books in and out of the respective directory and that's all there is to it.

Dopedangel
07-18-2010, 04:17 AM
Dopedangel - I can tell you for sure that neither fbReader or iReader create a library beyond the listing of their respective "home" directory on the sd card. For fbReader believe it was /sdcard/books and for iReader it's /sdcard/iReader. I shuffle books in and out of the respective directory and that's all there is to it.

As far as I know ireader doesn't support epub
And I am using fbreader.
My gripe with fbreader is that it does not allow me to browse my ebook directory
it just populates the metadata from the books in its database so I am unable to find the sequence of a series.

wodin
07-18-2010, 03:53 PM
There is a very nice new version of Laputa Reader available on the Android Market:
http://laputareader.com/ http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Laputa-Book-Reader
Its reading features are fairly basic. But one standout feature I love is the animated page flip. And it auto-scrolls!

Another nice feature is that it directly downloads epub books to your sd card from two built-in catalogues - Feedbooks and Blazer Books (http://www.blazerbook.com/ http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Blazer-Books).

It also can import non-DRM .epubs from your SD card.

A nice addition to reading on your Android device.

I downloaded Laputa from the Market (again) and can't for the life of me figure out how to "import non-DRM .epubs". Perhaps I'm a little dense, but I can get the file to show up in the library but when I try to open it it says "The book you selected is not found on the SD Card".

Well it most certainly IS on the SD Card, in four different folders! And the Laputa help file offers no help.

Laputa; fails again!

AnemicOak
07-18-2010, 08:56 PM
Hi all -
A couple things I thought I'd throw out here:
- On Kindle for Android: I downloaded and tested it last week, only to find that it ONLY allows for Amazon purchase/download/read. if you have a collection of PRC, MOBI, PDB or whatever, you CAN NOT import your books into this reader no matter what the format. HUGE BUMMER.

With the newest version you can just copy your mobi files into the Kindle folder and you're good to go. Works great.

Halfchan
07-19-2010, 07:24 AM
I am using iReader (Free) on a HTC Desire..very good but crap in daylight...someone mentioned that it Autoscrolls...how do you enable this?

wayrad
07-19-2010, 08:04 AM
Another nice feature is that it directly downloads epub books to your sd card from two built-in catalogues - Feedbooks and Blazer Books The Blazer Books site seems to contain large amounts of pirated material; I don't think you're supposed to link to things like that here.

Until recently, Laputa offered downloads of pirated material in the App Market. Then those downloads vanished, and now I gather the same or similar material is downloadable from within the app. Must be a story there....

jschall
07-20-2010, 04:42 PM
can't for the life of me figure out how to "import non-DRM .epubs"...it most certainly IS on the SD Card, in four different folders! And the Laputa help file offers no help.
Agreed, the import feature is not documented, yet. There is active discussion about importing on the Laputa Facebook page. The program is still under active development.

I have succeeded by copying the desired .epub file directly into the sdcard/laputabooks directory - and not into a sub-directory.

wodin
07-20-2010, 08:38 PM
Agreed, the import feature is not documented, yet. There is active discussion about importing on the Laputa Facebook page. The program is still under active development.

I have succeeded by copying the desired .epub file directly into the sdcard/laputabooks directory - and not into a sub-directory.

Did that, also made a folder in the laputabooks folder and copied it in there, also copied it into the import folder.

The best results were when I made the folder and put the file there, the library could see it, but when checked the put it on the bookshelf check block it showed up on the bookshelf. But whe I tried to open the book, it said the file wasn't found on the SD card. :blink:

This process is obviously not well thought out.

I have a file (Atlas Shrugged) that I bought from ??? someone affiliated with Laputa which downloaded and opens correctly, but I have an extensive library of non-DRM ePubs in Calibre that work fine in FBReader but not in Laputa.

bugeyed
07-23-2010, 10:28 AM
Don't have it in front of me, but if I remember correctly, FBReader library does not list books by title. It offers Tag, Author & something else, but not Title????
kev

lcalvin
07-30-2010, 11:52 AM
I paid the $1.99 after about 10 minutes. In the pay version, when you are in a book, go to the menu, choose settings and you can turn on and off autoscroll and control various elements.

abenderx
07-30-2010, 02:13 PM
Still looking for a reader that will store the books in internal mem & not the SD card. I know most prefer the opposite, but with an Android tablet there is often enough internal mem to handle a collection. Aldiko would be fine if it didn't take over the SD card. The reader on the Pandigital Novel uses internal mem., but it doesn't have some features that Aldiko has.
Cheers,
kev

fbReader should work for this Bug - you can manually set the folder in which it will look for eBooks, so that should allow for the location of your choice.
To get to the setting, you pull up the menu, choose "More" - then choose "Settings" - the top item under "Library" is "Directories to see for books" (bad grammer, but hey lol). You can specify the folder there.

I'm guessing that you'll need to have the folder already in place before you can point to it since there doesn't seem to be a "create new" option in the setting (lol) so I'd probably use Linda Manager or Astro, navigate up to the root, create your folder and then you can go into the above setting and specify the folder.

Mitchi
08-03-2010, 02:17 AM
I've been using Aldiko since I got my eris in Feb, and while It's really nice (especially love the night mode, reading black on white on a backlit LCD hurts my eyes), I've had issues with adding some of my epubs from Guttenburg into the library. I got around it by using some app called Wordplayer (I think) but I wouldn't recommend it at all, the formatting was terrible -_-

I may have to look at fbReader, it sounds like it would be a good backup to have.

beartard
08-07-2010, 05:51 PM
Slightly updated the first post today since there's an Android section on the board now. Again, if you have a favorite eBook reader for the platform, please let me know and I'll add it. If you have a review for one, please list your pros and cons and I'll add them to the first post as well. If you have a reader app that caters to your needs (language, character set, etc.) and care to review it, feel free to send a pm.

RoboRay
08-07-2010, 07:04 PM
In regards to your comments on FBReader...

There is a progress indicator for the entire book, just not one for individual chapters.

It also supports the .mobi file format, although this is not documented on the website or anywhere else, AFAIKT. I discovered this by accident and was pleasantly surprised, as I convert all my books to .mobi for compatibility with my wife's Kindle.

ladyjae
08-08-2010, 07:46 PM
anyone know a way to change my rocket ebook to android? I hate the format, I have tons of ebooks most are not the right format, I am sick of reformatting. I have an android phone with many readers on it but they are to small for me to read, need bigger screen. So would there be a way to put them on rocket ereader?
I guess not change to an android but be able to use some apps on it to read books?

beartard
08-08-2010, 09:46 PM
anyone know a way to change my rocket ebook to android? I hate the format, I have tons of ebooks most are not the right format, I am sick of reformatting. I have an android phone with many readers on it but they are to small for me to read, need bigger screen. So would there be a way to put them on rocket ereader?
I guess not change to an android but be able to use some apps on it to read books?

Get "calibre". It will do everything you need and works on just about all OSes for conversion and management of eBooks.

TPp
08-11-2010, 07:03 PM
FBReader

...

Cons: Once you click a link, there's no reading history to get you back to the main book text. You have to create a bookmark before going to read a footnote/endnote. Once the footnote is read, you have to go back to the bookmark to continue reading.

...


That is very strange! I'm using footnotes links all the time, never had to create bookmarks. There is a back button, hardware one, you just press it and it take you back at exact same page where you have clicked the link.

Anyway Aldiko is a best book reader on Android in my opinion. But still far from matching best book readers for WinMo or PalmOS.

TallMomof2
08-13-2010, 01:06 PM
I just bought a Droid off eBay and absolutely love it. Aldiko is my reader of choice.

Intri
08-17-2010, 02:17 PM
I like Aldiko (love the brightness adjusting and page turning), but is there a way to fully control it with a pure-touchscreen device with a single HW button working as a "back" button? Since it opens a book in full-screen mode, it hides software menu button along with the upper Android bar.

Gwen Morse
08-17-2010, 06:34 PM
Thanks!

Anybody know if any of those support Autoscroll?

Just 'cause my N1 is a touchscreen doesn't mean I want to be constantly tapping the screen to change pages!

iReader doesn't have autoscroll, I don't think. However, you can change pages with the volume button (up/down to scroll up/down).

gastan
08-19-2010, 12:45 PM
I have been using Aldiko on my Pandigital Novel for a few weeks. I love it for its customization options but have several questions for anyone more familiar with it than me.

Every time I open the app it takes me to page one of the book I was reading. Shouldn't it remember what page I was on at the end of my last reading session?
The "go to" option doesn't allow you to input a page number. There is just a slider. I love that (sarcasm). Let's see, I was about 2/3 thru this book. Maybe, if I'm extremely lucky, I can get to within 60-70 pages of the spot I was at.

The OEM Pandigital reader (whatever it is) uses page numbers, remembers which page I was on, and the "go to" function allows me to input an actual page number. But it has less customization than Aldiko.

vibrunazo
08-19-2010, 03:55 PM
Which of the clients have better text to speech?

I have been using WordPlayer, which is great and has a nice functional text to speech. But the huge downside is that it's text to speech can only play a full chapter at a time. And you cannot stop nor rewind the speech while it's reading. Each chapter of the book I'm reading takes about 40 minutes to read. What if I need a break during that time? What if I want to start reading from the middle of the chapter? That's really bad.

Is there any ebook reader with speech that offers better control over the speaking. Maybe with a read by page or pause/back/forward controls?

beartard
08-19-2010, 07:13 PM
Which of the clients have better text to speech?

I have been using WordPlayer, which is great and has a nice functional text to speech. But the huge downside is that it's text to speech can only play a full chapter at a time. And you cannot stop nor rewind the speech while it's reading. Each chapter of the book I'm reading takes about 40 minutes to read. What if I need a break during that time? What if I want to start reading from the middle of the chapter? That's really bad.

Is there any ebook reader with speech that offers better control over the speaking. Maybe with a read by page or pause/back/forward controls?

It's really hard to say, and even harder to get an ebook reader with all the features you'd expect in one package. Have you tried out "multireader"? It claims to be a TTS ebook reader, but I haven't tried it out.

lost101
08-22-2010, 06:37 AM
With decent voices starting to appear on android (Loquendo Susan (http://www.androlib.com/android.application.com-loquendo-tts-susan-jzqBw.aspx)), I hope tts is implemented into some of the better ebook readers.

dannylee
08-23-2010, 06:36 AM
I love reading, and I was overjoyed when I discovered that there was an Ebook reader app on the Android market. Although the Aldiko is available on the Android Market for a very long time, when Laputa book reader was released, I tried it. Their recent version is really awesome. It works much better than Aldiko. Laputa Book Reader really has a good selection of free books. Much more than I imagine. I can browse its huge catalogs of free ebooks within its built-in websites. Iím really surprised by how many books I can read with this app. They seem to cooperate with some free eBooks websites. If you donít really want to purchase any books, you can download eBooks from its built-in websites, where millions of free books are available. Thatís what really surprises me. Hahahh, I can enjoy lots of books before sleeping every night.

beartard
08-23-2010, 03:57 PM
Totally revamped the first post. I took out many "not reviewed yet" lines by eliminating the "pros" and "cons" sections.

I split up the clients into sections to make them easier to find. Big booksellers' apps (Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Borders) are in their own section. There is also a section on apps that specialize in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean script. I also added a few comic/manga readers and a section on Android tools for working with eBooks.

tamole
08-24-2010, 03:15 PM
iReader doesn't have autoscroll, I don't think. However, you can change pages with the volume button (up/down to scroll up/down).

Actually iReader does have autoscroll. The developer has made some improvements in the latest update, but it is still hard to set speeds and the results are jumpy. eReader.com's Android ereader also supports autoscroll, but the site no longer carries much other than romance, science fiction titles and little known authors, not my favorite genres. That said, I can't understand why autoscroll is so elusive in the phone apps. Constantly having to flick a page every few seconds is distracting and takes away from the reading experience.

tamole
08-25-2010, 05:45 PM
Eureka! I've been whining loudly about not being able to find a Droid epub ereader app that supports autoscroll. Today I discovered that the eReader.com ereader app does support epub books as well as pdb ebooks. You will have to remove the DRM first and there are tools for doing that found elsewhere on this forum (just do a search). It's a bit complicated, but once you set it all up, it's easy. I'm not a programmer and I was able to do it. You may have to purchase a book from eReader.com to unlock the app, I don't know because I already own about 400 books I purchased from them before Barnes and Noble bought them and moved all the good titles to their website. But the app is free. Then you can use Calibre ebook converter to add metadata (book info) if you want, or just install the DRM free version as is. The chapters will show up in your eReader directory as separate files, but they are linked when you open the book. Color me happy at last!

Gwen Morse
08-26-2010, 06:14 AM
Actually iReader does have autoscroll. The developer has made some improvements in the latest update, but it is still hard to set speeds and the results are jumpy. eReader.com's Android ereader also supports autoscroll, but the site no longer carries much other than romance, science fiction titles and little known authors, not my favorite genres. That said, I can't understand why autoscroll is so elusive in the phone apps. Constantly having to flick a page every few seconds is distracting and takes away from the reading experience.

I can say I don't find the page-turning all that annoying when I use iReader. I find hitting the volume button nearly as natural as touching the next page button on my Kindle. It is a little slow to change pages, but, again, so is the Kindle. But, as always, to each his or her own :).

Since Autoscroll is a new feature in iReader you might want to report back to the author with constructive comments. I've suggested multiple features and seen them appear on his roadmap so he's definitely responsive to his users.

I'm really looking forward to him adding epub support in the future, I'd like to check out ebooks from my library.

Gwen Morse
08-26-2010, 06:20 AM
Which of the clients have better text to speech?

I have been using WordPlayer, which is great and has a nice functional text to speech. But the huge downside is that it's text to speech can only play a full chapter at a time. And you cannot stop nor rewind the speech while it's reading. Each chapter of the book I'm reading takes about 40 minutes to read. What if I need a break during that time? What if I want to start reading from the middle of the chapter? That's really bad.

Is there any ebook reader with speech that offers better control over the speaking. Maybe with a read by page or pause/back/forward controls?

FbreaderJ doesn't (yet) support TTS. I asked on the mailing list a while back and they're supposed to have someone interested in tying it into the existing TTS library.

You might look into joining the list and asking about it as well. I would expect the more interest shown, the quicker they'll be to move on it.

PGP_Protector
08-28-2010, 01:20 PM
I'm looking at two Readers right now (Aldiko & FBReader) but I want to store ALL my E-Books on a secondary SD Card & not use the internal SD Card memory, how can I get both Programs to "Share" the same Library (Or is that even possible?) ?

Thanks to Google Free Books & Project Gutenberg and a more than a few PDFs I've got a large collection I'd like to just keep on hand.

AnemicOak
08-28-2010, 01:33 PM
I'm looking at two Readers right now (Aldiko & FBReader) but I want to store ALL my E-Books on a secondary SD Card & not use the internal SD Card memory, how can I get both Programs to "Share" the same Library (Or is that even possible?) ?

AFAIK this isn't possible. I don't see any way in either of them to change the default directory for books.

Dave_S
08-28-2010, 04:10 PM
AFAIK this isn't possible. I don't see any way in either of them to change the default directory for books.

I do not know of a way to change Aldiko's path to books on the SD card, but FBReaderJ 0.6.6 does provide a way to change the path to books in the first item of the first Settings menu.

AnemicOak
08-28-2010, 04:15 PM
I do not know of a way to change Aldiko's path to books on the SD card, but FBReaderJ 0.6.6 does provide a way to change the path to books in the first item of the first Settings menu.

Then it should work (I hadn't used FB before and had just loaded it to check for this purpose and missed that setting). Just change the /Books directory to /ebooks and it should use Aldiko's folder.


EDIT: I just tried it and all my Aldiko books now also show up in FBReader. :thumbsup:

Dave_S
08-28-2010, 04:19 PM
Then it should work (I hadn't used FB before and had just loaded it to check for this purpose and missed that setting). Just change the /Books directory to /ebooks and it should use Aldiko's folder.
:thumbsup:
That is what I do to be able to use either reader on the same set of books.:)

kjk
08-29-2010, 04:16 PM
Then it should work (I hadn't used FB before and had just loaded it to check for this purpose and missed that setting). Just change the /Books directory to /ebooks and it should use Aldiko's folder.


EDIT: I just tried it and all my Aldiko books now also show up in FBReader. :thumbsup:

Brian, can you access books from Dropbox thru Aldiko?

AnemicOak
08-29-2010, 07:02 PM
Brian, can you access books from Dropbox thru Aldiko?

Not directly that I know of, but I can pull up my Dropbox using the Dropbox App and click on a book and have it download into Aldiko. Works great.

kjk
08-29-2010, 07:05 PM
Not directly that I know of, but I can pull up my Dropbox using the Dropbox App and click on a book and have it download into Aldiko. Works great.

I'm hoping some of these eReaders take advantage of Dropbox as their main file storage-I just love how frictionless it is across my devices.

kennyc
09-01-2010, 10:03 PM
Yes thanks for the initial post and list as well as this thread.

I'm anxiously awaiting my Droid X ....

I'm hoping it works well as an ebook reader as well as all the other snazzy stuff it will do!

wodin
09-07-2010, 02:33 PM
Until very recently (a little over a week) I have been using FBReader on my HTC EVO 4G and Mobi Reader on my PC and Asus tablet/convertable, Using DarkReversaer and Calibre to give me DRM free compatible files for each. I ran across a book that I couldn’t find in Mobi format, so I decided to buy the Kindle version and since I had Kindle readers on ALL of my devices I just used that.

In spite of the fact that the Kindle readers are relatively featureless, I discovered that WhisperSync more than made up for two page display, swipe to change page, et. al. missing features. Since I frequently jump from device to device to read depending on my circumstances, having them automatically synced rather than doing clumsy word searches to sync them is WONDERFUL.

I don’t mind the DarkReverser/Calible/USB flail to load books, but the sync feature alone is worth it. And one click/Whispernet downloads is just icing.

SlowRain
09-09-2010, 12:48 PM
It looks like Kobo now has a desktop application (http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/09/kobo-rolls-out-desktop-application-for-windows-and-mac/).

kennyc
09-09-2010, 02:34 PM
I've tried FBReader (and even built it from scratch as an Android App) and it's working great on my DroidX

:)

qwerty57
09-19-2010, 09:02 AM
I've tried several ebook readers on my android 1.6 & here's my take so far:

Moon+ reader: reads html & txt files, I haven't tried any txt file but the html files load really slowly... like 3 minutes to open a book. Once the book is open the interface is nice & easy to use. I notice that upgrades have been available every few days, so maybe some bugs are being worked out.

Kindle: Fine if you're buying books from Amazon or have a bunch on mobi files, but will only work with mobi files!

Aldiko: Seems very nice so far. I don't have many epub files, but there seem to be a lot of them available.

txtr: This is the only android free ebook reader software that says it can read pdf files. I happen to have a lot of pdf ebooks & so I gave it a try. Before you can open a pdf file with txtr, you have to log into an Adobe account through the txtr ap. So, I set up an Adobe account and tried it out, but I cannot log in through txtr, although I can log in to my Adobe account on my web browser! Maybe I'll get it working, but so far I'm disappointed with txtr.

Basically, Aldiko seems to be the best of the bunch. It looks like I'll be using Calibre to do a lot of file format conversions in the near future!

EowynCarter
09-19-2010, 02:26 PM
I was wandering on adobe's website site
http://blogs.adobe.com/digitalpublishing/supported-devices

Aldiko is adept proof ?

kennyc
09-19-2010, 03:28 PM
I was wandering on adobe's website site
http://blogs.adobe.com/digitalpublishing/supported-devices

Aldiko is adept proof ?

Hmm, interesting. I wasn't aware of that. I've only loaded drm-free books.

Fat Abe
09-21-2010, 04:51 AM
Beamreader kicks ass for pdf files. I have handed the app some pretty big files, and although it renders the large picture books slowly, it works as faithfully as Adobe Reader on the PC. It is shocking that in the Fall of 2010, two iPad apps, Goodreader and iAnnotate, cannot display the images in the Black and Decker Complete Guide to Dream Kitchens properly.

http://www.amazon.com/Black-Decker-Complete-Guide-Kitchens/dp/1589233042/ref=sr_1_2?s=gateway&ie=UTF8&qid=1285053991&sr=8-2

Even the native PDF reading software in the Kindle DXG falls flat on its face with the above book. And this book is not an isolated exception. Many how-to picture books are improperly handled by these Apple and Kindle devices.

Now, all of us loyal Android fans can only hope/dream for a large tablet device to compete with the iPad and Kindle DX/DXG. That would smoke Apple and Amazon's bandwagon.

Graham
09-21-2010, 07:54 AM
Now, all of us loyal Android fans can only hope/dream for a large tablet device to compete with the iPad and Kindle DX/DXG. That would smoke Apple and Amazon's bandwagon.

On the hobs in our dream kitchens, presumably.

Graham

kennyc
09-21-2010, 08:04 AM
LCD/LEDs still can't compete with e-Ink in sunlight.

CRD
09-21-2010, 11:31 AM
Hi, Not sure if I am in the right Thread etc but I am a 'newbie' so here goes. I have just purchased my first ebook reader, off ebay brand new from Hong Kong at a very reasoable price, trouble is I'm not sure what I have bought!!

The very tiny Users Manual has MID written on the front it has a fair ammount of 'Apps' on it Wi-Fi one of them, when I switch it on 'Android' comes up on the screen hence my trying this forum for help.

How do I go about uploading ebooks etc as that is the prime reason I bought it! Any help would be very gratefully received, thanks in anticipation.

kennyc
09-21-2010, 12:04 PM
do you have any kind of manufacturer and model number?

mgmueller
09-21-2010, 12:41 PM
Hi, Not sure if I am in the right Thread etc but I am a 'newbie' so here goes. I have just purchased my first ebook reader, off ebay brand new from Hong Kong at a very reasoable price, trouble is I'm not sure what I have bought!!

The very tiny Users Manual has MID written on the front it has a fair ammount of 'Apps' on it Wi-Fi one of them, when I switch it on 'Android' comes up on the screen hence my trying this forum for help.

How do I go about uploading ebooks etc as that is the prime reason I bought it! Any help would be very gratefully received, thanks in anticipation.

If it is a product with Android OS, there should be an application called "market". That's the Android store, similar to the iTunes concept.
In that "market", you can purchase and download apps - directly on your gadget, without PC/Mac.

In addition, you can do an easy test. On ereader.com/android you find a reader for direct download, without the use of the "market" app. Just direct the mobile browser on your gadget to that link, download and install.
You can read PDB files with that app. For example from the Barnes & Noble (nook) store.

And you should find "about" in the settings menu with specifics about the OS.

Dave_S
09-21-2010, 12:44 PM
The very tiny Users Manual has MID written on the front it has a fair ammount of 'Apps' on it Wi-Fi one of them, when I switch it on 'Android' comes up on the screen hence my trying this forum for help.
MID = Mobile Internet Device
What you have bought is more than just a book reader, and since it is an Android device thre are a few different book reading programs available for it. Which is just what this thread is all about.:)

How do I go about uploading ebooks etc as that is the prime reason I bought it! Any help would be very gratefully received, thanks in anticipation.

It depends on what reader program that you are using as far as the exact method of getting books into the reader program. However, in general you can copy books from you computer to an SD card to use with the reader or use the MID's wireless connection to get books online. IF you get books with DRM(Digital Rights Management) there will be additional restrictions on how you get books for reading software, and no single reader can handle all the different forms of DRM that exist now.

CRD
09-21-2010, 12:56 PM
do you have any kind of manufacturer and model number?

Hi Kenny, Thanks for responding, re your question, not a lot I'm afraid apart from it's 256mb 1.6 When it is powered up V1.9_88 appears in the bottom right hand corner?

I think it has a Samsung board in it, not sure though.

Thanks again

CRD
09-21-2010, 12:59 PM
Thanks Dave_S and mgmueller. I will check out the tips

Dave_S
09-21-2010, 01:03 PM
Hi Kenny, Thanks for responding, re your question, not a lot I'm afraid apart from it's 256mb 1.6 When it is powered up V1.9_88 appears in the bottom right hand corner?


This device?
http://digihero-2k.en.made-in-china.com/offer/LeCmOaWMZupo/Sell-Mid-7-Inch-Tablet-Netbook-PC-Mid-UMPC-WiFi-Android.html

CRD
09-21-2010, 01:11 PM
That certainly looks to be the one Dave!

Dave_S
09-21-2010, 01:56 PM
That certainly looks to be the one Dave!

OK, that advertisement did not say which book reader application came with the device, if any, so you may have to download whichever book reader strikes your interest from reading this thread. I could tell from the specifications of that device that it will not have Android Market access, so finding a book reader application will involve a bit of searching. Maybe one of the alternative markets like SlideME may have a book reader application that you can use.

http://slideme.org/

kennyc
09-21-2010, 02:45 PM
very interesting! Thanks for the "find" Dave!

CRD
09-23-2010, 09:45 AM
Thanks Dave, I think it will be a while before I can get my head around all of the info, I am hoping to find someone local here to 'show' me the way! I don't think I have enough experience yet to go alone. I will let you all know how I get on. Thanks again to you Dave and everybody else who responded to my queries

Hasta Luego

sbtx99
09-24-2010, 11:56 AM
I was wandering on adobe's website site
http://blogs.adobe.com/digitalpublishing/supported-devices

Aldiko is adept proof ?

Apparently not yet, according to their import instructions: "Note that DRM-protected books are not currently supported."

I imported and tried to open an adept epub anyway, but couldn't open it: "Failed to open book. Possible reasons: The file is DRM-protected...."

MsAstoria
09-24-2010, 05:47 PM
This device?
http://digihero-2k.en.made-in-china.com/offer/LeCmOaWMZupo/Sell-Mid-7-Inch-Tablet-Netbook-PC-Mid-UMPC-WiFi-Android.html

Interesting that they show an Ipad screen and icons.

surakmn
10-07-2010, 12:33 AM
A few thoughts then a plea for help....

I've finally broken down and have several ereaders on my phone (Android - myTouch). I've used my PDA for years for scriptures but have avoided using a lot of ebooks otherwise, but my wife has been using ebooks for many years starting with her Pam TX, then her WinMo phone, and now on an Android Tablet.

Reveal Reader - I use this for my scripture app. Targeted toward the LDS (Mormon) market, it has decent functionality, an active user community and far and away the most directly accessible content. It's very much a niche app, and uses outdated formats. As a general reader you'd have problems finding new material in the right formats.

iReader - I have it loaded, my wife uses this as one of her primary readers. Decent functionality, and the paid version supports DRM for eReader and Mobi formats - doesn't render perfectly, but useable. Recently eReader became available for Android, it's still the only game in town for Mobi - my understanding is Kindle supports non DRM only. It is nice to have an Android option for people with significant investment in older formats with DRM.

Now, for my quandry.

I have Wordplayer, Kobo, Nook and Kindle all loaded, sitting side by side in my main panel.

Kobo - mobile app connects via data to load the mobile version of books. You cannot load epub into it. Epubs you purchase from Kobo are for use with their own reader, Sony reader, etc. I like the app, but a book I've purchased has been VERY unreliable - the mobile versions of the books simply haven't always worked. It may be just be that one is buggy but it annoys me when it's a paid book and it isn't reliable. The ePub version works fine in the adobe digital editions software on the PC, and I can browse it on the web.

WordPlayer syncs with Calibre. Can't seem to handle the DRM books, but I love Calibre's ability to make ebooks of newspapers, online serials, txt, pdf, and html files, etc. Not the prettiest app but reliable.

Kindle - I'm not fond of proprietary formats and haven't forgotten how they evaporated paid content ex post facto. But it works smoothly and reliably.

Nook - Also works smoothly and reliably, and B&N supports ebook lending.


So, what do I do with the DRM books? Calibre can't open them, Adobe Digital Editions shows everything on my device which shows as a "B&N ereader" without regard to which application I use to read it, but doesn't give me a way to "load" content into the device or any application libraries.

I'd like to have the flexibility to use common stores like B&N, etc., but it's problematic if I have to load a different reader to manage DRM.

Any ideas? Recommendations?

kennyc
10-07-2010, 07:27 AM
The above is why I convert everything to epub (after removing the restrictive drm) and do not buy ebooks that can't have the drm removed. I also don't even attempt to read pdfs on an ebook reader or android app.

sbtx99
10-07-2010, 10:02 AM
So, what do I do with the DRM books? Calibre can't open them, Adobe Digital Editions shows everything on my device which shows as a "B&N ereader" without regard to which application I use to read it, but doesn't give me a way to "load" content into the device or any application libraries.


Txtr is the only app I've found so far that supports Adobe Adept DRM (epubs and pdf). It's not pretty; it has practically no functionality. And I couldn't find a way to sideload books onto the device. It says it can open books from your browser or email client, but I couldn't get that to work. I had to sign up for an account on their website (txtr.com) and upload/download via their website. And it does not support B&N's DRM.

Aldiko does not currently support DRM'd epubs. But someone posted on the Adobe ADE forums that they had contacted Aldiko and was told their next release "coming soon" will support DRM. No date was given for when that will be.

RoboRay
10-07-2010, 04:42 PM
Remove the DRM. That makes you a criminal (at least, in the US) but it's the only way to be able to reliably use the materials you have bought and paid for.

beartard
10-18-2010, 11:36 PM
I went to update this post today, but it seems the market is pretty stable now as far as eBook reading clients go.

I thought about adding a few notes on clients designed for Arabic script, but most of them are for specific books and not eBook reading in general. Also, most require modding the Android system to do so, and that's way beyond the scope of this post.

Carl314
10-19-2010, 06:36 PM
Aldiko does not currently support DRM'd epubs. But someone posted on the Adobe ADE forums that they had contacted Aldiko and was told their next release "coming soon" will support DRM. No date was given for when that will be.

Aldiko has confirmed on their facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Aldiko/133203453381) that the next release will include DRM support. Since it's already had a few beta releases, I would imagine that release is coming soon.

Cheers, Carl.

Dan de V
10-21-2010, 09:31 AM
Probably worth mentioning in this thread what has been stated elsewhere on mobileread which is that when Sony announced their next generation of e-readers at the end of August, they also announced that would be creating software apps for Android and iOS. If I remember correctly the press release said November 2010 for release. Now Sony is probably doing this to bolster their "ecosystem" (even though it could cannibalize some of their hardware sales) then it would make sense to assume the apps will be able to read epubs with ADEPT DRM. Thus I would suggest we will have another epub ADEPT DRM reader for Android other than Txtr before the end of the year

kennyc
10-21-2010, 09:43 AM
Probably worth mentioning in this thread what has been stated elsewhere on mobileread which is that when Sony announced their next generation of e-readers at the end of August, they also announced that would be creating software apps for Android and iOS. If I remember correctly the press release said November 2010 for release. Now Sony is probably doing this to bolster their "ecosystem" (even though it could cannibalize some of their hardware sales) then it would make sense to assume the apps will be able to read epubs with ADEPT DRM. Thus I would suggest we will have another epub ADEPT DRM reader for Android other than Txtr before the end of the year

Cool, but with Sony being EPUB now...not sure it's that big a deal.

sbtx99
11-02-2010, 11:41 PM
The Bluefire Reader thread over in the Apple device forum mentioned they are working on an Android app which should be out in a couple months. The Bluefire ithing app supports Adobe Adept DRM and also B&N's DRM.

tamole
11-05-2010, 12:28 PM
Just downloaded the latest version of Moon+ Reader. It now gets my vote for the best ereader app for Android. The biggest issue for me was finding a good ereader with smooth autoscroll and this one is darn near perfect. Supports txt, html, epub, umd and zip files. Other features (from their website) include:

Features:
* Read tens of thousands of books for free, supports multiple online book sites.
* Read local books for nice experience with real-time smooth scroll and tons of innovation functions.
* Supports txt, html, epub, umd and zip files.
* Full visual options: line space, font scale, shadow, alignment, alpha colors, fading edge and more.
* 10+ themes embedded, includes Day & Night mode switcher.
* Various types of paging: touch screen, volume keys or even camera, search or back keys.
* 21 customized operations (screen click, swipe gesture, hardware keys), apply to 15 customized events: search, bookmark, themes, navigation, font size and more.
* 4 auto-scroll modes: smooth; by pixel, by line or by page. Real-time speed control.
* Adjust the brightness by sliding your finger along the left edge of the screen.
* Intelligent paragraph; trim unwanted blank spaces options.
* ďKeep your eyes healthĒ options for long-time reading.

I gave it five stars and I've never done that with any other app on Market.

* unsolicited, honest, sincere endorsement!

kennyc
11-05-2010, 12:31 PM
What's autoscroll?

Carl314
11-05-2010, 03:17 PM
I'd never heard of Moon+, but had a look at their home page (for what it's worth) and comments. It looks like it has promise, but for someone like me who does not use autoscroll, and has only epub books, there's not a compelling reason to switch from Aldiko.

Now if Moon+ added highlights and annotations, I may change my mind... It's funny, but thus far no Android reader can match the feature of my years-old WinMo 6.5 ubook reader, except that ubook's interface leaves a lot to be desired.

Cheers, Carl.

Carl.

kennyc
11-05-2010, 04:14 PM
I'd never heard of Moon+, but had a look at their home page (for what it's worth) and comments. It looks like it has promise, but for someone like me who does not use autoscroll, and has only epub books, there's not a compelling reason to switch from Aldiko.

Now if Moon+ added highlights and annotations, I may change my mind... It's funny, but thus far no Android reader can match the feature of my years-old WinMo 6.5 ubook reader, except that ubook's interface leaves a lot to be desired.

Cheers, Carl.

Carl.

I did find it on line, but not in the actual Android Marketplace....

If autoscroll is what I think it is then I don't need or want it.

SlowRain
11-06-2010, 02:09 AM
It's funny, but thus far no Android reader can match the feature of my years-old...
For me, it's Mobipocket. I can't find a reading app that has both desktop and mobile versions that can sync with each other and make notes and that's available internationally and doesn't require you to be part of their network. It seems like one giant step backwards.

carmelra
11-07-2010, 05:44 AM
Just downloaded the latest version of Moon+ Reader. It now gets my vote for the best ereader app for Android.

Features:

* Full visual options: line space, font scale, shadow, alignment, alpha colors, fading edge and more.

I gave it five stars and I've never done that with any other app on Market.

* unsolicited, honest, sincere endorsement!

I wonder if it supports ePubs in RTL languages such as Hebrew and Arabic.
Unfortunately, Aldiko and FBreader doesn't support it properly so there is not even single decent reader I can use to read my ePubs on Android. :help:

humblepie
11-07-2010, 07:17 AM
The above is why I convert everything to epub (after removing the restrictive drm) and do not buy ebooks that can't have the drm removed. I also don't even attempt to read pdfs on an ebook reader or android app.

why dont u read pdf on android? is it that slow?

kennyc
11-07-2010, 07:25 AM
Because most pdf's don't display properly on small screens.

RoboRay
11-07-2010, 11:03 PM
You'd need a magnifying glass to read a PDF on my phone screen.

CharlieBird
11-07-2010, 11:19 PM
I don't think you folks have adequately explored the Moon+ reader. Admittedly I have limited experience with it only because I've installed so many different readers to test (and I am still a novice w/Android), that I'm having a problem deciding which I prefer and which to uninstall....but the Moon+ was one I had definitely decided to keep.

It has myriad options, reads ePub and fb2 files, has direct links to Feedbooks, ManyBooks, P.Gutenberg and a Chinese catalog, Shucang, with the option to add your own catalog. It also supports bookmarks. The only format I've found problematic is some text files don't render punctuation correctly but others are fine. It does have autoscoll but since I don't like autoscroll I didn't even bother to test it.

SlowRain, where did you find Mobipocket (Android Market?), and does it read encrypted prc files?
d

Dave_S
11-08-2010, 06:05 AM
I don't think you folks have adequately explored the Moon+ reader.


Thank you for your recommendation of the Moon+ Reader!:thumbsup: I had tried it some months ago and since it could not read FB2 files I gave up on it. I have been using FBReaderJ and Aldiko since then. Thanks to your recommendation I just tried Moon+ Reader again, and was very pleasantly surprised. I only use FB2 and EPUB book files, and now Moon+ Reader handles both formats very well for the reading features that matter to me. It also seems much faster than Aldiko, and is at least equal in configurability. I just started with the Moon+ Reader, so I will have to read with it for a few days or weeks, but I think that I may end up switching to it as my reader of choice.:thanks:

Crucis
11-08-2010, 06:16 PM
I've been lurking for a while and have a question. I bought an Aluratek ereader in August and use Calibre for my ebook manager. I only buy non-DRM books.

This week, I upgraded my phone to an Android device---Samsung Epic/Galaxy. I've tried a couple of ereader apps and have settled for FBreader.

There is one issue that seems to be common in all the apps (it may be my ignorance with Android) and that is Font size. In FBreader, the text is almost too small to read. Is there anyway to increase the font size?

Tnx, Crucis

kennyc
11-08-2010, 06:29 PM
If you go under options - More - use "Zoom in" "Zoom out"

wayrad
11-08-2010, 09:25 PM
I don't think you folks have adequately explored the Moon+ reader. I just tried it for the first time today, and I have to say I'm very impressed. It seems to be faster and smoother than Aldiko, and I'm not getting noticeable pauses and blank pages between chapters. Seems to be a very polished app with lots of features too, although I miss having cover thumbnails (there's an option for it, but it's marked as unstable).

Does anyone know how to make it so the screen doesn't scroll when you swipe it, though? I'd prefer to just tap to get single page turns, but right now I have both methods active and it makes me lose my place if I'm not careful.

Dave_S
11-09-2010, 03:05 AM
Does anyone know how to make it so the screen doesn't scroll when you swipe it, though?

It seems like that may be a bug in the current version. I have gesture actions set to none, but finger swipes still turn pages. I usually prefer to avoid touching the screen while reading, so I always turn pages with the volume buttons. I actually never noticed the gesture problem until you mentioned it. :p

Dopedangel
11-09-2010, 09:40 PM
Has anyone tried the latest version of coolreader 3
it has greatly improved and seems stable now is very fast and smooth but its not available in the market yet so you have to download and install manually.
Now I have to find a way to add more fonts to it.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/crengine/files/CoolReader3/cr3-3.0.36/

Carl314
11-11-2010, 10:29 AM
I tried Moon+, and lack of css support is a show-stopper for me. My e-books look essentially like unformatted text without css.

If the devs add css and highlights/annotations, they could have a winner on their hands.

(As an aside, I wonder how much development energy is devoted to supporting multiple formats - thanks to calibre, format support within a device is much less important than it once was, and seems like it should be a lower priority than adding other features).

Cheers, Carl.

leaston
11-13-2010, 07:33 AM
I've tried iSilo, Aldiko, Kindle and a few others I forget the name of now. For consistency and features, I don't think FBReader can be beaten. I use it every day and wouldn't swap.

wayrad
11-13-2010, 08:45 AM
It turns out fling paging can be disabled in the Miscellanious Settings of Moon+. Still, I think I'm going back to Aldiko, even though it's sometimes laggy. Moon+ often either loses or repeats a line between one page and the next, and I like Aldiko's handling of the bookshelf better.

Moon+ shows a lot of promise though.

SlowRain
11-13-2010, 10:27 AM
Moon+ often ... repeats a line between one page and the next,
I think that, too, is a setting preference.

tamole
11-19-2010, 11:47 AM
Since my original post recommending Moon+ Reader, they have issued several updates. The thumbnails feature is working fine now. The repeating last line from the previous page to the next page is intentional for the sake of continuity. They have added to some more language support, but I'm not sure which ones. Their website has little information beyond a list of features an screenshots, but they are incredibly responsive to emails and suggestions. I wanted to be able to adjust autoscroll speed with with the volume up and down button on my Droid X and viola! there it was. Is it perfect? Not yet, but the developers seem quite happy to listen. If only the people at Kindle and Nook were half as willing to listen. Right now, when I buy books from their sites, I still have to remove the DRM, convert them with Calibre and then I can read them with Moon+ Reader with the features I most want.

jeffcobb
11-19-2010, 12:45 PM
I just recently came across Moon+ Reader on my Android. It was crying for an update and since I have four others I was on the verge of deleting it when I decided to boot it. In a few ways I found it to be like Wattpad (read+online indexer) but so far have downloaded the worlks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and have read quite a few chapters. I like it so for. The coolest thing had been the page-turning graphics that my wife said was more like a real book. Don't know about that but is an able-bodied reader..

SlowRain
11-20-2010, 01:35 AM
...they are incredibly responsive to emails and suggestions....the developers seem quite happy to listen. If only the people at Kindle and Nook were half as willing to listen.
Agreed. I found them quite responsive as well.

What I don't like is the difficulty of mixing RGB. I'm not a painter, so I have no idea how to mix what to get the color I want. I'm still struggling.

Cuteepatootee
11-30-2010, 11:47 AM
OK I have my new android phone less than 24 hrs and I am becoming desperate. I MUST have an ebook program that auto scrolls like Mobipocket. It scrolls line by line and not page by page. I am at this point not even CARING what format, I will change my 1000's of books to what ever program will scroll this way! HELP! If I can't find one I will be selling this for a Windows phone. It is my number ONE priority!
Thanks
Alyce

Cuteepatootee
11-30-2010, 11:52 AM
I just got a Motorola Backflip Android phone and am in love with iReader.
It reads secure eReader (.pdb) and Mobipocket secure (.prc). The Mobipocket is a hack - you put in the PIN as opposed to using the actual Mobipocket reader software which is device dependent.

And it autoscrolls - not only that it actually will autoscroll fast enough that I can use it, and that's the first time I've EVER found software that will do that. (Backflip AT&T is crippled Android - must use Marketplace apps unless you go through some slightly more complicated steps - i.e. download the developer stuff.)

Fonts and colors are very customizable.
Does it autoscroll line by line or page by page? I can't figure out to line by line it in smooth scrolling just page by page which I don't like. If it does how did you set it?

kennyc
11-30-2010, 12:09 PM
I hate autoscroll...

Cuteepatootee
11-30-2010, 12:19 PM
I paid the $1.99 after about 10 minutes. In the pay version, when you are in a book, go to the menu, choose settings and you can turn on and off autoscroll and control various elements.
What reader are you talking about??

Cuteepatootee
11-30-2010, 12:42 PM
Eureka! I've been whining loudly about not being able to find a Droid epub ereader app that supports autoscroll. Today I discovered that the eReader.com ereader app does support epub books as well as pdb ebooks. You will have to remove the DRM first and there are tools for doing that found elsewhere on this forum (just do a search). It's a bit complicated, but once you set it all up, it's easy. I'm not a programmer and I was able to do it. You may have to purchase a book from eReader.com to unlock the app, I don't know because I already own about 400 books I purchased from them before Barnes and Noble bought them and moved all the good titles to their website. But the app is free. Then you can use Calibre ebook converter to add metadata (book info) if you want, or just install the DRM free version as is. The chapters will show up in your eReader directory as separate files, but they are linked when you open the book. Color me happy at last!
I just looked on the ereader site and see no offer of auto scroll. How did you do this?

Dopedangel
11-30-2010, 12:51 PM
moon plus has autoscroll support you can also change between different kind of autoscroll

Logseman
12-01-2010, 01:30 PM
Manga readers are mentioned as well in the OP, so I'd like to throw in MangaWhat, a reader which allows the user to browse and read manga from 4 online repositories: MangaFox, MangaStream, BleachExile and MangaReader. The functioning is flawless (no crashes up to this moment), the interface is unobstrusive and the content lodged is huge and well-organized. Thus, I find it absolutely fantastic.

fyrogenesis
12-02-2010, 02:55 AM
Hi.
Is there any android app with offline dictionary lookup? like in the Kindle 3?

i searched like crazy in the past couple of days but no luck. i know ebook is currently concentrated in English-spoken country markets, so probably no priority for a dictionary-lookup thing.. but one can hope!

:help:

:thanks:

abenderx
12-03-2010, 01:50 AM
OK I have my new android phone less than 24 hrs and I am becoming desperate. I MUST have an ebook program that auto scrolls like Mobipocket. It scrolls line by line and not page by page. I am at this point not even CARING what format, I will change my 1000's of books to what ever program will scroll this way! HELP! If I can't find one I will be selling this for a Windows phone. It is my number ONE priority!
Thanks
Alyce

iReader does it - I turned it on accidentally and was pissed until I found the hotspot on the screen lol. It's a smooth-type scroller and it's free so give it a try. Oh - it reads PRC files too although I have had some weird character translation issues and have had better luck using Calibre to convert trouble books into PDB.

abenderx
12-03-2010, 01:54 AM
OK I have my new android phone less than 24 hrs and I am becoming desperate. I MUST have an ebook program that auto scrolls like Mobipocket. It scrolls line by line and not page by page. I am at this point not even CARING what format, I will change my 1000's of books to what ever program will scroll this way! HELP! If I can't find one I will be selling this for a Windows phone. It is my number ONE priority!
Thanks
Alyce

Something else of note: I do not think that the new Windows Phone is backwards-compatible with old WinMobile software at all. There's no MobiPocket at all and no third-party app dev yet to flesh out any choices there. You'd be in worse shape for ebook reading with the new Windows phone from the beta versions I've played with (friend on the dev team for that OS...)
Hope this helps! Stick with Android - it rocks, you just have to find the right reader. I like iReader and from what I've seen Moon+ looks pretty cool as well. STILL no italics and/or boldface fonts in either tho :-(

kennyc
12-03-2010, 08:02 AM
I don't know if there is or not, but the main issue with any android device is storage space and responsiveness and dictionary/dictionary lookup is not conducive to either

kennyc
12-03-2010, 08:04 AM
Thanks, great resource!

I like FBReader myself.

Works great for me too.

Great list, but like most things these days way too many choices.

RoboRay
12-03-2010, 03:19 PM
Storage space? So long as there's an SD or micro-SD slot, and there usually is, that shouldn't be a concern. I wouldn't recommend a device with non-expandable or non-upgradable storage, however.

kennyc
12-03-2010, 03:53 PM
Storage space? So long as there's an SD or micro-SD slot, and there usually is, that shouldn't be a concern. I wouldn't recommend a device with non-expandable or non-upgradable storage, however.

Yes. Storage space. as you say .... "so long as there is...." which is not always the case. The app has to be written to work everywhere if it is to be effective...

Logseman
12-03-2010, 04:01 PM
OK I have my new android phone less than 24 hrs and I am becoming desperate. I MUST have an ebook program that auto scrolls like Mobipocket. It scrolls line by line and not page by page. I am at this point not even CARING what format, I will change my 1000's of books to what ever program will scroll this way! HELP! If I can't find one I will be selling this for a Windows phone. It is my number ONE priority!
Thanks
AlyceWattpad used to scroll line by line in iPhone. Since it's ported to Android, I guess it has the same feature.

Muttz
12-05-2010, 12:14 AM
My friend just got her Archos 101 today and I'm helping her to set it up. She has been reading her books on MobiPocket Reader on her netbook. She's quite disappointed that there isn't a MobiPocket app for Android. Does anyone know of an Android app that is similar?
The feature that she would really like to have is a two-page layout in landscape mode.

Thanks!

nor11wan
12-06-2010, 10:28 PM
Hi there,need some help,just received a 8" Tablet O/S Android 2.2
there is a pre-installed e-reader "ALDIKO" but been struggling with the set and
have no clue as how the use the reader.(have no Android experience at all)
have downloaded E-books to SD card and slot into Set,but when I
opened Aldiko,it showed an image of 2 books (also pre-installed) and a line
suggesting connection for on-line purchase.I only need to find out HOW TO
READ E-books from my SD Card On the page apart fro the 2 books and the line
there are no address bar anywhere!!
Your suggestions please
thanks

SlowRain
12-07-2010, 12:02 AM
A little birdy just told me that Moon+ Reader will soon have an integrated dictionary and a note-taking feature. It's looking like we have a possible successor to Mobipocket. Now, if I could only get him to remove all progress bars and progression indicators, I'd be a very happy man.

Dopedangel
12-07-2010, 12:09 AM
Hi there,need some help,just received a 8" Tablet O/S Android 2.2
there is a pre-installed e-reader "ALDIKO" but been struggling with the set and
have no clue as how the use the reader.(have no Android experience at all)
have downloaded E-books to SD card and slot into Set,but when I
opened Aldiko,it showed an image of 2 books (also pre-installed) and a line
suggesting connection for on-line purchase.I only need to find out HOW TO
READ E-books from my SD Card On the page apart fro the 2 books and the line
there are no address bar anywhere!!
Your suggestions please
thanks

you have to put the book into ebooks\import
and then press import books in aldiko

Dopedangel
12-07-2010, 12:16 AM
Cool Reader has officially been released in the market
Support epub, fb2, txt, rtf, html, chm, tcr formats

http://lh6.ggpht.com/z6slizZTuQrLXn5cN3BuOsxYG2gQL2Af4ENAyORlbveehxWRQM iMaBJt10UXYIv_JKdZnFZrTdGViDkGgeI=s48

http://chart.apis.google.com/chart?cht=qr&chs=150x150&chl=http://www.appbrain.com/app/org.coolreader?install=web

carbonize
12-07-2010, 01:01 PM
Aldiko 2 is apparently going to be out before Christmas. They are promising DRM support as well as Google books support.

nor11wan
12-09-2010, 04:03 AM
Hi there Dopedangel,tried to name folder as suggested but my PC does not permit
naming folder with these marking: / ! ? * < etc is there any other way I can do the
naming ?
thanks

carbonize
12-09-2010, 04:17 AM
ebooks\import refers to a directory on the SD card not a file name. Find the directory called eBooks and in it you will find a directory called import.

nor11wan
12-10-2010, 03:24 AM
HI there carbonize,thanks for the reply,sad to amid my rusty old brain fails to comprhend
the instruction given in your posting,the part that says:..Find the directory called...
How do I go about doing that?? Where is it hiding this directory ??
Apologise for this stupidity and ignorance I have completely no idea of the Android O/S
Btw:How do I name the folder containing those epub books!!

wallcraft
12-10-2010, 03:48 AM
Find the directory called...
How do I go about doing that?? Where is it hiding this directory ??
Btw:How do I name the folder containing those epub books!! I don't have an android phone, but perhaps the directory (folder) does not yet exist. On the SD card, it should be eBooks/import - where eBooks is a folder and import is a sub-folder inside that folder. Under Windows this might look like eBooks\import, because "\" is the Windows folder separator but "/" is the same thing under Linux (or Android). If the eBook folder does not exist, then make it (don't forget the capital B). Once the eBook folder exists, goto that folder and, if the import folder does not exist in the eBooks folder, make it. Then copy your .epub files into that folder.

Roos
12-10-2010, 03:49 AM
:..Find the directory called...
How do I go about doing that?? Where is it hiding this directory ??

Btw:How do I name the folder containing those epub books!!
When you connect your android phone to the PC, it probably asks if you want to charge or connect to pc, choose connect like storage device.
In Windows 'My Computer' (or how the place is called where you can see attached drives) look for the one that represents the SD Card, en open it.
Look for a folder named ebook, open it, there will be a folder inside it, named import, open it, and drag your drm free ebooks there ;-)
When done, don't forget to 'safely remove' your usb device (in XP that is a very small thingy on the right in the bar with the start button)
Disconnect phone, and start Aldiko. press menu button, choose import, and if all went well you will see your books appear on the bookshelf.
Silly that you have to use 1 specific folder, hope they fix that in the new version.

Greetings, and good luck, hope this makes some sense for you.

Wilco

Logseman
12-10-2010, 06:06 AM
E-Ink lovers may be familiar with CoolReader. Its developer Buggins has ported it into Android:

http://www.mediafire.com/?7wxc4d9catdx7uo

Dopedangel
12-10-2010, 06:20 AM
HI there carbonize,thanks for the reply,sad to amid my rusty old brain fails to comprhend
the instruction given in your posting,the part that says:..Find the directory called...
How do I go about doing that?? Where is it hiding this directory ??
Apologise for this stupidity and ignorance I have completely no idea of the Android O/S
Btw:How do I name the folder containing those epub books!!

Sorry if I was not clear before.
Once you install aldiko it will create a folder ebooks in your phone. You must use a file browser to see it. Inside it their should be another folder named import if its not their you make a new folder and rename it to import.
So whenever you want to add books to calibre you just copy epubs to this import folder and then from inside aldiko click import books it will import these books into its library.

tamole
12-10-2010, 08:45 AM
OK I have my new android phone less than 24 hrs and I am becoming desperate. I MUST have an ebook program that auto scrolls like Mobipocket. It scrolls line by line and not page by page. I am at this point not even CARING what format, I will change my 1000's of books to what ever program will scroll this way! HELP! If I can't find one I will be selling this for a Windows phone. It is my number ONE priority!
Thanks
Alyce

Try Moon Reader. It has the smoothest autoscroll feature. I use it for epub books, but it reads a few other formats. Check my earlier post for a list.

.

nor11wan
12-13-2010, 03:18 AM
Hi there all,thanks for the suggestions and help,I finally found my mistakes,did not realised that afterinstalling Aldiko a folder is already created,eBook,and file Import
I went to create a folder to downloaded those epub books and put them in SD card
Confusion says......

nor11wan
12-13-2010, 09:55 PM
Hi there gentlemen thanks for all your help and suggestions,I finally got Aldiko working
am building up a library now
thanks

kennyc
12-13-2010, 10:02 PM
Great!

thinkpad
12-14-2010, 03:19 AM
Aldiko is soon to release their 2.0 version:
http://www.aldiko.com/blog/aldiko-book-reader-20-coming-soon

* Read Adobe-DRMed ePub and PDF files
* Add ebooks from your local public library
* Import your own ebooks and documents
* Add your own catalogs

Should be an exciting release with many new useful features.

kennyc
12-14-2010, 07:47 AM
Aldiko is soon to release their 2.0 version:
http://www.aldiko.com/blog/aldiko-book-reader-20-coming-soon


Should be an exciting release with many new useful features.

That would be great but I really don't want DRM at ALL! If I can't strip it off immediately upon purchase or download then I don't want the book at all. I'll buy paper instead.

wheatfree
12-14-2010, 08:08 AM
The only reason I'm looking forward to the DRM version of aldiko is to be able to load library books for my sister-in-law. She wants a reader for that, but she also wants it to be a full android tablet, so she can play games on it.

zhleonix
12-14-2010, 11:21 AM
I am using both iPod touch and Android phone. I am wondering why no one implements a reader app with built-in offline dictionary like some apps in iOS, such as iBook, Nook, Kobo and Kindle etc.

kennyc
12-14-2010, 11:32 AM
Because of the storage space and processing power needed. (this has been brought up before in 1 or more threads)

=X=
12-14-2010, 12:12 PM
Because of the storage space and processing power needed. (this has been brought up before in 1 or more threads)

I'm not sure I buy that. Mobipocket has had these features on their clients for years now, developed when phones where far less powerful.

BenG
12-15-2010, 10:45 AM
According to the Sony Reader Store, a Reader app for Android (and Apple) is supposed to be available sometime in December.

tamole
12-15-2010, 02:00 PM
I just looked on the ereader site and see no offer of auto scroll. How did you do this?

It's buried in the second level of settings, but doesn't work as well as the Palm OS version did. You have to go into the settings to start it and disable screen timeout separately to get it to work. I've abandoned the program in favor of Moon+ Reader, which has an autoscroll icon in the toolbar and automatically disables the screen timeout when the program is open. It also allows you to regulate the speed in several different ways. I used the volume up/down button customization option, but there are screen swipe options, too.

Moon+ Reader won't read .pdb ebooks, so you have to remove the DRM and convert them to epubs to use it. If you have DRM-free ebboks, then Calibre ebook converter is easy to use and free (although donations are welcome!).

imaredr
12-17-2010, 02:14 PM
If I download an apk via google app market, where does it download to? I would like to be able to copy it so that I can put it on a device that doesn't have the app market.

Ellen

thinkpad
12-17-2010, 02:24 PM
If I download an apk via google app market, where does it download to? I would like to be able to copy it so that I can put it on a device that doesn't have the app market.
The app is installing the minute you download it so you would need to make a backup of the app. This can be done with the file-manager Astro (http://www.androidtapp.com/astro-file-manager/) also available on the market.

1. Install Astro
2. Open Astro
3. Press menu
4. Press tools
5. Press Application manager/backup (a list of installed app's should appear)
6. Select the once you want to backup by marking the checkbox
7. Press menu
8. Press backup (The backup process should now start)
9. The apk-files should now be available in dir: /sdcard/backups/apps

There is an add-on for Astro which would give you bluetooth transfer capabilities enabling you to send and receive files.

I however prefer to use SwiFTP which turns your android device into an FTP-server for easy access to the files.

Dave_S
12-17-2010, 02:43 PM
The app is installing the minute you download it so you would need to make a backup of the app. This can be done with the file-manager Astra also available on the market.

When you've installed Astra and opened it goto:
menu -> tools -> application manager/backup
This should get you a list of all apps installed. Mark the once you want to backup
When you're done press menu -> backup (Astra should now start the backup process for you).

If you go into your sd-card you should now be able to see the backed up apk-files in directory: backups/apps

Good instructions, except that it is "Astro" and not "Astra", unless there is a program with a similar name that I have not heard of. I use Astro in just the manner that you describe to get an APK for one device that I have that is not Market eligible.

thinkpad
12-17-2010, 02:48 PM
Good instructions, except that it is "Astro" and not "Astra", unless there is a program with a similar name that I have not heard of. I use Astro in just the manner that you describe to get an APK for one device that I have that is not Market eligible.
Yeah, I noticed the misspelling and have changed it. Thanks.

Dopedangel
12-19-2010, 05:14 AM
At last Epub toc support comes to coolreader (only in the source for now) hope it gets pushed to the app soon.

imaredr
12-19-2010, 10:44 AM
Thanks for the instructions. I have the backup app already. So that puts me one step closer. I will try this today.

Ellen

SlowRain
12-24-2010, 04:06 AM
Moon+ Reader now has offline dictionary support for ColorDict and Fora. If you're downloading these dictionaries for the first time, you also have to download the word packages in addition to the app.

Dave_S
12-24-2010, 05:02 AM
Moon+ Reader now has offline dictionary support for ColorDict and Fora.

Thank you for pointing out the support for ColorDict!!!:thumbsup:

I just deleted Aldiko and all the other readers that I have been trying out since Moon+ Reader can do everything that I want and more.

melonhead
12-24-2010, 09:21 AM
For any that use library eBooks from Overdrive, they have released an app, Overdrive Media Console, for droid that now supports eBooks. You have to put your Adobe ID into the settings, but after that you can download directly from/into the phone, no USB cables required. I'm a happy camper about that!

WMA audio files still require the computer version of Media Console, however.

It's a clunky reader, but better than all the fussing required for transfer that I had to do before. Yay.

kennyc
12-24-2010, 09:26 AM
Thanks for that, but I'm just gonna stick with my standard process. Always purchase/download to my computer, strip drm, add to Calibre and transfer to desired reader. (and of course back up the Calibre library) Works great for me. And I get to use whatever ebook reader, app or device I want.

Goliard
12-27-2010, 04:09 PM
Hi folks. . .total noob here, so be gentle :) I just got a Samsung Epic, and installed Aldiko on it. Tried to add an ebook, but can't find the "import" folder, or the "ebooks" folder, for that matter. When I use the "My Files" app, and look on the SD card, there's just an Aldiko folder, with no subfolders. When I connect my phone to my Macbook, I get the dreaded "there is no SD card found" message (huh?) Do I need to uninstall then reinstall the program? Any help greatly appreciated,

G

kennyc
12-27-2010, 04:12 PM
The import folder is not under Aldiko it is under

/eBooks/import

Dave_S
12-27-2010, 04:25 PM
Hi folks. . .total noob here, so be gentle :) I just got a Samsung Epic, and installed Aldiko on it. Tried to add an ebook, but can't find the "import" folder, or the "ebooks" folder, for that matter. When I use the "My Files" app, and look on the SD card, there's just an Aldiko folder, with no subfolders. When I connect my phone to my Macbook, I get the dreaded "there is no SD card found" message (huh?) Do I need to uninstall then reinstall the program? Any help greatly appreciated,

G

First, when you connect your Epic to your computer Android should pop up a message asking how you want to connect to your computer with "Disk Drive" being one of your options. In that popup there is a check box for "Don't Ask Again", so if that box is checked and a different option was previously selected then you will not see the Epic as a disk drive. You should be able to remedy that by pulling down the status bar in Android's main window and selecting "Disk Drive" as the connection method after the Epic is connected to your computer.
If you can not find the /eBooks/import folder you could always create it your self? However, I believe that Aldiko will create it if it is non-existent the first time that ask you Aldiko to scan for books on the SD card.

Logseman
12-27-2010, 04:57 PM
The matter with Samsung Epic 4G (aka Galaxy S) is that you can't plug it always as a USB device, because if you want to update with the official updates you need Samsung Kies which has a unique interface for connecting, which is incompatible with the USB mode.

Dopedangel
12-28-2010, 01:03 AM
I installed Kies once on my PC tried it and then uninstalled it the same day.
If I wanted to put such bloated crap on my pc would have bought an IPhone;).
Have not needed it since use ODIN and Xda forums for updates and
Winamp for transferring media to my device great thing with ia its wireless sync don't even need to connect my phone to the pc to add the new albums etc.

beartard
01-16-2011, 11:37 AM
I added a few, newer readers to the first post and updated the popularity ranking in from the market. No real major changes, but a few new goodies. Thanks to everyone for reading!

eksor
01-16-2011, 05:34 PM
Hi:

Excellent, comprehensive, review. Which one of the clients reads "plucker desktop" or "sunrisexp" output, that is, pdb, but I am not sure what sub-version. I've seen that many of the apps listed read pdb. I used to read that files with vademecum. Really handy, wikipedia's Solar System article fits on a 50 MB file, with images, one level of recursion. I would like to read that kind of books with my smartq V7 (I Ching coined :-) ).

Regards.

beartard
01-17-2011, 11:20 AM
Hi:

Excellent, comprehensive, review. Which one of the clients reads "plucker desktop" or "sunrisexp" output, that is, pdb, but I am not sure what sub-version. I've seen that many of the apps listed read pdb. I used to read that files with vademecum. Really handy, wikipedia's Solar System article fits on a 50 MB file, with images, one level of recursion. I would like to read that kind of books with my smartq V7 (I Ching coined :-) ).

Regards.

I know plucker is a venerable format from the days when Palm was king. Just from my quick research, it seems to have gone the way of the dodo, as the world moved on to more open standards. IMHO, it's a good move since standards and open formats ensure availability of content as things progress. I loved iSilo, for example, but it's damned near impossible to convert these days.

As of right now, I think FBreader claims to read plucker files, though I have no way of testing it. You could also try "Golan." It's not in the Android Market, but the developer has a page on Google code. It hasn't seen any updates in quite a while, however. Sunrisexp has been EOL'd as well.

wallcraft
01-17-2011, 12:04 PM
I think FBreader claims to read plucker files, though I have no way of testing it. The Desktop FBReader handles plucker files, but I don't think FBReaderJ does. The latter supports ebook formats with strong metadata support: ePub, FB2, and MOBI.

beartard
01-17-2011, 05:12 PM
The Desktop FBReader handles plucker files, but I don't think FBReaderJ does. The latter supports ebook formats with strong metadata support: ePub, FB2, and MOBI.

Thanks for the correction!

steven522
01-17-2011, 05:35 PM
The entry for Compact Reader needs to be changed. It only supports "TXT" files.

beartard
01-17-2011, 09:41 PM
The entry for Compact Reader needs to be changed. It only supports "TXT" files.

Done! Thanks for the feedback. Dunno how I made that big a mistake ;)

SlowRain
01-18-2011, 12:41 AM
I think the Moon+ Reader section needs to be updated. It supports more formats than that (txt/html/epub/umd/fb2/zip/OPDS), and it has note-taking and highlighting features, along with online (Google, Wikipedia) and offline (ColorDict, Fora) dictionary support. It also has auto-scroll and online translation (again, Google).

eksor
01-18-2011, 04:38 AM
I know plucker is a venerable format from the days when Palm was king. Just from my quick research, it seems to have gone the way of the dodo, as the world moved on to more open standards. IMHO, it's a good move since standards and open formats ensure availability of content as things progress. I loved iSilo, for example, but it's damned near impossible to convert these days.

As of right now, I think FBreader claims to read plucker files, though I have no way of testing it. You could also try "Golan." It's not in the Android Market, but the developer has a page on Google code. It hasn't seen any updates in quite a while, however. Sunrisexp has been EOL'd as well.


YES!!!

FBreader reads plucker pdb files! Just tested few minutes ago in a linux box, later I'll try later with FBreaderJ in Android and with the suplied Linux FBreader in Linux, both run on SmartqV7

Thankyou very much!

beartard
01-18-2011, 07:02 AM
I think the Moon+ Reader section needs to be updated. It supports more formats than that (txt/html/epub/umd/fb2/zip/OPDS), and it has note-taking and highlighting features, along with online (Google, Wikipedia) and offline (ColorDict, Fora) dictionary support. It also has auto-scroll and online translation (again, Google).

Thanks for the update. I have to confess I originally compiled this list a year ago when I was waiting for my nook to be delivered after I sold my Sony PRS-500. Updates to individual apps happen rapidly and, as a casual reader on Android these days, I just can't keep up with every one.

Periodically, I'll check androidzoom.com and see if any new apps have been added and will re-adjust the list to show changes in popularity. The rest, thankfully, is up to posts such as yours. Thanks!

sbtx99
01-18-2011, 11:05 PM
FYI re: Aldiko - with the most recent update, Aldiko now supports Adobe DRM.

eksor
01-19-2011, 04:46 AM
YES!!!

FBreader reads plucker pdb files! Just tested few minutes ago in a linux box, later I'll try later with FBreaderJ in Android and with the suplied Linux FBreader in Linux, both run on SmartqV7

Thankyou very much!

Again, previous posters where right (thanks) FBreaderJ does NOT read pdb plucker files.

Regards

beartard
01-19-2011, 06:52 AM
Updated Aldiko to reflect support for Adobe DRM.

Sorry about FBreader. I was going on what their website said and wasn't aware the mobile app doesn't support Plucker. See if Golan works for you. I know it's capable of doing the "plucking" so it should work as a reader as well. The only problem is it hasn't seen an update in a few years and may not work on newer versions of Android.

Dopedangel
01-21-2011, 05:18 AM
Coolreader to me has become the best reader on Android very quickly.
The software developer Buggins is available on the forum here and is adding new features when asked for almost everyday.

He introduced his app wrote the description on the 24th Dec. And it has not even been a month but if you read the the whole thread he has added so many more features many on user requests.
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=112682

Nexutix
01-21-2011, 08:36 AM
Exactly, I switched yesterday from Laputa.

I came to this thread, read some bits, downloaded Coolreader, FBreader and Aldiko. Opened books in all of them. Tasted them.

Cool reader was cooler than Icecream and has all features any book reader would "LOVE" to have! It's the best reader! I have permanently switched to CoolReader. Can't be more satisfied. :thumbsup:

RockdaMan
01-21-2011, 11:25 AM
I think the Moon+ Reader section needs to be updated. It supports more formats than that (txt/html/epub/umd/fb2/zip/OPDS), and it has note-taking and highlighting features, along with online (Google, Wikipedia) and offline (ColorDict, Fora) dictionary support. It also has auto-scroll and online translation (again, Google).

I wish I could use Moon+ Reader, but it scrolls vertically instead of horizontally. You wouldn't think it would make a big difference, but the vertical scroll makes me dizzy. It's crazy.

steven522
01-21-2011, 01:55 PM
I thought there was a setting change to make it scroll horizontally.

I tried it, but just did not like it too well.

tselling
01-21-2011, 04:03 PM
I have been unable to find an android reader that does Text-To-Speech (TTS). Has anyone found one?

SCION
01-21-2011, 04:41 PM
I have been unable to find an android reader that does Text-To-Speech (TTS). Has anyone found one?

I can't confirm, but the pro version of Moon+ is supposed to:

Additional benifits in pro version:

•Ads free

•Multi-point touch supported

•Shake the phone to speak (Text-to-speech, TTS engine supported)

•Option for password protection at startup

•Headset keys control

•Customer email support, and more.

=X=
01-21-2011, 05:31 PM
Moon+ Pro and Wordaholic.

The Moon+ Pro is much easier to use, however it has moved out of beta and now charges $5 for it.

=X=

beartard
01-21-2011, 09:50 PM
Coolreader to me has become the best reader on Android very quickly.
The software developer Buggins is available on the forum here and is adding new features when asked for almost everyday.

He introduced his app wrote the description on the 24th Dec. And it has not even been a month but if you read the the whole thread he has added so many more features many on user requests.
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=112682

I've updated the information on Coolreader based on the link you provided. Thanks and karma!

beartard
01-21-2011, 11:43 PM
Sony's Reader app has been released! :D

eksor
01-23-2011, 04:08 AM
I have been unable to find an android reader that does Text-To-Speech (TTS). Has anyone found one?
Wordplayer should do, but i could not configure it properly
Aditionally, it does not currently under active development
Regards

eksor
01-23-2011, 04:16 AM
I know plucker is a venerable format from the days when Palm was king. Just from my quick research, it seems to have gone the way of the dodo, as the world moved on to more open standards. IMHO, it's a good move since standards and open formats ensure availability of content as things progress. I loved iSilo, for example, but it's damned near impossible to convert these days.

As of right now, I think FBreader claims to read plucker files, though I have no way of testing it. You could also try "Golan." It's not in the Android Market, but the developer has a page on Google code. It hasn't seen any updates in quite a while, however. Sunrisexp has been EOL'd as well.

Golan seems to be just a (nice and sleek) rss reader

Thanks

tselling
01-23-2011, 04:39 PM
Moon+ Pro and Wordaholic.

The Moon+ Pro is much easier to use, however it has moved out of beta and now charges $5 for it.

=X=

Doesn't seem to be anyway to test the TTS without buying it. Has anyone tried TTS with Moon+ Pro?

tselling
01-23-2011, 05:45 PM
Wordplayer should do, but i could not configure it properly
Aditionally, it does not currently under active development
Regards

I tried, but I didn't have any luck with Wordplayer either.

noaxis2
01-31-2011, 02:31 AM
Can you import multiple books into coolreader or just one at a time? I know it's eye candy but i really like the bookshelves! I was able to get alkido shelves easily. I think i can get moonreader but coolreader seems to use a file manager interface.

Where do i put books for kindle? They were in the right place before i upgraded with the rooted 1.1 update. Seems my sd card got messed up.

Thanks! I'm loving my rooted book color! Think i'll have to name it soon!

noaxis2
01-31-2011, 02:33 AM
Can you import multiple books into coolreader or just one at a time? I know it's eye candy but i really like the bookshelves! I was able to get alkido shelves easily. I think i can get moonreader but coolreader seems to use a file manager interface.

Where do i put books for kindle? They were in the right place before i upgraded with the rooted 1.1 update. Seems my sd card got messed up.

Thanks! I'm loving my rooted book color! Think i'll have to name it soon!

Dopedangel
01-31-2011, 06:45 AM
Can you import multiple books into coolreader or just one at a time? I know it's eye candy but i really like the bookshelves! I was able to get alkido shelves easily. I think i can get moonreader but coolreader seems to use a file manager interface.

Where do i put books for kindle? They were in the right place before i upgraded with the rooted 1.1 update. Seems my sd card got messed up.

Thanks! I'm loving my rooted book color! Think i'll have to name it soon!

Their is no import function in coolreader but if you use fb2 format files it will show covers and info in browser instead of just filenames

mysweety
02-26-2011, 02:14 PM
I've now tried several readers on my 7" tablet. Moon+ and Cool 3 seem to perform better than the others on epubs. The big advantage is that you can put font files into a folder "Fonts" in the root of the card and these will be made available as a choice. Also both have very nice interfaces.

Azhad
03-03-2011, 04:38 PM
Just wanted to add that the paid version of moon+ reader has text to speech functionality.

mysweety
03-04-2011, 08:13 AM
Yes -after trying quite a few moon+ at 2-3 pounds is a really great buy.

eAnagnostis
03-09-2011, 02:43 PM
Aldiko updated:

Aldiko app update (2.0.1) is now available on the Android market. Updates include:
-Improved library/store search
-Improved store layout
-Minor bug fixes
-Updated translations (Russian, Polish, German, Italian, Greek, Korean, Indonesian)

Do you know what "updated translations" stands for? They have translated the menu in these languages?

SCION
03-10-2011, 02:31 AM
Aldiko updated:

Aldiko app update (2.0.1) is now available on the Android market. Updates include:
-Improved library/store search
-Improved store layout
-Minor bug fixes
-Updated translations (Russian, Polish, German, Italian, Greek, Korean, Indonesian)

Do you know what "updated translations" stands for? They have translated the menu in these languages?

Darn! Thought it would include highlights and annotations prior to looking at the version number.

beartard
03-10-2011, 07:03 AM
Aldiko updated:

Aldiko app update (2.0.1) is now available on the Android market. Updates include:
-Improved library/store search
-Improved store layout
-Minor bug fixes
-Updated translations (Russian, Polish, German, Italian, Greek, Korean, Indonesian)

Do you know what "updated translations" stands for? They have translated the menu in these languages?

I think it means that the "language volunteers" for the project have submitted corrections or added new languages available for the app's interface.

On another note, I hope to update this post again soon. I want to change all the links from androidzoom.com to the official Android Market pages, since Google decided to make a web version.

eAnagnostis
03-10-2011, 07:30 AM
I have asked Aldiko on Facebook and they said that "updated translations" stands for new translations for the UI. And this is true. I checked the Greek translation over a Android phone and seems correct. I have also found that ePUBs in Greek without embedded fonts can also be read properly (that was an issue, because apps supporting Adobe DRM and usind Adobe Mobile Reader SDK have problems with Greek text).

wodin
03-10-2011, 02:50 PM
I'm not sure if this should be a separate thread or not, but here goes. I just bought a book from B&N (The Lord of the Rings) to re-read, and it opens fine in the N4A app.

I prefer the Aldiko reader, so I downloaded the epub , tried to open it in Aldiko and got a username/password screen. I tried my email address and password login credentials on my Nook account, but no joy! Is there any way to get the required credentials from B&N?

SCION
03-10-2011, 02:52 PM
I'm not sure if this should be a separate thread or not, but here goes. I just bought a book from B&N (The Lord of the Rings) to re-read, and it opens fine in the N4A app.

I prefer the Aldiko reader, so I downloaded the epub , tried to open it in Aldiko and got a username/password screen. I tried my email address and password login credentials on my Nook account, but no joy! Is there any way to get the required credentials from B&N?

You need to use the credit card number and full name that is tied to your B&N account.

wodin
03-10-2011, 08:43 PM
Thanks, I'll try that. Karma to you!

wodin
03-10-2011, 08:48 PM
Yup, :thanks:
That worked. Sorry, it won't let me give you more karma.:(

kennyc
03-10-2011, 10:00 PM
Yup, :thanks:
That worked. Sorry, it won't let me give you more karma.:(

I can fix that! :)

SCION
03-10-2011, 10:38 PM
I got it. Thanks to both of you. :o

ChrisJakarta
03-13-2011, 04:58 AM
Having just 'upgraded' from Palm Centro to the ranks of the Android users, with a Samsung Galaxy Ace, I'm finding myself rather disappointed with the ePub reader clients being offered. None of the four I have tried (Aldiko, Moon+, Cool Reader, Laputa) seem to conform to specs. Unless I'm doing something very wrong, seems like most don't even read the CSS; several can't format tables. Display of images is quite variable. Some can't follow links.

Would it be reasonable to ask providers to identify the elements of the ePub specification they conform to, together perhaps with their planned roadmap to achieve conformance. Or is the small-screen, keyless Android just too much for a challenge for ePub readers?

I must say I miss my Palm eReader client! Sadly the Android version is still missing many functions. I'd be prepared to pay for good Android eReader or ePub replacement...

Am I missing something?

Chris

kennyc
03-13-2011, 07:52 AM
I'm no expert, but I've has no issues.

wodin
03-13-2011, 05:03 PM
Thanks Kenny, karma to you too!

SonDan1
03-14-2011, 01:22 AM
Gutenberg eReader
Cost: Free
Formats supported: txt
Online catalogs: Project Gutenberg


Thought I would try this to supplement the Nook App on my tab, but it is no longer free. Site says it cost $2.99 so I'll pass for now.

morean51
03-14-2011, 07:01 AM
thank you its a great resource

AlexSno
03-15-2011, 06:15 AM
I am owning a nice Android Defy and i can say this thread is proving very useful.

kennyc
03-15-2011, 07:09 AM
Congrats and welcome!

Westlyn
03-15-2011, 01:23 PM
Does anyone know of a reader that supports .LIT files. I have quite a collection of .LITs but I'm not really up for using Calibre to convert them all to ePUB. I'm currently using Cool Reader for most of the other formats I have in my collection.

beartard
03-15-2011, 03:23 PM
Does anyone know of a reader that supports .LIT files. I have quite a collection of .LITs but I'm not really up for using Calibre to convert them all to ePUB. I'm currently using Cool Reader for most of the other formats I have in my collection.

I'm afraid no such thing exists yet. Calibre does have a batch convert function. You could set them all to convert while you're at work so you don't have to do each individually.

wodin
03-15-2011, 03:27 PM
I have a few .lit books from long long ago in a galaxy far far away, but I've long since forgotten the passwords for them.

beartard
03-15-2011, 06:37 PM
Thought I would try this to supplement the Nook App on my tab, but it is no longer free. Site says it cost $2.99 so I'll pass for now.

Thanks for the information. I've included it in the first post, which is now completely updated and revised to include official Android market links.

Logseman
03-15-2011, 07:03 PM
beartard, Laputa, while it means "the whore" in Spanish, is as well one of the islands featured in Gulliver's Travels. It is of course a saucy name, but it has its literary respectability :D

Westlyn
03-16-2011, 07:32 AM
I'm afraid no such thing exists yet. Calibre does have a batch convert function. You could set them all to convert while you're at work so you don't have to do each individually.

Thanks - I knew I hadn't found anything in my own research hence the post.

I have used calibre but haven't been entirely happy with the end results. It's no big deal - a .lit reader would just allow me to read my existing collection rather than spending time on conversion. I suspect in the meantime that I'll end up converting on a demand basis ie if I want to (re-)read a book it gets converted.

kennyc
03-16-2011, 07:46 AM
What about this:

http://download.cnet.com/ABC-Amber-LIT-Converter/3000-2248_4-11016801.html

apparently there is also a converter built into windows but I know nothing about it.

I only buy/acquire epub (or convert to it).

Westlyn
03-16-2011, 08:04 AM
What about this:

http://download.cnet.com/ABC-Amber-LIT-Converter/3000-2248_4-11016801.html

apparently there is also a converter built into windows but I know nothing about it.

I only buy/acquire epub (or convert to it).

Tried ABC Lit Converter many times over the years - I've always been disappointed with the results.

I've also used cLIT18 converter. It's not that I can't convert, I have spent loads of time converting but I really don't want to spend the time converting a large existing library of .lit ebooks. I'd prefer to find a reader that can handle them on my android......

I always get epubs for my new books and I have converted a small number of LITs that I really wanted to read, but it's really about how I minimise the time managing my legacy collection as opposed to actually reading. .LIT was the right format for me when I used a winmobile smartphone but obviously no longer. But I still have that collection of lits.....

kennyc
03-16-2011, 08:08 AM
There ya go then. :shrug:

AlexSno
03-16-2011, 09:20 AM
I have started using Cool Reader and i can say i am impress. Although my small Defy screen is not a eBook thing it does the job well done. I will let you know about other readers i will use.

beartard
03-16-2011, 03:08 PM
beartard, Laputa, while it means "the whore" in Spanish, is as well one of the islands featured in Gulliver's Travels. It is of course a saucy name, but it has its literary respectability :D

I had forgotten that tidbit. ;) I stand corrected.

CharlieBird
03-16-2011, 06:33 PM
Just to let you know, beartard, there is someone else out here admiring and appreciating your diligence in keeping the list up-to-date.

Even though I've pretty much narrowed my readers to Moon+, CoolReader and Aldiko, I still refer now and again to your list and this thread.
thx,
d

carmelra
03-18-2011, 04:59 AM
Would it be reasonable to ask providers to identify the elements of the ePub specification they conform to, together perhaps with their planned roadmap to achieve conformance. Or is the small-screen, keyless Android just too much for a challenge for ePub readers?


There is the ePub-conform (http://code.google.com/p/epub-conform/) group:
epub-conform is a test suite that may be used to validate the conformance of EPUB Reading Systems.

I don't see the providers running to use it.:angry: And why should they bother? today, every provider claims for "ePub support" even if it just manage to display the cover image... :help:

mysweety
03-18-2011, 11:24 AM
I've tried most of these eReaders and I've only found the moon+ satisfactory. On my tablet I have to use a kludge to select text but I think it will be solved in a prox. update. Otherwise the reader works really well for me - I really like the themes and the controls. There is a dict facility and possibility to comment etc on the text. This is a must for me.

Aldiko - the latest version - is ok for reading but no text selection or dics.
Fbreader I've found pretty useless - it always seems to crash.
Laputa I couldn't get to work at all.
Cool is second best but it has problems on table of contents and no possibility to comment and note up.
AEP and i readers between them more or less manage .prc files.
Repligo reader from cerience works well for pdf and has mark up

tamole
03-18-2011, 11:46 AM
Like you, I was a huge fan of the Palm eReader. I've been using Moon+ since the early days of development and I still believe it is the best ereader app for Android and the closest to matching the features Palm created. For me the things I missed the most was autoscroll and the ability to change the colors of the background and fonts. The developers are very responsive to suggestions, so you might try emailing them your ideas. I receive regular updates with improvements.

I would also suggest using the Calibre ebook management program to format your books. It's free, but donations are welcome. All of my books display perfectly in Moon+ after conversion even from epub to epub even with the metadata and pics I add.

ChrisJakarta
03-21-2011, 02:07 AM
I'm trying to produce ePub versions of fact sheets published by my organization. Agreed, these are not your average book, with a long table of contents, sub-headings, links between them, a few tables, and a glossary. The sheets are produced in MS-Word, converted to HTML with an AutoIt program. I have produced an AutoIt program to convert them to eReader (.pml) format, which is then converted with DropBook. The glossary is added as a dictionary. The tables are captured as images (.png). The result in my Centro is fine. The format looks good, and the imaged tables are clear, being scrollable both horizontally and vertically.

I have duplicated most of this in ePub format using Sigil. This (except the imaged-tables) displays reasonably well in Adobe Digital Editions on the desktop. But the results have been very disappointing in the various Android readers. I'm at last beginning to get an understanding of CoolReader's handling of CSS formatting, but this is quite complex - and limited to a subset of the standard CSS elements. Haven't found a way to handle dictionaries. While Moon+ seems to work reasonably well for 'stock' books, I have yet to find out how (if at all) it handles CSS files.

But the bigger problem is that each Android reader seems to have its own idiosyncrasies, so one would either have to produce a version for each reader, or just use plain vanilla formatting at the lowest common denominator of the available readers.

If B&N/Fictionwise could produce a version of eReader for Android with the same functionality as the Palm version (granted the current one is beta), I think they could clean up!

Chris

CharlieBird
03-22-2011, 08:03 PM
I think I'm going to uninstall my Moon+ Pro. Since the last couple of upgrades I've had nothing but problems w/it. After a couple of pages in every ePub I open I get a forced close and a re-opening at the ToC or the first page. I compared the formatting w/CoolReader and the latter is much more to my liking. Besides, for some time I've been preferring CoolReader's interface and options. And of course Buggins presence is much appreciated.:)


If B&N/Fictionwise could produce a version of eReader for Android with the same functionality as the Palm version (granted the current one is beta), I think they could clean up!
Chris


You can get a Android eReader APK here:
http://www.ereader.com/ereader/software/browse.htm.

I don't use it much but I do know that it works on all my old pdb files and it's free.

Westlyn
03-24-2011, 06:18 AM
You can get a Android eReader APK here:
http://www.ereader.com/ereader/software/browse.htm.

I don't use it much but I do know that it works on all my old pdb files and it's free.

I was interested in this and installed it.

I may be doing something wrong but there seems to be no way of accessing pre-existing ebooks from a folder on the smartphone.

EDIT: There is nothing in the application Menus, but if you read the help file it appears you can manually load files to the eReader folder. What caught me out is that the first .pdb I tried doesn't get recognised despite apparently being the correct format when viewed in a hex viewer.

You can only download from a marketplace.

Don't really see how this allows you to easily work with your old pdb files.

How do I browse to a folder to open a PDB file there? Is that possible?

atm74
03-26-2011, 09:45 AM
good day to all.

I've been a palm tx user for a while now and I really like that it has an offline dictionary support. I've switched lately to an android device and used aldiko as an ebook reader. My question is, does anybody know how to download an offline dictionary into it? Any suggestions please. Mobipocket reader also was the best because you can add notes, links, highlights, bookmarks, lookup... etc... Does anybody know here an ebook reader with the same functionality.

Seadart
03-26-2011, 06:33 PM
I am trying to find a way to read protected Palm books (.pdb) on my Desire HD. I have quite a lot. I can read them all on my PC but that is rather hard to lug around! I can read unprotected Palm .pdb books on my Desire - how to read the protected ones?

Dave_S
03-26-2011, 06:38 PM
I can read unprotected Palm .pdb books on my Desire - how to read the protected ones?

Have you tried Palm's Android reader at eReader.com. I would suspect that their own reader should be able to read their own DRM?

http://www.ereader.com/ereader/software/browse.htm

ebusinesstutor
03-27-2011, 12:50 AM
Thank you so much for compiling this list. I just ordered an Android Tablet and will be using it for reading a lot so this has been timely for me to find.

CharlieBird
03-27-2011, 01:47 AM
I was interested in this and installed it.

I may be doing something wrong but there seems to be no way of accessing pre-existing ebooks from a folder on the smartphone.

EDIT: There is nothing in the application Menus, but if you read the help file it appears you can manually load files to the eReader folder. What caught me out is that the first .pdb I tried doesn't get recognised despite apparently being the correct format when viewed in a hex viewer.

You can only download from a marketplace.

Don't really see how this allows you to easily work with your old pdb files.

How do I browse to a folder to open a PDB file there? Is that possible?

What I do is transfer the DRM PDB file via USB or WiFi File Explorer (my bluetooth is if'ee) directly into the eReader folder on my SD card. The eReader software opens w/a Bookshelf view of all the books. It only requires name and entire credit card number to unlock the first book opened; subsequent encrypted books do not require unlocking...nor, of course, do unecrypted books converted w/Calibre from another format to PDB.

I don't know what a hex viewer is but after seeing your questions I transferred a bunch of unstripped DRM/PDB books (some of 2007 vintage) just to see if I remembered correctly how it worked (as I said, I don't use the eReader software very often) and they all opened flawlessly and seemed to be perfectly formatted.

You don't really need to access or browse to the eReader book folder, it's opened, as I said, when you open the eReader software. On mine anyway.

I don't see it on Marketplace, but you can definitely get it it directly from eReader.com.

Not sure if this answers your questions...hope so. It's not really such a bad reader with quite a few options, I just prefer CoolReader.

kennyc
03-27-2011, 08:01 AM
Thank you so much for compiling this list. I just ordered an Android Tablet and will be using it for reading a lot so this has been timely for me to find.

What? What? Which one?

We have to know, we have to know!

noaxis2
03-28-2011, 01:24 AM
Anyone have suggestions for nice fonts to add?

Westlyn
03-28-2011, 05:36 AM
Thanks for your input. I did manage to get a few PDBs into the right place so was able to try it out once I realised which folder the files had to be copied to on the sd card - it wasn't entirely obvious until I read the help file - I normally skip that step :-)

I still need to try it a bit with more heavily formatted text but my non-DRMed pdbs at least opened.

sav.here
03-28-2011, 08:49 AM
Anyone have suggestions for nice fonts to add?

I usually prefer sans serif fonts for reading... you can try sans serif fonts from these two font websites

http://www.dafont.com/theme.php?cat=501&sort=date

http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/list/style/Sans%20Serif

Dopedangel
03-30-2011, 11:50 PM
Their is a new version of coolreader available in sourceforge
its supposedly works with pdb files I don't have any to try it out

http://sourceforge.net/projects/crengine/files/CoolReader3/cr3-3.0.45/

Seadart
04-01-2011, 06:42 AM
Have you tried Palm's Android reader at eReader.com. I would suspect that their own reader should be able to read their own DRM?

http://www.ereader.com/ereader/software/browse.htm

You would think so, but it does not work. I have eReader, Reader, Aldiko, Kindle and Adobe on my phone but non will read the protected .pdb books. I have loaded the books from the PC and also directly from eReader.com. eReader on the PC can read the protected books.

Still looking for ideas to solve this.

Chris Dart

Seadart
04-01-2011, 06:55 AM
Their is a new version of coolreader available in sourceforge
its supposedly works with pdb files I don't have any to try it out

http://sourceforge.net/projects/crengine/files/CoolReader3/cr3-3.0.45/

Have just taken a look, quote of supported formats from SourceForge page:
"Supported formats: FB2, TXT, RTF, TCR, HTML, EPUB, CHM."
Tried the PC version and it does not open .pdb nor .prc nor mobi - pity!

Chris Dart

Dopedangel
04-01-2011, 08:03 AM
Have just taken a look, quote of supported formats from SourceForge page:
"Supported formats: FB2, TXT, RTF, TCR, HTML, EPUB, CHM."
Tried the PC version and it does not open .pdb nor .prc nor mobi - pity!

Chris Dart

the pdb support was just added this week it has not been released to the market or its info updated yet.
You can check the git here
http://crengine.git.sourceforge.net/git/gitweb.cgi?p=crengine/crengine;a=shortlog

And it has been confirmed in the coolreader thread on the forum it works with
pdb and prc

tamole
04-01-2011, 10:52 AM
iReader will open DRM. pdb books. I've tried it and it works fairly well. I like Moon+ reader best as an android ereader, but you have to remove the DRM first and convert to epub to use it. There is information out there for removing DRM for personal use. Just google it.

Westlyn
04-04-2011, 09:29 AM
the pdb support was just added this week it has not been released to the market or its info updated yet.
You can check the git here
http://crengine.git.sourceforge.net/git/gitweb.cgi?p=crengine/crengine;a=shortlog

And it has been confirmed in the coolreader thread on the forum it works with
pdb and prc

I didn't test with DRMed content though. It may be necessary to remove DRM before one could use CoolReader and if so then one might as well finish the job and convert to epub, I would guess.

Plus exact formatting may be an issue.

CoolReader is very readable but I've recently found some issues in its formatting/character display support for apostrophe and smart quotes compared to say FBReader on a Baen free book that I just read.

emilianm
04-04-2011, 11:40 AM
Hello,

If I would like to read .epub and .pdf files, and to have my android phone synchronized with my android tablet what are my options in this moment ?

Thanks!