View Full Version : Dell Streak - eBook reader recommendations please


Prodromoi
06-22-2010, 03:36 PM
I'm looking for advice and recommendations please folks...

What would be a good e-book reader for the Dell Streak (the Android OS mobile phone/pad with the 5 inch screen)?

I'm not very familiar with e-books in themselves, other than being generally away that they use a variety of formats. I'd like - if possible - a reader that copes with all/most of the normal formats (hopefully including PDF files since I have a lot of PDF documents that I'd like to keep and be able to read).

There seems (rather to my surprise) to be no pre-installed eBook reader on the Streak (unless I'm somehow missing it completely!) So, what would be good recommendations and why. Freeware would be nice, but I don't mind paying a little to get a reliable or better-featured app.

Thanks in advance.
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AnemicOak
06-22-2010, 03:58 PM
Aldiko

FBReaderJ

Prodromoi
06-22-2010, 04:09 PM
OK, I'll add to my original post and edit it to include what I thought was too obvious to mention...

"And please give some justification for the recommendations, not just list some of the ebook readers currently available for download."

Bilbo1967
06-22-2010, 04:18 PM
OK, I'll add to my original post and edit it to include what I thought was too obvious to mention...

"And please give some justification for the recommendations, not just list some of the ebook readers currently available for download."

Always a good idea to insult people trying to help you - we really like that here :rolleyes:

wallcraft
06-22-2010, 07:54 PM
Aldiko and FBReaderJ are similar in that they only support DRM-free (not encrypted) ebooks. I prefer this kind of app, all things being equal, since I always remove any encryption as soon as I buy an ebook. For a review, see FBReader on EVO 4G Phone--Quickie Review (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=86879). These are free apps, so I suggest you find an ePub (say) you like from the upload forum (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=130) or from feedbooks (http://www.feedbooks.com/) and try them out. If you are a science fiction fan, I suggest My Own Kind Of Freedom by Steven Brust (http://www.feedbooks.com/book/2217) - which is only available as an ebook.

There are ebook readers tied to particular formats and encryption schemes and ebook sites. Kindle for Android (http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=165849822) is "coming soon", and has been reported to be bundled with the US Dell Streak. Kobo and B&N also have readers (B&N in beta I think).

None of these reader apps support PDFs, but there are dedicated PDF apps out there. One of the most often recommended is RepliGo, which is not free. Adobe has a basic free PDF app, but it needs Android 2.1.