Originally Posted by DaleDe
Android (at least version 2.X) is that way also. I had to root mine in order to get at the locations to copy files but they don't share much better than Apple does. I think some Android apps may be designed to use each others folders perhaps but I am not aware of which ones.
That's not been my experience with Android at all. I've used Aldiko, Cool Reader and Mantano Reader and I had no issues getting any of them to look for books in a specific directory of my choosing (had all my books on /mnt/sdcard/books). No root required. The lowest Android version I've used is Froyo (2.2). Perhaps you just didn't comb through the app options more thoroughly?