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Old 03-27-2013, 07:01 PM   #1
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[Old Thread] My Android tells me I need a reader when I try to read a book

I just installed Calibre Companion on Android and I got it to transfer a book over wifi from Calibre, but when I try to read the book, it gives me an error message saying I need a reader. That seems kinda odd because Calibre Companion is a reader.

Any ideas what I do next?

JFTR, I have a Nexus 7 & Android 4.2.2 with everything set to auto update.
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Unless a new feature's been added since I used it last Calibre Companion does not contain a reader, it's for transferring/managing books. You need a reader app such as Moon+, Mantano, Aldiko, Kindle, BlueFire, etc.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:14 PM   #3
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Calibre companion is not a reader app. You need to choose a reader app from the many that exist. Which one you choose depends on your personal preference.

There are lots of threads on this forum about which reader apps people prefer. The "higher rated" ones seem to be Moon+, FBReader, Mantano, and Cool Reader, but this list is certainly not exhaustive. Note that your preferred book format will have an impact on which reader app you choose. Some apps support some formats. The most commonly supported is EPUB.

You can get some more information in the CC FAQ category "Reader apps and devices" that can be found at http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=188899.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:58 PM   #4
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Thanks. That was not clear from the site. I have been doing computers since punch cards but just got an Android tablet and iPhone in the last few months. I am slowly figuring it all out.

I am going to mostly use of to epub, I like to read old stuff and Gutenberg is my favorite source.

Is one of the free apps better for epub?

Stuff I buy will be from Google or Amazon and they have their own systems, and the prices are so high, I get the paper books.
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Most of the free apps support epub.

Which app to use is a very personal choice. People choose apps for a lot of reasons varying from color schemes to option layout to syncing ability.

There have been several discussions on this forum about which reader is preferred. For example:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=190532
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=188321

There are also many threads in the Android forum: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=225

FWIW: I started with fbreader and now use moon+ pro. I made the switch because moon+ supports position syncing between my devices. The free version did everything I needed, but I bought it to support the developer.
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FWIW: I started with fbreader and now use moon+ pro. I made the switch because moon+ supports position syncing between my devices. The free version did everything I needed, but I bought it to support the developer.
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Thanks for the help everyone. Sped up the process considerably. Much appreciated.

I am using Moon+ free for now, it seems nice, but I haven't tried any others. I may try a few more on other books. Then I will buy the pay version of the one I like best. I'm an ancient Code Monkey, I believe people should get paid for their work. Odd, hunh?
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I installed CC on my Nexus 7 a few days ago. Every thing was 100% perfect. Until tonight, when I pulled a Barnes/Noble book over from Calibre on my laptop and got the 'you must install an reader app' when I tried to open the book. I've been using MoonReader+ for the previously loaded books and it's all good.

I can still read all other books I pulled over previously, except for this one. I also am now getting 'this book has DRM' on another book. I have the appropriate plugins installed so that I normally don't get that message.

Any ideas? I'm new to CC and Nexus, so this is no doubt pilot error.
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I installed CC on my Nexus 7 a few days ago. Every thing was 100% perfect. Until tonight, when I pulled a Barnes/Noble book over from Calibre on my laptop and got the 'you must install an reader app' when I tried to open the book. I've been using MoonReader+ for the previously loaded books and it's all good.
It has nothing to do with CC, you need a reader app to view that book that you don't have currently on your Android device.

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I can still read all other books I pulled over previously, except for this one.
What type of book is it? What is the extension on the book?

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I also am now getting 'this book has DRM' on another book. I have the appropriate plugins installed so that I normally don't get that message.
If it says it has DRM then it does have DRM and you need an appropriate reading app to read that book. Neither calibre nor calibre companion can correct that. Since detailed instructions on DRM removal are not permitted on this board, if you think you have plugins installed for this then you need to go to the web site where you got the plugins and ask them for help.

Good Luck.
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Thanks, Walt for your advice. As expected, this was totally user error.

#1; I had updated my AprenticeAlf, et al plugin bundle and had not customized my Barnes and Noble info inside the new version and
#2; I had not converted the Kindle book to epub prior to attempting to read via Moonreader.

As they say, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing and I am continually in over my head with Calibre. But I'm having fun learning how to stay afloat.
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Thanks, Walt for your advice.
You're welcome. I'm glad you sorted it all out.

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As expected, this was totally user error.
We've all been there.

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#1; I had updated my AprenticeAlf, et al plugin bundle and had not customized my Barnes and Noble info inside the new version
The plugin bundle is great to ensure books you buy can be read on any device you own.

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#2; I had not converted the Kindle book to epub prior to attempting to read via Moonreader.
I use Calibre Companion combined with Moon+ Reader Pro and love it.

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As they say, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing and I am continually in over my head with Calibre. But I'm having fun learning how to stay afloat.
Calibre's development is so rapid that if you blink you miss the addition of another new feature. There are entire sections of calibre that I realize are beyond my needs so I acknowledge them and move on. Doing this allows me to swim in the shallow end and keep my head above water.
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Am I the only person around who thinks it's a bit crazy that CC has no reader integrated in it?

Until it does I'll stay with moon pro... I want simpler and better, not more and conflicting...

Really disappointed when I twigged to the 'no reader' issue with CC
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Am I the only person around who thinks it's a bit crazy that CC has no reader integrated in it?

Until it does I'll stay with moon pro... I want simpler and better, not more and conflicting...

Really disappointed when I twigged to the 'no reader' issue with CC
Yes.

There are 67 favorite readers for Android. You get to choose YOUR OWN.
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Am I the only person around who thinks it's a bit crazy that CC has no reader integrated in it?
Yes. There are a boatload of reading programs for Android, but only one full functioning book manager that integrates with calibre as a device.

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Until it does I'll stay with moon pro... I want simpler and better, not more and conflicting...
I use Moon+reader Pro too. You say you'll stick with Moon Pro like they are mutually exclusive. Using CC to manage the books with calibre and launch the reader of your choice (in this case Moon Pro) is "simpler and better."

Even Moon+reader Pro is limited, if I want to view a PDF Moon Pro isn't quite there yet so I choose a different reader from CC. If I want to view a CBR I open a third reader to view those. CC also lets me automatically store each of those book types in different folders.

Calibre Companion is the simple choice to manage your reading on a Android device.
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Thanks for the help everyone. Sped up the process considerably. Much appreciated.

I am using Moon+ free for now, it seems nice, but I haven't tried any others. I may try a few more on other books. Then I will buy the pay version of the one I like best. I'm an ancient Code Monkey, I believe people should get paid for their work. Odd, hunh?
just because it's free doesn't mean the app 'publisher' isn't benefiting from your download. they can benefit in the following ways
  • you'll buy the app
  • you'll buy other products thru the app
  • you'll become more likely to buy other apps or products from this company (in your mind they'll be considered 'trusted')
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