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Old 05-15-2013, 10:20 AM   #1
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Best PDF reader for actually reading

I know there are lots of apps for viewing pdfs. I even have three of them--GoodReader, iAnnotate, and PDFMax Pro. They are nice for annotating PDFs, but none of them are very good for actually reading a book. The pages wiggle when you touch the screen and I hate that.

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Old 05-15-2013, 03:32 PM   #2
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There's iBooks if you want something free. I use ComicGlass which is the same app I use for reading manga.
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:14 PM   #3
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Pathetically slow.

I can't believe with all the reader people out there, nobody can recommend a speedy PDF reader app that doesn't gum up the works with annotations.
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Pathetically slow.

I can't believe with all the reader people out there, nobody can recommend a speedy PDF reader app that doesn't gum up the works with annotations.
Which is slow? iBooks or ComicGlass? Because I regularly use the latter for 200MB scanned PDFs and it works pretty fast for me.
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There is also Adobe Reader which isn't bad but the display is scrolling rather than page flipping.
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GoodReader is best one I've used.
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Me too, I just you Adobe Reader, maybe it's not the best but it's still a good one
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I know there are lots of apps for viewing pdfs. I even have three of them--GoodReader, iAnnotate, and PDFMax Pro. They are nice for annotating PDFs, but none of them are very good for actually reading a book. The pages wiggle when you touch the screen and I hate that.

Suggestions?
I use PerfectReader 2, Adobe Reader, Foxit PDF, SideBooks, iBooks, Stanza, free versions only.

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Old 05-16-2013, 06:27 AM   #9
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Perfect Books and Side Books are terrific! Thanks so very much...now I have to decide between them
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:25 AM   #10
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I can't believe with all the reader people out there, nobody can recommend a speedy PDF reader app that doesn't gum up the works with annotations.
This has come up loads of times - did you search?

Anyway - cloudreader is the fastest I've used. Though I'm not sure how the new version looks as I believe it's moved to an ad funded model. I've avoided updating so far.

An awful lot depends on your PDF file though. Both in terms of general sizing etc but also the structure and how it's been made.
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There is also Adobe Reader which isn't bad but the display is scrolling rather than page flipping.
Adobe Reader has both "Single Page" and "Continuous" (scrolling) reading mode.

The one feature I wish were in every mobile PDF reading app is ability to automatically or manually crop margins and have that stick between reading sessions. Even on a 10" screen margins are a waste of space.
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does comparison table for PDF readers exist?

would be most interesting.
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Adobe Reader has both "Single Page" and "Continuous" (scrolling) reading mode.

The one feature I wish were in every mobile PDF reading app is ability to automatically or manually crop margins and have that stick between reading sessions. Even on a 10" screen margins are a waste of space.
Goodreader does it.
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