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Old 09-07-2013, 09:50 PM   #1
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Book-related apps

I recently got my first Android device--a smartphone--and though the screen is rather small for reading, I'd like to install something to allow me to read e-books.

I know there are apps for Kindle and Nook, but I want something that would just allow me to read a non-DRM epub book, not something I need to authorize and all that hassle. I don't want to buy books or access them online; I just want to be able to have a few non-DRM epubs on the device for those times when I have nothing else to read.

Aldiko seems to have good reviews, but I'd appreciate any comments on that one or other suggestions for an appropriate app. Thanks.
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:02 PM   #2
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I use Mantano reader; well worth dropping the $ for the full version because I hate ads, but there is a great free version as well.
Just chekcing out Alkido recently- it looks very polished.
FBReader and CoolReader, while I've seen them recommended here, I must say I dislike.
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:25 PM   #3
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I like Aldiko the best. The free version has a lot of features we are used to in ereaders, I have tried quite a few and this one is pretty easy to use and supports collections fairly easily.

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Depends on the features you want, but Moon+, Mantanto or Aldiko would be good ones to check out. There are tons of reading apps for Android, but those are three out the more popular ones.
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Old 09-08-2013, 12:22 AM   #5
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Coolreader, Overdrive, and Bluefire are worth a look.
I favor Coolreader overall.
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Thanks for the suggestions; it really helps to have some recommendations when there are so many apps to choose from.

As to features I want--not much, just the ability to display a side-loaded non-DRM epub and keep my place in the book. Anything else doesn't matter much, and I'd probably be just as happy without, especially since I don't expect to use it much because of the small screen size.

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Old 09-08-2013, 01:29 AM   #7
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Moon+ and FBReader have been my go-to readers for a couple of years. I like Moon+ for tweakability and FBReader for its serene simplicity. Coolreader is also a nice app. I've tried Aldiko and Mantano as well, but found them inferior to the former three.
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Old 09-08-2013, 02:15 AM   #8
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I downloaded the Aldiko free version, and it seems like it will be fine, though I might try a couple of others for comparison.

I only looked at the sample book they included, but I was surprised that it didn't appear half bad on the small screen; it seemed quite readable. So I may end up using this more than I thought--thereby reducing the weight of my handbag!

Thanks again to everyone!
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I use my Xperia Arc S a lot for reading and find its 4.3" screen pretty good. I wouldn't use it at home, but for use in cafés and on park benches it's excellent.
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There is a similar thread down in the Android section that may have additional suggestions.

I use Moon+ Pro and Calibre Companion for e-books related stuff on my Nexus 7. I tried a couple other readers, but Moon+ Pro had all features I wanted and worked well, so I stopped my search there (it was also 50% off at the time).
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Old 09-08-2013, 04:30 AM   #11
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Although I'd use my phone in a dire emergency only, I wanted a decent app too and I recently went through trying all of the above and then some. I finally settled on FBReader as my favorite. I had a few issues with Moon+ (and as seldom as I'd ever use it, I just couldn't justify paying for a reader app). I liked Aldiko, but it kept running in the background for no reason. FBReader has been perfect... it only starts when I start it for actual reading and it does everything perfectly for reading, and it's free.
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I've tried them all and Mantano is in the only one that will read external style sheets correctly. It also has collections so you can nicely organize your library and for a small yearly fee it also syncs your books to each device if you want that option.
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I have a problem with Mantano. I haven't been able that it recognizes my series (it's OK in calibre, Kobo and Calibre Companion)
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I have a problem with Mantano. I haven't been able that it recognizes my series (it's OK in calibre, Kobo and Calibre Companion)
What do you mean by series?
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"Cynster", "Harmony", "Arcane Society"... the book series.
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