Android Reading apps

So much to read, so little time! These apps offer the best reading experience!

It's still summertime. You may be out and about a little bit more than normal. We hope you'll still find some time to relax with a good book. You may not always have space to carry a book around in your bag, but your Android device is certainly more than capable of helping you read on the go.

Check out some readers we think are pretty awesome. These will help you read not only books, but some will help you stay caught up on news and some of the best magazines out there as well.

 

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The best reading apps for Android

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You missed the most important aspect of Moon+ reader for some, it does TTS quite well. So if you switch from being able to read to doing an activity that requires your eyes you can still hear your book.

You can add your own files to play books now? I'll have to look into that.

Course it probably won't replace kindle, I can't see me wanting to read books I buy outside of android but the option is nice.

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Yes, you upload them on the web via Google Play. Keep in mind they must be DRM-free, though. I use this function extensively for public domain books, such as those from Gutenberg.org, that are DRM-free, and a lot of indie published books and small presses are DRM-free these days. (And of course There Are Ways to achieve that for other books, but I just use the apps from the store where they were purchased.) I love it because I can seamlessly switch from my tablet to my phone and back again without having to remember where I left off.

To clarify: go to the Play Store, then Books, then My Books, and there's a blue "Upload files" button on the top right.

Thanks for saving me having to find it myself!

Yeah similar stuff, independently web published books and stuff from the humble bundle I've been meaning to get round to mainly, all DRM free.

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You can also upload PDFs (at least; I haven't checked ePubs) directly from an Android device, if you turn it on through Play Books/Settings/Enable PDF Upload. When you tap a PDF to open it, you can select Upload to Play Books as an option. It's nice to be able to download a book (or receive it via email) and then transfer it to Play Books without having to wait until I get home.

I tried using Newsstand for a while but then they combined Magazines with it and I ended up with a bunch of preinstalled magazines that I didn't want or ask for and ALL of them were magazines I would never read and were issues from 2012. I even emailed Goggle support and they told me there was no way to delete them. It also wouldn't display some content. I disabled the app and switched to Feedly.

I can't really like Google Play reader apps until they support uploading larger books, that has crippled my library and prevented me from using it as I would prefer.

I don't understand what you have that's too large to upload. I uploaded the Hugo packet complete Wheel of Time, which is 6 times the size of War and Peace. You have something bigger than that?

AlReader is probably the best I've used on current generation devices. It's free, no ads, reads just about ever file format I'm likely to throw at it, fast and responsive, nice user interface and more options to customise everything about it than anyone could possibly want. Only thing I would say is that when you download it the user interface is set up kinda weird to my taste in terms of where to tap to go forward back, change font size, brightness adjustment, which functions on the the bar etc, etc. If you take five minutes or so to set it up the way you like then it's great.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.neverland.alreader

Funny, the article leaves out a key feature: CLOUD SYNCING. I stick to Play Books because it can sync sideloaded books across devices, even though the experience is not the best (and it also sucks that the dictionary is only in English. Switch to a book in another language and the dictionary flops; most other apps can just either recognize the language or let you change it on the fly. The same goes for TTS).

I also used Kobo before, but although it had a GREAT interface and killer widgets with lots of relevant reading stats, the lack of syncing for sideloaded books made me turn away.

Brilliantly put SpookDroid. All these readers are Ok, but if you have more than one device it turns your libraries into a c total cluster f&@$&!#*ck. Also, if one uses adobe, all but aldiko are useless

Kindle does the same. I email books to my kindle and then it syncs books and current page to my android devices as well.

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That's cool. I didn't know you could sync sideloaded ones with Kindle (I tried it before and even though it let you sideload, it would only sync Amazon books). Can you read them online on a Web browser like with Google?

Moon+ Reader Pro does this as well. Not sure about the multi-language thing though. I keep a lot of my books up on Dropbox, and can load them from there as well.

As of this week FBReader now has a cloud sync facility the works for books and your position in each book.

Aldiko gets murdered by Moon+ Reader IMO.

Used both a lot and i find Moon reader to be the best ebook app available for android.

The best thing of Google Play books is that you can upload epub and PDF files and they sync across your devices, including reading progress. That's a great feature and is the reason why I now seldom use Kindle (only when buying books from Amazon). With so many free epubs and PDF files, uploading them to the cloud and being able to read them on my tablet or phone it's great. No more conversions to sideload and read them on the Kindle app anymore.

This is why I love google play books too. The best part is being able to have books from anywhere sync seamlessly across all your devices. I actually stopped using my kindle because of this.

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Feedly bundled with Press
Best design and you pick the content. I use it news and job postings.
For reading, you can't beat the Kindle paperwhite

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I also use Mantano Ebook Reader Premium.

I have some books and magazines that I like to study and the ability to highlight text and add notes is very useful. I used to use Aldiko for this, but I found Mantano is more flexible.

I also use mantano eBook reader premium. Great app I use it for both college ebooks to study with (highlight and what not) and for pleasure. So many great features completely customizable (fonts,background color, custom collections, etc.) Definitely recommend this reader above all the rest on the list (have tried them all). Animations are cool as well

For me, Google play books and FBReader are the way to go. It was odd at first to read books on a screen, but now I read books almost exclusively on either my n7(2013) when at home, or my n5 when I'm pretty much anywhere else.

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Since I got the Kindle app on my tablet I have read a lot of books, on my phone to while waiting at appointments. Now I do not have to care a book that have letters I can read.

You missed a major feature of Moon + Reader Pro: The ability to sync via Dropbox between devices. SO convenient since I usually read on my tablet, but occasionally don't have it with me, so fall back on my phone.

The Kindle & Google apps just don't offer the customizability that Moon (And Aldiko) offer.

I've used all of these for reading on my phone and tablet. Fb reader is by far the best. Super customizable, but what sets it apart is its page turning... Which sounds pretty simple but all the other readers lag a bit, or are choppy. Fb is very smooth. Aside from reading, page turning is the most important thing you do in a reading app.

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Kindle app also lets you upload and convert 3rd party content via email attachment, browser plugin, and desktop apps for Mac and Windows. It syncs reading position and annotations for those. And unlike most of the apps you mention, there's broad cross-platform support (Google Play Books supports iOS and Android).

For non amazon (ePub) reading, I like Mantano Reader. For $10/year you can subscribe to Mantano Cloud for your ePub and PDF content, which syncs between Android devices. It will import directly from DropBox and supports OPDS sources. They recently launched an iOS app, but it doesn't yet have parity with Android and doesn't support Cloud yet. It also supports ePub3 via Adobe Reader Mobile SDK w/Readium engine. TTS also. PDF support includes auto-crop feature which helps trim whitespace that otherwise chews up valuable screen real estate. A few dedicated PDF readers are better but it is nice to have an ePub app that does a decent job with PDF.

I like Play Books as well (particularly since they added ability to import content from Google Drive) but it is not very deep in features, and you cannot read third party DRMed content with it as with Mantano.

Another vote for Kindle here.

I read about 50 books a year, sometimes a bit more. I get them from Amazon and Baen mostly. I started reading on my phone in 1999 on mi Samsung IH300, then my Treos, and now on Android.

I highly recommend the Baen free library. For me, they started it all. Amazon came much later, with pesky DRM, but I can read on a dozen devices so DRM does not impact me.
As screen capabilities improve, so does my reading experience. I have recently read for 9 hours in a 12 hour period on my LG G3 with no noticeable eye strain.

I also like the smell of real paper books, and nothing can replace the ability to mark a page, or turn down a corner. The problem for me with real books became storage. My physical library spilled into two rooms even after I started reading ebooks.

Now days it is a rare occurrence to buy a physical book. I did buy the last three books in the 'Wheel of Time" series finished by Brandon Sanderson to complete the collection in hardback, but I read them again in ebook form as well.

I've tried them all. Play books is the only one that is close to an optimal reading/researching experience.

This is how a perfect e-reader would be. Instead of giving pros and cons I thought I would describe how a perfect reader would look. I tried a lot of them and this is what I've come with : 1. Simple Highlights like Readmill [defunct ;( ], Kindle and Apple iBooks 2. Speed and simplicity like Google Play books and Readmill 3. Epub3 pop-up footnote functionality as in Moon+ Reader , iBooks and Gitden 4. Adding notes/comments like Google books. 5. Sync like Google books. 6. Epub Images pop-up/display like in Kindle, Moon and Gitden