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[Android] Read EPUB, PDF, and Adobe DRM eBooks with Aldiko Book Reader

Posted By Derrik On March 29, 2013 @ 12:47 AM In Android | 1 Comment

ald [1]For avid readers (and I don’t mean dotTech readers but rather people who like reading books), having a good Android app to manage your e-books is important. Aldiko Book Reader is an excellent choice. This app will provide a great reading experience on your smartphone or tablet.

What is it and what does it do

Main Functionality

Aldiko Book Reader is an e-book managing app for Android.

Pros

  • Support for EPUB and PDF e-book formats
  • Supports Adobe DRM protected e-books
  • Supports public library formats
  • Reader is customizable. Anything from changing the font size, type, and background colors, the margin alignment, line spacing, brightness and other preferences.
  • User interface is very straightforward and elegant
  • Seamless bookmarking support
  • Very slick library feature that allows you to import your EPUB or PDF collections
  • Access to free books both in the app and in the store, and allows for in-app purchasing for paid books
  • Advanced searching function, dictionary function
  • Multiple languages are supported

Cons

  • It would be nice to have the option to view books by author, then scroll left and right on each shelf to view their books alphabetically
  • Dictionary integration needs work
  • Sometimes when searching for items, the search function stops responding

Discussion

ald2 [2]I’m an avid reader. I usually buy a lot of e-books and I’m always reading. That’s why it is crucial to have a good book reading app. I’ve searched through the Play Store and I’ve had considerable trouble finding a decent reading app. Aldiko Book Reader is a great app for both smart phones and tablets. I absolutely love using it on my phone. You’d think that reading a massive amount of text on a small screen is tough, but Aldiko Book Reader makes it very easy to read. It’s very impressive.

There’s some great features that come along with this app, but my favorite feature is the bookshelf. I love seeing my collection of books lined up all neat, complete with covers and all. I’m also pretty happy to see that you’re allowed to import local files. I have tons of indie books that I have downloaded, so it’s really nice that I’m able to import them and use them like I would if I were to buy from their app store.

As much as I have praise for this app, it does come with a bit of critique. It would be nice to have more sorting options when it comes to Authors. I’d like to be able to have the option to view books by author, then scroll left and right on each shelf to view their books alphabetically. The dictionary feature is also pretty decent, however it needs a bit more work. I also wasn’t too happy that on occasion, when I search for an item, sometimes the search function stops responding.

Aside from those issues I had with it, I love this app. Aldiko Book Reader is my go to choice for all of my book reading needs across all of my Android based devices. There’s nothing that I’ve found that even comes close to it. It is an essential app for me, and I’m glad I found it.

Conclusion and download link

If you’re an avid reader, you’ll want to check out Aldio Book Reader. It’s a great app, and one that is hard to beat. Highly recommended.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 2.2.3

Requires: 2.2 and up

Download size: 7.6 MB

Aldiko Book Reader on Play Store [3]


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