12 Best eBook reader Android Apps

December 21, 2013


Finding the right eBook reader (also called eReaders) can be difficult. There are a couple of big names like Kindle and Nook, but a lot more smaller names that people don’t generally see unless they’re specifically in the eReader niche. In this list, we explore some of the best eReader apps. As usual, if you want to watch, we have a video above. Do note, however, that this written list has been updated and includes more options now so don’t expect to see all these options in the video!


Aldiko Book eReaderAldiko Book Reader

[Price: Free]
First on our list is Aldiko Book Reader. This eReader has amassed quite the following already and has over 10 million downloads to date. It supports most eBook formats, including Adobe DRM encrypted books. Some Android users may be familiar with Aldiko already, as it comes pre-installed on a number of Android devices. To go along with that, Aldiko offers a simple user interface. There are some customization options Get it on Google Playbut it’s mostly just there to display your eBooks so you can read them which can be really helpful for beginners. The multiple bookstores available is just a bonus!
Aldiko best ereaders for Android


Better World Books eReaderBetter World Books

[Price: Free]
Next on the list is Better World eReader. This is a relatively new offering in the Google Play Store, but so far people have had nothing but good things to say about it. It’s actually connected to a website called Better World Books, which is a well-known online bookstore for college students looking for text books. However, they have begun expanding into the eReader world and their store is slowly adding more eBooks to their roster.Of course, if you don’t feel like waiting for the bookstore to improve, you can always import your books into Better World eReader. Also, as an Get it on Google Playadded bonus, if you do buy books from the official website, you’ll be contributing to a charity that encourages literacy. The world could use some more literacy.
Better World Books eReader eBook reader


Cool Reader eReader eBook readerCool Reader

[Price: Free]
Next on our list is Cool Reader. This is a pretty comprehensive eReader and is geared more for people who know what they’re doing already. Newer eBook fans can learn how to use it, but it’s definitely not the simple interface as our prior two entries. It features a number of theming and text options as well as a slightly more advanced interface. There are no stores attached to Get it on Google PlayCool Reader, so you’ll have to buy your books elsewhere and port them into the app. Thankfully, once you get the hang of Cool Reader, this is very easy to use.
Cool Reader eReader eBook Reader


FBReader ebook reader eReaderFBReader

[Price: Free]
FBReader is next on the list. Like Aldiko and Better World eReaders, this is a solid offering that tries to cater to everyone. It works very well as a standalone reader with all the features you’d need to read comfortably. So if you have a large collection to import, FBReader can handle it. It comes with some basic theming options Get it on Google Playfor pages as well, such as sepia and wood. This definitely helps with eye strain as white on black or black on white can be hard to read after a while.
FBReader ebook reader ereader


Kobo ereader ebook reader for androidKobo

[Price: Free]
Kobo is one of those all-in-one eReader type apps that competes with Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Nobles’ Nook. So, as expected, the eReader application comes with a fully integrated experience with Kobo services. This is great because Kobo has some unique and innovative features. It’s not so great because it means you’ll need one of the apps above if already own some books. If you’re just starting out, then Kobo can be an enjoyable eReader. The feature we liked the Get it on Google Playmost with Kobo was the ability to actively comment on books as you read them. It’s unique and once you get the notifications under control, it’s also fun to use.
Kobo ereader ebook reader for android


Kindle ereader ebook reader for androidKindle

[Price: Free]
Kindle certainly falls into the category of being one of the best eReaders out there. A leader worldwide in both book and eBook sales, Kindle is one of the places you want to go if you’re starting a new collection of eBooks. The selection is top notch and it’s an excellent place to scope out new writers or find old favorites. Get it on Google PlayThe eReader is pretty decent as well. It comes with all the standard features, although you won’t find much aside from the standard stuff.
Kindle ereader ebook reader


Nook ereader ebook reader for androidNook

[Price: Free]
Like Amazon, Nook has a gigantic selection of books available to purchase and download. So those starting new collections should definitely give Nook some consideration. You’ll likely be able to find all your favorites and some new stuff too. As an eReader, Nook really has one of the best. It has all the usual settings like text size, font, and night mode. However, Nook goes the extra mile with their epic page turning animations. It’s Get it on Google Playliterally the most beautiful page turns we’ve seen that didn’t come from a real book. Unfortunately, like Kindle and Kobo, Nook can’t import books.
Nook ebook reader ereader for android


Moon Reader ereader ebook reader for androidMoon+ Reader

[Price: Free / $4.99]
Moon+ Reader is a very highly rated eReader app and one that our readers asked us to include. It has all the bells and whistles necessary to make the list too. Lots of themes, support for various eBook formats, good performance, good looks, and there is a free and paid version to choose from. Moon+ also comes packed with Get it on Google Playextras like access to various bookstores, gesture controls, auto-scroll modes, and even availability in 40 languages. It’s worth checking out.
Moon Reader ebook ereader for android


Google Play Books ereader and ebook apps for androidGoogle Play Books

[Price: Free]
Google Play Books wasn’t on our original list but is being included now because it’s been improved vastly. It still includes all the features it used to and that’s about the standard for the eReaders on this list. However, the selection is now much better, you can upload EPUB and PDF files to your library, and a myriad of performance enhancements and UI tweaks. Get it on Google PlayIf you want to stick with the Google experience, then this is the only option for you. Also it’s free so there’s no harm in trying, right?
Google Play Books best ereader and ebook apps for android


Mantano eBook Reader eReader for androidMantano Ebook Reader

[Price: Free / $6.99]
Mantano Ebook Reader is another app our readers loved and asked us to put on the list. They happened to be right as Mantano is a special eReader that has a lot of features. This includes a cloud service to sync books across platforms similar to Kindle’s Whispersync. It also includes organizational features, reading features, and a bunch of Get it on Google Playother stuff to make the reading experience more comfortable and friendly. If you haven’t yet, we recommend giving the free version a chance.
Mantano eBook Reader eReader for android


fabrik ebook reader efreader cloud reader androidFabrik (cloud ebook reader)

[Price: Free]
Fabrik is one of the most unique eReaders on our list. Feature for feature, it probably can’t compete with most of these other ones except for one giant feature. Fabrik has complete support for Dropbox and Google Drive. So you can store your books on the cloud and use this reader to read them. That cloud support alone makes them worthy of being called one of the best out there. It has support Get it on Google Playfor a variety of eBook formats and some other nifty features for eBook readers. It’s free and if you’d rather put your books on the cloud, you should try this one.
Fabrik ereader ebook reader cloud reader for android


PocketBook ereader ebook reader for androidPocketBook Reader

[Price: Free]
PocketBook is last up and it’s about as solid of an eReader as you could reasonably hope for. It has all the regular bells and whistles so there are no worries there. It includes some fun features like mimicking the Kindle Touch feature of tapping different parts of the screen to turn pages, having support Get it on Google Playfor Adoble DRM, pinch-to-zoom to adjust text size in some formats, and more. It’s free and people seem to like it so it’s definitely worth a shot.
PocketBook Reader ereader ebook reader for android


Wrap Up

Picking the right eReader is all about figuring out what features you need. Some people like reading books directly off of their Dropbox and some prefer the closed nature of Kobo, Kindle, and Nook. On this list you’ll find all of the above so you can find the right choice for you. If you feel like we’ve missed a crucial eReader, feel more than free to leave a comment and let us know!

Comments

  • Mike Crosson

    Another great reader is Mantano Reader. Links below.

    Mantano Reader Lite (free): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mantano.reader.android.lite

    Mantano ReaderPremium (Paid): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mantano.reader.android

    • Bradley Bertrim

      I second this. Mantano Reader is the best e-reading application I’ve tried and I’ve had a go at most of the applications in the article.

    • Mou Janki

      Definitely Mantano Reader! Personal best so far, nothing beats it for me.

  • http://profiles.google.com/fahadayaz Fahad Ayaz

    I use Fabrik. Mainly for the Dropbox (and soon Google Drive) integration.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=es.icereader

    • Rockamock

      Thank you for the recommendation! Exactly what was looking for!

  • IncCo

    I cannot believe you skipped Moon+ Reader ! Easily the best e-reader, I use it every day.

    • mrband

      +100000 totally agree

      Moon+ is absolutely the best ereader by far, how is not even listed is ridiculous.

      • JosephHindy

        Yeah that was a my bad. But hey that’s why we encourage people to comment about their favorite apps that we may have missed :)

    • amonlb

      I agree Moon+ reader is so much better than any app listed here.

    • Online recharge from mobile

      Yes i am totally agree.

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    • http://android.bswireless.hr/ Dražen Klisurić

      Yes, I use it too. It has great dropbox sync feature so I can read on tablet and on phone.

  • Andrew Mezzi

    What about Google Books?

    • burningmoon

      The problem with Google Books is that you can only read GOOGLE books. It is solely a content delivery method, not an ebook reader. Barring users from importing their own books essentially neuters the app’s most core feature.

      • in_defence_of_google_books

        In Google Play Books it is possible to import other books by uploading them to your Google Drive. You can then use the Play Books app to either read them from the cloud, or download them to your device for offline reading.

      • Sethi

        You can import your own books via drive and if, like me, you own multiple devices, both iOS and Android, Tablets and phones, The books will sync across OS and Device! Love the app!

    • Timmy

      Plus, if you like it a lot and use it every day, Google will stop supporting it.

  • M Wong

    nothing beats Moon+ Reader , ive tried all the others

    • Jason

      Have to agree with you mate nothing beats Moon+ Reader I’ve spent quite a bit of time looking for the best and Moon+ Reader is it. Looks great easy to customise and heaps of functionality (that those listed above don’t have) and you don’t need to be a techno geek to use it.

  • Chopper Joe

    As others have mentioned, Moon+ is definitely worth considering. Also,, it is both possible and easy to import books into Nook app: just put books in the Nook’s subdirectory “My Documents” and you’re done.

  • Most Mister

    No mention of Kindle’s killer feature? WhisperSync between my Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 merits #1 spot. Weak review.

    • JosephHindy

      That’s not our rankings, that’s how the users of these apps ranked them in the Google Play Store. Also, this isn’t a review, it’s an app list ;)

    • jaamgans

      Moon reader as has this feature allowing you to sync with dropbox and between phones, the only thing kindle does is a better store, none are really associated with moon reader. Prefer it that way, buy on Google and them download and transfer to moon reader.

  • http://www.facebook.com/larry.hook Larry Hook

    It is incredibly easy to import books into Nook. Hands down amazing app.

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    Ok, I am so shocked I can’t settle myself with only approving the comments that have already been made. It’s so stupid that moon reader+ is not in this list it’s almost offensive!

    Also take note that moon doesn’t ditch the covers on shelves paradigm altogether (although I’m pretty sure it can be disabled) but it relies much less on it – for me it’s one of those perfect blends between holo, visual identity, performance and features. It’s awesome!

  • Bruce Gavin Ward

    this was a seriously deficient comparison. While competence at enabling one to read ebooks, which would seem to be a given here, the author treats it as a ‘feature’ and all the important features, such as the presentation of your ‘library’, reliability of book downloads, the ability to update bookMarks across platforms, (possibly ‘the most important factor), and meaningful updates and improvements, were completely ignored. I use Kobo, and it does all the above, relatively seemlessly; keeping my last page read bookMark updated in my phone (Nexus4), tablet (Nexus7) and Kobo eReader, no matter where and when i next pick one up to read (as long as each have access to a netWork). Without this knowledge on each app, how could one possibly chose? Joe needs to do his homeWork! [& moonReader, GoogleBooks???]

  • Diego

    I would’ve thought Moon+ Reader would have been the top!

  • Judith Pittman

    I think you’ve covered them all, but from an author or publisher’s point of view, the more readers there are the more problematic it is trying to make sure links to everyone’s reader or app is available on your website. Sure would like to see a universal reader with everyone using the same software. A pipe dream of course, Jude Pittman of bookswelove.com

  • Max

    I guess, PocketBook is worth paying attention too. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.obreey.reader

  • Rockamock

    I have tried many different types and one of them is Kindle. 2 things you should know: it syncs your progress across devices and contrary to the write up above, you CAN add pre-owned books. It would be all I needed but it doesn’t accept epub files (which, in my humble opinion, is just plain stupid). Can you recommend anything else with a great interface that is also cloud-based?

  • Max

    The eReader I’m looking forward to is this one: http://PureMediaSoftware.com because it lets you choose what you find offensive and hides that material so you can read books with just what you’re comfortable reading. I hope they finish developing it soon.

  • AtomicGadget

    Where’s Readmill? Is this a serious list?

  • devrindare

    The hell, NO Readmill. How is this possible.

  • Roman Vasilev

    Im using EBookDroid

    • http://www.emmanuelchenze.com/ Emmanuel Chenze

      I use EBookDroid too. Its good.

  • Thomas N Reedy

    I’ve tried most of these readers on my Samsung and Nexus smartphones, my favorite (by far) is Moon+ Reader PRO. Thanks for including Moon+ Reader… was long overdue.

  • http://thewild.postach.io/ Eric De Wildt

    I got to the end of the video and was like WHAAAAAAA???? NO MOON READER PRO???????
    All ereader is fail to Moons abundant ereader powers of raw awesomeness!!!
    I love you guys and what you do but maybe think of revising this video.

  • tazmcfly

    You can import books into the nook app. You just put them (epubs) into the my documents folder inside the nook folder on your phone or tablet and they automatically load next time you open the app. Also, Calibre imports it for you when you connect your device.

  • Oisin Judge

    Just to point out, you can add your own books to read on the kobo app, as long as they are on your phone’s storage. just press the menu/options button on your device and select ‘import items’ then it will find them and add them to the reader

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  • msdn70

    Best of the best ASUS MyLibrary it have it all. It came along with my ASUS Fonepad.

  • Mark S

    Moon+ is excellent!

  • eReader reader

    Unless one roots one’s eReader, i.e., one with an e-paper screen, what is the point of reading on an Android tablet or phone? Can people actually read intense literature for more than a few pages before developing a headache? Clearly with so many applications the answer must be yes, so the question is, what do they possess that a large portion of the reading community does not?

    • juul

      Used to think the same, I also have e-ink reader. However reading books on e-display is no problem at all when usimg night mode. Black background and white text. I now much rather read tab/phone with lot of other options and not needing a light on screen at night.However the hardly battery-use of e-ink is off course great. And for reading bools on lcd/amoled a high full hd resolution is a must. My e-ink reader is collecting dust since my N7/13.

    • A Madman With a Box

      I read for hours on my android tablet without a problem. (I prefer books, but I travel a bit) I do have no history of eye problems in my family though, so it must be genetics.

  • Stephen MacDougall

    There is an error in the reviews. The Kobo app most definitely has the ability to import eBooks. I use it for my primary reader, importing epub books into it all the time that I get from sources not associated with Kobo.

  • Juul

    Again Moon+ Pro by very far the best. I might have tried them all. Moon only has no text reflow for pdf-format. For pdf Repligo only app that reads ebooks almost as nice as Moon+ does with epub, mobi, etc. FbReader and Cool Reader are oké.

    Some in discussion name Mantano. A big fail not having dark theme. When reading a book in night view and totally getting blinded by the bright white menu’s. Did the developpers ever tried to read a book with their own app?

  • mustbepbs

    As somebody who uses Mantano 3 times a week (and tried every other ePUB/PDF reader in the Play Store), it’s the only one that ticks all the boxes. It has robust support, good cataloging, and it has fluid animations and quick loading times. Every other reader I’ve tried has had one of those but not another, especially fluid animations.

    I’m gonna try Better World eReader as that’s new to me, but I’ve tried every other one on this list and they don’t stand up to Mantano.

  • Neu

    I’ve used all of the above on the list and have yet to find any book reader as comprehensive as Mantano. Im talking about serious reading here, complete functionality. If you’re only going to read every once in a while then any will suffice, but if you’re into serious reading Mantano is a must. The built in dictionaries and ease of page turning as well as bookmarking and note taking is superb. You can go back to the notes tab and email/print everything out. It is the app to have if you want to avoid using paper and pen, you can do everything within the app. I have no idea why there are so many bad reviews from the app. Sure it isn’t flawless, but im looking to read not to have butterflies across my screen every time i blink my eyes.
    PS. Using it on my Nexus 7 tablet, i cant discuss in phone use since i don’t read on my phone (usually).

  • A Madman With a Box

    Last time I checked Kobo allowed you to import epub files, I have a massive collection.

  • Rey

    Does any of this apps can actually open .chm ebooks?

  • Astroturferslol

    Seriously op? You’re being flooded by astroturfers. Do your own review and set your own standards! This list is tainted.

  • guest

    Check out AlReader. You can customize EVERY THING with it. Even cooler than coolreader

  • NJ45143112

    Moon+ Reader is good but it lacks functionality for mobi files (works but really slow)…
    I’ve found the CoolReader is much better for these and has a nice theme…

  • Aman

    There is a sea of Ebooks apps out there but they somehow fail to appeal to a larger audience with specific needs. As we shift focus from
    an E-age to an M-age our choices become complicated and so does our expectations. I recently came across this Ebooks app called Rockstand on playstore . It is also available on Android, IOS and windows platforms. It has a unique feature
    of making payments through operator sim balance. Nicely done!

  • http://byazrov.ru/ RussianPhotographer

    I love Google Play Book. If only Google would let us read from device like we listen from device on Google Play Music. Because often uploading pages is taking lifetime.

  • eBook Creator

    I like Gitden Reader, it supports epub3 and fixed layout ePub files…