Top 5 eBook Reader Apps for Android Phones/Tablets

January 14, 2012
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Tablets are gaining popularity these days as a means for extending the functionality of desktops and laptops. Tablets are lightweight, compact, and not only smart enough for productivity but also great companions for reading ebooks while on the go. Most tablets come in various shapes and sizes, from 5.3 inch phoneblet hybrids to 10.1 inch monster displays.

If you intend to read ebooks on your Android tablet, you’ll be glad to know that there are Android apps to serve that very purpose. Here are some of the top and the best ebook reading apps for your Android device.

Kindle

Perhaps the success of Amazon’s Kindle Fire is the sole reason why the Kindle for Android app is the popular choice of many ebook readers out there. Read literally thousands of free books on the go on your tablet or your smartphone without ever needing a Kindle. The Kindle app lets users experience the same features and functionality that catapulted Amazon’s success with the Kindle Fire.

It’s the perfect ebook reading app that caters to any reader’s taste buds, whether you’re browsing for the latest fashion trends on a magazine, or getting real-time updates through online newspapers, the Kindle for Android never fails to amaze you. Other features include a built-in dictionary, Google Search, and Wikipedia access–all of which will greatly complement your reading pleasure.

Get the Kindle app from the Android Market.

Google Books

Reading just got better with Google’s own reading app called Google Books. What is Google Books? From the name itself, it’s all about books and Google’s integration with its services. What makes it different from other ebook reading apps is the sheer number of downloadable books that span over 3 million titles for you to browse and download. Choose from a wide spectrum of choices from Google’s vast library of free and public domain materials that couldn’t be normally found anywhere.

Get the Google Books app from the Android Market.

NOOK for Android by B&N

With Amazon porting its famous Kindle Reader app for Android, Barnes and Noble is doing the same thing. There’s no need for you to own a NOOK tablet, as the application runs on any Android smartphone or tablet. With over 2 million books in Barnes and Noble’s arsenal, you’ll have your very own pocketable library at your fingerprints. Optimized for Android use, the app can easily mark your favorite magazine subscriptions like US Weekly, National Geographic, and The Oprah Magazine — free for a 14-day trial period. Previous users of the NOOK tablet will feel welcomed by the app as it sports the familiar user interface that they love and adore.

Get the NOOK for Android by B&N app from the Android Market.

Aldiko Book Reader

If you’re tired of the same old-fashioned ebook readers found on the Android Market, try Aldiko Book Reader. It is a great alternative to apps supplied by many large companies such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Buy ebooks at great deals from your favorite retailers in either Adobe PDF or EPUB formats. Users can also download directly the ebook of their choice into their Android device without using a computer to transfer files.

Get the Aldiko Book Reader app from the Android Market.

Kobo eBooks

Reading on your Android device will never be the same again with Kobo eBooks. Featuring a massive database of free ebooks to download, users are treated to many interesting titles. Start your day right with the Kobo eReader app that makes reading more entertaining and stimulating. Make reading a fun learning experience as the app has a special feature called Reading Life, which monitors and tracks your reading statistics. You can also share memorable quotes, notes, dialogues, and more with the integrated Faebook feature.

Get the Kobo eBooks app from the Android Market.

Check out these ebook readers for your Android device and carry on with your reading habit. With your books now as portable as your smartphone or tablet, there’s no more stopping you from reading your favorite books any time you want and wherever you are.  What’s your favorite ebook reader app?

Comments

  • Wang

    a hot lady?

  • LazyPeggySue

    I now am concerned with any reading application. My Mobipocket reader no longer opens my books. It is not supported and the bookseller said it does not support them or the vender they used for those books doesn’t support them. All I know is that I have books bought and paid for with cold hard cash. I had to buy a new laptop old one’s screen went bad too old to fix and I transfered all my reading applications Adobe Digital opened MSReader opened after their site came up but Mobipocket Reader lost those books. Still on my old Laptop if I want to use a monitor in presentation mode to read them. But I’m old work for a living and want to use my lazy chair to read. Yeah I’ve got 2 readers Kindle keyboard wifi and kindle fire. You got to make this easier. Stanza had a good thing going for awhile until copyfight, yeah I meant copyfight, it’s the people with the most money that win. And I am not recommending anything to anybody cause I just don’t know who will quit service next..And MSReader is about to become very unsupported. Simple fix would to let owners transfer those books to a new reading apt…Reader could check if you have a receipt for the book I got all the receipts for books orders, bet I could open all the receipts…..

  • Duped in San Diego

    Aldiko Book Reader’s newest version is terrible. I bought the pay version, for $2.99 and it turns out it has a bug that prevents the dictionary from working. You have to email them to get a older version to get it to work. It also has to go online to get definition for work. It does not have it’s own dictionary. If this is supposed to be one of the five best readers, then all readers must be terrible.

    • Aaron Horner

      All apps needs to go online to check dictionaries… Do you know how big a dictionary is? And then not all words in English books are in English, so then it’d have to check a french dictionary for Deja-vu or the like…

      • http://www.davidlauri.com David Lauri

        Actually it’s just not true that all apps go online to check dictionaries. The Kindle app does not. I know, because I have it on my Kindle Fire and on my Motorola Droid 3, and I can still look up words with WiFi off or the phone in airplane mode. Yes, a word has to be in the dictionary, but the dictionary the Kindle app uses is fairly extensive.

        • guest

          as long as you’ve added the word to your personal dictionary first…it doesn’t know words you haven’t looked up yet

  • Tanawah

    Duped, you just don’t get it! Apps for Android are {really} small so they can be run on all sorts of devices. Put in a dictionary and you blow your storage on these devices. Aldiko is a very good app. I have used it for 18 months with no issues on my mobile phone. You do need a data connection to use some of the features. If you have the storage, just download one of the many dictionary apps. You could also contact the Aldiko developer and ask for the offline feature. Who knows they may look at it for a future version if enough people would like it.

    Lazypeggysue, if you look around the web, you will find many programs, paid and free to allow you to migrate on format to another. YEP! It is a grey copyright area, but I am betting there would be no judge who would find against you providing you had purchased a version of the material you convert.

  • http://overpricedpopcorn.blogspot.com/ The Grey Elf

    Aldiko is my reader of choice for PDF files–its rendering capabilities are second-to-none; it opens PDF files that are non-optimized with many levels and complex formatting, lighting fast. MUCH better than any other rendering program out there, including Acrobat. However, for standard epub files, the Nook for Android app is still head and shoulders above the rest. The interface, dictionary, text control and markup functionality are all outstanding, and with Barnes and Noble’s in-app store you gain access to a library of e-books that is easily comparable to that offered by Amazon. Kindle might rival it, if Amazon would wake up and start supporting the industry standard epub format (which will never happen because Amazon doesn’t want you going outside their service to get e-books). Finally, the Nook App’s magazine reader functionality is the best out there. Between its display of the regular layout with the option to jump to “article read” windows that reformat articles for text viewing, there’s nothing out there that matches it. Nook wins, hands down.

  • http://overpricedpopcorn.blogspot.com/ The Grey Elf

    Oops, that “dictionary” should read “text rendering”; I rarely use the dictionary so I can’t actually speak to that in the Nook. That’s what I get for typing too fast…

  • steviebhoy

    Mantano Reader is excellent ebook reader for android as well
    http://www.mantano.com/mantano-reader-for-android/

  • steviebhoy

    Veritas, I think EBookDroid supports that format..not tried it though to see how good it is because I am happy with Mantano.

  • Palmer Nyako

    can’t side load on google books, complete and utter garbage.

  • Fsmclean

    Would have been nice to talk about the various file formats that each ereader app can open. Is there an ereader than can read all ebook formats?

  • http://twitter.com/lovellspice lovellespice

    you guys might want to try GO Book.. it’s a free app with many functions.. my favorites include night light reading, font size customization, and page turning effects, among others.. it doesn’t crash too..!

    • Amar

      Its not free, also doesnt support Jellybean and kitkat

  • tammy

    any children story e-book in this apps? – using tablet 7,7

  • Dave

    All I care about is which ebook reader can handle all formats (or the most), expressly including .epub, .pdf, .mobi, .doc, .txt, .chm, .html and .rtf. And frankly .mobi is optional. If they have all that, I’m good to go. Aside from that, I want to be able to save my place, possibly have the ‘scroll page’ like in a real book feature and the ability to adjust the lighting and background so my eyes don’t get tired. Anyone know which e-reader has that?
    Phone came w Google Play but I’ve got like 100 ebooks I want to copy to phone to read and it doesn’t let me–which makes it worthless!

    • http://www.facebook.com/Deadlyredly Deadred Fingerhead

      Try Cool Reader, huge file support, nice options, and lets you load anything you already have. Been using it for over a year, and it’s brilliant!

      • Monika

        does it also support pdf?

        • http://www.facebook.com/Deadlyredly Deadred Fingerhead

          I’m not sure to be honest, I find pdf files a pain in the bum and never bother with them lol. It does have great customisation options which gives it a big thumbs up from me. It’s free in play store, give it a go!

          • Kido

            Does it allow us to save the book in our cell, so we could read it whenever we have time and not rely on internet?

          • Deadred

            Sure does

        • Anonymous

          No doesn’t :(

    • Jovan

      try eReader Prestigio, supports PDF.
      and also try Universal Book Reader also called UB Reader, brightness control.

  • Nikhil Mohan

    You missed Solo PDF reader, the best one in market. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lrmobilabs.pdfreader&hl=en As we can see 5000+ downloads in 2 weeks. Best PDF Reader for your android device, and Its Free

    • Spam

      You fail at obviously advertising your own app. pdf reader =/= ereader. Go away.

  • ebook

    i have a problem. while reading a book, i always used my finger (as a pointer) to read.. like i’ll put my finger under the line that i am on, and scroll my finger all over .. it helps in speed reading. but since androids are touch sensitive, this cant be done on an android. plz suggest a way i still use some sort of a pointer for reading ebooks

    • Manos

      Cut a pointer finger tip from a glove and wear it while you are reading :)

    • http://rekyourself.org OverRustle

      Perhaps simply take the opportunity to overcome that tragic habit, you’ll be OK.

  • http://mirolta.com/ Minesh Rai

    Moon+ Reader are also good eBook Reader app for Android devices..

  • bookboy

    try the Lektz ePub3 reader. It supports Audio, video and javaScrpit as well.

  • Arno Hill

    moon+reader or cool reader…
    need i say more…

    • Arno Hill

      h and get calibre for your pc

      • charlie143

        calibre does not work on the samsung android but works beautifully on my computer

  • ivan
  • mi

    Cool Google and noble not working in my country, crap

  • Neil

    I thought this would be a review of the apps rather than regurgitating marketing material

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonjuce Jiddu Faya

    I have some ebooks on computer as files,which app can I use to transfer them from PC to my phone(Note 2)

  • ahmad

    what about fabrik cloud by far the best i have used and i read a lot

  • Sgnav

    I heard about a Indian ebook reader which is providing a quality of content for the Indian language users, The app name is IndiLit ebook Reader , this is for the android Platform, this reader is is at its initial phase but have a good collection also

  • Hannah

    With the range of eBook readers existing, you can get the chance
    to choose the features and design you like but be cautious in purchasing eBook
    reader
    because as I heard, there are now fakes and imitations spreading out in
    the market.

  • Kavi S

    You can also try Lektz reader available for free at Google Play Store. It does support ePub and PDF format of books with all the necessary features as well. I use both Aldiko and Lektz reader for reading ebooks in my Xperia phone.

  • Dezső Módos

    Hi everyone! I have big PDFs over 200MB and I want to read them on my new sony xperia tablet Z. Which e-book reader do you suggest?I tried aldiko, but it can not handle with such big files and AiReader, which can, often crushes.

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  • Kimmy Ashe Lacroix

    someone can help me to found a porgramme on my computer download free books and put on my android phone after?? i really need help.. thank you.. and yeah can you pls write me back on my email pls kimlacroix47@gmail.com thank you!!! :)