Every year on April 23rd, it’s World Book Day — the perfect occasion for promoting literacy and reading as a hobby. Though, in times like these it seems like people go for more fleeting, ad-hoc content preferring to flip through webpages as opposed to reading whole books. In any case, this year the day before World Book Day marks 400 years since Miguel de Cervantes’ death. As the most important reference in the history of Spanish literary prose, we’ve chosen to celebrate his genius by coming up with the ten best eBook apps for Android. On these apps you can read, download, catalogue and collect books from the comfort and convenience of mobile technology.
Without a doubt, it’s one of the most downloaded and recommended writing apps out there. Thanks to its utility as a distribution platform for thousands of amateur writers, Wattpad is colossal. It allows users to store their manuscripts for free, as well as read other users’ work. Creating a personal profile is easy, and it also acts as a social network where you can follow any other writer’s work.
Rather than being a reader or ebook store alone, Goodreads is giant database where you gain access to literary critiques, or user-written prose. Here, you can write your own book reviews and review other users’ work. You can also type in the titles that you own to keep track of your home library along with what you’ve read. Accessing information about each novel is as easy as typing in the title and its cover, page number, ISBN, and a short description will automatically pop up. A must-have for all of us bookworms out there.
Aldiko Book Reader
Simplicity, above all else. Aldiko didn’t make it onto this list just because of the fact that it has an immense catalogue of digital paperbacks in several languages, but rather because of how extremely comfortable its interface is. Managing your whole collection of paid for and free books is no easy task, but Aldiko handles it very well.
Other advantages are that it allows users to keep stock of the books you got on the app itself as well as anything you’re reading in PDF or ePub formats. In terms of freebies, its catalogue is vast enough that you’ll find everything from universal literary classics like The Origin of the Species by Darwin, along with contemporary hits by the likes of Paulo Coelho.
Elejandria holds its own when it comes to offering Spanish speaking users exclusive free books legally. Currently, its digital library contains over 250 books that you can access in their Spanish editions both online and via download in PDF, eBook, or DOC format. You’ll find a number of genres and authors here with everyone form Agatha Christie, Lewis Carroll, and Mario Benedetti. This collection can be read via the official app or on its own website.
With a gargantuan digital library including millions of publications available to users along with the extremely useful option to upload your own documents either for personal use or for sharing, this app takes the cake. There is a free, no-charge option as well as a paid monthly subscription model that allows you to download three books and an audiobook every 30 days.
As a comfortable PDF and ePub reader, this is a good spot to gain insight through user reviews as well as a decent publication catalogue that lets you download books for later offline reading. This app is a bit of an all-in-one.
It’s essentially unthinkable to write a list of online readers without mentioning Amazon, the largest e-book distribution channel (it does have free ones, too) in the world. While it holds this position largely thanks to Kindle, you can also access its library by using the official app for Android where you can read any and all the books you’ve bought on Amazon. On the app, you’ll also get to sync your library from anywhere, and read any of the books on it as long as they’re locally stored on your device.
If all you really want is an all terrain reader that won’t bog down your system with advertising, FBReader is your best bet. It’s a no-frills app that is capable of handling any kind of format (ePub, fb2, mobi, rtf, html and plain text among many others). It allows you to access both local and remote files, too, thanks to its seamless integration with Google Drive. The premium paid-for edition adds on the capability to open a wide range of formats that are used for digital comics e.g., PDF files. It also provides a number of significant improvements to the free version.
Google Play Books
Put simply, there’s no way around mentioning one of the leaders in this field. According to Google, this app has been downloaded by over 10,000 million users. Although, it does go without saying that it’s also included by default on the vast majority of Androids. We’re looking at one of the biggest book databases online, as it covers both free and paid-for publications. You can also upload your own work to its free online storage system, and use it as a reader for any type of external file. It also has the added appeal of being seamlessly integrated into the Android ecosystem, much better than any other app.
Universal Book Reader
As a standalone reading app Universal Book Reader was already a fantastic tool for organizing and reading your ebooks. But, not too long ago it became an excellent way to acquire new books thanks to its partnership with FeedBooks that allows you to buy books easily by both already well-known authors as well as aspiring self published writers that gain readership though the exposure on this platform.
If you value app interfaces very highly, Moon+ Reader might be a good option for you because it offers users everything you need to customize your experience. If you thought that its Material Design interface was elegant and easy to use, it’s also possible to modify how it looks with a bunch of different themes. You can change everything from fonts, spacing, or color, anyway you want on this super versatile reader app.
There have been more than a few attempts to make World Comic Book Day a reality. In light of the fact that it isn’t yet real, and in honor of this hybrid art form that’s a spin-off from the one we’re actually celebrating, we couldn’t help but include a digital reader app designed exclusively for comic books. ComicRack is probably the best of its kind, as it allows you to easily read your comic books on your screen as PDF files or in CBR format along with other formats that are unique to this genre. On here, keeping track of what you’ve read is simple. You’ll also get the option to assign different touch gestures to actions within the app, as well as sync your whole library remotely.
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