Don’t Like Amazon? Alternatives To The Kindle eBook Reader App For Android

Android App Kindle Alternatives Intro   Dont Like Amazon? Alternatives To The Kindle eBook Reader App For AndroidI do a lot of reading and I’m a big fan of the digital revolution in the world of publishing. Nothing beats the feel and smell of a fresh new book, but on the other side of the spectrum, nothing beats the portability and convenience of an eBook  The Kindle was mocked when it first debuted, but now it has become a staple for next generation readers.

I’ll say it up front: the Kindle app for Android is pretty nice. The text is extremely readable, the preferences aren’t too rigid, and it aids in immersing the reader into the story. However, it has its own set of flaws (get around it with DRM removal) that send readers looking for an alternative that’s just as good.

Looking to get away from Amazon, the Kindle, and DRM? Here are some of the best ebook reading apps that I’ve found on Android over the years. I’ve used each of them at some point in my life and I’ve been satisfied with all of them. Hopefully they work well for you, too.

Mantano Reader

android kindle alt mantano   Dont Like Amazon? Alternatives To The Kindle eBook Reader App For Android Mantano Reader has been my favorite Android ebook reading app for a long time – almost a year now. If I had to sum up in one word why I love this app so much, it would have to be polish. Everything from the main screen to the book selection to the actual reading, the whole experience just feels top notch and clean. This reader is capable of displaying both EPUB and PDF files. I get that Amazon’s ebooks are in the MOBI format with DRM on top, but if you can find a program to convert to EPUB, you will have a great time with Mantano.

Once you’ve transferred your EPUBs onto your device, Mantano has a quick and easy scan-and-import system that’ll get you ready in mere minutes. The free version has enough customization to satisfy you but not much beyond that. However, just the organization of it all and the design of its interface is enough to win me over. A few additional features include book sorting, annotation (marking with notes), and tagging your ebooks for filtering. The free version is ad-supported and the Pro version costs $7 USD.

FBReader

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FBReader is a huge contender in the free ebook reader category for Android – that much is obvious when you see that it has a 4.5 stars rating with more than 42,000 votes on Google Play. I’ve rarely seen an app get such high praise from so many users, which can only mean that this app is doing something right. FBReader supports more formats than a usual reader would, including EPUB, RTF, FB2, and MOBI.

The app also allows for a good deal of customization: fonts, paragraph settings, text margins, color themes, and more. Yet with all of that available, it’s still blazing fast and doesn’t bog down my phone or drain my battery. If you want to make use of FBReader, you’ll need to transfer your ebook files to your device. The great thing is that if you can strip your Amazon ebooks of DRM, FBReader can read them just fine.

Moon+ Reader

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There was a brief period of time when I used Moon+ Reader as my default reader. Feature-wise, it’s fantastic. Aesthetics-wise, it’s beautiful. But something about it just doesn’t click with me, so I prefer to use one of the two readers listed above. With that said, Moon+ Reader is probably the absolute best free ebook reader on the market right now. It supports the most number of formats that I’ve ever seen: EPUB, MOBI, CHM, CBR, CBZ, UMD, FB2, ZIP, RAR, HTML, and TXT.

You can customize almost any aspect of the reading experience, including 10 different themes, paragraphs and margins, page flipping style, swipe gestures, and more. The interface design is smart and efficient, too. Moon+ Reader is free and supported with ads, but you can upgrade to Pro for $5 USD and unlock a whole slew of advanced-but-not-necessary features like reading statistics, Bluetooth control, password protection, etc.

Aldiko Book Reader

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Aldiko Book Reader was my first ebook reader on Android and, as such, it will always hold a special place in my heart. For a few months, Aldiko underwent a stagnant period of no updates and its reputation suffered a bit, but it seems like the development team has brought everything back on its feet. Here’s why Aldiko is so superb: it supports EPUBs, PDFs, and DRM-protected MOBIs from Amazon.

Yes, that’s right – with Aldiko, you can actually read your Amazon-purchased ebooks without having to convert them or strip away DRM (which can violate your Amazon terms of service). On top of that, Aldiko has a fantastic interface, lots of customization, and good performance. The free version of Aldiko is great but supported by ads. You can upgrade to the Premium version for $3 USD, which has a few more features, no ads, and receives updates faster than the free version.

Conclusion

Amazon is without a doubt the market master when it comes to digital books. No other retailer is as large or comprehensive as they are, yet there exist alternatives that aren’t too shabby. Most non-Amazon retailers will sell their ebooks in the EPUB format, and for those you can use the free Android ebook readers listed above. They’re all great and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with any of them. That said, if there are any other apps that can give Amazon a run for its money on the Android, please share them. I, personally, would benefit greatly from it and I know there are other readers who would benefit as well.

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Michael Heffner

I know this is about Android readers, but you can’t talk about ebooks without at least mentioning Calibre. There is no better way to deal with your eBook collection including moving books on and off your reader than Calibre. Not only does it convert between formats that you may need, but it also takes care of that pesky DRM issue you mentioned.

I agree that the Kindle has changed a generation of readers, but it’s also getting them use dot the fact that you cannot own anything any more. When you buy a physical book, you can do with it as you please. It’s yours, you paid for it, anything short of copying and selling those copies is fair game. Loan it out, give it away, read it anywhere you want. But not with DRM. You don’t own the book, you lease it and they control what you can do with it.

You can check out calibre at http://calibre-ebook.com/ it’s a free download and works on windows mac and linux.

Joel Lee

Great mention. Calibre is a powerful program that really should be a required installation for anyone dealing with ebooks. We’ve covered it before (Aaron’s review article) and we even have a mini-guide for Calibre!

Ashwin Ramesh

I’ve tried all of these apps. I should say that I love Mantano! It’s got a very simple UI and doesn’t drain up my battery a lot.

Doc

I tried a few readers on my Cruz tablet (Aldiko, etc.), but fell in love when I tried Moon+ Reader…and it was the first and only choice for my new Galaxy Showcase phone. Customizable controls, justified paragraphs, and user fonts were some of the reasons I kept it.

wen cobb

i very much enjoy the zo reader.it handles epub.,mobi,umd,txt it’s free,no ads

Scott MacDonald

I’m a big aldiko user, but I’m always happy to try something new. Thanks for the picks.

Joel Lee

Aldiko is the first ebook reader I ever used and it was the one that convinced me that ebooks would become a real thing in the future. If you love it, please don’t feel pressured to change. :D

Junil Maharjan

I have moon+ reader and aldiko on my android and both of them are great readers that support most of the ebook variants.

null

I am surprised that “Kobo” did not get a mention. Its one of the best according to me…

Vishal Surana

now google is competing kindle and amazon u had more alternatives

Craig S

I haven’t tried Mantano but have used Aldiko and FB Reader. Both are pretty good. I also have used Calibre to convert files from Kindle and it works like a charm. Just a note: Claibre also allows you to read from within the program. The reader is functional if a little clunky.

Joel Lee

Calibre is great but I prefer reading on my phone than the computer. Like you said, it can be a bit clunky and I don’t like it when I’m jarred from my reading experience due to weird controls. Otherwise, yeah, Calibre is fantastic!

Praveen Inbarajan

The Android platform is a tough one to support when it comes to ebooks and ebook reader apps. As a developer, there are a multiple challenges in both ebook development and making a reader app that is compatible. Case in point: Bringing EPUB3 features and functionalities is ebooks and reader apps for Android is proving to be next to impossible. This is all owing to the open source nature of Android which allows OEMs to tinker with the OS and create their own variant with specific ebook support criteria.

The list of readers given on this article are the prominent ones. If at all a couple more can be added to this list, there is Google Play Book Reader and Lektz Reader,

Joel Lee

Thanks for that additional insight. I’m about to binge on some Android EPUBs so I’ll give both of those a shot and see what I think!

sofia

Yes but
what if I dont own a tablet or smartphone. I only want a ebook reader like the first kindle, with no colour and no backlighting. That ink technology thingy. I love everything about the kindle except the monopoly Amazon has and they dont pay taxes.