Need An eBook Reader For Android? Try Aldiko Book Reader!

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android ebook readerFor the iPhone users out there, great ebook reading experiences can be had with apps like iBooks and Stanza. But what about for us Android users?

As someone who has recently been getting sucked into reading more and more novels, I’ve been on the prowl for the best ebook readers on Android. So far, nothing has matched the sheer power and elegance of Stanza, but Aldiko has gotten close.

First released in 2009, Aldiko has been working towards offering the best-in-class ebook reading and management experience for Android users. Let’s take a look at what this app can do.

eBook Formats

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Aldiko officially supports ebooks in the .epub and .pdf formats. However, if you have ebooks in a different format, you can use a program called Calibre to convert those files into .epub format. From there, Aldiko will be able to read it just fine.

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Importing ebooks into Aldiko is extremely easy. All you have to do is connect your Android to your computer and drag the files onto your device. Then, from within Aldiko, you can search your device and tell it which files to import. Simple.

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If some of your ebooks are locked by Adobe DRM, you can even sign into your Adobe ID to have those ebooks unlocked.

In-App Bookstore

At the time of writing this article, installing Aldiko on your device will result in a free ebook for you: White Fang by Jack London. For those of you who have never read this book, it is a small and unexpected treat.

best android ebook reader applicationHowever, one of Aldiko’s great features is an in-app bookstore powered by Feedbooks. Without ever having to leave the app, you can purchase books that have been recommended by other readers, books that have been featured in the New York Times Bestseller List, or books that are entirely free of charge.

android ebook reader appOn top of that, you can use the app to browse through ebook listings on Smashwords. Smashwords is a great place to find ebooks, both free and paid, across all genres and formats.

Library Management

android ebook reader appManaging your pile of ebooks is extremely easy with Aldiko. You’ll be able to find the book you want to read almost instantly by sorting by title or by author–whichever you prefer.

Reading

android ebook reader appIf you want to bookmark a page–in case you have to stop reading for a bit, or if you want to return to a specific spot later–you just tap a button and label the bookmark.

If you want to look for a specific scene but don’t remember where it is, use the full-text search.

As you’re reading, you can bring up a context overlay with a single tap on the page. You’ll instantly see how far into the book you are, and you’ll be presented with a bunch of options for customizing your reading experience.

Settings and Customization

Aldiko allows you to change a lot of settings in order to maximize your comfort. Change the font face, the font size, the margin sizes, and the colors of the text and page. You’ll never be distracted by poor aesthetics again.

android ebook readerAnd it doesn’t stop there. There are a few other options that really add those finishing touches while you read.

Verdict?

Aldiko still lacks a few features that I would like to see, such as tracking your progress through the current chapter (as opposed to the whole book), more options for sorting your library, the ability to edit book details, etc.

However, compared to other ebook readers on the Android Market, Aldiko is definitely the best one I’ve tried so far. I would highly recommend it for anyone who plans on reading many ebooks on their Android device.

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Comments (14)
  • alan

    Aldiko used to be great but has started dropping features to push people towards buying books through their partners. Becoming another copy of the kindle or nook reader. Too bad.

    • Joel Lee

      Hey thanks for the comment. Since I wrote this article, I’ve actually tried a few other free Ebook readers for Android, and I think most of them beat out Aldiko. It’s a shame that they dropped so many good features.

      I’ll do a few write-ups about the new readers I’m using, though, so keep an eye out if you’re interested. :)

  • new_house

    This is ok but tends to crash in Android tablet pretty often especially if you scroll down too fast… :/

    • Joel Lee

      I don’t have an Android tablet so I wasn’t aware of that problem. Aldiko has a support forum, so you might try finding some problem-specific help there. Otherwise, I’d recommend you try Moon+ Reader or FB Reader, both suggested by MUO readers!

    • Mr Android Tablet

      I thought i was the only one that happens to…when i login and type my into too fast is crashes my tablet too

  • DexterP17

    This is a really good ebook reader this was my first ebook application and i loved it, right now I’m using fbreader though.

    • Joel Lee

      Hey, I’m glad you liked Aldiko. I’m currently trying out Moon+ Reader but I think I’m going to try FBReader, too. Thanks for letting me know.

  • Chikwako

    I read in Spanish and this reader (Moon+ is the same way) sometimes can’t convert accented characters. To me, FBReader is the best one.

  • Daniel

    I prefer largely CoolReader, customization options are awesome.

    • Joel Lee

      I had a problem the last time I used CoolReader, mainly that quotation marks in the text came out as strange, illegible scribbles. I couldn’t find a way to fix it in the options so I gave up on it. Maybe I’ll give it a second try some time.

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