Mantano Reader: Effortlessly Read Ebooks On Your Android For Free!

Joel Lee 15-06-2012

android ebook readerA few months back, I wrote an article about Aldiko Book Reader Need An eBook Reader For Android? Try Aldiko Book Reader! 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... Read More , an Android ebook reader. I thought it was a great app that could’ve used a few more features, but it got the job done and I was able to enjoy a few ebooks with it.


Since then, I’ve received a number of suggestions on alternatives to Aldiko. I’m still going through them–trying to give each one ample opportunity to impress me–and right now, I think I’ve found a replacement app that far outshines the one I used previously.

It’s called Mantano Reader [Broken URL Removed]. It’s pretty, it’s fast, it’s sleek, and it’s free. Keep reading to see why I love this one so much.

Disclaimer: If you don’t like the comic-esque font being used in the screenshots, don’t worry. That isn’t particular to Mantano Reader; it’s just my default Android font.

Library Screen

android ebook readerMantano Reader’s library screen immediately caught my eye, and in a good way. Most reader apps (won’t name any names) have library screens that are too simple or too complex. On the one hand, bland is just boring, and boring will kill any excitement that I may have had. On the other hand, when an app tries too hard by forming an actual book shelf with sideways-reading spines, it just becomes a pain.

An elegant balance is struck here, and Mantano Reader deserves applause. The books are laid out in a simple list format while being catchy enough with the little details. Finding a book is never difficult, especially with the filtering options. In the right screenshot above, I’ve filtered by “Recently Read” to find the book(s) I’ve been reading.


Easy File Import

reader app for androidAs of right now, I have a little under 70 different ebooks on my Android device. I’ve used some reader apps that required manual importing by selecting each ebook one by one. I don’t have time for that kind of nonsense. I just want a quick install and setup so I can read my ebooks!

Much to my surprise, Mantano Reader has a one-click import. It scans the entire contents of your device, looking for all ebook files in formats supported by the app. Once it finds them, you can select individual ebooks or you can select all of them, then click “Import” to import them. Done!

Read Screen

reader app for androidReading with Mantano Reader is such a breeze. It’s all great right out of the box: the default layout, padding, font size, indent size, etc. Everything is highly responsive. The table of contents works perfectly and there is even a little tracker on which page you’re currently reading out of how many pages there are.

Tapping on the text will reveal an overlay where you can change a number of things very quickly. Instantly turn the theme from Day mode to Night mode. Size up or down the font. Highlight certain bits of text for copying. Annotate in case you want to jot down notes. There are more, but you get the idea.



android ebook readerWith Mantano Reader, you can alter many of the options that you’d expect from an ebook reader. Customize the way you read and change the way that certain things are displayed. It isn’t extremely flexible, though; if you’re the kind of person who likes to personalize everything, don’t get your hopes up too high.

Premium Version

The basic version of Mantano Reader–otherwise known as Lite–is completely free to use. What do you get in the premium version? As far as I can tell, the main addition is the ability to organize the notes (annotations) that you take in your various books. If you think you’ll be taking a lot of notes, then you should consider the premium version. I don’t use them, personally, but the Mantano notes organizer is pretty good.

You can get the premium version for $6.99 from here. That’s pretty expensive for an Android ebook reader app, but the developers are nice and interact with their community. They deserve to be paid for the quality of their work, in my opinion.


I’ve rarely found myself feeling like Mantano Reader is lacking in features. The only one that I want is a tracker that tells me how far along I am in a certain chapter, as opposed to the entire book. But I can live without it, especially because Mantano Reader is nearly perfect in every other way.


Need a free Android ebook reader? Or maybe you’re just looking to shake things up and try a new app? Get Mantano Reader. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Image Credit: Ebook Reader Image Via Shutterstock

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  1. Chris
    May 26, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    you can also make annotations on PDF files. This is the only e-reader that I have found that also doubles as a PDF annotator. This is really helpful if you find a nice free book online that is only in PDF format and you like to make notes, highlight, etc.

  2. WIlliam in DC
    October 13, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Hi, how do you open ePub books purchased from the Nook from the Mantano reader?

    • Joel Lee
      October 13, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      Sorry William, but I've never owned or used a Nook. Do you know what format Nook ebooks come in? If they are .EPUB, then you can just transfer the file to your Android and use Mantano to import it. If Nook uses a different ebook format, Mantano won't recognize it.

  3. Debbie Strain
    July 27, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Thanks for the article. I have been looking for an ebook reader for my phone and tablet. There are too many to choose from, I went ahead and downloaded the Mantano and going to give it a try.

  4. Edgar Meixueiro
    July 8, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    I've tried many ebook readers on my old Android. The only one that I've liked so far is Moon+ reader.

  5. Carmen Bailiff
    June 17, 2012 at 4:34 am

    You really should try the ereader Overdrive. My husband suggested it to me about a month ago. The one thing you want with an ereader it offers, if you tap at the top of the page you are reading it gives you the total percent of book and chapter read. It may be worth checking out and it is free. Enjoy.

  6. Elendar
    June 16, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Is there a way to see if the book was already read? I have hundreds of ebooks on phone and I can't always remember which ones I have read.

    • Joel Lee
      June 16, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      I believe book reading progresses are tracked on a per-app basis, not a per-book basis. So if you install Mantano (or any other ereader app), you'll be starting with a fresh slate--all books will be known as "not yet read" by the app.

      Mantano tracks your reading progress and shows it to you in the books list (as long as you're using the "Details" view instead of one of the compacted views). I don't know if there's a way to import your reading progresses from other ereader apps, though.

  7. Jon Smith
    June 16, 2012 at 4:08 am

    I guess its better for android since most of their screens are over-the-top large

  8. Tanguy Djokovic
    June 15, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    is this app compatible with tablet? (transformer Prime) because while it seems cool I would really dislike to have a over-pixelized app

    • Joel Lee
      June 16, 2012 at 5:38 am

      In this video, the guy is using Mantano on a large-screen Android device:

      So yes, I believe you can use it with a tablet without having overly pixelized images.

    • Yonathan
      June 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      Mantano reader supports honeycomb tablet with the native actionbar.