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Last Updated on January 3, 2018

10 Best eBook Reader Apps for Android You Need to Know

10 Best eBook Reader Apps for Android You Need to Know

In the digital age, eBook reader apps have replaced conventional printed books. Now you can simply read your favorite book on your smartphone or tablet by downloading apps on your Android device. Several of the eBook apps even provide hundreds of free books. With these apps, you can quickly search for a book of your choice and start reading them right away. You no longer have to visit physical stores to buy books. Here are some of the best eBook reader apps for Android.

1. Amazon Kindle

Kindle offers a wide selection of books, magazines and newspapers, making it one of the most popular eBook reader apps for smartphones and tablets. You don’t have to own a Kindle device to enjoy books through the Kindle app, it’s available on Android and iOS devices too. Kindle is powered by technology from Amazon that allows you to sync your last read page, bookmarks, highlights and notes across all devices. It also includes a built-in dictionary that makes it easy to look up new words while reading. The Kindle app provides access to Google search and Wikipedia, features that enhance your reading pleasure.

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    2. Aldiko Book Reader

    Aldiko Book Reader is a great alternative to some of the more famous eBook reader apps. It is the perfect e-reader for books in PDF and ePub formats. Aldiko Book Reader does not automatically save a book and hence does not take up memory. However, if you do want the app to save your reading sessions you will need to import the book, which will put the book on its virtual shelf. Aldiko provides several options to adjust font size, font face and background settings to suit the reader’s needs. Aldiko offers a great reading experience with its extensive features.

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      3. Cool Reader

      Cool Reader offers a fully customizable palette, text formatting for any font size and extra smooth scrolling that makes reading a pleasurable activity. Cool Reader is the only e-reader app that provides text-to-speech for free. It also offers a day/night toggle that renders two sets of colors, background and backlight levels for convenient reading. Cool Reader provides information on page count, percentage read and chapter marks at the top of the screen. It supports a wide range of file formats, such as ePub, fb2, html, rtf, txt and more.

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        4. FBReader

        FBReader is a highly customizable eBook reader for all types of devices. It is available for devices that run on Android, Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, BlackBerry10 and other platforms. You can choose colors, font face, size, animations, bookmarks, etc. to suit your reading style. It organizes your library by authors and titles providing a simple view. It supports several eBook formats and direct reading from zip archives, and is localized for 29 languages! FBReader comes bundled with eight online catalogs that provide access to a large set of eBooks. It is integrated with popular dictionaries like SlovoEd, Fora and ColorDict.

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          5. Moon+ Reader

          Moon+ Reader offers a unique reading pleasure by providing fine control over display settings. The app has a status bar that displays your reading progress. It also provides information on your reading progress within the current chapter apart from the whole book. The app is available for free, though a pro version of the app provides additional statistics, such as the number of books in your shelf, pages turned and reading hours. Overall, Moon+ Reader is a great eBook app for the avid reader.

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            6. NOOK

            Barnes and Noble offers its own eBook reader app, NOOK, which hosts over two million books, magazines, kid’s books and newspapers. NOOK offers several features that make reading easy and comfortable. The app offers a synchronization feature that automatically syncs the last page read across devices, rendering a seamless reading experience. You can also adjust the brightness for reading in dim lighting during night. The NOOK app is available on Android, iTunes and Windows.

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              7. Bluefire Reader

              Bluefire Reader is available for Android, iOS and Windows devices. The app provides several features including bookmarking, highlighting, dictionary lookup, note taking, contextual searching and more. You can customize display and reading settings to cater to your reading requirements. Day/Night mode is also available, which enables reading in low light. Bluefire offers a page sync feature so that you can read across devices without losing tracking of your current page. Bluefire also provides analytic services that provide key metrics. It also provides in-app browsing and a downloading feature, which makes reading easy and enjoyable.

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                8. Mantano Reader Lite

                Mantano Reader Lite eBook reader has a great look and feel. The user interface is light and easy to use. A series of menus appears on the left and your eBooks are presented on the right. Finding a book on this app is never difficult with its simple interface. A small status bar at the bottom right allows you to manage your books. Another unique feature of the app is the ability to sync your current reading to the Mantano Cloud. The app allows you to sort the book by categories that you have created. Importing files into this app is also fairly simple with its one-click import feature.

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                  9. Wattpad

                  Wattpad is a simple eBook reader with a friendly user interface. Getting an eBook is easy with this app: you can either find the book via the app’s internal browser or key in the book code. Wattpad allows you to change the background and text color to your preference. You can also adjust the font size so that it is comfortable while you read. If you are low on space, you can download the books in parts. Wattpad is a simple eBook reader app that is adequate for light readers.

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                     10. Kobo

                    The Kobo eBook reader presents a special feature called Reading Life that will introduce you to a new world of social reading. You can share quotes, notes and discuss books on social media with its integrated Facebook feature. With Kobo, you can read anytime, anywhere, from a catalog of over four million titles. Kobo’s huge database of interesting titles will satisfy the interests of all kinds of readers. The Kobo app is available on iOS, Android, Blackberry 10 and Windows 8.

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                      11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                      11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                      In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                      Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                      In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                      Minimizing Tabs

                      Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                      Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                      Incognito Mode

                      Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                      1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                      2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                      3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                      This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                      Save Webpages as PDF Files

                      Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                      Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                      Open Recently-closed Tabs

                      Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                      One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                      The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                      Solve Mathematical Problems

                      Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                      For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                      Play Media Files

                      Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                      In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                      Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                      With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                      Stay Focus(e)d

                      Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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                      Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                      With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                      This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                      Grammarly for Editing

                      Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                      You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                      Loom

                      There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                      There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                      With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                      Chrome Calendar Extension

                      No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                      Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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