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10 Best eBook Reader Apps for Android You Need to Know

10 Best eBook Reader Apps for Android You Need to Know
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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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