Jul 19, 2016
While most people use their Android Devices for gaming and fun-filled activities, there is a group of android users (like me) who want more out of their gadgets than mere entertainment. These People are always on a constant hunt for knowledge and text to feed to their brains which would otherwise be thinking about the next big thing mankind is about to achieve or might be reflecting on the words of great men.
eBook Reader Apps for Android Tablets
These people find pleasure in reading and the amount of satisfaction they get from it is immense. This passion when combined with the latest technology gave rise to eBooks or electronic books and hence the electronic book readers. As technology advanced, eBook technology gained popularity and migrated to several platforms including the mobile-phones. The popularity has been growing ever since giving rise to countless eBook readers.
Here are the top 5 eBook readers that I would recommend to my audience:
- Google Books
Although I mostly save the best for the last, this time we will be doing the opposite. With more than 3 million titles, Google Books is the ultimate source of satisfaction for knowledge hungry people.
Filled with free books from across the world spread over countless genres and sub-genres, Google Books provide a very simple yet elegant user interface. The best part about this app is the availability of some books which are very rare to find. If you are one avid reader, you can’t afford to miss this one.
- Moon+ Reader Pro/Free
This is one of the eBook readers which is on the rise in the Play Store these days because of its ability to open a large number of formats and a sleek user interface.
This feature rich android tablet app boasts of TTS module, multi-point touch support, highlight, handwriting, dual page mode, auto-scroll, night mode and the list goes on. Although the free version of the app is also available, but it is not as impressive as the paid one. With a price tag of just around $5, this eBook reader surely does stand out of the crowd.
- Cool Reader
This is one of the lightest and the fastest eBook reader available in the Play Store. The app supports all major eBook formats and provides the features that are provided by premium/paid eBook readers (including most of the features provided by the Moon+ Reader Pro mentioned above). Although the quality of the experience is a bit lower when compared to the paid apps, I would still recommend it if you are not in a mood to spend a few bucks on these apps. For me, this is one of the best free tablet app you should have on your device.
Amazon has tried to bring the sweetness of eBook reading experience of the Kindle on the Android devices with this application. Whether you are a seasonal reader, a regular newspaper reader or a hardcore novel fan, Kindle has something in store for everyone. Boasting of countless free titles and hand-picked premium reads, this application is surely a reader’s delight. One feature that I personally find very useful is the built-in dictionary feature which allows you to look up the meaning of new words instantly. Even if Kindle provides all these, the inability of Amazon to make all the titles available worldwide haunts this application.
Kobo has been reader’s favorite from a long time for 2 specific reasons.
1) Library including more than a million and a half free titles.
2) The interactive and statistical user interface which helps user to keep a check on their reading habits.
While most of the features are like any other eBook reader discussed above, its social sharing feature is one that caught my attention. The social options of the app allow you to share the book you are currently reading with your friends, see their activity on their timeline and recommend books to people in your friend list. The sleek interface provided by the app (the 2nd reason) can be fine tuned to suit your taste up to a great extent.
Reading is a habit that everyone should develop (even if it’s a couple of pages daily). It not only helps us to feed thoughts to our brain but also refreshes our mind like no other can do. Technology nowadays is changing rapidly and we never know when the reading part will be out of the scene (Newspaper has been replaced by TV already up to a good extent). While it is still in, why not loosen up a bit?