eBooks and reading on an electronic device have become one of the big reasons to get a tablet or dedicated eBook reader like the Kindle, but if you’re on the fence about getting one, why not just use your existing Android phone or tablet to give it a go? There are some drawbacks to using a regular tablet or smartphone as an eBook reader, especially in the case of a phone with the screen size and display tech, but in terms of software, Android is pretty well served. So, come with us as we take a look at some of the best eBook reader software available on Android! One thing to keep in mind is that we will not be looking at any Kindle, Kobo or Nook sort of apps, as those tend to be their own thing. We’ll also not only include simple readers, but more alternative and service-based solutions for reading as well. With that being said, let’s go!
Moon+ Reader is a very solid PDF and eBook reader that has been around for a very long time on Android. It has always been one of the go-to readers on the platform, and it has been somewhat actively developed over time. It has a bevvy of powerful features and a nice UI, complemented with having a very complete and functional free standard version, with an optional Pro version that offers power-user features and better performance.
In case you don’t have anything to read, Moon+ Reader also provides you with a couple of libraries with free and public domain eBooks for your reading pleasure. It was also one of the first apps to implement the popular 3D flip feature as found on iOS, and it’s compatible with a ton of formats, including compressed ePub or PDF files. Worth checking out for sure, and very competent at what it does.
We have covered Readmill before, and here we are showering it with attention yet again. It’s still as good as last time, and even better, a ton of new features have been added over time, and more free books are available as well. It’s still as stylish and functional as before, but it’s not really the same as Moon+ Reader, as it doesn’t have the same amount of options or compatibility. The developers have also still not added DRM support to the Android version of their app, so it’s possible some of your books won’t even work. Still, it does a lot of things right and it’s worth checking out if you don’t have a problem having your books on the cloud or using a more limited app. Compatible with both PDF (DRM-free) and ePUB.
The classic granddaddy of PDF readers, now also available on Android. It’s completely free and has some sort of feature parity with the desktop version you can find on your computer, including cross-compatibility with your Adobe account and remote access to your PDF files. Unfortunately, there is not much more than that. It’s just a solid, complete PDF (and PDF only) reader with cloud sync to the desktop version. However, it does offer you some more powerful features, like creating PDFs on the go, converting from popular document formats and some more power-user features that you more than likely will not care about, for a hefty monthly subscription. Pretty shady, especially when you can find free apps to do it for free, but this is Adobe we’re talking about here. Still, for simply reading PDF files and supporting more exotic features on your phone, this is a good choice. It’s a shame it’s not compatible with extra file formats, though.
This one is a little different. It will not allow you to read your own files from your phone or tablet, but it will take you to a vast library of free books from public domain and self-published authors that you can read on the go. It also has a social network aspect to it, allowing you to comment, rate and vote on both the author and their books after reading. It’s not an ideal choice at all if your objective is to read your own files, as this is not a dedicated reader, but if all you’re looking for is a new book or short story to read, this is a good choice. Coupled with a very nice UI and a very detailed library and tagged selection, this app is a must for all of those who love to read but can’t bear to hassle themselves with transferring their book files around and setting up their readers, and guarantees there’s always something new for you to discover.
And, of course, we can’t complete our list without including Google’s very own eBook and ePub reader for Android. Google Play Books allows you to choose from millions of titles on Google Play including new releases, New York Times best sellers, up-and-coming authors, and free books. Easily personalize your reading experience, pick up where you left off on your phone, tablet, or computer. The app comes with all the functions you would expect from a great android reader app from Google.
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Well that completes our list! Check these ebook apps out and let us know which one of them you think is the best ebook reader for Android! Leave us a comment below if you have any other eBook and ePub readers apps for Android that you’d like us to add to this list.