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  1. lunameow

    lunameow Well-Known Member

    I was going to check out Alkido based on the comments here, but even some of the positive reviews on the market said it ran slow. I suspect it's another of those apps that's great if your phone is fairly current, not so great if it's an older model. (Angry Birds and Handcent fall into this category for me, if that gives you an idea.)

    Moon+ has full font customization, everything from font size to line spacing. It's a fairly small program, books tend to load kind of slow, but the app itself is fast. Smooth scrolling to read, which I prefer to page-turning (though, I'm pretty sure that's an option if I did want it), decent organization system. Another big plus is that the free version's ads are only on the bookshelf, so it doesn't interfere with reading.

    I admit that it's the only one I've tried other than nook for Android, but that one was so slow that I could set my phone down, go make a sammich, and come back to find it still trying to load a book. It actually put me off readers entirely, because it made me think maybe my phone's just not capable of running one decently. Having found one that runs so smoothly on my phone and does what I need it to, I haven't even bothered looking at others.

  2. SlowRain

    SlowRain Well-Known Member

    For me, the gold standard for e-book apps was Mobipocket before Amazon bought and razed them to make the Kindle. It was perfect and had everything. The closest think I can find to it is Moon+ Reader. It does note-taking and highlighting, online and offline dictionary support, multiple formats, online libraries, fully customizable layout and themes, etc. I have yet to find an app that offers all of these options.
  3. qwertyu

    qwertyu Member

    I always use kindle. The main reason is you can change the colours. I always hear that the display uses most of the battery so it seems to me it's best to read with a black background and white text to save the battery. My eyes seem to prefer this too. I often get eye strain from reading PC's etc and this seems to help. My version of Aldiko does not seem to have this option.

    I've used mobipocket to convert pdf files to .mobi so I could read it on my Galaxy S using kindle. The conversion went slightly wrong for one book and left with a grey text colour when I turn the kindle to black background. Having read it for a while though I much prefer this colour. Problem is I don't know how to get this colour on my other books that are the "correct" colour. Does anyone know how I can choose from a larger set of colours for the text? I'm guessing grey would help the battery also.
  4. qwertyu

    qwertyu Member

    I must have missed this post when I read the thread before posting. I#'ll try Moon+ for the text colour thing. Ta.
  5. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 Bounty Hunter Administrator Moderator

    Generally speaking the only time black background helps with battery life is if you have an amoled or samoled screen. That said no matter what i prefer the black back, white text. What version of aldiko you using, my has always had this option?
  6. qwertyu

    qwertyu Member

    It's a Galaxy S. I THINK it has an amoled screen as that word rings a bell. New to this smart phone world. Had it for about a week. I can't find a version number or anything for Aldiko. It came pre-installed on the phone.
  7. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 Bounty Hunter Administrator Moderator

    Aldiko DEFINITELY has a 'night' mode, ie black screen white letters. I personally think aldiko is the best ebook app.

    (and yes, samsung makes amoled screens and almost all their phones have it)
  8. qwertyu

    qwertyu Member

    The version thast came on the phone seems to be either a cut down or an old version. I just downloaded the app from the market and it's got way more functionality. It's strange though as I would have thought downloading the latest full version would get rid of the old or cut down version. I now have two apps with almost the same name. Not the end of the world. I'll play around with Kindle, Moon+ and Alkido and see which I prefer. I don't want to have more than one of them as they all seem to create their own directories and I hate the messiness of having lots of unneeded folders on the phone.
  9. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 Bounty Hunter Administrator Moderator

    That is strange. I feel ya though, hate all the clutter
  10. zuben el genub

    zuben el genub Well-Known Member

    I bought Beam Reader. It was the only one that would deal easily with books downloaded from Project Gutenberg.
    I also have a Nook, but to deal with some books I found, I had to get the DRM remover.
    I will not buy from Barnes & Noble.
    Here's an excerpt from a B&N forum:

    The two areas which immediately raised red-flags for me was the section of Sparknotes' Privacy Policy section which read:

    1. What is the personal information that we collect?

    Personal information is your name in combination with other information that we collect about you. For example, personal information can include your name in combination with your e-mail address, billing address, shipping address, phone number, or credit card information.


    (b) Information automatically collected
    There are circumstances in which we automatically receive and collect personal information from you. The most common sources of this information include:
    * Cookies
    * Pixel tags or clear Graphics Interchange Format files, known as GIFs
    * NOOK
    * Occasionally from business partners, contractors, shared databases, and other third parties
    For your convenience, we have provided a summary description of each of these circumstances below."

    Pixel tags is a euphemism for web bug, a hidden element within e-mails which monitors users without their knowledge for marketing purposes. Unfortunately, it is currently legal, albeit morally bankrupt.

    Books a Million does let you opt out.

    Maybe some of you don't mind an inbox full of spam - I do.
    I also don't like being tracked for advertising. They have problems when you only deal with certain types of sites. Telescope marketing is not very common, so they guess.

    To be fair - the wifi Nook isn't bad, I can control the SD card. The original had a battery issue and the brick and mortar local B&N promptly replaced it.
  11. SeekerOfTheWay

    SeekerOfTheWay Well-Known Member

    Is Aldiko for tabs only? I'm new to eBooks completely and I just started using Kindle. I buy books from Amazon because that's really all I know.
  12. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 Bounty Hunter Administrator Moderator

    Project Gutenberg blends seamlessly with aldiko

    And i added non-B & N books to my nook just fine (though i am using aldiko on that as well)
    It works on ALL android devices. I would suggest installing it, then trying it out on one of the books you already downloaded to test it out. Love the load of options available compared to other reader programs
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  13. Gary Friderichsohn

    Gary Friderichsohn Active Member

    Doesn't the Kindle have the feature of a computer generated voice reading the book to you? I think it is the one someone mentioned as having this, and that it actually did a rather good job. I am kinda old (boy, I will never get use to saying that) and my doctor says anything I can do to preserve my eyesight is good. I check out Librivox for audiobooks, but the selection is limited to public domain.
  14. SeekerOfTheWay

    SeekerOfTheWay Well-Known Member

    I don't see that option in the Kindle app I have on my Thunderbolt.
  15. Harry2

    Harry2 Well-Known Member

    The hardware Kindle reader can text to speech.

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  16. Bob Cat

    Bob Cat Careful, They're sharp!! Moderator

    I thought this was something different. There's a program for Linux called ebooks but it's for accounting.:)
  17. zuben el genub

    zuben el genub Well-Known Member

    I tried all those apps including the one that sounds like a Spanish Prostitute.
    Didn't work too well on the Galaxy 3.
  18. Emmexx

    Emmexx Well-Known Member

    Which would be the best app to pick up for purchasing ebooks in the epub format? That one seems to work the best for me and it is less proprietary than most. Any help would be most appreciated :)
  19. Podivin

    Podivin VIP Member VIP Member

    There is a PC based program called Calibre that will convert nearly any ebook format into nearly any other format. If you use that, it begins to matter less which format you find a book in, because you can always change it to epub.
    I'm with NightAngel in thinking that Aldiko is the 'best' reader, though Moon+ is a very close second. With either it's easy to import epubs into the app for reading. Aldiko also has built in libraries where you can download books. And of course there are lots of sites on the internet where you can find free and/or reasonably priced ebooks. Typically I download a book onto my PC and then move it to my device for importing into Aldiko.
  20. Harry2

    Harry2 Well-Known Member

    Moon+ Reader Pro has a text to speech option :)

    A good eBook reader, I tried it with .epub books. But I didn't try the TTS feature yet (my hearing isn't the best :) ).

  21. DoAndroidDream?

    DoAndroidDream? Well-Known Member

    I also use Moon+ Reader. It is the only one I have ever used since it treats me just fine and I've never had a need to try any others.
  22. zuben el genub

    zuben el genub Well-Known Member

    Calibre won't run on the XP laptop. It seems to run on the Ubuntu desktop. I checked out all those readers and some just didn't work the way I wanted. The spanish type one was called Laputa.

    Any reader has to deal with my PDFs. I can and do copy and paste to save as a PDF. I can use Illustrator, Foxit PDF writer, and even WordPerfect. I think that since most of the ones I do create are documents rather than books, some of the other readers could have had a problem with the titling and/or my filing system.
  23. Vihzel

    Vihzel Destroying Balls Everyday VIP Member

    Hmm... has anyone used the Nook app for Android tablets?
  24. karandpr

    karandpr Well-Known Member

    I have FBreader on my phone .
    It works and I can read books on it.
  25. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 Bounty Hunter Administrator Moderator

    Not really a fan of it personally.... I'm wanting to say that it doesn't have a 'night' mode...

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