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  1. efeigenbaum

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    What is your favorite ereader app for the Nexus? What features do you like best about it?
     

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    My favorite ereader is mantano ebook reader premium. I like how I can make my own bookshelves and put what ever I want on them. I also like that I can make my own custom themes for my books. Some of the changes you can make in the themes include margins, line height, text alignment, custom background colors, custom text colors, font, and others. It also has online and offline dictionaries. Mantano premium seems to cover many areas well. Some features are only available in the premium version but there is a free one where you can try out most of the points I covered and more.
     
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    After trying many different ones, I've settled on FB Reader. One of the main features I like is the interface to a network OPDS book storage I can host on my very own desktop and use calibre to organize everything: Calibre
     
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    +1 for FBReader
     
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    With my tablet I like the two-page-view of eBooks.

    For PDF, only ezPDF Reader performs this properly, Mantano Reader has some kind of this view.
    For ePub format, most reader can that view, but Moon+ Reader and Mantano Reader are the best for it.

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    For epubs I use Aldiko, as it just seems to work perfectly all the time.

    For pdfs I use ezPDF because it's so powerful. However ezPDF can be a bit slow for pdfs with large bitmaps (e.g. magazines with full page ads), and for those I use Adobe Reader.
     
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    Moon Reader Pro.
    Like everything about but in particular syncing reading positions via dropbox so I can continue where I left off on another device.
     
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    I just use the Amazon Kindle app. It lets me download the stuff I bought from Amazon but also lets me view epub and pdf files I put in /kindle. Not had a problem with using it for either.
     
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    As do I, but it has many shortcomings - like the inability to organise books in any way other than alphabetical by title or author. I get the feeling that it has been deliberately crippled to encourage users to buy a Kindle, which I used to use before the Nexus 7 appeared on the market.

    I've tried all the other readers and although some are better in certain areas - and all are better as bookshelf organisers - I don't actually like any of then as much as the Kindle app for actually reading my books, which is what it's all about really.
     
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    Same here. I use Kindle all the time, but it IS lacking in bookshelf organization.
     
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    Agreed, the organisation is terrible, but it's actually the same on a Kindle device - it just gives you a list of books and that's it. No folders or anything. At least that was the case on my Kindle Keyboard.

    If I have things I want to organise I just don't put them in the /kindle folder and open them in the Kindle app from Astro instead. A bit of a crappy workaround for bad organisation but it lets me read my books in the Kindle app without putting up with the lack of file structure.
     
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    One thing I did like about the Kindle app is that I could email mobi files to my Kindle email account and they would sync across devices.
    Unfortunately there are other shortcomings and the reading position sync was flaky at best.
     
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    No, that's not the case. The Kindle allows you to group books any way you want then browse the groups you created. I no longer have my Kindle Keyboard so I can't remember the exact process or terminology, but it was easy enough to create and navigate a set of custom "bookshelves" rather than the single big list the Kindle app offers.

    Of course if you ignored that feature then you got the same as the app :)
     
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    I literally did not know that and I owned a Kindle Keyboard for over a year :p

    I also only just learned that my Nexus 7 has NFC though so maybe I'm just slow :p
     
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    Don't worry, I had to look up "NFC" the first time I saw it used here - not only did I not know the Nexus 7 had it I didn't even know what it was :)

    I miss that "grouping" feature of the real Kindle though, I only have about 120 books on the Nexus 7 but it's a bit annoying to find the one I want without searching; the single list is simply too long to be manageable.
     
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    Moon+ Reader Pro.

    Lots of nice features, including the DropBox bookmarking mentioned earlier (though I have yet to work out how to make that work properly) Though I also really like the fact that on the pro version you can set up your library IN Dropbox and access if from the app.

    For books bought from Amazon I use the kindle app
     
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    I prefer Mantano Premium. I realize many other readers share these features, but Mantano has them all:

    • 1-up in portrait, 2-up in landscape.
    • Book organization
    • Configurable
    • Ability to slide up/down to increase/decrease screen brightness
    • Ability to sync across devices (a paid feature which I haven't used)
    • Decent dictionary, highlighting, notes, etc.
    There are other features I can't think of.


    The only problem I have with it is after a recent update, the onscreen menus are light grey text on a semi-transparent lighter grey background. Makes seeing the menus tough. No option to change that either.


    I've tried all I could find and while I won't speak poorly about any other reader, Mantano suits my requirements the best.


    PS. The thread title is well worded. There is no best, only a person's favorite.
     
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    I would have to go with FB Reader beacause it is very simple and easy to use. I also like the kindle app but it is not organized in bookshelves
     
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    Kindle works fine for me. I also downloaded Nook but I'm waiting for them to transfer my ancient ereader/Fictionwise account to Nook. The Nook app looks very polished by the way.
     
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    Hi all, new here and to the Nexus 7, but I'm on my third Android phone. I've been using the Nook app a little bit, mostly for my purchased content (I have the original Nook) but for epub files, I've been using Cool Reader. It doesn't (to my knowledge) have the bookshelf stuff or any type of categorization, but it's pretty easy to use and find your books, it's a list format. I also like the night mode, and changing display brightness is easy, just slide your finger up or down the left side of the screen. Tapping turns pages (left=back, right=fwd) or you can turn them like book pages. It's definitely worth the money (free). ;-)
     
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