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Best Android ebook readers

Ebooks became almost as popular as traditional paper books thanks to the devices created to read these files and provide the best experience. First there were the e-ink ebook readers which let their users read books on screens of convenient size, adjust fonts and indents and organize many hundreds of book files saved on one light device. Later they got a really strong rival in tablets and smartphones, especially the Android-based ones with their great variety of models and sizes.

Here we are going to consider the most popular free ebook readers for Android, as this OS takes the major share in the world market of the mobile OS.

In comparison with an e-ink reader, a smartphone or a tablet has two great advantages:

  1. More options for customization due to the screen capacity of the smartphone/tablet.

  2. A possibility to perform all tasks with one device. Even the best e-ink reader is an additional device designed for reading only, while we all can keep everything on one smartphone.

No wonder that even the king of e-ink readers Amazon Kindle now offers an alternative to it — a reading app for a tablet and smartphone.

Also, one of the best things about reading apps is their price: there are free Android ebook readers with decent functionality, and the price of the paid ones is really small in comparison with a separate e-ink reader.

Current universal readers for ebooks, both free and paid, should have a certain set of the default features, like configuring the page appearance, bookmarks and notes, page scrolling, etc., and they do offer these features. So, other criteria might be important to define the best ebook reader for Android smartphone or tablet.

Let's have a look at the most popular applications designed for the Android-based mobile devices.

FullReader

FullReader

Supported formats: FB2, EPUB, MOBI, PDF, DJVU, DJV, TXT, DOC/DOCX, RTF, CBR, CBZ, HTML/HTM, XPS, OXPS, ODT, RAR, ZIP, 7Z, MP3

FullReader is perhaps the best customizable free reader app for Android mobile OS on the market. It is able to open and read almost all ebooks and documents and does not require installing any other utilities.

The free reader has a plain intuitive interface and lots of configuration options for adjusting the page appearance, text reflow in EPUB and PDF, sharing the books and pages, custom covers, user's ebook collections, file manager, etc.

More features of FullReader for Android:

  • Audiobooks support

  • Text to speech (languages, voices, speed and pitch can be chosen for each separate ebook)

  • Cloud storages (Google Drive, OneDrive, DropBox)

  • OPDS directories

  • Translation for 95 languages (the app won't require installing additional dictionaries on a smartphone or tablet)

  • Customizable toolbar in the ebook page window with quick access to the most needed options

  • Unpacking of ZIP, RAR and 7z archives

  • Notifying about the prolonged reading

  • Shortcuts for separate books on the Home screen of the device

  • Widgets for favorites and recent books on the Home screen.

Cool Reader

Cool Reader

Supported formats: EPUB, FB2, MOBI, DOC, RTF, TXT, HTML, CHM, TCR, PDB, PML, PRC

Cool Reader is the oldest and best-known ebook reader for an Android tablet and smartphone. The retro interface now looks slightly awkward, but the application is a convenient and functional tool for reading ebooks and documents on Android devices. The license is free and does not include ads, though users can support the developers by donating.

This free app offers flexible customization of the page look, auto scrolling, bookmarks and notes, text search, day and night themes.

More features of Cool Reader app for Android:

  • Access to several default OPDS and online ebook stores

  • Text to Speech (the OS language is used to voice aloud the book, for listening to the story in a different language the device must be switched in general management settings)

  • ZIP archives support

  • Uploading custom fonts

  • Dictionaries support (should be installed on the mobile smartphone or tablet).

FBReader

FBReader

Supported formats: EPUB, FB2, AZW3, RTF, DOC, TXT, HTML

FBReader is a software with the functionality of the free version somehow limited in comparison with some other Android ebook readers. However, its set of options can be increased with additional plugins (there are add-ons for more formats — PDF and DjVu viewer, CBR and CBZ viewer, a separate text-to-speech plugin, etc.).

In its simple form without such enhancements this ebook reader meets all the main requirements to the page look adjustment (including the night mode), manual and auto scrolling, bookmarks.

More features of FBReader for Android:

  • Synchronization between different devices

  • Several popular network libraries supported by default

  • Custom OPDS catalogs.

  • Own library with a great choice of free and paid books

  • Reading fb2 format from zip archives

  • Dictionaries for ebook contents translation

  • Text to speech (absent in a free version)

  • Bookshelf file manager (a separate add-on).

Librera

Librera

Supported formats: FB2 (including zipped), EPUB, EPUB3, MOBI, DJVU, PDF, AZW, AZW3, TXT, RTF, ODT, HTML, MHT, XPS, CBZ, CBR, TIFF, PDB

Librera is an Android ebook reader with the best functionality of the free version, but its main disadvantage is that too many ads are shown in it, even in the book reading window.

The free license of this ebook reader offers a wide choice of fonts and backgrounds, light and black themes for day and night. All settings are configured in one side menu. The interface of this Android application is customizable with the option to define which elements should be shown there.

More features of Librera for Android ebook reader:

  • Text to speech (uses the built-in TTS engines)

  • File manager

  • Leaving comments (for PDF ebook files)

  • OPDS network libraries.

  • Third-party dictionaries and online search for translation

  • Widgets for favorites and recent ebooks

AI Reader

AI Reader

Supported formats: EPUB, FB2, FB3, FBZ, MOBI, TXT, HTML, RTF, DOC, DOCX, ODT, PRC, TCR, ZIP, GZ

AI Reader is a popular free software for Android mobile OS compatible with both the modern and old smartphones and tablets. One setup side menu includes sub menus for each category configuration.

The free edition of this ebook reader has all the best options required from an Android reading app: Library with book categories and sorting, appearance customization, page scrolling, bookmarks, notes, text search, etc.

More features of Ai Reader for Android:

  • Voice aloud (uses the voice of OS, to switch the language you need to change it in the general settings of the mobile smartphone or tablet)

  • OPDS directories

  • Dictionaries

  • Built-in file manage.

  • 4 default profiles for page appearance and the possibility to configure user's own skin

  • Books shortcuts on the home screen.

Pocket Book

Pocket Book

Supported formats: FB2, FB2.zip, EPUB, MOBI, PDF, DjVu, CBZ, CBR, CBT, DOCX, RTF, TXT, CHM, HTML (basic)

Pocket Book reader is a free, simple and easy-to-operate Android application. One of the best features of this reader is a graphic pie menu launched from the book page window. All text formatting tasks and additional adjustments can be performed with that menu, though it takes some time to master it — all options are marked by pictograms with no text.

More options of Pocket Book Reader for Android:

  • Audiobooks

  • Reading aloud (language can be chosen separately for each book and does not depend on the settings of the Android mobile device)

  • Your own ebook store

  • ReadRate web resource with the news and updates on best books ratings

  • your own cloud storage

  • Network libraries

  • Translation with ABBYY Lingvo, GoldenDict и ForaDict (the apps must be installed on the device)

  • Themes for ebook pages: day, night, newspaper (sepia) and custom one configured by a user

  • Shortcuts to books on the home screen of the smartphone or tablet.

Moon+

Moon+

Supported formats: EPUB, FB2, MOBI, PDF, TXT, HTML, CHM, CBR, CBZ, UMD, RAR, ZIP

Moon+ for Android is one of the best ebook readers with a neat and beautiful interface of the Bookshelf file manager and convenient menus (main side menu and settings menu). The free build of this ebook reader offers detailed formatting of the text, supports notes and comments. There are several themes and night mode to use this reader on Android mobile phone or tablet in the dark time.

More options of Moon+ ebook reader for Android:

  • Cloud storages (DropBox, Google Drive)

  • Synchronization between several tablets and phones

  • Three established network libraries are supported by default (Feedbooks, WebNovel, Project Gutenberg)

  • Custom OPDS directories

  • Book contents translation (uses dictionaries installed on the device)

  • Reminder about the prolonged reading

  • Voice aloud (absent in the free edition)

  • Widgets and shortcuts for books on the Home screen of the smartphone or tablet (absent in the free edition).

eReader Prestigio

eReader Prestigio

Supported formats: EPUB, EPUB3, FB2, FB2.ZIP, MOBI, PDF, DJVU, TXT, HTML

eReader Prestigio is a free Android app for reading ebooks created by the developers of the Prestigio tablets. The interface of this reader is aesthetic with a smart Bookshelf and a very convenient side menu, however, the best advantage is the direct access from the application to its own bookstore and library with thousands of titles.

Customization settings are rather limited in comparison with other Android ebook readers: 5 themes are offered for the Bookshelf, 3 backgrounds (light, dark, sepia) and 6 fonts are provided for the texts. Users can configure the font size and indents. There is a black theme for using this app at night.

More options of eReader Prestigio for Android:

  • A separate network library and a bookstore

  • Audiobooks

  • Different types of text encoding support

  • Reading ebook aloud (language and voice can be set for each book separately, no matter what the system language of the mobile device is)

  • Custom ebook collections

  • Synchronization between different devices (user account is required)

  • Cloud storages (DropBox, OneDrive, Google Drive).

Bookari

Bookari

Supported formats: EPUB and PDF

Bookari reader for Android is a known free application for mobile phones and tablets which can read even DRM protected ebooks. The side menu of the reader is minimal, and the free edition includes lots of ads.

The page appearance settings are limited to 4 themes, changeable font sizes and light and night modes.

More options of Bookari ebook reader for Android:

  • Cloud storages (DropBox)

  • OPDS directories and online ebook stores

  • Text reflow in PDF files

  • Automatic scanning for new books

  • Text translation by Google shown in the app's own interface

  • Synchronization (for registered users only).

Aldiko

Aldiko

Supported formats: EPUB and PDF

Aldiko reader is a good choice if one needs to read ebooks in EPUB or PDF format on an Android mobile phone or a tablet (these are the most common formats of ebooks and textbooks). The interface of the free edition of the ebook reader is simple and inspired by Google apps on setup. The reader provides the best formatting options for text and sorting options for the library items. The black theme for the night mode is available.

More options of Aldiko ebook reader for Android:

  • An online ebook store

  • Network libraries

  • Text translation (dictionaries must be installed)

  • Notes and comments

  • Audiobooks and voicing text aloud (not available in a free version).

Thus, the best ebook reader for Android might not be defined so easily, as it depends on the requirements of each user. For example, if someone needs to open and read lots of formats of ebooks, documents and magazines on an Android mobile phone or tablet with one application, then free universal readers like FullReader would suit best of all. Some other users might be attracted by the direct access to a huge online ebook store provided by the Pocket Book reader, or smart interfaces of Prestigio or Moon+ if the number and types of their supported formats can meet one's needs.

The greatest thing is that the current variety of Android mobile apps available for free or at a keen price will certainly let everyone find the best solution.

Have a look at the comparison of the functionality of the best examples of readers for Android-based mobile devices below

This info might help to make a choice and pick the ebook reading app which would certainly match your requirements best of all. And then download it from Google Play, install it on your Android phone or tablet and enjoy the story.

Comparison table for readers


Number of formats

PDF & DjVu support

CBR & CBZ support

Audiobooks

Reading aloud

File Manager

Text formatting

Customizable toolbar

Network libraries

Cloud storages

Text translation

Night theme

Shortcuts to books

Widgets

Synchronization on devices

Own library/bookstore

FullReader

20

YES

YES

YES

YES+

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

NO

NO

Cool Reader

12

NO

NO

NO

YES

YES

YES

NO

YES

NO

YES

YES

NO

NO

NO

NO

FBReader

7

ADD-ON

ADD-ON

NO

ADD-ON

ADD-ON

YES

NO

YES

NO

YES

YES

NO

NO

YES

YES

Librera

18

YES

YES

NO

YES

YES

YES

NO

YES

NO

YES

YES

NO

YES

NO

NO

Ai Reader

15

NO

NO

NO

YES

YES

YES

NO

YES

NO

YES

YES

YES

NO

NO

NO



Number of formats

PDF & DjVu support

CBR & CBZ support

Audiobooks

Reading aloud

File Manager

Text formatting

Customizable toolbar

Network libraries

Cloud storages

Text translation

Night theme

Shortcuts to books

Widgets

Synchronization on devices

Own library/bookstore


Pocket Book

14

YES

YES

YES

YES+

YES

YES

NO

YES

own

YES

YES

YES

NO

YES

YES


Moon+

12

PDF

NO

NO

paid

YES

YES

paid

YES

NO

YES

YES

NO

NO

NO

NO


Prestigio

9

YES

NO

YES

YES+

YES

YES

NO

own

YES

YES

YES

NO

NO

YES*

YES


Bookari

2

PDF

NO

NO

NO

YES

YES

NO

YES

dropbox

YES

YES

NO

NO

YES*

NO


Aldiko

2

PDF

NO

YES

paid

YES

YES

NO

YES

NO

YES

YES

NO

NO

NO

YES


Reading aloud YES+ means the possibility to choose the language and voice for each book without the necesity to switch the Adnroid device system language

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