While some people use dedicated eReader devices, other book lovers use their smartphones and tablets to read their eBooks. Apple’s iBooks and Google Play Books already do a great job as stock apps, but specialist eReader apps can add numerous extras, from highly configurable settings, support for odd formats, and more. Here is a list of some of these alternative ebook reader apps that you can use to read your eBook collection on your smartphone or tablet.
Bluefire is a versatile eBook reader that handles EPUB and PDF files, with support for annotations and DRM. Bluefire has a clean, customizable viewer that allows you to set text size and margin widths, themes and a night mode, as well as a table of contents and bookmarks. Users can highlight, set annotations, search the text, look up definitions and share excerpts. The iOS version also includes reading location synchronization, allowing you to switch between devices without losing your reading location.
Formerly known as the Mantano Reader, this app supports EPUB and PDF formats (including eBooks with Adobe DRM). Bookari is customizable and feature-packed reader with a variety of great options such as reader themes, a night mode, text search, annotation, and a pinnable navigation panel for easy jumping between chapters, bookmarks, and pages. Paid versions of the app add additional features, and a premium subscription to Mantano Cloud adds support for library and reading progress syncing across devices.
Marvin is a feature-packed and extremely configurable iOS reader app for DRM-free EPUB files. As a reader, Marvin comes packed with great reading features, from a variety of fonts (including a specialty font for dyslexic readers), a night mode and customizable themes, highlighting, annotation and dictionary tools. You’ll also find numerous format tweaks ranging from text justification, to paragraph indentation and spacing. Marvin comes with a solid set of organizing tools, allowing you to sort into collections, choose from list or cover views, collection sorting and more. Extremely configurable and feature-packed, Marvin’s main downside is that it’s zeroed-in on EPUB reading, and supports no other formats.
Moon+ Reader is a nifty eBook reader app for Android known for its highly customizable interface. While it may not come with a dedicated marketplace, Moon+’s UI makes it stand out from the pack. You can set font styles and sizes, backgrounds, spacing, paging modes, autoscroll, multiple view modes and more. The app is free, but a pro version is also available to remove ads and add PDF support, as well as other extra features. If you already have a sizable e-book collection and are just looking for an Android app to read with, then consider Moon+ for your e-book reading needs.
If your library already has a digital media lending system, the Overdrive Media Console allows users to borrow eBooks and audiobooks from the digital collections of participating libraries, all without having to deal with the hassle of manual lending and return of paper books. OverDrive users can borrow titles from the library’s collection 24/7, and users can create holds, wishlists and effortlessly return ebooks and audiobooks.
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