Best eBook reader apps for Android devices
Finding the right eBook reader apps (also called eReaders) can be difficult. There are a variety of eBook types, plenty of file formats to deal with, and then there are different kinds of books (novels, comics, etc) that make the whole experience a little complicated. Don’t worry, we can help by showing you the best eBook reader apps for Android so you can just start reading.
[Price: Free / $3.79]
Aldiko Book Reader has been around for a long time and it’s an excellent middle-of-the-road option for those looking for something solid that works. It features support for EPUB, PDF, and Adobe DRM encrypted eBooks as well as eBook support for books rented from public libraries. It has a decent interface that’s easy to use and some nifty features like global text search in a book and some organizational features. There’s a free version to try out and a paid version with all of the features.
[Price: Free / $0.99 / $2.67 / $9.72]
AlReader is a newer eBook reader and it has plenty of functionality. It is one of the few eReaders left that supports all the way down to Android 1.6 which is great if you’re trying to convert a really old device into an eReader. It also supports the most common eBook formats, including EPUB (no DRM), RTF, MOBI, PRC, and others. It also comes with a wave of reading featurings, including customizations for scrolling, alignment, page turning animations, viewing modes, and various color profiles. It’s surprisingly good and worth a shot.
[Price: Free / $4.99]
Bookari eBook Reader used to be called Mantano Reader and it’s one of the most recommended eBook reader apps we know of. You can sync your bookshelf across various devices and you can buy books from a large variety of stores to help augment your collection. It supports most of the common eBook formats, including EPUB2 and PDF. Each file type has its own set of features for easier reading. It’s a good all around app to use, especially if you pull from a lot of different online bookstores.
[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Cool Reader is another of many eBook reader apps that have been around for a long time. This one supports a ton of different formats, including EPUB, FB2, Doc, Txt, RTF, HTML, MOBI, and PML, along with OPDS and LitRes support. Aside from its broad range of supported file types, it also has a decent, if somewhat antiquated interface with a charming “aged paper” look with some cool animations to give it a bit of realism. The experience is rather enjoyable and the app is free to download so it’s worth a shot.
[Price: Free / $2.99]
EBookDroid is an eReader that focuses mainly on PDF and DJVU files. It fancies itself a document viewer, but should work pretty well for most eBooks that are in the proper format. It features text selection, external dictionary support, annotations, and text notes. While this isn’t all that great of a feature set for, say, novels, those looking for eBook reader apps that read textbooks may find these features more handy. It also comes with some formatting options to help give you the most comfortable reading experience it can. You can get the free version or the pro version for $2.99.
FBReader is among the most popular eBook reader apps because it is totally free to use. It supports a ton of formats, including EPUB, FB2, RTF, Doc, HTML, and plain text. It’s also one of the few out there that supports AZW3 (Amazon Kindle eBooks). It also supports PDFs, but requires a (free) plugin first. It also comes with a built-in browser for finding eBooks to download which is helpful. On top of that, it has a variety of customization options, library syncing, and more. It’s a solid option, especially considering it’s non-existent price tag.
[Price: Free / $4.99]
FullReader+ is another newer entrant into the eReader space. It supports well over a dozen formats in total and comes with a decent, if slightly outdated design that get jobs done. It also features tons of reading features, font sizes, animation options, day and night modes, and you can even create reminders for yourself to let yourself know that it’s time to stop reading. The app has a paid version for $4.99 that shows up as a single in-app purchase.
Google Play Books wasn’t a great eBook reader when it first came out, but has been progressively improving over time. It’s tied to the Google Play Store and most of the stuff you’ll read will come from there. However, you can upload PDF and EPUB files to your library which can then be synced to your various devices which is a nice tough. The interface is modern with Material Design elements and this is an excellent option if you’re looking for an eBook platform instead of just an eBook reader.