Now I'm not a complete luddite when it comes to digital books, and I wouldn't be without my KIndle paperwhite, but all the same the thought of reading on a phone screen seemed odd to me. I had concerns about eye-strain but you know using my Samsung s8 with a Kindle App is something I do more and more when I find myself with maybe five minutes to read, and I'm without my Paperwhite. The experience is good, damn good. Damn these kids come up with some good ideas these days.
Books can be heavy, expensive, and take up valuable space in a cramped rooms. Not you can store trillions, squillions, billions, willions in the cloud and call them to your phone when needed.
So below are a list of APPS (all free) that can be downloaded to smartphones/tablets to make eReading simplicity. Simply go to the APP Store on your smartphone or tablet and search for any of these free APPS. Most of these APP's are also available for Apple's IOS system.
Aldiko: This is one of the longest surviving eBook readers on Android and also one of the most popular. One of the best things about Aldiko is that it supports various file formats such as ePub, PDF and DRM encrypted files. Aldiko is preferred by people who want to use advanced customization such as adjusting the font type, font size, background color, margin, line spacing, alignment, brightness, etc. You can access Aldiko’s free eBook collection or buy new books with the in-app purchase feature.
It has support for 12 different file formats, from .rar files all the way to .epub files. On top of that, you still are able to customize the way words look on the screen, lets you back up your library online, and gives you access to 5 auto-scroll options on top of plenty more fantastic features.
Universal Book Reader: This is a user-friendly eBook reader for Android. One of the prominent features of this app is that you can use it to convert various file types to ePub or PDF. The book reading experience is truly delightful with Universal Book Reader, as the page flipping animation is really smooth and stylish. Just like Kindle, this also has in-built dictionary, allowing you to instantly search for words.
Google Play Books: This is great for reading eBooks available on Google Play. You can also enjoy audiobooks that are now available on Google Play. The good thing about this app is that you have access to millions of bestselling e-books, comics, textbooks, and audiobooks. You can also upload your own eBooks in ePub format. Google Play Books will convert these in compatible format and make it available in the Play Books library.
Kobo: This allows readers to choose from more than 5 million eBooks and audiobooks. Users can choose free eBooks or buy new or existing eBooks using the in-app purchase feature. Kobo offers a range of customization options that make reading a pleasure. Navigation is smooth and lag-free. Kobo comes with a timer that you can use to program the app to shut down at the desired time. This is very useful when you may be listening to an audiobook while going to sleep.
And if you are reading on a smartphone here are some tips: (thanks to Michael Desjardin of Reviewed)
Calibrate your smartphone to save battery
· Set your brightness accordingly. Consider using your phone's auto-brightness feature to adjust to the lighting conditions on-the-fly. If you're feeling really controlling, you could set your smartphone's brightness ahead of time and then turn off the auto-brightness feature (I find this works quite well on planes and trains).
· Take advantage of your reading app's color adjustments (if available). Many eReading apps give you the option to alter the colors of a book's pages. My favorite option (if you're using an app that offers such a thing) is to inverse the pages from black-text-on-white scheme to a white-text-on-black scheme. Your smartphone will thank you if it doesn't have to use as much juice to power a bright, white background for hours on end.
· Turn off your WiFi and mobile data while reading. This one seems obvious, but trust me: I forget to do it with embarrassing frequency. If you're on a train, bus, or plane all afternoon, there's no need for your phone to dedicate resources to a WiFi connection it's not using.