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The Android eBook Reader and You

If you have an Android phone, you may not have to buy an electronic book reader in order to download eBooks. eBooks are the latest trend in buying books and many people think you have to buy a separate tablet to have these books.


Android devices, though, have options for you right on your phone. You can find free options, popular options, and even options that will allow you to listen to the book rather than read it.

Various Apps

Kindle and Nook are quite possibly the most well-known electronic book reading apps. These don’t have to be bought as tablets, though. They can be downloaded as applications on mobile smartphones with the Android operating system. Cool Books, Blue Fire, and Kobo are lesser known readers, but they still work.

Kobo was actually one of the first applications to offer eBook reading capabilities on a range of devices. One thing to point out is that all of these offer dictionaries to explain words you may not understand.

Google and Android

Google offers an eReader for android. The Google best ebook reader App allows you to read either horizontally or vertically. You can view the book (including images) in the original format, or you can swap to Google’s format for mobile devices. You can interact with other readers and share your opinions and thoughts on the book through Google’s review option.

With this app you can instantly link to social media and share what you think about the books you’re reading. It’s a comprehensive reader for eBooks. There is also a Facebook (or FB) reader that allows these same capabilities. One of the greatest parts of these types of apps is being able to delve into the books in a way they haven’t been able to before.

They can even connect with the authors of the books on social media sites and even the author’s own websites to discuss themes and aspects of the books. It makes for a whole new reading experience.

Free Apps

There are several apps that you can download for free. Even the apps that may cost a small fee tend to offer a few free books to get you started. The free apps work just as well as the ones you must buy in most cases. Read consumer reviews for a solid idea of which aps will work best on your Android device.

One thing to note is that almost all of these readers have a read-aloud feature that allows the user to have the book read aloud, like a book on tape. You can listen to books as you drive with this feature. One of the most beneficial aspects of this would be to learn a foreign language on your phone.

The book will say the words aloud for you and explain what it means as it goes along. All of these apps have been tested on Android devices and all have received great consumer reviews. With these options you do not have to buy a specific device just for reading electronic books.

Vishal Gaikar

Vishal Gaikar

Vishal Gaikar is a professional blogger from Pune, India. He is Software Engineer, Web Addicted. At Shake the Tech, he writes on Technology, Gadgets & so on. Follow me @vishal

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