Turn Your Android Tablet into the Ultimate eReader
One of the good things about Android is all of the choices for reading apps. There’s everything from ebook apps to news and rss apps, to digital magazine and newspaper and comic apps, there’s reading apps just for kids, enhanced ebook apps with videos and music, apps that read ebooks aloud. In fact there are apps for just about any kind of reading that you can come up with (except for reading good ole fashioned paper books, of course—no app can replicate that).
That’s why I thought it would be a good idea to post an article about how to turn an Android tablet into the ultimate ereader, with a list of all kinds of different Android reading apps, not just ebook apps.
Please note that there is some overlap here. Some of the major ebook Android apps, such as Kindle, fall into multiple categories for ebooks, magazines, PDFs, etc, so instead of re-listing them several times, this first section consists of the main reading apps that support multiple styles of ereading.
Multipurpose eBook Apps
Kindle – In addition to ebooks, the Kindle for Android apps supports newspapers, magazines, textbooks, and comics purchased from Amazon. The app can also read ebooks aloud if you own the audiobook copy. PDF and DRM-free Mobi formats are supported through sideloading too.
Kobo – The Kobo app supports ebooks, magazines, comics and children’s books purchased from Kobo. The apps also supports sideloaded DRM-free ePub ebooks.
Nook – Barnes and Noble’s Nook app supports ebooks, magazines, newspapers, comics, and kids books from the Nook store. It also supports DRM-free ePub and CBZ files.
Google Play Books – The Google ebooks apps supports ebooks and textbooks from Google, as well as sideloaded DRM-free ePub and PDF ebooks, which can be uploaded to your account. The apps also features text-to-speech to read ebooks aloud.
OverDrive – Supports ebooks, audiobooks, and streaming video from your library. Supports Adobe DRM for ePub and PDF.
Aldiko – Supports ePub and PDF formats, including ebooks with Adobe DRM.
Moon+ Reader – Support epub, EPUB3, mobi, chm, cbr, cbz, umd, fb2, txt, html, rar, and zip formats. Text to Speech (TTS) support.
Cool Reader – Supports epub (non-DRM), fb2, doc, txt, rtf, html, chm, tcr, pdb, prc, mobi (non-DRM), pml formats. Text to Speech (TTS) support.
Mantano – Supports ePub and PDF formats, including ebooks with Adobe DRM.
PocketBook – Supports Adobe DRM, PDF, EPUB, DjVu, TXT, FB2, FB2.zip, CHM, html(basic), CBZ, CBR, and СBT.
FBReader – Supports epub, rtf, doc (MS Word), html, fb2(.zip), mobi, and plain text file formats. Supports YotaPhone Always-On Display functionality (can display text on both LCD and eInk screens).
BlueFire – Supports ePub and PDF formats, including ebooks with Adobe DRM. Supports Text-To-Speech (TTS).
AlReader – Supports fb2, fbz, txt, epub, html, doc, docx, odt, rtf, mobi, prc (PalmDoc), tcr formats, and ZIP and GZ archives. Supports Text-To-Speech (TTS).
eBook Subscription Service Apps
Scribd – Offers unlimited access to over 300,000 ebooks for $8.99 per month.
Oyster – Offers unlimited access to over 500,000 books for $9.95 a month.
Entitle – Offers access to 125,000 ebooks for a monthly subscription rate of $9.99.
24symbols – Offers a catalog of over 15,000 novels, poetry and business books. Free service has limited access to ebooks; paid service for full catalog.
Dedicated PDF Reader Apps
Adobe PDF Reader – A free dedicated PDF app with a good amount of features.
EBookDroid – A popular PDF & DJVU Reader, also supports XPS, fb2, cbr and cbz.
ezPDF Reader – A popular dedicated PDF reader app with lots of features, includes support for embedded audio, video, animation GIF and TTS. Also supports DRM-free ePub. Costs $3.99.
RepliGo – A deidcated PDF reader app with loads of features, including text-to-speech. Costs $2.99.
Note that most of the regular ebook apps listed above support PDF as well.
Comics/Graphic Novels/Manga Apps
Comixology – Offers instant access to more than 50,000 digital comics and graphic novels.
Marvel Comics – Access to over 3500 comics from the Marvel Comics universe.
DC Comics – Publishes more than 80 comic format titles monthly and over 1,000 comic books and graphic novels annually.
Dark Horse Comics – Offers access to comics, graphic novels, and manga.
ComicRack Free – Reads CBZ and CBR natively, syncs with a desktop Windows program.
A Comic Viewer – Supports BZ/ZIP, ACV, CBR/RAR (beta), JPEG, PNG, BMP formats.
Perfect Viewer – Supports JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, WebP CBZ/ZIP, CBR/RAR, 7Z/CB7, LZH.
Note that some of the regular ebook apps listed above support comic formats as well.
Note that Amazon, Kobo, and Nook offer magazines as well.
PressReader – Includes newspapers from 100+ countries and in 60+ languages. Also offers some magazines.
US Newspapers – Includes newspapers and news sites from over 1170 US newspapers.
UK Newspapers – Includes newspapers and news sites from over 560 newspapers.
World Newspapers – More than 6000 Worldwide newspapers, websites and magazine.
Note that Amazon, Kobo, and Nook offer newspapers as well.
News and RSS Apps
OverDrive – for audiobooks from the library
LibriVox – over 15,000 free audio books
Audible – 150,000+ audiobooks
Audiobooks – 2,800 classic audiobooks for free