eBook reader apps for Android

Ever since I got my rooted HTC Eris with ExtrSense (Froyo) I’ve been playing with e-reader apps. Here is a rundown on the first two e-reader apps I used.

The first one I downloaded was the Nook. I like it, it very responsive and uses ePub files. It will synch your library using the Nook program, which is good for people who don’t understand where to put their eBook files on their phone. The only thing I do not like about it is that it will not book covers for titles not purchased from Barnes and Noble. It really bothered me because the bulk of my eBooks were purchased directly from eBook publishers web sites. Another small annoying thing is that it doesn’t scale images to display on the screen. Like other presses, I like to display the company logo on the title page. The Nook displays the title and author on one page, then the logo on the next. As a publisher, this bothered me. Pages should display in the app the way they display on the handheld device.

So the other day I installed the Kindle. I know it’s stupid, but the Kindle bugs me because it will not support the ePub file format. It will display covers for books purchased elsewhere. Placing books on your phone is also easy with a simple drag-and-drop. It will not synch with your phone via the program for your PC, so the less tech savvy might have a small learning curve. It is easy to use and very responsive. It doesn’t have the cool page turn eye candy that the Nook has, but that doesn’t mean much to me. The Kindle does will scale images to fit the page, so the title page displays the way it was designed for a normal e-reader, which pleases me.

Of the two apps, I prefer the Kindle. I would love the Kindle if only it supported ePub. Sigh. Tonight I’ll install Kobo.


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