Get all your books in one place with Aldiko Book Reader for Android!

Aldiko Book reader has been one of the best selling apps on the Android market for quite sometime. E-book readers are a blessing in my opinion for those that read a lot, you can instantly access any book you want (possibly for free) and avoid time consuming trips to the book store, plus you can carry all of your books right in your pocket and read them as you please.

Amazon’s Kindle has been a great example of the popularity of E-book readers across the world, and Aldiko is a app that does much of the same for Android users.

To start off, the app is presented in a white and orange look. It’s a slick looking application that’s pleasing to the eyes and easy to use. I will say it is a bit slow but responsiveness might vary from device to device.

The main screen shows your purchased books, by default Jack London’s White Fang was already on in the app when I downloaded it. The main screen is very similar to iOS’s iBooks in the sense that all of your books are represented on a virtual shelf which makes for a nice display if you gather a large collection of books.

In order to get more books, you can hit the shopping cart in the top right of the app. This brings you to Aldiko’s large collection of catalogs. There are several catalogs already added to the app which provide free and paid books. You can also view the best selling books, browse by category and author , view books that were adapted into films etc. The amount of books available in the application is very diverse and you’ll most probably find 70-80% of the books you are looking for. Newer books tend to be paid for, whereas other novels can be free. So if you are looking a book that just launched, chances are you’ll still have to pay for it on Aldiko or in a traditional book store.

Other than browsing Aldiko’s catalog you can also import books from your SD card which is an excellent feature to have since I tend to have a few books in PDF form on my smartphone. Reading them on Aldiko, a proper E-book reader is much nicer than on something like Adobe Reader.

The actual reading pane is laid out excellently, and by excellently I mean, there is no obstruction on the page whatsoever. 100% of the space is devoted to the book itself, you can ofcourse hit the menu key to do several things.

Once you open a book, you can adjust brightness level s, go directly to the Table of contents or a bookmark, bookmark the current page, open the settings panel or share the book via your installed applications such as Facebook, Twitter, default messaging application etc. You can even use the handy search tool to search for any specific text in the whole book and the previously mentioned bookmarks can be used more than once in each book.

Overall, it’s a well thought out and quality application. Aldiko is easy to use with a nice and clean interface, a very good collection of books (though not as vast as Amazon’s Kindle) and other options here and there that make your life easier (such as a night mode for reading books in bed). A recommended application for every bookworm out there.  You can get the app on the Android market for free or if you are feeling charitable, get the paid version instead to reward the developers for their effort.

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