I first discovered Aldiko Ebook Reader in 2012 through a friend. I had just got my first Smartphone and was looking for an EBook reader he suggested I try Aldiko. Three years later I’m still reading Books with Aldiko and the reason for this is it works. I’m the kind of man who finds a product that “Works” for him and becomes a “XYZ Brand” person till the quality drops or I discover something better. I suppose the other 20 Million people who have downloaded this book reader feel the same way.
Features, Look and Feel
Aldiko’s a book reader for Android devices that supports Epub, PDF and Adobe DRM formats. These can be imported from anywhere on your Android device or bought and downloaded for free from several included bookstores. The bookstores are Feedbooks, Smashwords and O’Reily EBooks stores offering a large variety of paid and Public Domain Books.
The main menus easily navigated by a swipe left or right of the Library shows you the last read books or recently added books respectively. Other settings and links were moved to the top left and right corners for those of you familiar with Googles Material Design. There’s also the option of a table view of the Library showing a Thumbnail and book details or a Bookshelf view showing just the book cover.
It’s hard not to notice how easy it is to get immersed in a book when using this app. When reading all the on screen book information on can be hidden or visible by a single tap on the screen.
Screen brightness when reading is easily adjusted by a drag of your finger up or down on the screens left-hand side whilst one-hand pages turns can be done with the volume buttons.
The ability to adjust font size, style, colour and background and page orientation allows the reader to customise a lot. A Day and Night theme that works very well in sunny conditions rounds out the options.
What I Like
After 3 years of using Aldiko I can say theses a lot I like about the App. First of all this app virtually turns my phone into an eBook reader therefore eliminating the need for a dedicated reader. Secondly, the flexibility of being able to import your own files or use the built-in bookstores is another option I’ve got a lot of use and value from. from the full Sherlock Holmes series and other literary classics to popular titles, like the Game of Thrones books all were a few easy accessible. Finally, I find the Night Reading Mode great for not only night reading but also during the day under heavy sunlight and those with sensitive eyes.
What I Don’t Like
One of the first faults I have with Aldiko was with the previous version. The problem happened when selecting a book as it would close immediately return to the main menu for no reason. Thankfully they listened to all our complaints about this and been sorted it out in the current version.
Not being able to enlarge pictures in eBooks was another problem I found limiting. The only way around this problem is screen capturing the page and zooming it for a closer look, which tends to break the flow of whatever you’re reading. My final issue was that I found manipulating PDF’s to fit the screen perfectly a bit too much work on my phone and view them on my PC instead.
I won’t lie, Aldiko’s a great app for reading on Android devices that I suggest you give a try. It’s easy to use, has a lot of great features and is very flexible when it comes to acquiring books. With so many similarly positive ratings and reviews added to over 20 million downloads its plain to see the team behind this book reader is doing little wrong.
Click here to download the Aldiko Ebook Reader Review for free through Google Play.