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Dell Streak - eBook reader recommendations please
#1  Prodromoi 06-22-2010, 03:36 PM
I'm looking for advice and recommendations please folks...

What would be a good e-book reader for the Dell Streak (the Android OS mobile phone/pad with the 5 inch screen)?

I'm not very familiar with e-books in themselves, other than being generally away that they use a variety of formats. I'd like - if possible - a reader that copes with all/most of the normal formats (hopefully including PDF files since I have a lot of PDF documents that I'd like to keep and be able to read).

There seems (rather to my surprise) to be no pre-installed eBook reader on the Streak (unless I'm somehow missing it completely!) So, what would be good recommendations and why. Freeware would be nice, but I don't mind paying a little to get a reliable or better-featured app.

Thanks in advance.
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#2  AnemicOak 06-22-2010, 03:58 PM
Aldiko

FBReaderJ
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#3  Prodromoi 06-22-2010, 04:09 PM
OK, I'll add to my original post and edit it to include what I thought was too obvious to mention...

"And please give some justification for the recommendations, not just list some of the ebook readers currently available for download."
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#4  Bilbo1967 06-22-2010, 04:18 PM
Quote Prodromoi
OK, I'll add to my original post and edit it to include what I thought was too obvious to mention...

"And please give some justification for the recommendations, not just list some of the ebook readers currently available for download."
Always a good idea to insult people trying to help you - we really like that here
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#5  wallcraft 06-22-2010, 07:54 PM
Aldiko and FBReaderJ are similar in that they only support DRM-free (not encrypted) ebooks. I prefer this kind of app, all things being equal, since I always remove any encryption as soon as I buy an ebook. For a review, see FBReader on EVO 4G Phone--Quickie Review. These are free apps, so I suggest you find an ePub (say) you like from the upload forum or from feedbooks and try them out. If you are a science fiction fan, I suggest My Own Kind Of Freedom by Steven Brust - which is only available as an ebook.

There are ebook readers tied to particular formats and encryption schemes and ebook sites. Kindle for Android is "coming soon", and has been reported to be bundled with the US Dell Streak. Kobo and B&N also have readers (B&N in beta I think).

None of these reader apps support PDFs, but there are dedicated PDF apps out there. One of the most often recommended is RepliGo, which is not free. Adobe has a basic free PDF app, but it needs Android 2.1.
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