Stand alone Android epub reader that handles formatting correctly?
#1  Barty 10-28-2019, 01:34 PM
I'm looking for something on Android like Marvin. An epub reader you can side load books to, has a nice interface, and formats correctly -- eg doesn't ignore margin-top or text-indent. The closest I've seen is fbreadet, but the ui is kind of rough.

Thanks in advance

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#2  jackie_w 10-28-2019, 02:22 PM
I'm not an Apple user so can't comment on similarities to Marvin, but I posted some info here about CSS honouring on Android epub apps.

Opinions on UI are in the eye of the beholder so I won't comment about that either.

ETA: I use Calibre Companion with both of the apps I mention so I don't need the library features provided by either.

#3  stumped 10-28-2019, 03:56 PM
Bookari honours CSS well, as stated in the above link,leastways it did when I last used it.

I abandoned it for moon reader which also honours CSS well IF you have the patience to work through many many preferences and tweak it to do so. "Out of the box", moon tends to do its own thing to suit small screens.

Bookari lost me due to their kobo-like habit of bundling new free bugs with each update. If you get bookari, also get a good backup and restore app for rolling back out of bugged uodates

TBH, download free trial versions and see for yourself, rather than go with other folks opinions.

#4  crane3 10-28-2019, 04:10 PM
Why is it presumed that the CSS for a book is "correct"? If I change the font or font size, wouldn't I be 'dishonoring' the publisher's intent in CSS?

Then again, how does one know that the CSS is correct if the person determining the stuff is a summer intern working at the publisher's office? Is an editor doing the CSS & what about the author's preferences of how things should look?

And what about text that was just ran thru a epub conversion package by the someone at the publishing house? Which epub conversion software is the "correct" method?

#5  stumped 10-29-2019, 03:08 AM
update to my previous comments
Be warned that google play reviews of Bookari have turned hostile and rating is dropping
specific accusations for Bookari Premium are
1. its looking like abandonware- no updates for over a year
2. Bookari customer service has gone dark. they no longer reply to help requests
3. the app does not work AT ALL with android 10.

I don't use it at all nowadays, so I cannot personally confirm the above, just posting them as a warning for prospective buyers
I did visit, which thinks it's still 2018 and has nothing to say about the app, so that's another bad sign

Moon reader is the most capable and best rated android app. its many features for " optimising" CSS for small screens can be toggled off if you don't care for them

#6  Dopedangel 10-29-2019, 11:27 AM
If you like fbreader then set it up with calibre companion. For me the ui of the app does not matter much as I rarely go to the settings browse my books with calibre companion then open with my prefered reader can even be different app for different formats.

#7  Barty 10-29-2019, 08:33 PM
Quote crane3
Why is it presumed that the CSS for a book is "correct"? If I change the font or font size, wouldn't I be 'dishonoring' the publisher's intent in CSS?
Oh I very much want to use my own font face and text size etc. That's why I use epub rather than pdf.

What I mean by honoring the CSS is I don't want the reader software to do things like left align everything, including title and headings, just because I select ragged margin, or to have the same spacing between all paragraphs and the same first line indent when the book uses extra spacing and no indent to denote scene change. The fact that many books are poorly formatted or I don't like the choices the punisher makes doesn't mean the reader software should further mess things up.

#8  Barty 10-29-2019, 08:36 PM
Quote stumped
Bookari honours CSS well, as stated in the above link,leastways it did when I last used it.
Thanks I'll give bookari a try.

I tried moon a while ago. It had a lot of settings but I remember it was a chore to get it to display things properly. I'll try it again to see how it goes.

#9  Pajamaman 10-29-2019, 09:07 PM
Alreader is very good. My favorite. Very advanced.

Koreader seems to respect formatting, and you can reliably turn it off, but I've found it unstable in Android. Works good on a kobo/kindle.

#10  eMole 10-30-2019, 03:09 AM
If you like fbreader don't worry about CSS, for fbreader's CSS supoort is NULL.

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