In addition to many specialized e-ink readers, long battery life and other conveniences, there are a large number of applications that turn your tablet or smartphone into a “reader”. Often, the application that suits your friends is not right for you, and you have to go through program after program, looking for the one with which it will be comfortable to spend time reading. To make it easier to find the most convenient program, we decided to select the most popular reading applications with built-in libraries of free books.
The first thing that’s attractive in Bookmate is synchronization between devices. Read on a tablet, continue on a smartphone or laptop from the same page where you left off on the previous device. To do this, of course, the device must have Internet access. But you need it only for quick synchronization, you can read books offline by turning off all communication modules to save money.
The second is the payment system. You pay for a subscription for a month or a year and read everything in the library, which is more than 500,000 books from 600 publishers in 9 languages. But that’s not all.
The Bookmate service is divided into two parts.
The first of these is the application with which you actually read. The second is a web service at bookmate.com, where you can upload any of your books in epub or fb2 format to your library and read it using the application with exactly the same synchronization between devices. If you do not have your own books and you are not ready to pay for licensed books yet, then you can choose one of the many free books of world classical literature. These, as you probably guessed, are not the the latest bestsellers or hits, but were priceless masterpieces ever so accessible? Book lovers have the amazing opportunity to read masterpieces in instant translation by double tapping on any word.
The creators of the service did not forget about the social component. By connecting one of your social network accounts to the service, you can find your friends who also use Bookmate, follow what they read, and share your books and favorite quotes with them.
Well, the last bonus is the opportunity to give a subscription to your friend. Just pay for a gift subscription and get a code, by entering which your friend becomes another happy Bookmate user for a certain time.
Yes, of course, this is not an all-in-one service like Bookmate, this is an e-book reader designed for those who like to customize everything for themselves. Many pre-installed themes, swipe animation effects, fine-grained display settings, day and night mode, the ability to customize actions using screen taps, swipe gestures or hardware buttons, synchronization via the cloud (though only for the paid version). But this application got into the review not for its beauty and convenience, but for the ability to read many free books:
Moon + Reader supports OPDS catalogs, you don’t even have to delve into what it is. Everything is already set up in the program by default. You need to find the “Network” item, select the section of free booksin the desired language in the “Moon +” catalog and indulge in reading.
After downloading the book to your device, it is available for reading without the Internet. Yes, since this program is primarily a “reader”, it will easily find your books that are already on the device. Supported formats: epub, fb2, pdf, mobi, chm, cbr, cbz, umd, txt, html, as well as the ability to read books directly from rar and zip archives.
The program has fewer opportunities than the subscription service, but the free version covers many possibilities.
Another decent reading app with good features. After registering your PrestigioID, you get access to the bookstore, where free books are highlighted in a separate column, and in addition, synchronization between your android devices with the same PrestigioID.
You can also read books not from the app store, but downloaded to the device memory in epub, pdf, html, fb2, fb2.zip, rtf, txt, epub3, Adobe DRM epub formats.
The application has all the necessary settings for reading, not as flexible as those of Moon + Reader, but they are quite enough for comfortable use of the program. It is very convenient that, unlike Bookmate, you do not need to look for free books – they are already conveniently collected in a separate section.
There is only one minus of the application – it is only available on Android.