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Review Aldiko Book Reader
A competent e-reader alternative to the big dogs
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 01 Jul 2017, tested on ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)
Lots of settings, stylish design
Very common, is lagging
Aldiko Book Reader for Android is a decent e-reader app with a good feature set and usability. The presentation is modern, but uninspired.
Aldiko Book Reader is a very competent e-reader, however, it doesn't really offer much unique from other apps like this. The menu design is appealing and I do like the bookshelf presentation. You can also adjust your library so it displays via author, most recent, and the usual display options virtually every competent reader app offers. Navigating libraries is relatively smooth, but did lag often. Book shopping was also pleasant, but laggy. It appears that every major title is here, however, at a slightly higher price than compared to the large competitors.
The app has the ability to open PDFs and add them to your library; however, it was very glitchy while viewing these files. Several features that should be stock are only available in the paid version, like text highlighting. But I did appreciate the availability of options like text sizing, magnifier and day/night modes.
Aldiko Book Reader is decent but uninspired. I’m hard pressed to see why anyone would want to use a no-name brand reader app when Google Play Books and Amazon Kindle have such a heavy market presence. However, if you’re looking for a competent alternative, Aldiko Book Reader is certainly a viable option; just not a very interesting one.