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Review FBReader

Evgenii Kostrov
FBReader is a very popular program for reading e-books which has a huge fans' base among the owners of mobile devices running different operating systems. For a long time, the program couldn't make it to the owners of the smartphones based on OS Windows Phone, and now it's finally happened. It works perfectly with e-books in formats like ePub, html, and fb2.
From now on, you have a wonderful opportunity to spend free time not over another time-killer, but over reading your favorite piece of literature. The program is absolutely free and has no advertising. Compared with the versions for Android, this program has much less options in the settings, but they are more than enough for comfortable reading of electronic books. Unfortunately, the brightness control is not yet implemented, and despite the fact that it can be done in the settings of a smartphone, the majority of negative reviews of the application is associated with this nuance exactly.

Loading e-books

By default, the program offers three online libraries and the ability to download books through the service called SkyDrive. If desired, you can manually enter URLs of online libraries but, firstly, it may be difficult to purchase books, and secondly, as you have already learned, free services are not enough to swear by, and thirdly, it's a lot easier and more convenient to search for books of relevant formats by using a computer and then transfer them to the previously-mentioned cloud service and download to a smartphone directly from the FBReader application menu.
Of course, this requires an Internet connection, but e-books rarely takes many units of information and don't imply significant expenditures for traffic, even if you do not have the unlimited internet tariff. It is not known what is involved in the this nuance, but in many cases, the application simply does not recognize the files stored on the memory card of a smartphone, if supported. Hopefully, the developers will correct the problem later, and then the program will provoke only positive emotions.

Interface and settings

While reading books, at the bottom of the screen there is a status bar by which you can determine how many pages of a book you have already read and how much of them are still left. It is also possible to bookmark a specific page or to find the specific piece in the book with the help of the search engine that works even with phrases (if you remember them exactly, of course). Most often in such a case, there are used quotes and sayings stuck in readers' memory.


Customization of the pages appearance is limited to changing the color scheme (day/night) and the type of font. It is also possible to configure the margins, hyphenation, switching words and font CSS formatting. To summarize, we can say that the application has turned out t be quite good, though it requires some development.

Final ratings

Usefulness 10/10
Usability 8/10
Originality 8/10
Design 10/10
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