Android Tablets

We didn’t want to leave out Android tablets (e.g., Samsung Galaxy, Google Nexus, Nvidia Shield Tablet, Sony Xperia, Lenovo’s Yoga Tablet, etc.). There’s not much to tell because it’s pretty easy to copy ePubs onto an Android tablet, especially since 2LP Bookshop’s ebooks are DRM-free. However, if you are using Kindle, you will still have to sideload your Mobi file onto your tablet.

Generally speaking, the ePub format is the standard for digital books that aren’t sold by or made for Amazon. It’s a format that has been around for a long time, due largely to its flexibility, and as a result there are no shortage of apps out there to handle ePub files. All you really need to know is how to get to those formats, and know the best way to enjoy those books when you’re not bound to apps like Google Play Books or Kindle. Google now lets you upload your personal reading content directly from your Android device. This offers a much more convenient way to read the things you want, rather than just what’s available on the Google Play Store.

Reading ebooks on an Android tablet is more flexible than a dedicated reader because it means you can use independent apps. For example, with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, you can buy and download books to different applications, and ebook platforms associated with them. For instance, it’s possible to use Kindle, Nook, and Aldiko apps at the same time on one device. The most popular independent apps are Moon+ Reader, Mantano Reader, Aldiko, and FBReader. Our favorite is Moon+ Reader because it supports a wide range of files, including ePub, Mobi, CBZ, and ZIP. The app uses Material Design for its UI and looks fantastic, with cloud storage support for Dropbox and Google Drive that makes it so you can store you ebook library elsewhere and still access everything from within the app. If you want to have a freedom to read both ePub and Mobi ebooks, you should go for Moon+ Reader.

Aldiko Book Reader also does an amazing job of standing out in the crowd. The app handles ePub, PDF, and the Adobe DRM books from Kobo Books natively. The app itself is well designed and offers the same bookshelf-style UI seen with a lot of the major publisher apps right now. Both Moon + Reader and Aldiko Book Reader offer free and pro versions for less than five bucks on Google Play.

Some other tidbits you should take into consideration: Since July 1, 2014, the default application for reading ebooks on all Samsung Galaxy Tab models is Kindle for Samsung, which ties you into both Amazon’s and Samsung’s ecosystems. Even if you own one of the other Android tablets, you can download the Kindle app, or for that matter, Kobo, iTunes and Nook. If you feel comfortable dealing with DRM files, there’s no reason why you should not. The benefit to using any of these services is that you can access your books on multiple devices, whereas when you use an independent app, not so much. You can, however store your books in the cloud (e.g. Dropbox), which will provide access to your entire ebook library on multiple devices. The question is, do you want to store your files on a device, or on a cloud? Some users prefer to have a bigger control over an ebook collection, and want to physically store the files on the device they own.

Storing ebooks in the cloud brings one of the most useful benefits of ebooks: synchronization of your reading. You can end reading a book on your smartphone in a subway, and open it on a tablet in the evening – exactly on the same page. What’s more, you can sync not only the furthest read location, but also bookmarks, notes, and highlights. You should take your time investigating these apps to determine which solution best suits your needs. In the meantime, enjoy your ebook and happy reading!

2LP BOOKSHOP does not provide customer service on how to install, upload or transfer books onto your tablets, cell phones and eReaders. We recommend that you consult with the customer service associated with your device if you require additional help.

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