Anyone read books using Kindle for Android?

ManSnake

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I downloaded a couple of free books and tried reading them on my phone. It's not too bad.
 

mcveigh

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I use aldiko. it's free, reads epubs, works with calibre, you can add your own custom librarys to it using dropbox and some free software.

it plain rocks.
 

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On the plane earlier today, my wife read a book using my phone (nook). It isn't bad for a few hours at a time.
 

MJinZ

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Sounds like a good way to do some light reading if you forget to bring your actual Kindle or Nook.
 

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It's awesome when you're stick waiting for something (i.e. doctors office or plane) and you have nothing better to do. It's handy! My droid is easy to read and I've had no issues with it.
 

jpeyton

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I use Aldiko on my Droid X; the 4.3" screen makes reading a pleasure.
 

boomhower

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Another Aldiko user here. I love it. I had been wanting to pick up a Kindle but the 4.3 screen of my EVO makes it easy enough I don't see the need to pay another $150 for another device.


Unless you have a Kindle or Nook and want to take advantage of their cross platform capabilities I see no reason to use either program.
 

zerocool84

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Another Aldiko user here. I love it. I had been wanting to pick up a Kindle but the 4.3 screen of my EVO makes it easy enough I don't see the need to pay another $150 for another device.


Unless you have a Kindle or Nook and want to take advantage of their cross platform capabilities I see no reason to use either program.

Even 4.3 screen is too small for my tastes for long reading. Not to mention it's an LCD screen which isn't the best for long reading as well.
 

boomhower

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Even 4.3 screen is too small for my tastes for long reading. Not to mention it's an LCD screen which isn't the best for long reading as well.

Certainly if your a dedicated reader it makes since to get a device dedicated to that function. I am a light reader as in I will read in those 15 minute waiting lines where others play games and text. I don't curl up on the couch to read for an hour. Yeah, it takes me a good month to finish a book and I'm missing the intimate details of it due to taking to long to read it but it's better than not reading at all.

Last book I read Shit my Dad Said. I got stuck being the low man on the totem pole sitting with a mental patient all day.(I'm a cop) Not much to do in the ER other than hit on the nurses since I am married so I read. Got a few strange looks when I started cracking up.

I suites me and my uses.
 

dguy6789

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I've read books comfortably on my Nexus, Incredible, and Droid X for reasonably long periods of time. The screens didn't bother me and I'd say the 4.3 inch LCD is nicer for reading than the 3.7 OLED. One of my favorite ways to kill time if I'm out and about and have to wait a while for any reason.
 

AMDZen

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I have it on my iPhone, I assume its the same as on the Android. Its OK but I would never buy books from Amazon and be locked down to this app when Stanza is so above and beyond it. It is better then the B&N eBook app though.
 

Deeko

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I have an actual Kindle, so I do have the Kindle app on my phone. I don't use it much though...if I find myself in a situation where I want to read, I probably have my actual Kindle, which is worlds better at the task. The one thing I would be more likely to use it for - reading the paper - it can't do. Subscription content like that doesn't come to the mobile apps, just the Kindle itself.
 

akugami

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I don't have an Android but one great resources is Project Gutenberg for free ebooks. Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer are two of my favorite books and the whole Wizard of Oz series and stuff like Tarzan are on there as well. There are a ton of expired copyrighted works that are absolutely great reads.

Google "free ebook resources" and you get a ton of hits besides Project Gutenberg but as I'm not an Android user I'm not sure how cumbersome it is to get into your ebook reader app. I know it's a pain in the rear using Stanza.

Also, I find on Stanza which is an iPhone app, owned by Amazon, that reversing the colors help tremendously in reducing eye fatigue. basically I enlarged the text and put white text on black background. Dunno if your Android apps have that feature but I'd request it if it doesn't.
 

Cable God

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I have read a bunch from my Kindle App on iPad and when I have time to kill, I continue on my Android phone. I like how it syncs across all devices.
 

AMDZen

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II know it's a pain in the rear using Stanza.

Also, I find on Stanza which is an iPhone app, owned by Amazon

What? A pain using Stanza? You can download all of them strait to your phone, Stanza is as easy as it gets IMO.

Also, Amazon does not own Stanza or have anything to do with it. They have their own app for the amazon books. Stanza info
 

akugami

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What? A pain using Stanza? You can download all of them strait to your phone, Stanza is as easy as it gets IMO.

Also, Amazon does not own Stanza or have anything to do with it. They have their own app for the amazon books. Stanza info

You must have missed it being reported on sites like the NY Times or Information Week. You can also check it out on Lexcycle's own news blurb regarding the purchase.

And yes, considering the steps required for Stanza Desktop to upload multiple books to Stanza iPhone, it is a pain in the ass.
 

AMDZen

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You must have missed it being reported on sites like the NY Times or Information Week. You can also check it out on Lexcycle's own news blurb regarding the purchase.

And yes, considering the steps required for Stanza Desktop to upload multiple books to Stanza iPhone, it is a pain in the ass.

I guess I did, but its still a ton better app then the amazon one so hopefully they don't ruin it.

You don't have to use stanza desktop to upload books. You can use iTunes, calibre or any of the many iTunes replacements out there like i-Funbox if you are jailbroken.

iTunes you just go to apps and drag and drop, its the same as for the iBooks app. I recommend calibre though because you can convert your whole collection to any format you want and upload them all at one time.
 

Oyeve

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I use Kindle on my sammy vibrant. Its actually pretty good. I generally read on commute to work, bathroom breaks and sometimes when at home.