Palm Reading Made Easy: 6 eBook Apps

Weekly Smartphone App Roundup

Thanks to touchscreens and e-ink displays, reading on the go has never been more accessible. If you're a smartphone addict like we are, your phone is probably never far away at any given moment. For the love of reading, e-readers are cheap and light, but an app is lighter, cheaper and even more convenient. The big dogs of the e-reader world (Kindle, Nook, Kobo) are available on all mobile platforms but aren't the best option for those of us who like to manually sync our own ebook and pdf libraries. Here are several apps that feature personal library syncing for a more personalized reading experience.

iOS

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Left: Stanza - Right: QuickReader

Stanza
If comic books make up a significant percentage of your digital library, Stanza is your one stop for everything literature including the popular cbz/cbr file format most digital comics are saved in. Stanza is highly favoured by publications such as Time Magazine, New York Times, Wired, PC Magazine and Forbes for being the best app to fit entire bookshelves into the palm of your hand. We love how it doesn't fill up the screen clumsily with buttons and menus. Books can also be downloaded from several partner stores as well as offering 50,000 free classics to choose from. Free

QuickReader
Speed readers will tell you that reading on a tablet, phone or e-reader is frustrating when it comes to that pause between pages. QuickReader emphasizes on time and trains you to read faster by guiding you through the text (rather than the other way around). The latest update now allows for epub syncing so now you can catch up on the Game of Thrones saga double quick before the second season starts. $5

Android

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Left: Aldiko - Right: FBReader
Aldiko Book Reader Fans of the bookshelf motif will adore Aldiko instantaneously. What iBooks did for iOS, Aldiko does more for Android with fully customizable font size, type, color, margin and line spacing. There's also a very intimate bookmarking system to keep track of multiple points which is especially helpful for research on the go. Epubs and pdfs can be imported and organized by their set tags to make book or document browsing a snap. $3

FBReader
Importing an entire library onto your Android phone has never been easier. FBReader can read books from your microSD card making it only a matter of dragging and dropping from your desktop. The interface effectively displays your books for easy reading featuring a dictionary and built in browser with access to network e-book catalogs/stores. Free

Windows Phone 7

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Left: ReadU - Right: Raccoon Reader

ReadU
Dropbox addicts will get a kick out of ReadU which has tight integration with the powerful cloud client making library syncing very easy. On top of the ability to translate (and speak) text, there are many interface options with 9 different fonts, 5 degrees of line spacing, and 4 color themes. There is also the read to sleep feature for those who love to drift away to a good book. $2

Raccoon Reader
Raccoon Reader has the unique feature of finding Author portraits and displaying them as a thumbnail. A helpful feature is the Live Tile bookmark that minimizes the space between yourself and the next spontaneous reading session. Reading comes in several flavors of 5 fonts, 5 sizes and 5 color themes for text. $2

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