There’s an old saying that goes: “Books are the windows to the world.“ Even though that in this digital age the leading role is taken by the internet, books still play their part as openings to the vast knowledge out there.
But modern technology also brings changes to the book world. Aside from the words printed on dead tree, now we also have digital version of books or better known as ebooks which can (and supposed to) be read on any digital devices with ebook reader applications installed.
If you are constantly on the move, love reading and want to bring a “library” inside your pocket, here are several free ebook readers that you can install in your mobile devices.
One of the oldest and most popular format of ebook is PDF. So going with PDF is a sure way to get almost unlimited supply of books for the road.
The advantage of this format is that you can “print” any document to PDF and the documents will look the same wherever you open them. But you’ll need to continuously re-sizing the page on small screen. If your device is based on Pocket PC, Palm, or Symbian; you are good to go. Just grab the free reader from Adobe site. There’s also an Android version in the market and the unofficial iPhone version that you can grab from iTunes Store.
2. Ibis Reader
Another format that has been increasing in its popularty is ePub – thanks to the adaptation of the format by Apple for its iBooks publications. And one of the most popular ePub reader out there is Ibis Reader.
One of the advantages of this format is the ebook will adjust the page layout according to the screen size while keeping the content intact. So one same ebook file will have different page number on different screen size. This will keep the book readable even on small screen.
Aside from common ebook formats, this one reader is able to open other readable document formats such as: office documents and RSS eNews.
This application is available for most digital devices including Windows Mobile and Blackberry.
The first popular consumer ebook reader in the world is called Kindle. It’s produced and distributed by the biggest bookstore in the world: Amazon. Being the biggest bookstore, Amazon provide Kindle users with tons of Kindle-friendly ebooks supply.
But you can also read those ebooks using your own mobile gadgets because there are Kindle softwares available for iPhone, iPad, Blackberry and Android devices – aside from the Mac and PC versions.
Another worthy alternatives for ebook readers for mobile devices is Kobo. The free software is available for iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Android and Palm. Kobo also has its own bookstore where you can get your ebooks. They have thousands of free classic books along with tons of new titles.
So if you are an avid reader and you’d love to fill in those idle times with good reading – wherever you are; you could pick one of these free mobile ebook readers and start flipping those ePages.
Which one is your favorite ebook reader?
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