Aldiko is a good option for reading books on the HTC EVO

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Much like taking native screenshots, we HTC EVO users have to live in a book-reading world that isn't always as easy as it is in iDevice-land. I strongly dislike having to envy iDevice users, so I went on a journey to find a simple e-reader that actually looks good. 

I started with the big names: B&N, Amazon, Google, etc. They all have decent looking options, but I wanted that bookshelf vibe. I also don't like to read that much and don't see myself spending more that $5 on a book, so I wanted an app that would be good for viewing .epub or .pdf books that I, erm, compiled myself. 

Enter Aldiko Book Reader. This app just looks good. It may be lacking a feature here or a feature there compared to the the other e-reader apps floating around, but Aldiko offers just enough features to look sexy and be functional to me. 

For instance, flipping pages is a breeze: just tap the right side of the screen to go forward, or the left side to go backward. There are also in-app brightness and orientation controls (good for .pdfs that can't switch to night mode). For files that can be manipulated by the app a little more (.epub files), font size and color can be changed and a night mode option is available. 

Of course, Aldiko touts the basic e-reader features of bookmarks and what-not. The best feature by far to me, though, is shelf view (shown above). It looks similar to iBooks, but doesn't look like a crappy knock off. Plus, you don't have to use Aldiko's built-in store; you can easily import any .epub or .pdf sitting on your SD card. 

If you are a light reader like me, Aldiko Book Reader 2.0 is probably the right choice for you. Check it out for free in the Android Market.

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Sam Sarsten

Sam Sarsten is a former contributing editor at Good and EVO, which was merged with Pocketables in 2012.

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