12 Best Apps to Read Ebooks on Android for Free (2020)

Best apps to read ebooks for free

Ebooks have become very popular in recent years. There has been a major shift of people switching to eBooks as opposed to traditional books. The benefits of using ebooks are it consumes less space, store 1000s of books in your phone, and more. So here we have listed 12 best apps to read ebooks on android.

12 Best Apps to Read Ebooks on Android

Amazon Kindle

With over 100 million downloads and 4.2 ratings, Amazon Kindle is one of the best apps to read ebooks on android phones.

It has over 1 million ebooks and audiobooks.

It supports ads but once you start reading you won’t be bombarded with any ads.

You can customize the text size, font types, alignment, turn pages left to right or scroll continuously, and more.

You can easily tap and hold on a word to see its definition or use Google and Wikipedia to view more information.

Easily highlight any word or paragraph or create any notes and revisit it later.

With its sync feature, you can sync your ebooks across various devices and start reading where you left off irrespective of the device along with bookmarks, highlights or notes.

If you get bored while reading you can start listening to audiobooks all within the same app.

Features:

  • It is highly customizable.
  • You can also track your reading progress and see how much time is left in the book based on your reading speed.
  • Easily sync your bookmarks, notes, and highlights across all devices.

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NOOK: Read eBooks & Magazines

Nook brought to you by Barnes and Noble has over 10 million downloads and 4.5 ratings.

It has a collection of 4 million eBooks, magazines, graphic novels, and comics out of which over 75000 titles are absolutely free.

You can download a free ebook sample before choosing to read any book.

It is very customizable so much so that you can adjust font styles, line spacing, background colors, and more features.

You can add notes, bookmarks or highlights as you read and also share it with your friends across major social networks.

It is built for people who are blind or have low vision problems. The app leverages Android assistive technology which uses screen magnification and talkback.

You can share your account with your family members.

Easily sync all your bookmarks, highlights, notes, etc. across all your devices.

It also includes child profiles that have full parental controls.

Features:

  • Blind and people with low vision problems can also use this app.
  • Share your account with your family members.
  • Share your highlights with your friends on any social media sites.

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Google Play Books – Ebooks, Audiobooks, and Comics

Google Play Books app has 3.9 ratings and over 1 billion downloads mainly due to the fact that it comes as a pre-installed app in all android phones.

With the Google Play Books app, you get accessed to over a million books across all genres (including college textbooks).

You can look up unfamiliar words with its inbuilt dictionary.

You can sync all your notes across all devices.

Instead of buying any ebook you can first preview it without downloading and later buy it if you want. The same is with the audiobooks.

With its Night Light setting it can automatically adjust the background color and brightness to make it easier for you to fall asleep.

It is also one of the best epub reader apps on Google play store.

Features:

  • With a family account, you can share your books with your family members.
  • Preview first buy later.

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Wattpad 📖 Where stories live

Wattpad has over 100 million downloads and 4.5 ratings and is undoubtedly one of the best apps to read ebooks on android.

It has a very reader-friendly user interface.

Over the years Wattpad has grown as a community where readers promote each other’s work and appreciating and criticizing as well. 

It is highly customizable. You can easily adjust the font size, change the background color, text color, and do a lot more.

Easily sync your account so that you can continue where you left off either on a laptop, tablet, kindle, etc.

Features:

  • It has books in over 50 major languages.
  • Download the books in parts in case you are low in space.

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Goodreads

Goodreads has over 10 million downloads and 4.0 ratings.

Goodreads claims that more than 75 million members have added more than 2.2 billion books to their shelves. 

It is another popular reading community where you can find a lot of free books although there are paid books as well.

You can add a status update to show your friends which book you are reading.

It has a reading challenge where you have to read a certain number of books to receive prizes.

You can discuss books inside groups and share your reviews.

Features:

  • Get personalized recommendations based on your taste.
  • Share your updates with your friends.

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50000 Free eBooks & Free AudioBooks – Oodles

Oodles has 5 million downloads and 4.2 ratings.

Oodles has more than 50,000 free ebooks spread across different genres which makes it easier for you to access them based upon your preferences.

It has wide customization options in which you can adjust the font size, text color, background hyphenation and more.

It has a huge list of categories and covers the work of the most prominent authors.

You can also import any ebook in epub, mobi or txt format from your phone. 

They clearly mention (in the app description) that it does not have modern books or bestsellers. They only have English classics that belong to the public domain.

It also supports audiobooks.

Features:

  • Read books in a two-column view.
  • Over 50000 free ebooks covering various categories and authors.

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Kobo Books – eBooks & Audiobooks

Kobo Books has 4.3 ratings and over 10 million downloads.

With Kobo books you can connect with your social circle and get recommendations and suggestions on different books.

It has over 5 million titles from which you read any free or paid book.

It has various customization features such as night mode, lock screen in portrait or landscape mode, etc.

You can select any quote or note and share it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Supports 10 major languages such as English, Spanish, Portuguese and more.

Features:

  • Supports various file formats such as epub, CBZ, CBR, and even PDF.
  • Supports cross-device syncing and downloading for offline use.

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Aldiko Book Reader

Aldiko book reader has 4.2 ratings over 10 million downloads.

It is a great alternative to other ebook reader apps.

Aldiko has a very clean interface which makes it look attractive.

It covers all the basic customization features required in an ebook reader app.

Aldiko doesn’t save the books in your phone memory and hence doesn’t eat a huge memory.

If you want the app to save your reading sessions then you need to import the book.

Features:

  • Supports various file formats such as epub, pdf, Adobe DRM encrypted ebooks, etc.
  • It doesn’t save the books in your phone memory.

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FBReader: Favorite Book Reader

FBReader has 4.4 ratings and more than 10 million downloads. It has a bit old UI but it is what makes this app effective.

It is one of the best alternatives to reading epub books

It supports a variety of file formats such as epub, Kindle azw3, Mobi, fb2, RTF, MS Word, Html, text.

FBReader covers all the basic customization features such as adjusting font size and style, background color, etc.

It’s integrated with many popular dictionaries such as Dictan, ColorDict, Fora, and LEO dictionary.

It supports over 25 languages.

You can easily synchronize bookmarks, reading positions by integrating it with Google Drive.

Since it is a free app it contains ads.

Features:

  • Supports a wide range of file formats such as Mobi, epub, and many more.
  • Integrated with external dictionaries.
  • It also has gesture support.

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Cool Reader

Cool Reader has 4,2 ratings and over 10 million downloads.

It provides free text-to-speech which makes it one of the best apps to read ebooks on android.

It has day and night profiles which contain two sets of colors, background, backlight levels.

Cool Reader supports a variety of file formats such as epub (non-DRM), fb2, doc, txt, RTF, HTML, chm, TCR, PDB, PRC, Mobi (non-DRM), pml formats.

You can easily export bookmarks to a text file.

It has paper book-like page-turning animation and sliding page animation.

Supports various dictionaries such as ColorDict, GoldenDict, Fora, and Aard Dictionary.

Styles can be customized in a wide range using external CSS which is not offered by other ebook-reading apps.

Features:

  • Supports a wide range of file formats.
  • Styles can be customized using CSS.

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Moon+ Reader

Moon+ Reader has 4.3 ratings and over 10 million downloads.

It is highly customizable. It contains over 10+ themes embedded, including Day & Night mode switcher.

The app has a status bar that displays your reading progress. It also provides information on your reading progress within the current chapter apart from the whole book.

Its 24 customized operations ( screen click, a swipe gesture) can be applied to over 15 customized events such as search, bookmark, themes, navigation, font size and more.

Moon+ Reader also supports both online and offline dictionaries.

It supports a variety of file formats such as EPUB, PDF, DJVU, AZW3, MOBI, FB2, PRC, CHM, CBZ, CBR, UMD, DOCX, ODT, RTF, TXT, HTML, MD(MarkDown), WEBP, RAR, ZIP, and OPDS.

It also supports EPUB3 multimedia such as audio and video.

It supports 40 major languages such as Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, and more.

Overall it is one of the best ebook reader apps for android.

Features:

  • Supports a wide range of file formats.
  • Highly customizable.

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AlReader -any text book reader

AIreader has 5 million downloads and 4.6 ratings.

It is the only app that is compatible with android 1.6 and above versions.

It supports various formats such as fb2, fb3, fbz, txt, epub (no DRM), HTML, Doc, Docx, odt, RTF, Mobi (no DRM), PRC (PalmDoc), TCR. Supported ZIP and GZ archives.

Just like Cool Reader, it also supports text-to-speech.

It supports external dictionaries.

You can perform hyphenation for 20 languages.

It has the best UI wherein you can navigate the text by percents, by pages, to the beginning/end of the text, 10 pages forward/backward, to the next/previous chapter, auto-scroll wave or slide, save quotes, bookmarks, text labeling, sending the selected text to third-party programs and more things.

  • Creating shortcuts for books on the home screen.

Features:

  • Supports a wide range of file formats.
  • Supports 3D paging animation.
  • User-friendly UI.

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FAQs

Can you open EPUB files on Android?

Yes, you can open EPUB files on android. You can use apps like:

  • AIReader
  • Kobo books
  • Google Play Books
  • Aldiko Book Reader
  • Cool Reader

Can I read Apple Books on Android?

Yes, you can do it by using any of EPUB reader apps such as Kobo books, Google play books or Aldiko book reader.

Where can I read eBooks for free?

There are a lot of apps which has a huge collection of free ebooks to read such as:

  • Nook
  • Goodreads
  • 50000 Free eBooks & Free AudioBooks – Oodles
  • Kobo Books

Is 8gb enough for Kindle?

According to Techwalla an 8GB Kindle has 6 GB of usable storage in which you can store 6,000 books, assuming you have 80 apps or other media installed as well.

Does the Kindle app support EPUB?

No Kindle doesn’t support EPUB file formats.

You can refer to this guide to learn how to read EPUB books on kindle. Click here.

How to open a Mobi file on Kindle app for Android?

There are a lot of free ebook reader apps which supports Mobi file formats such as:

  • Oodles
  • FBReader
  • Cool Reader
  • Moon+ Reader
  • AIReader

How do I convert a PDF to ebook for free?

Step 1: Open any ebook using any ebook reader app.

Step 2: Select the print option.

Step 3: Now in the options bar select “Save as PDF“.

Where are Google books stored on Android?

The file path is: Android/data/com.google.android.apps.books/files/volumes/ .

Can Google Play books be read on Kindle?

No, you can’t directly read the Google play books on kindle.

Visit https://www.epubor.com/how-to-read-google-play-books-on-kindle-kobo-nook.html to learn how to read Google Play books on Kindle.

How to Protect Your Eyes from Blue Light?

1.) Use blue filter eyeglasses or computer glasses
2.) Decrease the amount of time spent in front of the screen.

How many GB is an ebook?

There are a lot of factors that decide the size of an ebook such as special formatting, metadata, format and, length.

Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker, Kindle edition, is 556 pages long, and has about 40 pictures (grayscale, except for the cover), and is 16.8 MB in size.

The Blank Slate, by the same author, also a Kindle edition, is almost as long, 525 pages, but has just a few pictures, and takes only 4.5 MB.

How do I convert Kindle books to PDF on Android?

Visit EPUBConverter and upload your EPUB file by clicking on the option “Add File“.

The time required to convert the file will depend on the file size.

Now you can easily download the file.

Conclusion:

I hope you liked this post on the best apps to read ebooks on android. If you have any doubts you can comment in the comment section below.

Thank You!!!

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