Most of the apps in its category are too baroque by offering conversion tools and menus full of unnecessary parameters as standard. Aldiko advocates simplicity. Although it offers a huge catalog of books to be purchased through its store linked to the Feedbooks service, we can also import PDF or EPUB files that we have locally on the device. We are going to know all the details and menus that this interesting app handles.
A simple ebook reader, but with attractive aesthetics
Aldiko is an e-book reader for Android operating systems. It supports the EPUB format for digital publications and incorporates the ability to browse online catalogs of thousands of books (including thousands of free public domain works) and download them directly to the user’s personal library.
The application features a user interface similar to a book shelf, allowing the user to browse their collection of eBooks. It also provides a customizable reading experience through configurable fonts and background colors, font type and size, margin size, screen brightness, pagination mode (which imitates turning pages in a book), etc. In addition, the application allows users to import their own books to read on the go. It must be said that Aldiko does not support embedded fonts.
The app has been renewed over time, as it could not be otherwise. It has been designed with the aesthetic line offered by the so standardized Holo style and we are facing one of the applications that best exemplify the aforementioned design, with a great workmanship that is quickly discovered when you first navigate through this new version. also brings some succulent improvements in performance, library organization, and reading statistics.
Regarding the display system, the reading is done in full screen eliminating all the frames, and being able to customize the experience thanks to the two selectable font sizes, the amount of margin at the edges, the orientation and the brightness. In addition, there is an inverted mode with a black background and light letters. In addition, the interface adapts to the type of device, offering a different content organization depending on whether we are using a smartphone or a tablet.
Aldiko has both paid and public domain books
It has a greater incorporation of eBook metadata, so now we will have more information about the eBooks we have, which will significantly improve the organization of our library. As a complement to all this, the user of Aldiko You can apply filters to the metadata, making specific searches both in your catalog and in the stores.
In addition, we have a wide catalog of books to download through Feedbooks (although the truth is that it could have more titles in Spanish). From world literature classics like Darwin’s Origin of Species to iconic novels like Bram Stocker’s Dracula, to more contemporary works by writers like Paulo Coelho.
It is compatible with the EPUB standard so we can add our own eBooks to it with relative ease. There will be those who prefer to read eBooks on electronic ink screens but the alternative for occasional readings on the mobile screen is not bad.
The recommended file type for digital books is the EPUB. There are paid and free. For example, if you do a search on Google for the title of a book, we recommend that you put EPUB at the end of the title of the book so that you can download it from that format. We indicate below the procedure to import it to Aldiko.
If you are in the view of the bookshelf, click on the house and it will take you to the import the books. You choose the file option and then you can choose the file to import and that’s it, you already have a book in your library. You do it as many times as you want and when you finish we return again to the bookseller view and we have our own bookstore. As you can see in the image, if the book has a cover, it will be seen in the library and it will be very cool.
The consultation of books is very flexible, being able to create our own content catalogs, consult virtual public libraries from our location or by specifying a URL and being able to search by collections, tags or authors.