Howdy folks. How are you all? I’m fine, and it draws closer to my day of birth. Neat.
So anyway I wanted to talk about three programs I’m using to read things.
First is the traditional Kindle app. Now I’ve read several books on this, and it does a really decent job of it. You can select font sizes, colors and the like. You can do that on many things, but this one also recalls where you left off, and if you have it on different phones or tablets, or even the website, you can pick up where you left off. However I’ve found it lags. It takes longer than the other two to open, and the first time you try to turn the page it hangs for a bit before turning. But it also has interesting features. I’ve started reading Wool, and in this version it has animated pictures and other multimedia options. However since it is such a big file it slows down the app even further. You can turn it off and read it as simple text, but I think something went wrong when I downloaded it to my phone, and I find several pages missing, and the animated images tend not to load as well. So if I perhaps re-download it might clear up. Also it lags for me a bit more when connected to the internet. But it also has the added benefit of being able to purchase the audio version alongside the text version and it can usually sync up with where you left off reading and switch to the audio and listen instead when you want.
The next one is the Google Play Books app. This one offers all the font and color changes you want, and keeps track of your progress. And something that I haven’t tried on the kindle app is that you can share certain books with the google play family group. You just set up a family group, add some people, I can’t recall how many you can add, and share the books that allow it. It also can share movies and apps that you’ve purchased, but only those that allow it. The other thing about this app is that it’s quick. It opens almost instantly, at least for me, and doesn’t seem to lag. Now both kindle and Play books allows you to read off-line if you’ve already downloaded the books to your device, but unlike the kindle app it doesn’t take time loading if you’re connected to the internet. Also certain books allow you to turn on your text-to-speech program and read the books to you. It’s not all, but it is an interesting feature.
The last one I’ll talk about is FBReader. This one is very nice, and quick. All the font and color changes you’d want, but it doesn’t keep track of where you are to other devices. The book you are reading is the one on whatever device you are on, so if you switch to a different one you’ll have to locate manually where you left off. However it has many sources you can search from and purchase if you go looking. Also you can find certain books for free and download them. The catch is it is sometimes hard to locate a specific book, and it doesn’t always have the most recent books, or even books you might be interested in. But on the plus side I’ve found you can always get your devices text-to-speech program to read any book you get here. You can also add any document you might have to this app, and read it when ever you want. It has a decently easy file-tree you can use to search your device for files, and it can read almost any format. This is the quickest opening app, but its limited library, and the slowness and difficulty of searching for books make it the one I use only when I happen to have a text file or the like that I want to read on the go.
So currently my favorite reading app is google play books. But for reading most things I’m using kindle simply because the selection and prices are generally slightly better. That being said google will sometimes offer discounts or coupons more often, so I purchase there more often that I would otherwise. FBReader I only use when I find a free book on there, or when I want to read what I’ve written or have on hand.
And that’s all folks. I hope you have a great week, and I’ll see you here next Monday.
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