Aldiko is perhaps that most common book reading application on the Android operating system for independents. Sure you have your Sony, Barnes and Noble, Amazon and Kobo applications but Aldiko is the most popular app to come preloaded on many tablet computers and smart phones. It has undergone a face-lift offering new features, such as an expanded book library.
The new version of Aldiko offers an expanded eBook market place, including new bestsellers and public domain books. They are also offering books in multiple languages, which is a boon to international audiences. The bookshelf library has also been updated to enable filtering or organizing according to tags.
The Aldiko application supports ePub and Adobe DRM PDF files in its reading application. It allows the user to fully customize their reading experience, with options to change the font type, font size, font and background colors, margin, alignment, line spacing, brightness, display orientation and navigation control. It also employs new features including bookmark, dictionary, full-text search, copy and paste, day/night themes, table of content, progress bar, hyphenation support as well as sharing your favorite texts/quotes in a book.
One of the best aspects of the new version of Aldiko is the advanced library management system which enables you to sort books by different criteria as well as organize books by tags and collections. It also employs a “My Catalog” feature which allows you to add your own eBook catalogs. This is similar to the Barnes and Noble Nook Color feature that allows you to make custom shelves.
Aldiko continues to lead the pack in the independent Google Android offerings and is best suited for people who prefer to download their ebooks themselves and use this application as their reader.
Check out the below video that gives you a solid visual overview of the key features and the general aesthetics of the program.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.