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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

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On Blogging Organization: Reading Apps for the Androids

I'm finally writing this infamous apps post I keep mentioning every once in awhile on Twitter. Huzzah!
Okay, so a few things you should know about this apps post:
  1. There will be two parts. One is specifically targeted towards reading, the other is targeted towards blogging (and maybe life in general). There might be a few crossovers.
  2. All of these apps are available on Android. Whether the Apple store has it, you will have to check for yourself.
  3. I use these apps on a tablet. I make no promises it will work on smartphones, or how it may appear. Consider yourselves warned.
And now, the potentially helpful apps for reading goodness (what? No pictures?).

Goodreads – Okay, this isn't a necessity, but the words are pretty tiny in Tablet Chrome Goodreads.

Unfortunately, while the words are bigger and less of an eye stress, I can't exactly update my status unless it's about my reading progress.

Have I mentioned it takes a longer time to load than the webpage? (I have to stare at the word "Goodreads" in the middle of the screen.)

Methinks I demand too much.

Moon+ Reader – I have a major fondness for Moon+ Reader (it is totally my favorite one out of all the reading apps). You can read all kinds of formats on there that you might potentially receive as an ebook for review from an author or publisher (once upon a time you couldn't read PDF without the pro version, but now you can). Unfortunately for Kindle files, the cover isn't exactly the book cover, but that's okay, right?

Moon+ Reader does have ads in the free version though. The pro version is around $3.99 or $4.99 – I'm not exactly sure.

Basically, the free version should be sufficient enough for reading purposes. Plus, you can search through Project Gutenberg and Smashwords.

Overdrive – Overdrive is only helpful if you plan on checking out books from your local library. If you prefer to download books to Kindle when you check out an ebook (assuming it's an available format), then this might only be useful for checking out audiobooks (not often for me).

I uninstall and reinstall this often – it depends if I'm planning on checking out a book or not. (This is primarily because I have so little space on my tablet and I need to give space for the other apps.)

Aldiko – I don't find Aldiko really useful. In fact, I've actually considered taking Aldiko down the same path as Overdrive after Moon+ Reader allowed PDFs to be read in the free version. Is there a limit to how many times I can log in? I think it's six devices....

Anyways, when Netgalley or Edelweiss give me the option to download an ARC to my Kindle App, I always choose that option unless the formatting is unreadable (Puzzling? Yes. Unreadable? No.). That way, I avoid all possible demises – the galley archiving or expiring before I actually read the galley and then the galley archives and I can't download it. Then my feedback basically consists an excuse that probably isn't acceptable after almost four years of blogging. "Oops, forgot to download the galley on time – my bad!"

Of course, when I first started blogging and tried to figure out how this galley downloading shenanigan worked... I totally failed on two books. Excuse: Um... failed at downloading properly. Whoopsies.

That probably didn't leave a really good impression. *turns bright pink* It'll be one of those blogging bloopers.

Scribd – I haven't actually used this one yet. I plan to, though, because it's $8.99 a month for unlimited reading and one audiobook credit. I love Amazon and all, but Scribd is definitely cheaper than audible and Kindle Unlimited.

The only setback, however, is the type of books. You can find the entire Iron Fey trilogy by Julie Kagawa on there in ebook, but you wouldn't be able to find the Talon saga in ebook format (you'll find them in audiobooks). Basically, anything that's been recently published is probably something you won't find on Scribd in ebook format – most likely it'll appear in audio format first. You probably won't find most bestselling self published books either, which are more likely available through Kindle Unlimited.

But it doesn't seem bad. Take your pick.

Amazon Kindle – I think this is just a personal preference. Most galleys have an option to download to Kindle, which I do so immediately so I don't end up making a sad excuse. As of right now, I'm still working through an ARC from 2015, a few from January/February, and a few publishing in March. I'm actually hoping to get started on the summer ARCs (which are very few) when April starts.

This is why I'm taking a reviewing break until then: to catch up.

I'm not sure if graphic heavy files are better in Amazon Kindle (are they even available to download to Kindle?), but I have heard some negative reviews about Aldiko in regards to this – not sure if they're true because I avoid Aldiko and I don't read graphic novels.

Amazon Kindle, however, takes a lot of space, even if you move it to your SD card. If you don't have a preference (because you go through ARCs faster than me), or simply don't have an Amazon account, Aldiko and Moon+ Reader are good enough apps for all of your reading and reviewing needs. The two combined don't even take up 50MB.

I complain about space because I have so little space on my tablet and I don't have that many apps. Remind me not to invest in a 4GB tablet in the future. The more the merrier. And well... more expensive.

Ew. But then I can have other apps I would love to actually have. Apps that could actually be helpful and maybe this list would be longer. Actually, no. The next list would be longer.

Should I invest in Part Three? Apps that I Would Love to Have If I Actually Had the Space?

Maybe I'll combine that at the end of Part Two.

Do you use any of the reading apps I use? Do you use any other good ones out there I haven't mentioned in this list? Leave your thoughts below!

For more posts related to blogging organization, take a look at my last few posts in regards to reading schedules, planners, and spreadsheets. And then come back in two weeks for Part Two of Apps for the Androids!

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Sophia is the owner and founder of Bookwyrming Thoughts. She also doesn't fit the Asian stereotype (maybe a little). She's a first year Communications major from the St. Louis area, though she sometimes wish she wasn't. Books, chocolate, technology, and music are among some of her favorite things. For more of her work, visit her personal website.

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