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ebooks on Android

All my ebooks are .pdf and .epub and I have some downloaded with the Kindle app. I'm using a phone, a 10" tab and a 7" tab.
Right now I'm using Kindle because I have downloaded some books for free from them. Use Google Play to read the .epub files. Use Adobe for .pdf

I would like access to all my books all the time but I don't want all these different applications for it and having to do manual transfers from my desktop to all these devices all the time.
Google Play Books would solve everything if it could read .pdfs properly, but it take FOREVER to load, it's good with .epub.

Any solutions?

...also, is there any way to get those Kindle books that I downloaded on the application and covert them to .pdf?
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Have your tried FBReader
FBReader (FBReaderJ) is an e-book reader. Supports epub, rtf, fb2(.zip), mobi, and plain text file formats.
FBReader is fast, highly customizable. Can use external TrueType/OpenType fonts. Includes hyphenation patterns for 16 languages.

Includes a browser/downloader for network e-book catalogs/stores. Several popular English, French, Russian, Chinese and Polish libraries are included. Custom OPDS catalogs are supported too.
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Moon+ Reader is the only one I can stand. I've tried about 30 other e-book reading software, including Kobo, Kindle, FBReader etc ... and Moon+ is the best. (IMHO)
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I use Dropbox to transfer ebooks between devices.
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Tried some of the options, nothing really fixes the problem.
Think I just have to hope updates to Google Play Book will improve reading .pdfs, then I'll be set.
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Bisons wrote:
Jun 5th, 2013 9:46 am
Tried some of the options, nothing really fixes the problem.
Think I just have to hope updates to Google Play Book will improve reading .pdfs, then I'll be set.
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Try Fabrik reader. Its pretty good and I have it on my N7 and N4 devices. PS Google Play Books now supports PDF:

http://www.androidcentral.com/google-pl ... -uploading

Fabrik reader:

Pro: https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... rch_result
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I use Aldiko. Has no problem reading pdfs and epubs. Nothing fancy, but with nice customization features.

That said the Adobe app is the best one for pdfs. So I keep it around just for that.
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Hey Bisons, when you say pdfs take very long to load, do you mean it takes very long to load before you can start reading, or after its already downloaded it still takes a long time to start up whenever you want to continue reading the PDF?

Because I uploaded some 35mb pdf magazines to my tablet, and when I first clicked on the magazine on my tablet, it took approximately 10 minutes before it would let me read (bad wifi reception probably). Once the pdf was downloaded to my tablet, it was actually a very good experience. Google Play Books is still the best option to read pdf magazines on, as almost all other alternatives I've tried always have to render text whenever I zoom in, while Books doesn't have to.
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djemzine wrote:
Jun 5th, 2013 7:22 pm
Try Fabrik reader. Its pretty good and I have it on my N7 and N4 devices. PS Google Play Books now supports PDF:

http://www.androidcentral.com/google-pl ... -uploading
I'll give Fabrik a try.
It supports it, but it's just terrible at reading them. Too slow loading pages.
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Have to pay for .pdfs
zijin_cheng wrote:
Jun 6th, 2013 8:02 am
Hey Bisons, when you say pdfs take very long to load, do you mean it takes very long to load before you can start reading, or after its already downloaded it still takes a long time to start up whenever you want to continue reading the PDF?

Because I uploaded some 35mb pdf magazines to my tablet, and when I first clicked on the magazine on my tablet, it took approximately 10 minutes before it would let me read (bad wifi reception probably). Once the pdf was downloaded to my tablet, it was actually a very good experience. Google Play Books is still the best option to read pdf magazines on, as almost all other alternatives I've tried always have to render text whenever I zoom in, while Books doesn't have to.
Just flipping to the next page, takes like 10 seconds for it to load. On all three devices it's that slow. epubs don't have that problem.
And they are not on the devices, didn't download the whole pdfs.
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Bisons wrote:
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I'll give Fabrik a try.
It supports it, but it's just terrible at reading them. Too slow loading pages.



Have to pay for .pdfs



Just flipping to the next page, takes like 10 seconds for it to load. On all three devices it's that slow. epubs don't have that problem.
And they are not on the devices, didn't download the whole pdfs.
Hmm, that's wierd, and I'm guessing your pdfs are not of magazines, but of books, which should be even faster. What devices are you using them on?
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zijin_cheng wrote:
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Hmm, that's wierd, and I'm guessing your pdfs are not of magazines, but of books, which should be even faster. What devices are you using them on?
Books and mags are insanely slow.
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coolreader is my fav for android, and i've tried em all.
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