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REVIEW: Nook Simple Touch With GlowLight

REVIEW: Nook Simple Touch With GlowLight

The Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight™ (hereinafter the Nook GL) is the first e-ink reader with a built-in light since the Sony 700. The Sony was a great idea, poorly executed. Since then those of us who read in bed or in other places with low light have had to make do with clip-on lights, lights with built-in covers, or bright lamps that annoy the people around us. I’ve tried all of the above, in many variations. I read after The Husband has gone to sleep on a regular basis. I’ve always been a night-time reader, for as far back as I can remember (flashlight under the cover? check). Not having found a satisfactory e-ink solution, I usually read on my phone, but I don’t love it. So when the Nook GL was announced, I decided I had to have one. This decision was made easier by the fact that I left my beloved Sony PRS-T1 on an airplane, so I was without a 6″ e-ink reader for the first time in years. And despite having a 5″ phone screen and a tablet, I really missed the e-ink screen and the light weight of the Reader.

I have owned three generations of Sony readers starting with the 505 (and I still have a Daily Reader), a Kindle 2, and a Kindle DX. The one-click link to Amazon you get with the Kindle is wonderful and addictive, but I vastly preferred the Sony hardware. It had to be that good, to make up for the horribleness that is the Sony Reader bookstore. I’ve never owned a Nook, and until now, I never thought I would. After trying unsuccessfully to purchase a Nook GL in a store (I tried across three states!), I ordered one from the B&N website and received it in 3 business days, as advertised.

SPECIFICATIONS AND QUICK COMPARISON

It came in a sturdy paper box, all of which can be recycled. And there was a charger and USB cable, which I appreciated. The charger for my Nook Color started to fray within months, but this cord is put together differently and look sturdier. The connecter is a mini-USB, which makes it compatible with a lot of phone, camera, and other electronics chargers.

The device is light, apparently even lighter than the regular Simple Touch, at 7 ounces. By comparison:

Nook GL: 6.9 ounces

Nook Simple Touch: 7.5 ounces

Kindle Keyboard G3: 8.5 ounces

Kindle Touch wifi/3G: 7.5/7.8 ounces

Sony PRS-T1: 5.7 ounces

The Nook GL looks exactly like the non-GL version of the Simple Touch, except that the border is a slightly lighter gray. There is the same raised “n” below the screen on the bezel and “nook” above it.

There are two thin, raised lines on the right and left sides of the screen which can be pressed to turn the pages as an alternative to tapping the touch screen. They can be programmed so that you can choose whether the bottom two or top two page forward/back.  The power switch is at the center top on the back, and the micro-USB port is on the center bottom. There is a slot for a micro-SD card, which can expand the 1GB of available storage up to an extra 32GB, if you want to carry several libraries around with you (it comes with 2GB, but you can only access 1GB).

And that’s it. There’s no headphone jack because there’s no way to play music or audio files. There’s no text-to-speech function. It’s just a reader with wifi. Which, in some ways, I find really appealing. You can’t do anything with this device except read.

SCREEN QUALITY

Since the screen is the same pearl e-ink that is on all three ereaders now, I compared the screens in bright sunlight (click to enlarge):

To me, the Kindle screen has the most contrast, but I think that is as much a function of the type (which is darker and more pronounced) than the screens themselves. Engadget’s review reported that the contrast was slightly degraded from the Simple Touch. I can’t confirm that, but the GL seems slightly less contrast-y than the Kindle. But it was almost indistinguishable from the Sony to my eyes.

And in lower but still readable light (click to enlarge):

GLOW LIGHT

And finally, the whole reason for buying the device: What about the Glow Light? Short answer: I love it. Yes, you can see the little light beads at the top, especially when the light is turned up to the brightest level.

But at the levels I use (25% to 70%), the slight unevenness wasn’t a problem. With the lights off in bed, I use a low light setting. In dusk-type light, I use about a 50% setting. In both cases the light distribution is far superior to any lighted case or clip-on light I’ve used, and it’s definitely easier and more comfortable to hold. It’s a huge improvement and to me it’s worth the $40 premium over the Simple Touch.

INTERFACE AND BOOKSTORE

Even though I have had a Nook Color for almost two years, I never used the B&N bookstore and I rarely used the interface (I rooted the NC into a tablet as soon as I got it). The learning curve is very short, because there’s not much to learn. The bookstore is as easy to search and buy from as Amazon, although the discounts aren’t always as good and of course the KDP books aren’t available. The wifi works fairly well; I have trouble keeping a connection in one room of my house, but I can’t be sure that’s the Nook’s fault. It works fine everywhere else.

Unlike the Sony, the Nook doesn’t appear to import and sort using Calibre’s tags, but I quickly used the available “shelves” option to sort my books. I wish there were a way to access my dropbox Calibre folder directly from the device; I’m used to sideloading through Calibre, but for people who aren’t, the Nook is a little more work. On the other hand, though, you can put ePubs on it from a variety of stores, so readers can take advantage of non-Amazon sales and coupons.

I also subscribed to the New Yorker, and I’m surprised at how well it renders on the Nook GL. There are a lot of magazine subscriptions available and they are quite reasonable.

Finally, a trivial but deeply satisfying feature: in addition to all the faces of authors, the Nook has the option of “nature” screensavers. I vastly prefer these. Even in black and white, a photo of a waterfall is infinitely more soothing than having Emily Dickinson staring glumly at me.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I bought this device entirely for the front-lit screen, but I’m surprised at how much I like it in other ways. The rubberized coating is very comfortable to hold, and I’ve grown used to the square form factor. The bezel is a nice size for my hands and the page turning clicky things are comfortably located. The screen is quite responsive to touch, and the device is light. Overall, I like it almost as much as the Sony I lost.

I broke down and bought a case to protect the screen. The Nook cases are far bulkier than Kindle or Sony cases. It transforms this thin, light reader into a small hardback. But it’s still small enough to stick in my purse, and when I’m at home or reading it’s easy to pop out of the case.

I’ll be curious to see what Amazon’s front-lit Kindle looks like; I assume the technology will be slightly different since B&N has a patent pending for the GlowLight technology. If you don’t care about the light, there’s probably no reason to switch or upgrade what you have now. But if you find yourself reading in dim light a lot, or at night with the lights out, this innovation is very welcome.

A catalog of Android reading apps

A catalog of Android reading apps

Everyday more and more folks are getting Android based phones and tablets. For readers these devices can be a great way to read both on the go and in a more relaxed setting. The problem comes when looking for reading apps. There are so many out there and searching the Android Market often dosn’t give great results unless you already know the apps name (which doesn’t help if you’re browsing).

This is my attempt to catalog the multitude of reading apps available for the Android platform (and there are a lot more than I ever thought there were). I’ve tried to include a listing for every app available along with basic information such as the formats it supports and its system requirements. Hopefully this will give users looking for apps an easy way to see what’s out there since searching the Android Market can give mixed results.

This is just a catalog so there are no reviews, but I have done reviews of some apps that you can find here, here, and here. While all of the links go to the apps listing on the Android Market (where you can read about features and user reviews) many of these apps can be found at third party markets or direct from the developers website. If you don’t have the Android market and need info on sideloading and third party markets, I wrote about that here.

First up we have the apps which are primarily for use with a specific store, however some of these apps allow sideloading which can greatly expand on their usefulness. I myself find that I use the Kindle app more than any of the others, but occasionally do use the Kobo app as I have a lot of books on my “shelf” there as well.

Bookseller Reading Apps


Kindle

Formats:
azw, topaz (azw1), drm free mobi

Requires Android:
Varies with Device

Price:
Free


Nook

Formats:
B&N ePub, drm free ePub

Requires Android:
2.1 or higher

Price:
Free


Kobo

Formats:
Kobo kePub, drm free ePub

Requires Android:
1.6 or higher

Price:
Free


Google Books

Formats:
ePubs and PDFs purchased from Google eBook store

Requires Android:
Varies with Device

Price:
Free


Sony Reader

Formats:
ePubs purchased from Sony eBook stores
 

Requires Android:
Varies with Device

Price:
Free


eReader (beta)

Formats:
eReader PDBs
 
 

Requires Android:
Android 1.0 or higher

Price:
Free


Other bookseller apps

Ebook Reader: Supports books purchased from ebooks.com; Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost Free

Borders Australia: Supports books purchased from borders.com.au; Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost Free

Angus & Robertson: Supports books purchased from angusrobertson.com.au; Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost Free

Whitcoulls: Supports books purchased from whitcoulls.co.nz; Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost Free

Dymocks: Supports books purchased from dymocks.com.au; Requires Android 1.5 or higher; Cost Free

Inktera: Supports books purchased from inktera.com; Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost Free

Blio: Supports books purchased from the Blio store also imports DRM free ePubs; Requires Android 2.2 or higher; Cost Free

Book Place: Supports books purchased from toshibabookplace.com also imports DRM free ePubs (this is the Blio app re-skinned); Requires Android 2.2 or higher; Cost Free

Go Spoken: Supports books purchased from gospoken.com; Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost Free

DNL eBook Reader: Supports DNL DRM’d books purchased from ebook.com and drm free ePub; Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost Free
 

Non-English language eBook store apps

Numilog: Supports books purchased from numilog.com (a French eBook store); Requires Android 2.1 or higher; Cost Free

BooksV: Supports books purchased from booksv.fmworld.net (a Japanese eBook Store); Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost Free

E-books by greekbooks: Supports books purchased from greekbooks.gr (Greek eBook store) also ePubs & PDFs both DRM free and with Adobe DRM; Requires Android 2.2 or higher; Cost Free

My eBooks: Supports books purchased from myebooks.gr (Greek eBook store) also ePubs & PDFs both DRM free and with Adobe DRM; Requires Android 2.2 or higher; Cost Free

Tradebit eBook Reader: Supports books purchased from tradebit.com also ePubs & PDFs both DRM free and with Adobe DRM; Requires Android 2.2 or higher; Cost Free

Libri.de eBookS Reader: Supports books purchased from libri.de (German eBook store) also ePubs & PDFs both DRM free and with Adobe DRM & txt; Requires Android 2.2 or higher; Cost Free

OYO eReader: Supports books purchased from thalia.de (German eBook store); Requires Android 2.0 or higher; Cost Free

Weltbild.de eBooks: Supports books purchased from weltbild.de (German eBook store); Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost Free

Weltbild.ch eBooks: Supports books purchased from weltbild.ch (Swiss eBook store); Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost Free

Weltbild.at eBooks: Supports books purchased from weltbild.at (Austrian eBook store); Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost Free

textunes eBooks: Supports books purchased from textunes.de (German eBook store); Requires Android 2.1 or higher; Cost Free

PagePlace eBooks: Supports books purchased from pageplace.de (German eBook store); Requires Android 2.2 or higher; Cost Free

Carturesti Reader: Supports books purchased from librarie.carturesti.ro (Romanian eBook store) also ePubs & PDFs both DRM free and with Adobe DRM; Requires Android 2.2 or higher; Cost Free

Metaixmio: Supports books purchased from ebooks.metaixmio.gr (Greek eBook store) also ePubs & PDFs both DRM free and with Adobe DRM; Requires Android 2.2 or higher; Cost Free

eLibris: Supports books purchased from ebooks.metaixmio.gr (Finish eBook store) also ePubs & PDFs both DRM free and with Adobe DRM; Requires Android 2.2 or higher; Cost Free

Libroteca: Supports books purchased from libhumanitas.ro (Romanian eBook store) also ePubs & PDFs both DRM free and with Adobe DRM; Requires Android 2.2 or higher; Cost Free

Tavasli Reader: Supports books purchased from tavasliyayinlari.com (Turkish eBook store) also ePubs & PDFs both DRM free and with Adobe DRM; Requires Android 2.2 or higher; Cost Free

Biblio.bg Reader: Supports books purchased from biblio.bg (Bulgarian eBook store) also ePubs & PDFs both DRM free and with Adobe DRM; Requires Android 2.2 or higher; Cost Free

Evripidis Reader: Supports books purchased from evripidis.gr (Greek eBook store); Requires Android 2.2 or higher; Cost Free

TD Bookstore: Supports books purchased from tritiumdigital.com (Singapore eBook store) also ePubs & PDFs both DRM free and with Adobe DRM, Requires Android 2.2 or higher; Cost Free

DLivre: Supports books purchased from dlivre.com (Belgian eBook store) also ePubs & PDFs both DRM free and with Adobe DRM; Requires Android 2.2 or highe; Cost Free

CLB eBooks: Supports books purchased from clb.ro (Romanian eBook store) also ePubs & PDFs both DRM free and with Adobe DRM; Requires Android 2.2 or higher; Cost Free

Digibooks4All: Supports books purchased from various bookstores also ePubs & PDFs both DRM free and with Adobe DRM; Requires Android 2.2 or higher; Cost Free

HyRead eBook: Supports books purchased from ebook.hyread.com.tw (Tiwanese eBook store); Requires Android 2.0 or higher; Cost Free

iPubu: Supports books purchased from pubu.com.tw (Tiwanese eBook store); Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost Free

Handheld Culture: Supports books purchased from handheldculture.com (Chinese eBook store); Requires Android 2.0 or higher; Cost Free

UPaper: Supports books purchased from upaper.net, ePub (Chinese eBook store); Requires Android 2.2 or higher; Cost Free

MuchMarts eBook/app market: Supports books and apps purchased from MuchMarts (Chinese eBook store); Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost Free

Nexto Reader: Supports books and audiobooks purchased through the app (Polish eBook store); Requires Android 2.1 or higher; Cost Free

E-Booki T-Mobile: Supports books purchased at ebooki.t-mobile.pl (Polish eBook store); Requires Android 2.1 or higher; Cost Free

Saraiva Digital Reader: Supports books purchased at livrariasaraiva.com.br (Brazilian eBook store), ePub and PDF with or without DRM; Requires Android 2.1 or higher; Cost Free

Naver Books: Supports books purchased at books.naver.com (Korean eBook store); Requires Android 2.1 or higher; Cost Free

Mekia: Supports books purchased at mekia.net (Korean eBook store); Requires Android 2.2 or higher; Cost Free

Ridi Books: Supports books purchased at ridibooks.com (Korean eBook store); Requires Android 2.1 or higher; Cost Free

Bookcube: Supports books purchased at bookcube.com (Korean eBook store); Requires Android 2.1 or higher; Cost Free



Next up are general purpose reading apps. These apps support various formats and some support DRM’d content, but they aren’t primarily tied to any give store (some do have catalogs/links to various stores such as Aldiko’s link to All Romance eBooks catalog). I’ve used a fair number of the more popular apps and have settled on Mantano as my go to app. Other apps I’ve liked for various reasons include Aldiko, BlueFire, Moon+ and Cool Reader.

General Purpose Reading Apps


Mantano

Formats:
Adobe DRM ePub, B&N DRM ePub, drm free ePub, Adobe DRM PDF, drm free PDF

Requires Android:
2.1 or higher

Price:
Free/$7.49


Aldiko

Formats:
Adobe DRM ePub, B&N DRM ePub, drm free ePub, Adobe DRM PDF, drm free PDF

Requires Android:
2.1 or higher

Price:
Free/$2.99


Bluefire Reader

Formats:
Adobe DRM ePub, B&N DRM ePub, drm free ePub, Adobe DRM PDF, drm free PDF

Requires Android:
2.2 or higher

Price:
Free


Moon+ Reader

Formats:
ePub, html, fb2, txt, umd, zip and chm
 

Requires Android:
1.6 or higher

Price:
Free/$4.99


FBReader

Formats:
epub, oeb and fb2(.zip)
 
 

Requires Android:
Varies with Devices

Price:
Free


Cool Reader

Formats:
ePub, fb2, doc, txt, rtf, html, chm, tcr, pdb, prc, mobi, pml

Requires Android:
1.5 or higher

Price:
Free/Donations


OverDrive

Formats:
Adobe DRM ePub from OverDrive sources

Requires Android:
1.5 or higher

Price:
Free


Wordoholic

Formats:
epub, fb2 & txt
 

Requires Android:
1.5 or higher

Price:
Free


iReader

Formats:
txt, chm, pdb (eReader & Mobi), UMD, HTML

Requires Android:
1.6 or higher

Price:
Free


Other general reading apps

txtr ebooks: Supports Adobe DRM ePub (uploaded through txtr website), drm free ePub, Adobe DRM PDF, drm free PDF; Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost Free

DL Reader: Supports ePub & PDF (drm free, Adobe DRM, B&N DRM); Requires Android 2.1 or higher; Cost Free

SE-ED Reader: Supports ePub & PDF (drm free, Adobe DRM, B&N DRM); Requires Android 2.1 or higher; Cost Free

AReader: Supports ePub, PDF, txt; Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost Free

DuoKan: Supports ePub, txt; Requires Android 2.2 or higher; Cost Free

Nomad Reader: Supports ePub, fb2; Requires Android 1.5 or higher; Cost Free

iSilo: Supports iSilo, Palm Doc, and plain text files; Requires Android 1.5 or higher; Cost $19.99

Booqua: Supports fb2; Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost Free

LDS Reveal Reader: Supports ybk (YanceyWare), oeb; Requires, Varies by Device; Cost Free

Palm Book Reader: Supports pdb (palmdoc, no iSilo or eReader), txt; Requires Android 1.5 or higher; Cost Free

Android txt eBook Reader: Supports txt; Requires Android 1.5 or higher; Cost Free

Android chm eBook Reader: Supports chm; Requires Android 1.5 or higher; Cost Free

HyReader: Supports ePub, txt, chm, umd, html; Requires Android 1.5 or higher; Cost $0.99

eBook Reader (by SpicySquid): Supports prc, epub, oeb and fb2(.zip) [based on FBReader]; Requires Android 1.5 or higher; Cost Free

eBook Reader (by S4BB): Supports S4BB format; Requires Android 2.1 or higher; Cost Free

Speak Text Easy: Supports ePub and PDF; Requires Android 2.2 or higher; Cost $1.45

Captionary eBook Viewer: Supports ePub, txt ,zip, pdf; Requires Android 2.1 or higher; Cost Free

ePub Reader for Android: Supports ePub; Requires Android 2.2 or higher; Cost Free

Himawari: Supports ePub; Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost Free/$1.56

Wattpad: Supports stories from wattpad.com; Requires Android 1.1 or higher; Cost Free

Nightbook: Supports txt; Requires Android 1.5 or higher; Cost Free/$1.50

Multireader: Supports PDF, ePub, txt, Word, RTF , Power Point; Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost $4.82

Foliant (beta): Supports ePub, txt, fb2; Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost Free

Legimi: Supports ePub & PDF uploaded to Legimi cloud; Requires, Varies by Device; Cost Free

GeckoReader Lite/Paid: Supports txt; Requires Android 1.5 or higher; Cost Free/$1.59

Chaek: Supports ePub, txt, html; Requires Android 2.1 or higher; Cost Free

PDB Book Reader: Supports pdb, txt; Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost Free

Fanfiction Reader: Supports, for reading material from fanfiction.net; Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost Free/$2.96

Fiction Press Reader: Supports, for reading material from fictionpress.com; Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost Free

Compact Reader: Supports txt; Requires Android 1.0 or higher; Cost Free

aReader: Supports pdb (palmdoc); Requires Android 1.1 or higher; Cost Free

ZXReader: Supports docx, fb2, ePub, txt; Requires Android 2.2 or higher; Cost Free

EBookDroid: Supports PDF, djvu, xps, cbz/cbr, fb2; Requires Android 1.5 or higher; Cost Free

GO Book: Supports ePub, txt, umd, PDF, fb2; Requires Android 1.5 or higher; Cost Free

epubReader: Supports ePub, txt, mobi; Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost Free

Bookfm: Supports doc, docx, pdf, txt, ppt by converting to ePub when you upload to bookfm.com; Requires Android 1.5 or higher; Cost Free

Book Troupe: Supports ePub read from your DropBox or Box account; Requires Android 2.2 or higher; Cost Free



General reading apps for non-Latin/Asain text (many supporting both horizontal & vertical modes) [some apps above also support non-Latin text]

KingReader: Supports ePub, txt, html; Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost Free

SnowLamp Reader (Korean): Supports ePub; Requires Android 1.5 or higher; Cost Free

cBook (Chinese only): Supports pdb and updb files from www.haodoo.net; Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost Free

Tulip Reader: Supports pdb (Haodoo, PalmDoc, zTXT Mode 1), txt, umd; Requires Android 1.5 or higher; Cost Free

CuckooReader: Supports ePub, chm, txt, umd; Requires Android 2.2 or higher; Cost Free

AlmorBook: Supports unsure, but does support haodoo.net; Requires Android 2.2 or higher; Cost Free

SmartBooks: Supports ePub; Requires Android 2.2 or higher; Cost Free

qqReader: Supports txt, umd, pdf, chm; Requires Android 1.5 or higher; Cost Free

BestReader: Supports txt, umd, html, chm; Requires Android 1.5 or higher; Cost Free

TxtReader: Supports txt; Requires Android 1.5 or higher; Cost Free

GobyReader: Supports pdb/updb; Requires Android 2.1 or higher; Cost Free

Vertxt Reader: Supports txt (UTF-8, UTF16, Big5, EUC_JP, EUC_KR, GBK, and SJIS); Requires Android 1.5 or higher; Cost Free

Apabi Reader: Supports cebx, txt; Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost Free


Now we come to dedicated PDF readers. I find that I no longer use a dedicated PDF reader as Mantano does a good job with them, but in the past I’ve been quite happy with ezPDF and Adobe Reader.

Dedicated PDF Viewers


ezPDF Reader

Formats:
PDF

Requires Android:
2.1 and up

Price:
$0.99/$2.99


RepliGo Reader

Formats:
PDF

Requires Android:
2.0 or higher

Price:
$4.99


Adobe Reader

Formats:
PDF

Requires Android:
2.2 or higher

Price:
Free


Other dedicated PDF viewers

Foxit Mobile PDF: Supports PDF; Requires Android 2.1 or higher; Cost $2.99

BeamReader PDF Viewer: Supports PDF; Requires Android 1.1 or higher; Cost 10 day trial/$4.99

qPDF Viewer: Supports PDF; Requires Android 2.1 or higher; Cost Free

MobilePDF Viewer: Supports PDF; Requires Android 1.5 or higher; Cost Free

ODGPdf Viewer: Supports PDF; Requires Android 2.2 or higher; Cost Free

APV PDF Viewer: Supports PDF; Requires Android 1.5 or higher; Cost Free

Android PDF Viewer: Supports PDF; Requires Android 1.5 or higher; Cost Free

PDF GView: Supports PDF; Requires Android 1.5 or higher; Cost Free

Ebooka PDF Viewer: Supports PDF; Requires Android 1.5 or higher; Cost Free


Last up are apps designed primarily for viewing Comics and Manga. I’ll admit my experience here isn’t as in depth as with other reading apps, but I’ve been happy with Droid Comic Viewer, Comics by ComiXology and the Marvel app in the past with very limited use.

Comic/Manga viewing apps


Droid Comic Viewer

Formats:
cbz/zip, crb/rar, jpeg, png, bmp

Requires Android:
1.5 and up

Price:
Free


Comics

Formats:
Comics purchased from comiXology

Requires Android:
2.1 or higher

Price:
Free


Perfect Viewer

Formats:
cbz/zip, cbr/rar, 7Z/cb7, lzh, PDF (with plugin)

Requires Android:
1.6 or higher

Price:
Free


Other Comic/Manga viewing apps

Comic Reader Mobi: Supports rar, zip, cbr, cbz; Requires Android 2.1 or higher; Cost $14.99

ComicRack: Supports cbr, cbz, (CB7, CBT, PDF, DJVU and WebComics via conversion with Windows app); Requires Android 2.1 or higher; Cost Free/$6.89

Marvel Comics: Supports comics purchased from Marvel; Requires Android 2.1 or higher; Cost Free

DC Comics: Supports comics purchased from DC; Requires Android 2.1 or higher; Cost Free

Dark Horse Comics: Supports comics purchased from Dark Horse; Requires Android 2.1 or higher; Cost Free

Graphicly Comics: Supports buy and read comics from publishers such as Image, IDW, and Archie; Requires Android 2.1 or higher; Cost Free

AveComics: Supports comics purchased from AveComics; Requires Android 2.1 or higher; Cost Free

e-book/Manga reader: Supports manga (& eBooks) from eBookJapan; Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost Free

jjComics Viewer: Supports cbr, cbz, rar,zip, jpg, gif, png, bmp; Requires Android 2.0 or higher; Cost Free

Komik Reader: Supports cbr, cbz; Requires Android 3.0 or higher; Cost Free

Comic Reader: Supports, read 347 of the most famous comics including Dilbert, Xkcd, Abstruse Goose, Geek and Poke, Calvin and Hobbes, PhD Comics, Pickles, Garfield, Spiked Math and many more; Requires Android 2.1 or higher; Cost Free

Manga Watcher: Supports manga from a bunch of manga websites; Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost $2.99

MangaWhat: Supports manga from a bunch of manga websites; Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost Free

TIViewer (comic & text viewer): Supports zip (jpg, bmp, gif, png), txt; Requires Android 2.1 or higher; Cost Free

Simple Comic Viewer: Supports zip, rar, cbr, cbz, jpg, png, gif, bmp; Requires Android 2.1 or higher; Cost Free

Comic Strips: Supports over 300,000 comic strips from over 120 comics; Requires Android 2.0 or higher; Cost Free

Comic Viewer: Supports images and compressed files (zip); Requires Android 2.0.1 or higher; Cost Free

AyaComicViewer: Supports zip, rar, jpg, png, bmp; Requires Android 1.5 or higher; Cost Free

Manga Reader: Supports manga from MangaStream, MangaReader; Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost Free

Our Comic Viewer: Supports jpeg, png, gif, bmp, zip/cbz, rar/cbr; Requires Android 2.1 or higher; Cost Free

Esay Comic Viewer: Supports image & zip files; Requires Android 2.1 or higher; Cost Free

Comics by ArcaMax: Supports more than 65 of the funniest comic strips ever known to mankind — including famous strips such as Wizard of Id, Dennis the Menace, Blondie, Mutts, and Mother Goose & Grimm; Requires Android 2.1 or higher; Cost Free

xkcdViewer: Supports access to the xkcd archives; Requires Android 1.5 or higher; Cost Free


 

non-reader apps/utilities

Calibre Library: Connect wirelessly to your Calibre e-book library; Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost $2.99

Aldiko Sync free/pro: Sync your books and bookmarks from Aldiko across your devices using your Dropbox account; Requires Android 2.1 or higher; Cost Free/$0.99

FBSync: Sync your position (by paragraph and word) in every e-book you’ve opened with FBReader to the web, Dropbox interface that will allow you to sync your actual book files from one devices to another, REQUIRES ROOT ACCESS; Requires Android 1.6 or higher; Cost Free
 

I hope this catalog will be a useful one stop place for folks to be able to find out what’s available to them for the various formats that are out there. I’ve no doubt missed some (especially when it comes to non English stores and apps) so if you see your favorites missing be sure to leave a comment so that I can add them to the list.

Next month I’ll share some of my favorite non-reading apps with you.