Yes, this is primarily a books blog, but I’m finding that I am using other media, be it ebooks, audio, video, or even digital and pocket-held games, more frequently. It may happen that I go a day without opening a physical book for myself, but I won’t pass a day without reading something, it just might be via my nook or an audiobook, etc.
As I begin my homeschool journey, I’ve been searching for apps to help me. But I am one of those people without Apple products, and many of the posts on apps for kids relate to iPad. Today I want to talk about the Reader app I’ve enjoyed the most. I use this for myself, not just for homeschooling! It’s my most essential app on my tablet!
Mantano Reader by Mantano SAS (Lite free, Essentials $2.99, and Premium $6.99) . I am primarily a reader, and I initially bought my Nook Color to be a reading device. I tried just about every reader app out there (Nook, Kindle, Google Books, Alkido, and so forth) before I settled on Mantano as my reading app.
Mantano has great features, and the developer is readily open to feedback so it keeps improving. Mantano has easy-to-organize bookshelves, the ability to import epub and pdf (and the pdf files look great), and there is full support for adobe DRM (i.e., Netgalley and library books). Ebooks link to local (Premium only) or online dictionaries and Wikipedia (must have internet connection). It has a great user interface and design for reading, and you can apply your own themes to each book you read. It’s easy to import books from the integrated OPDS catalog or from your SD card or internal device memory.
Further, I can easily add annotations, notes, and bookmarks. This is a great help for some of our school pages, where I can let my son mark up a workbook page without having to print it out. I’m all for saving paper whenever we can. I consider a good ebook app to be essential to our homeschooling, and Mantano Reader Premium is my reader of choice.
What e-reading app do you use on your Android device? Why do you like it?
Note: I primarily use a Nook Color, rooted with Android cyanogenmod 2.3.7, Mirage.