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Anyone that reads on a mobile device, but doesn't dig Amazon's Kindle thing is probably using Aldiko. This is a super-popular ebook reader that supports EPUB, PDF, and Adobe DRM ebooks. It also works with titles rented through public libraries. You're probably going to wish it worked with more services because the new update looks excellent.

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Aldiko 3.0 was designed with the Holo guidelines in mind. It's an almost perfect representation of modern Android design – someone on the development team may have actually channeled Lord Duarte himself. If you just glance at Aldiko 3.0, you might think it's the Play Store. The new update also includes some improvements to library organization and reading statistics.

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The updated UI has only come to paid edition of Aldiko so far. It should arrive on the free app soon, but for the time being users who plunked down $2.99 are getting special treatment.

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Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Matthew Apostolou

    This great app just got a whole lot better! Updating now :D

  • Sverre Moe

    I have the the latest update from sept.15 on my HTC One, but its still version 2.2.3. No v3.0 available yet on Google Play.

    • Dude

      Just wait a little....staged roll-out ;)

    • Grant Barker

      Yeah. I'm waiting too. (Samsung Galaxy Note 2 here in Japan.)

  • Király Béla

    I don't know... I liked the design of the app as the way it was. The warm colors, wooden like look, the things that made the app 'library like'. There are tons of Holo themed ebook readers in Store, if there was an app that DOESN'T need Holo design, this is it.

    • mesmorino

      Hey, you're talking to the android "community" here, where rabid affection for Holo is ALL you'll EVER see.

      To hear the fans tell it, nothing can and nothing will ever look good unless it's adopting Holo, and regardless of how good it looked before an app automatically gets about a billion points in awesomeness once it goes Holo

      • dannyboiii

        I think it's more of a "my shirt matches my tennie shoes!" phenomenon more than anything.

    • Király Béla

      Okay, so I saved my original APK, to be able to go back if I don't like the new version at all, then updated it. And I'm kinda disappointed. Not because of the design change. I don't like that, but actually not a big deal. On the other hand, the page changing still a little bit sluggish, which is unacceptable in my opinion. The app hasn't got any major new functions, and the only problem it had is still there. When I want to change the page, I swipe my finger on the screen, but the page flipping is at least half second behind my gesture. And now I talk about a Galaxy S3, not some crap from a nameless chinese factory with a hardware that was outdated even three years ago... I know, half second isn't a long time, but the page flipping should happen immediately, like it does in other ebook reader apps. Furthermore, like the slow response wasn't enough, the page changing itself seems everything, but fluid.

  • Samuel Hart

    I'll admit I prefer Moon Reader for the support of ALL THE BOOKS, but I'll look into this one :)

  • Dheeraj

    It appears that only the premium version has been updated so far?

  • Andrew Richards

    It's looking better, but it's still not ready for primetime: a) no full support for the epub3 standard b) no advanced pdf options -- not even cropping c) the only color supported for highlighting is yellow.
    Is there any e-reader app for Android that supports books as well as iBooks does? I haven't found it yet. Play Books does a pretty good job, but having to upload books through a browser is too frustrating to use regularly.

    • Tim

      Have you tried Mantano?

      • Andrew Richards

        Yes, that's the app I currently use. I own paid versions of all the major ebook apps (Moon+, Aldiko, Mantano, Fabrik) but Mantano works the best. Or I guess I should say, Mantano is broken the least.

        • Tim

          Yes, I have to agree. I have tried so many other ebook readers, but keep returning to Mantano. It is far from perfect, but for me beats all the others.

  • http://www.rusiczki.net/ János

    And for those like who are wondering how the Premium version is different from the free one:

    "Differences between the Aldiko Book Reader Premium and the Aldiko Book Reader Free are: the Aldiko Book Reader Premium has highlights, notes and home widget features, gets faster update and does not contain advertisements."

  • jtc276

    Does it have an offline dictionary yet?

  • Andrey Feldman

    Not live on the amazon app store yet. :(

  • Pete

    I can do without the whole fake wooden bookcase background

  • Rucknrun

    This is my favorite reader. I have tried most of them. It keeps trying to install on my SD card on my Nexu7 though. Hopefully I can get the update to install soon.

  • DeadSOL

    Yay! I love this reader!

  • JazzEspresso

    I don't know, but some reason I am always coming back to Moon Reader. I tried Aldiko, but it was way too laggy, wasn't smooth...

  • ellett

    I used Aldiko Premium for years but its inability to handle an existing library without importing and duplicating the entire thing drove me away. I ended up switching to Moon Reader Pro and I've found that it provides a superior reading experience in virtually every way. I just tried the new Aldiko Premium and it still has the same problem with insisting it has to import my library and it won't automatically stay in sync with my Calibre Companion imports. Uninstalling now. I strongly suggest trying Moon Reader, and if you use Calibre, Calibre Companion is a must.

  • Rucknrun

    After taking a second look at moon, it looks like it is much improved. Worked right out of the box with my Calibre server too.

  • http://www.mscha.nl/ Michael Schaap

    “Anyone that reads on a mobile device, but doesn't dig Amazon's Kindle thing is probably using Aldiko”
    Oh, really? How about Kobo? Google Books? Etc.
    Don't you mean: “Anyone that reads on a mobile device, but doesn't dig paying for the books they read is probably using Aldiko.”?

  • http://dennisbareis.com/ Dennis Bareis

    Stopped using it when they disabled Aldiko Sync and didn't provide their own alternative backup/sync mechanism, Fabrik is better and I'm trying Moon+ Reader again also.

  • Trent Hill

    Moon+ Reader has cross device reading position sync (that actually works until google books).
    Does Aldiko have this yet?

  • StuMueller

    Rather than update to a pretty front end, maybe add some actual functionality to the app...such a being able to sync across multiple devices...

  • Grant Barker

    I'm still waiting for the update to reach my phone or country. (Galaxy Note 2 in Japan)
    Google my name to see more eBook readers on my site. (I'm not sure we can post links.)

  • Dan

    I have Aldiko premium on my S4, fully updated, and it looks like it always looked.

  • companyemails

    About freaking time. What was easily my favorite book reader has finally embraced holo and the improvements are HUGE. Not only is the entire app cleaner, more responsive and far more usable, but it is WAY faster than before. Very nice job. The Sole downside to aldiko is that it doesn't have synced reading across devices, but that is probably because it requires local storage of your files (though there is an add on which allows you to store your files on dropbox and get sync that way. It is very rare that I say this about an app, but this is truly a fantastic update. Well done!

    • http://dennisbareis.com/ Dennis Bareis

      You can only sync if your device is rooted, and this is the main reason I stopped using this app.

  • rusherman

    I used Aldiko for several years. I watched as they cut useful functions with each new upgrade until it is now intentional crippleware. Mainly the dictionary and sync that no longer exists. I have a feeling that they plan on bringing this stuff back while extorting customers for more money more often. I gave up and moved to Cool reader. It has both a free sync and dictionary.

    • http://dennisbareis.com/ Dennis Bareis

      fbreader is pretty good also. Sync works reasonably well