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Cool Reader

Cool Reader

Cool Reader is a fast and small cross-platform XML/CSS based e-Book reader for desktops and handheld devices. It supports a wide variety of formats and has been ported to some eInk based devices.

Cool Reader in Action Cool Reader in action

Features:

  • Supported formats:
    • EPUB (non-DRM) - an international e-publishing standard, supported styles, images, tables, TOC. Not supported: SVG, embedded fonts, MathML
    • FB2 - a Russian e-books standard. Full support is provided
    • HTML - HTML is generally speaking not a book format - partial support, but includes css styles, tables, lists, etc
    • RTF - Rich Text Format - limited support
    • doc - Microsoft Word
    • Plain text
    • chm - a Microsoft proprietary online help format. Limited support provided
    • tcr - Psion Text
    • pdb - PalmDOC eBook format is a special version of the PDB format
    • prc
    • mobi (non-DRM)
    • pml - Palm Markup Language
  • Pages or scroll view. Page flipping animation
  • One or two pages in landscape mode
  • Table of contents
  • Bookmarks
  • Bookmarks on text fragments (comments or corrections) which can be useful for proof reading
  • Text search
  • Export bookmarks to text file
  • Built-in file browser
  • Recent books access
  • Online catalogs (OPDS) support
  • Text to Speech (TTS) support - listen to books being read to you
  • Hyphenation dictionaries
  • Complete FB2 format support: styles, tables, footnotes
  • Additional fonts support
  • Font kerning
  • Floating punctuation
  • Page flipping animation
  • Day and night profiles (two sets of colors, background, backlight levels)
  • Brightness adjustments by flick on left edge of screen
  • Background texture (stretched or tiled) or solid color
  • Paperbook-like page turning animation or "sliding page" animation
  • Dictionary support (ColorDict and Fora Dictionary)
  • Customizable tap zone and key actions
  • Place additional textures to /sdcard/.cr3/textures/ - to be used as tiled page backgrounds
  • Place additional textures to /sdcard/.cr3/backgrounds/ - to be used as stretched page backgrounds (/cr3/ directory can also be used instead of /.cr3/, and internal SD or internal storage instead of /sdcard/)
  • Select text using double tap (optional)
  • Book coverpages in file browser
  • Configurable font face, size, style, interline space, text color, background (solid color, tiled or stretched image)
  • Supports install on SD (Android 2.2+)
  • Honeycomb support
Web site:
Price:
Developer:
Links:
Reviews:
www.coolreader.org/e-index.htm
Free (open source - GPL license)
Vadim Lopatin
SourceForge Project Page, Forum thread, Wiki
drice.blog (in German)
Verdict:

Cool Reader is a worthy competitor to Aldiko and FBReader.

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