I want to read public domain books on an Android smartphone
January 10, 2013 2:03 PM Subscribe
I want to read public domain books (especially Shakespeare) on my Galaxy S3. But all of the apps I can find are giving me trouble. What's the best-designed and most convenient solution?
posted by vogon_poet to Technology (6 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Reading eBooks on a smartphone is great, but recently I've been trying to read Shakespeare and it's been a problem. The Kindle app, which has a large selection of free Shakespeare plays, won't let me shrink the text enough to preserve line breaks, which makes reading frustrating. Most of the other systems I've tried (Nook, Kobo, Google Books) have the same problem, plus no free books.
Is there a way I can download free ebook versions of Shakespeare plays that are nicely formatted for smartphones? I'm also not averse to paying a few dollars, especially if I get access to a good gloss and footnotes, except that every free sample of Shakespeare (Pelican, Modern Library) I've tried to download doesn't include the actual text of the play, so I can't tell if they have the same problem. If any of the professionally-edited versions are good for smartphone reading, please tell me.
Finally, if you know of a particularly fantastic, beautifully-designed ebook program for Android, I would love to hear about it. I'm starting to envy iOS people.