Let me make it clear - BookMate is a fantastic app. I prefer its web version over the mobile version. If I had to rate it, I’d give it 4/5. The app had a bunch of flaws, and I have no energy to mention them. You won’t even notice any of it. Definitely not the last time I’m contradicting myself, but yes, it’s a great place to read books.
What did I do now? Yes. I went back to Ereader Prestigio as I found “Foliate” to read and manage ebooks on my laptop. What about synchronization? I don’t care. Why did I ditch the BookMate app? Yes. What about its web version? Yes, I was using it, but not too much.
I found the combination of Foliate + Ereader Prestigio suitable for me. I know I bitched about synchronization, but hey, I stopped caring about it as there was no way those apps were related to each other in a way to fix my issue of synchronization. I was reading different books on different devices anyway.
I wasn’t looking for new software/apps to read books. A whole year passed, and I thought this is it. I didn’t think so, but I’m writing it anyway. As we all know that happiness is short-lived, it’s not that those apps were making me happy, but it was time for me to go on an adventure to find something new where I can build my collection from scratch and settle on one final platform for smartphone and laptop.
Bow down to the king Kindle. Fuck, no. I have always stayed away from it. I don’t hate Kindle. How can I hate something I’ve never used? I have used the app, but I don’t hate it. The whole process of moving books is a pain in the ass for me. I don’t buy ebooks, sorry. I’m pro-piracy unless it’s my content, which doesn’t exist. On a lighter note, if I didn’t have any issue shifting my collection of books, I’d have settled down with Kindle, but that ship has sailed with Vasco da Gama. Everything works well in Kindle, the features are good, and it works without any problem apart from my problems, which I’m not going to write here.
On Kindle, I read “Nicola Tesla - Imagination And The Man That Invented The 20th Century”, and my experience was satisfactory but damn, I’ll never waste my time converting books from one format to another. My case regarding me being pro-piracy has already been established, and I’d not like to contradict myself again even though I will.
“So, I think you went back to Ereader Prestigio and Foliate, right?” Well, how can I do that? Of course, I did. Just kidding, or am I?
It’s not the end!
A couple of months ago, I stumbled upon this Reddit post that was related to ebook-reading apps. I scrolled way too down to see what it has to offer, and I saw someone had mentioned Google Play Books and how good it is, plus the page scroll effect is unbeatable. For the sake of trying, I wanted to try it, and I did. I mean, that’s why I’m writing about it. DUH.
The app hit me. I don’t have any bruises to prove if it did it or not, but it’s the standalone app I’m using on my phone and laptop. It has everything that I wanted. All the features work well and maintain their rhythm. I don’t have to convert any book’s format, I don’t have to worry about highlights, and the dictionary is good, too. Sometimes there’s a DRM issue that blocks me from reading the book, but Calibri, along with the DeDRM, makes the task of removing DRM easy as 3.14
Google Play Books has its limitation as it doesn’t support all the formats and sometimes fails to process the books, but that’s okay. To me, it works well. Finally, something I can stick to, and this time I’m sure.
I know I have not attached any screenshots from my phone, and it’s okay. I wanted to do it, but hey, anyway.