I don鈥檛 own a chunk of novels or books that I want to read or are my favourites. And for a long time, I鈥檝e avoided buying a Kindle as I鈥檓 never too confident whether I鈥檒l like it or not. I鈥檇 love to have a shelf full of books that I鈥檝e read, but as of now, my collection remains on the internet and the hard drive.

In the past, I鈥檝e mentioned that I鈥檓 not a fan of reading, and it鈥檚 the truth. I read because of curiosity rather than enjoyment. To this day, I feel weird saying that I enjoy reading because I don鈥檛. Two pages inn and I鈥檓 already yawning, but I do force myself to read. Anyway, I don鈥檛 know why I started writing this paragraph. Mind鈥檚 distracted already, I guess.

The only reason I started writing this post is that I鈥檝e finally decided to settle down on applications when it comes to reading books on a device. God, who gives a fuck? Never mind, I talk to myself and write for myself.

I鈥檝e been using Ereader Prestigio for months, and it鈥檚 one of the finest reading apps out there. I don鈥檛 care about MoonReader. I never tried using it, except for once and ended up not liking the user interface. The 鈥渇eel鈥 is genuinely essential to me, and it鈥檚 one of the reasons I faced a hard time finding the right app before settling down to Ereader Prestigio.

Am I endorsing Ereader Prestigio? Fuck yeah, but since no one will ever find this post despite being on my website, my endorsement doesn鈥檛 mean shit. But yes, it鈥檚 a good app. As I鈥檝e said before, and I hate to repeat myself, but I鈥檒l do it - I haven鈥檛 tried a lot of apps. Damn, I hate repeating myself. Wait, I did that again. FUCK.

Oh wait, I don鈥檛 think I repeated myself, except for once. I hope society will find me superior now. God bless.

Now, what happens when you find a good app? You change it, of course, you want to try a few more. That鈥檚 what I did, at least. What about Ereader Prestigio? I got bored of it. It was time for BookMate to arrive, and it did. Profit? Yeah, not much. The interface was elegant. I liked how easy it was to customize it as there weren鈥檛 many options available, and it wasn鈥檛 even a problem IMO. Bookmate had limitations. You could only upload EPUB and FB2 files. For me, the sync wasn鈥檛 working well. I could see what has been highlighted in the 鈥渜uote鈥 section on both of my devices, but if I highlight something using my phone and check it on the web, the highlight with specific colour didn鈥檛 appear, only the text in the 鈥渜uotes鈥 appeared. I don鈥檛 know how to explain it distinctly, even though I just did. To be honest, it鈥檚 not a big of a deal, but to me, it was. I found a reason to search for something else which could do things the way I wanted. Moreover, I didn鈥檛 like the inbuilt dictionary.

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鈥檇 give it 4/5. The app had a bunch of flaws, and I have no energy to mention them. You won鈥檛 even notice any of it. Definitely not the last time I鈥檓 contradicting myself, but yes, it鈥檚 a great place to read books.

What did I do now? Yes. I went back to Ereader Prestigio as I found 鈥淔oliate鈥 to read and manage ebooks on my laptop. What about synchronization? I don鈥檛 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鈥檛 looking for new software/apps to read books. A whole year passed, and I thought this is it. I didn鈥檛 think so, but I鈥檓 writing it anyway. As we all know that happiness is short-lived, it鈥檚 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鈥檛 hate Kindle. How can I hate something I鈥檝e never used? I have used the app, but I don鈥檛 hate it. The whole process of moving books is a pain in the ass for me. I don鈥檛 buy ebooks, sorry. I鈥檓 pro-piracy unless it鈥檚 my content, which doesn鈥檛 exist. On a lighter note, if I didn鈥檛 have any issue shifting my collection of books, I鈥檇 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鈥檓 not going to write here.

On Kindle, I read 鈥淣icola Tesla - Imagination And The Man That Invented The 20th Century鈥, and my experience was satisfactory but damn, I鈥檒l never waste my time converting books from one format to another. My case regarding me being pro-piracy has already been established, and I鈥檇 not like to contradict myself again even though I will.

鈥淪o, I think you went back to Ereader Prestigio and Foliate, right?鈥 Well, how can I do that? Of course, I did. Just kidding, or am I?

It鈥檚 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鈥檚 why I鈥檓 writing about it. DUH.

The app hit me. I don鈥檛 have any bruises to prove if it did it or not, but it鈥檚 the standalone app I鈥檓 using on my phone and laptop. It has everything that I wanted. All the features work well and maintain their rhythm. I don鈥檛 have to convert any book鈥檚 format, I don鈥檛 have to worry about highlights, and the dictionary is good, too. Sometimes there鈥檚 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鈥檛 support all the formats and sometimes fails to process the books, but that鈥檚 okay. To me, it works well. Finally, something I can stick to, and this time I鈥檓 sure.

I know I have not attached any screenshots from my phone, and it鈥檚 okay. I wanted to do it, but hey, anyway.