As a bookworm, one thing that has continuously frustrated me with my Android device is the lack of an eReader that can accommodate content with DRM. I want to be download content on the go if I get stuck somewhere without my Kindle and lacking in entertainment. I suppose if that someplace was an airport I could theoretically buy an actual book, but I try to avoid adding any additional bulk while traveling as much as I can.
The eReader app from eReader.com was recently released in Beta and is not available on the Android Market, but it can be easily downloaded to any Android device for free from their site. Once installed, you can register for the eReader site right from your device and start shopping around for ebooks.
The ebooks on the site did seem fairly pricey. I also own a Kindle, and the few books that I found that were available both on eReader.com and Amazon.com were generally cheaper on Amazon. There is a rewards program that allows you to earn credit that you can then apply to other books. Since I’m using this as a stop gap solution, I didn’t really want to sign up for the required weekly newsletter. But it is definitely something to consider if you’re going to be buying from the store more frequently.
The selection is also an issue. I have a few authors that I follow pretty religiously and very few of them had books on eReader.com. There are some New York Times bestsellers and wide variety of genres, so if you’re not hooked on any specific series then the selection may not be too bad.
One thing I did discover was that some of the ebooks from Barnes and Noble work with the eReader.com app since eReader.com is owned by the bookstore giant. All you have to do is enter the name and credit card number you used on Barnes and Noble to buy the book. I didn’t see any harm in doing this since I was already providing my credit card number for the eReader.com store and they are affiliated with Barnes and Noble.
This functionality is limited though as only PDB formatted books work with eReader and many of the new books coming out on the Barnes and Noble site are EPUB formatted. I can’t seem to find a way to determine the file type of the book on Barnes and Noble before downloading, so relying on eReader to read your Barnes and Noble books is a bit of a gamble. So if you’re not willing to read some books only on the PC or don’t have a Nook, you may not want to to even try this.
Overall, the actual controls within eReader were intuitive and easy to use. I would like to see more options for background and text coloring, but I was able to find a combination that worked for me with the minimal selection provided. Battery life wasn’t drained any more than normal when the display is constantly on. This is a solid reader for those who like to have some options on the go, but I’ll still be counting down the minutes until the Borders app comes out in June.