September 16, 2013 9:56am
Popular third-party e-book reading app, Aldiko, has been updated to version 3.0 today with a brand new Holo-fied interface. The company took many cues from Play Books, but added extensive catalog support, new in-book stats and more font options to improve the overall reading experience on phones and tablets.
While the new version doesn’t have cross-account syncing of book progress and reading stats — though the company has said many times they’re “working on it” — the new version is lighter, faster and more enjoyable to use than the previous one.
Aldiko also celebrated 15 million downloads of its app, though, according to Google Play, the Premium version has only been paid for between 100,000 and 500,000 times. Still, though Aldiko is rolling the 3.0 update only to Premium users at the moment, the company’s bread and butter appears to be content partnerships with outside catalogues and, to some extent, a white label version of its e-reading software for OEMs. According to the website, Aldiko has partnered with Samsung, LG, Huawei, ZTE and many others, so this update is likely just as important to them as it is to regular consumers.
Users can sort large libraries based on author, title and now by tag, which is an excellent feature if you tend to read a number of different genres. You also get stats on books you’ve read, and much more comprehensive navigation of titles for sale.
The free version will be updated soon, but for now it’s all about the $2.99 Aldiko Premium users.