All Symbian eBook/Document Reader apps
In the early Symbian era the app ecosystem was not as big as it is now. Very few third party applications were available and it applied to ebook readers as well. Back then I wrote a post describing Mobipocket reader as the best e-book reader app for older Symbian S60 phones. Later on Amazon acquired MobiPocket and stopped the further development of Mobipocket reader (compatible upto S60v3). It was a sad development as the mobility world (and Symbian) entered into the touchscreen era. I bought Nokia N8 recently, only to find that all my old Mobipocket e-books are useless in it as Mobipocket reader does not work. Fortunately we have many good alternatives out there now. Here is a brief description of all eBook reader apps currently available for Symbian^3 and other S60 phones (Note – we have packed sis files of all these apps in a single ZIP file. It’s download link is given at the end of this post).
ZXReader is a very good free mobile eBook reader app from Russian developers. It is basically compatible upto S60 5th Ed. but works perfectly fine on Symbian^3 (Nokia N8, C7) phones as well. There are all the functions in this app that are expected in a good e-book reader – you can configure them all including fonts, line spacing, background, margins, brightness etc. One useful and unique feature of ZX Reader is that it can find and open books from all folders of the phone. Phone’s physical buttons (Volume +/-) can also be used to turn book’s pages. ZX Reader currently supports FB2, RTF, text and even zip files (containing supported formats content).
There is a bug in ZX Reader though – when using in Symbian^3 phones – DO NOT select “Toggle Infobar” – if the “Toggle infobar” option is selected by tapping on it, you will no longer have access to the app “Menu” (settings, library or exit options). And the only way to recover the “infobar” will be – by restoring the settings – first close ZXReader by Task Manager, now delete the file “Profilex.xxxx” in “E:/Data/ZXReader2/Config” via any file manager (where xxx are numbers and E is the drive where you have installed ZX Reader). All setting will be restored to default including the infobar at its usual place.
Another very good free mobile e-book reader app with a polished professional UI and an amazing feature set. Acquired by Barnes & Noble some time back, eReader is available for many mobile platforms including Android, iOS and Symbian (upto S60 5th ed but it runs fine on Symbian^3 as well). One bug in the current version though – the default “Maynard” font of eReader is not recognized by most Symbian^3 firmwares so the “boxes” appear in place of fonts when you open any book in eReader. However it is easy to get it right – go to “Options/Text Settings/Font” and change the default font to any Nokia font, select OK and then Options/OK to save the change and done. Now you should be able to read them all.
eReader currently supports eReader and PalmDoc format ebooks (DRM protected ebooks available from B&N online store or DRM free from many sources online). You will have to place (copy) your ebook files into “X:/Data/Others” folder (where X is the drive where eReader was installed which may be C, E or F).
Dorian eBook Reader
Dorian is basically a free Maemo Garage app (and thus primarily Maemo centric) but thanks to its developers who also made a Symbian^3 version as well (Tested successfully in Nokia N8 and C6-01). Dorian is a free e-Book reader currently supporting EPUB format eBooks. Key features of Dorian include – easy navigation with touch or volume buttons, easy import of stored books plus the option of searching and downloading books from internet, bookmarks with notes etc.
For more details and download go to the official site.
Foliant Reader is a mobile Java app (from Russian developers) available free for all java supporting phones. It works perfectly well in Symbian^3 phones as well. Foliant makes a great ebook reader for all java supporting phones (considering its small size and J2ME format restrictions). Foliant Readers UI and features are impressive and it looks just like a native sis app running in Symbian touch screen phones. Another good thing about Foliant is that it is constantly being updated. Currently Foliant Reader supports (DRM-free) ebooks in FB2, text and zip format (containing supported format content). Download Foliant from here (In Russian language).
iSilo Document Reader
iSilo is a mobile document (ebook) reader (paid app), specially popular among professionals (medicos) worldwide. iSilo is available for all major mobile platforms (Windows Mobile, Windows CE, Pocket PC, Windows Phone, iOS, Web OS, Blackberry, Android, Symbian (All editions and versions), Palm and even desktop Windows and Mac OS X) – in fact on more platforms than any other reader. There is no Symbian^3 specific version of iSilo yet but the 5th ed version works perfectly well in Nokia N8 and C7 also. iSilo currently supports Palm Doc (pdb files) format, txt format and iSilo specific proprietary document format eBooks.
Download iSilo from here according to your mobile OS. The official app is a one month trial version but you can easily find a cracked one also (we have added it in the zip file!). Besides there is a huge collection of free iSilo supported eBooks at Memoware for download.
Q Reader is a free eBook reader app for Symbian, originally developed for S60 3rd ed., but works well in 5th ed. and Symbian^3 phones (Nokia N8) also. I have not personally tested QReader but it is claimed to support .txt, Palm DOC (.prc and .pdb), TCR, FB2 and UMD format ebook files. Other features include screen rotation (90, 180 and 270 degrees), TTF scalable fonts support, auto-scrolling, search, adjustable colors, adjustable document locations, Bluetooth/IR/E-mail send option for text files etc.
Download from here.
Wattpad Mobile app
Wattpad also provides a free eBook reader app for all the popular mobile platforms including Symbian. In their own words – “Wattpad is the world’s most popular ebook app. Available for every major mobile device, the Wattpad app is downloaded over 1 million times a month. Wattpad is the number one eBook app in BlackBerry’s App World and one of the all-time top apps in the Apple App Store. Readers can create their own libraries and connect with other readers and authors from their phone.”
The major difference between Wattpad and other eBook reader apps being that Wattpad is “social and interactive” i.e. in addition of being a platform for reading, Wattpad is a viral community where readers connect with authors, share stories they like with other readers and friends on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr etc. There are thousands of books available at the official wattpad site to download and read. You can either read books online or download them for offline reading. Symbian version of wattpad is a small J2ME (jar format) app but runs fine on Nokia N8.
Download from here (Update – now available for Android, iOS and Windows only).
Albite Reader is another very good free mobile e-book reader app supporting free EPUB, txt and (x)html format books. It is a J2ME app (MIDlet) thus compatible with many different types of mobiles including Symbian^3. There are several versions of Albite Reader available, according to various devices (like Albite Reader HD for Symbian^3 phones etc). Despite being a small MIDlet app (jar format), Albite reader works perfectly fine, in fact very well in my Nokia N8. Besides there is a large collection of free, downloadable, EPUB e-books (on all popular subjects and genres) available at their official site. You can download Albite Reader from here.
FB Reader is a free eBook reader app primarily developed for Android. It supports DRM free ePub and FB2 format ebooks. A beta version of FB Reader for Symbian and MeeGo-Harmattan (N9) is available at the official site. A list of websites having compatible books is also there at the site.
Iconic reader is a relatively new entry into the e-book reader arena. It is a very good ePub reader for Symbian^3. Please refer to this post to know more about Ionic Reader.
Bubue Books Reader
Originally developed in Chinese, it’s a relatively new entry in the Symbian e-book reader scene. Bubue books reader supports ePub (DRM-free), txt and umd e-book formats. Interface is simple with just a big “+” button at the home screen (to add books to the shelf). Swipe (left/right) gesture is supported to to browse through pages. Book opening and page-turning effects are quite similar to the physical paper books. Overall a simple, light-weight (<300Kb), “no-frill” e-book reader (with a funny name!). It is compatible with all Symbian S60v3, S60v5 and S^3/Belle phones.
It is a new Qt based eBook reader app having smooth UI and powerful features – supports FB2, FB2 (ZIP) and EPUB (DRM free) ebooks, full touch support, bookmarks/annotations, full screen mode, portrait/landscape mode, dark or daylight mode etc. Download from here.
Weird name aside Tramontana Reader is a basic EPUB reader for Symbian which needs further polishing and development (buggy and lackluster performance) but still worth a try. It supports free non-DRM protected files only. Download from here.
Other recent additions in the Symbian ebook/document readers arena
Adobe Reader for Symbian
We have not included Mobipocket Reader above as it was covered earlier in this post.
As a bonus we have also added two more apps in this zip file – “ReadM” (a very good ebook reader for S60v2) and “Office Reader” (a document reader). Hope you find this post useful…. Feedback and suggestions are welcome!
Update – I have managed to get the good old Mobipocket Reader (partially) working in Symbian Belle, you can get it from here.