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[Did you know]-how to remove books from Recent Reads section

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

If you filter your library by Recent Reads, all books that you are currently reading will be shown. Some of you have asked us if you don’t want some of the books shown under Recent Reads, what can you do? You can actually remove books from Recent Reads manually. Here is how:

First, filter your library in Aldiko Book Reader by Recent Reads.

After that, if you are at shelf view, just do a long press against the cover of the book that you want to remove from Recent Reads, then select “Remove from recent”; if you are at list view, just tap on the “More” icon at the right hand side of the book and then select “Remove from recent”.

[Did you know]-you can share a quote to your friends and followers while reading with the Aldiko Book Reader

Monday, February 25th, 2013

While reading, very often you may find a nice quote that you would like to share with your friends and followers. You can do exactly this inside the Aldiko Book Reader. Here is how:

(1) while reading, hold and select a quote/passage, you will then see a pop-up menu option, select “Share icon”;

(2) after that, you can share the quote on social networking apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Google +, email apps, note apps etc. Please make sure you have the apps that you would like to use to share the quote installed on your Android phone or tablet.

That’s it! Enjoy!

[Did you know]-you can return borrowed eBooks to local public libraries early in the Aldiko Book Reader

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Last time we introduced tips about how to borrow eBooks from local public libraries and read them in the Aldiko Book Reader. Since then, we have been seeing many of you  are using the Aldiko Book Reader to read eBooks from public libraries. Very often, you may finish reading a borrowed book before the loaning period expires. In this case, you can actually return the borrowed book to library early right within the Aldiko Book Reader so that it frees you a book quota to borrow another book. Here is how:

If you are at the shelf view of the Aldiko Book Reader library, just do a long press against the borrowed book, you will then see an option menu showing up, select the “Return borrowed item” option.

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If you are at the list view of the Aldiko Book Reader library, just tap on the “More” icon on the right hand side of the borrowed book, you will then see an option menu showing up, select the “Return borrowed item” option.

That’s it. After that, your book will be returned and you can borrow another book from your library.

Enjoy!

[Did you know]-you can borrow books from local public libraries and read them in the Aldiko Book Reader

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

With the Aldiko Book Reader, you are not only be able to shop for eBooks from the different third-party bookstores inside the app. You can also bring or download your borrowed eBooks from local public libraries in the app and read them on the go on your smartphone or tablet. Many public libraries are now loaning eBooks in Adobe EPUB or PDF formats, you can check with your local public library to see if they offer such service. There are 2 ways to bring/download borrowed eBooks into the Aldiko Book Reader, here are how:

Method 1:

(1) Go to your local public library’s website on your computer, select any eBook in Adobe EPUB or Adobe PDF format, check out and then download the eBooks file. Normally, library ill offer you an .acsm file for each eBook.

(2) Put the .acsm file in the SD card/internal storage of your smartphone or tablet.

(3) Open the Aldiko Book Reader (make sure you are using the latest version 2.2.3), select “Files”, locate the .acsm file, check the box next to it and then select “Import”.

(4)  If you have verified your device with an Adobe ID already, the eBook will be automatically downloaded and imported into your library in the app. If you haven’t verified your device with an Adobe ID before, you should see a pop-up window that asks you to authorize your device with an Adobe ID. After authorization, the eBook will be automatically downloaded and imported into your library in the app.

 

Method 2:

(1) Open the Aldiko Book Reader, select the “Store” icon.

(2) At Store, tap on the menu key or overflow menu of your device (For overlay menu, it should be located at the top right corner of the Store, the icon looks like a 3 vertical dots). After that, select “My Catalogs”.

(3) At the “My Catalogs” page, select the Add “+” icon, which is located close to the top right corner. After that, type in your local library’s name in the Title box, type in the website of your local library in the URL box and then select “OK”.

(4) You have your library catalog set up in the Aldiko Book Reader. From now on, you just need to tap on the library name at My Catalog, you will then be linked to the library website where you can browse, borrow and download books in EPUB or PDF format . After download, the books will be displayed in your library of the Aldiko Book Reader.

Enjoy!

[Did you know]-you can import books from your computer to the Aldiko Book Reader quickly by using Google Drive

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Very often, Aldiko users will ask us what the fastest way is to transfer books from computer to the Aldiko Book Reader app on Smartphone or tablet. Making use of Google Drive can make transferring files from your computer to the Aldiko Book Reader on your Smartphone or tablet simple and easy. Google Drive is a cloud service provided by Google.  It allows you to store and access your files anywhere, on the web, on your devices etc. Here is how to transfer files from your computer to the Aldiko Book Reader by using Google Drive:

Setup (This has to be done for the first time only):

(1) Go to Google Drive on the web at drive.google.com on your computer, sign into Google Drive (register a Google account if you don’t have one);
(2) On your Android smartphone or tablet, go to Google Play application and do a search for “Google Drive”. Download and install the Google Drive app on your Android smartphone or tablet;
(3) Sign into Google Drive on your Android smartphone or tablet;

Transferring files from your computer to the Aldiko Book Reader:

(4) Drag and drop the file or upload the file that you would like to transfer to the Aldiko Book Reader to Google Drive on your computer;


(5) Go to your Android smartphone or tablet, open the Google Drive app, you will see the file from your computer syncs and appears on the Google Drive on your Android smartphone or tablet automatically;

(6) Tab on the file, the file will start to download;

(7) When download completes, you will see a pop up window saying “Complete action by”, please choose “Import to Aldiko” and then confirm.

That’s it, now the file has been transferred from your computer to the Aldiko Book Reader. You can find the file in the library in the Aldiko Book Reader and read it on the go.

Enjoy!

[Did you know] you can create an Aldiko book shortcut on your device’s home screen so that you can resume reading with one tap

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Last week, we introduced the Aldiko widget feature. With the Aldiko widget feature, you  can create a widget containing the list of your currently reading eBook titles (a list of books) on your device’s home screen so that you can resume reading quickly and flip through the book covers of your currently reading books beautifully.

This week, we’re going to introduce you the Aldiko book shortcut feature. With this feature, you can create a book cover shortcut of your currently reading book (one single book) on your device’s home screen so that you can come back to read the book with just one tap right from the device’s home screen.

Here is how to add a book shortcut:

-if you are using Android 4.0 or above devices, just go to Add Widget section of your device, touch and hold the Aldiko/Aldiko Premium launcher icon and drag it to the home screen of your device. After that, tab on the book that you would like to create a shortcut;

-If you are using Android 3.0 honeycomb devices, just tab on the “+” icon at the upper right-corner of the device’s  home screen, then select “More” and select “Aldiko/Aldiko Premium”. After that, tab on the book that you would like to create a shortcut;


-if you are using Android 2.2 and 2.3 devices, just tab on the menu key of your device then tap on the “Add” icon. After that, select “Shortcuts” and then select “Aldiko/Aldiko Premium”, tab on the cook that you would like to create a shortcut.


That’s it. Now, you will have the book shortcut on your device’s home screen and you can resume reading more quickly than ever.

Enjoy!

[Did you know] you can create an Aldiko widget on your device’s home screen so that you can resume reading quickly and flip through the book covers beautifully?

Friday, October 12th, 2012

The Aldiko widget will display the list of books that you are currently reading on your device’s home screen. This will not only make resume reading quickly (right from the device’s home screen), it will also provide an elegant way for you to flip through the book covers of your currently reading books. This feature is currently available in the Aldiko Book Reader Premium only and will work on Android devices running on Android 3.0 or above.

To add an Aldiko widget to your device’s home screen, just go to Add Widget section of your device, select touch and hold the Aldiko Premium widget  and drag it to the home screen of your device. That’s it.

You should now see the Aldiko Premium widget showing the list of your currently reading books on your device’s home screen.. Flip through the covers, resume reading  and enjoy!

Please note that you would need to install the Aldiko Book Reader app in internal memory of your device in order to make the widget feature work. To do so, go to System Settings -> select Apps ->Aldiko Premium, then tap on “Move to device” button.

Stay tuned for next week’s tips and tricks! Come back to check it out!

[Did you know] How to install the Aldiko Book Reader on Kindle Fire?

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Many Kindle Fire users have asked us how to install the Aldiko Book Reader on their Kindle Fire, below we are going to share two easy methods to you.

Downloading and installing directly to your Kindle Fire:

(1) At the top of the Kindle Fire menu, select the Gear (settings) icon and then tap on the “More” icon;
(2) Tap on “Device”, then choose “ON” for “Allow Installation of Applications”;
(3) Open the Kindle Fire’s browser and open the below link:
https://aldiko.zendesk.com/entries/402881-download-the-latest-version-of-the-aldiko-book-reader-application#overview to download the Aldiko app;
(4) When download completes, open the notification bar on your Kindle Fire. Tap on the apk file and then tap on “Install”.

Transferring the Aldiko Book Reader from your computer to your Kindle Fire (a computer and a SD card is needed):

(1) Download the Aldiko Book Reader from our website to your computer;
(2) Transfer the Aldiko Book Reader .apk installation file from your computer to the SD card of your device;
(3) On your Kindle Fire, select the Gear (settings) icon at the top menu, then tap on the “More” Icon;
(4) Tap on “Device”, choose ON for “Allow Installation of Applications”;
(5)  Locate the Aldiko Book Reader app in the SD card of your Kindle Fire, tap on the file to install the app.

[Did You Know] How to separate read and unread books in library

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

One question that we often received from you guys is “ Can I separate the books in my library into “read” and “unread”?” The answer is “Yes”. You can actually use Tags or Collections feature in the Aldiko Book Reader app to do so. Below are the instructions:

Go to the list view of your library and then tap on “Tags” or “Collections” (here we use Collections as example).

Tap on the “+” button at the right corner of your device display to add a collection. You will then see a pop-up window, just give the collection a name, e.g. “Read”, and then Select “Ok” to confirm.  Follow the same step to create another collection called “Unread”.

Tap on the Expansion icon (the arrow) at the right-hand side of the “Read” collection and then tap on “Add books” to add books that you have already read. Use the same method to add books that you haven’t read to the “Unread” collection.

That’s it! When you want to check out unread books, just go to the “Unread” collection. When you want to check books that you have read, just go to the “Read” collection.

Last but not least, you can follow the above instructions to create “Read” and “Unread” tags as well.

Using Collection and Tag features to separate read and unread books so that you can find your next great read more easily.

Something You Should Know About the New Update (Version 2.1.0)

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
We hope you enjoy the new update (version 2.1.0). As you may have been aware, we have made some changes to the user interface of the app. In this post, we will highlight those changes to help you adapt to the new UI more easily.
  • My Catalogs
“My Catalogs” is now moved to the Store section. To access “My Catalogs”, please tap on the “Store” icon on the home screen of the Aldiko Book Reader app, you will be linked to the Store section of the app. After that, please tap on the menu key of your device, you should be able to see the “My Catalogs” option. Tap on it and you will be there.

For new users, you may ask how I can make use of the “My Catalogs” feature. If you would like to buy books from bookstore that is currently not in the Store section of the Aldiko app, you can add the URL of the bookstore in “My Catalogs” (just by entering the store name and the store’s URL). After that, you can browse, shop and download books from this bookstore directly inside the  app. (If you would like to see your favorite bookstores integrated into the Aldiko app, we recommend you to send your feedback to the bookstores.)

  • Recent Reads

Many of you requested us to make the “Recent Reads” section like the one in Aldiko version 1.0, we heard you. One of the biggest changes you may notice is the brand new home screen,  there are now 4 icons on the home screen instead of 6 to make the user interface more simple. In addition, we have added the “Recent Reads” section on the home screen. The “Recent Reads” section shows the books that you are currently reading. You can scroll the books horizontally to see the complete list of the books that you are currently reading.

  • Dictionary

Improving the dictionary feature was one of the most frequent request by all of you. The good news is that we are currently working on it; the bad news is that we had to remove this feature temporarily. Therefore, the dictionary feature is not available temporarily in this update. We hope to bring it back as soon as possible.

If you have any feedback or need any assistance, please leave comment below or directly send email to us at support@aldiko.zendesk.com. Browsing our support forum is a good way to learn more as well, you will find most of the info you need. :)

P.S.: We review the comments on the Android Market regularly, however, we cannot reply you directly there due to the limitation of the Android Market. If you have any question, we recommend you to use the above methods to contact us directly, thank you!