So I got an Archos 5 internet tablet last night, and I'm planning to review it as an ebook reader. I got the basic model, and it has a 4.8" screen, 8GB flash, Wifi, and a microSD card slot. It's easy to hold it in one hand in portrait mode; my thumb is positioned over the volume buttons (which act as page turn buttons).
Using the Archos 5 has refined my opinion of Android, and I'll post that elsewhere.
This was the easiest to find and download. Loading ebooks from Fictionwise and eReader.com was straightforward. The page turn animation is excruciating, and can be turned off. eReader will likely be my main reading app while I fiddle with the others and try to get them working.
At this time, FBReaderJ is unusable on the Archos 5. It installs the default Books folder on a partition that I can not access, and it can't find the ebooks on my SD card no matter what I name the folder. Also, I cannot access online sources like Feedbooks.
I've already the FBReader devs about the problems; if and when they are resolved I will post instructions. If anyone has already fixed this problem, please let me know.
This is a pretty good ebook reader app, but the installation process is fraught with problems. See, the primary design concept with Android is hiding everything from the user. Aldiko follows this principle by not letting you download their software from their website. I had to find it through someone else (Google "aldiko download" and look for the Softpedia link). Okay, it turns out they do tell you how to download Aldiko, but the information is hidden at the bottom of the Support page. God only know why they put it there instead of on a page labeled, I don't know, download, perhaps.
Aldiko has an option to import all your ebooks. I can't get it to work. But I downloaded several ebooks from Fictionwise so I will still be able to review it.
BTW, here is a direct download link for Aldiko: http://www.aldiko.com/packages/1.2.5/aldiko-standard-220.127.116.11-signed.apk
I'm quite please with the hardware. The button placement is just about perfect for a one handed grip, and swiping the screen with my thumb is easy. But I'm not happy with the amount of trouble I had in trying to read ebooks. Someone somewhere screwed up. I don't know if its the app developers, Archos, or the Android OS itself. I would only get the Archos 5 if you are a masochist or you are content with eReader.