GooReader – not as good as Google or Adobe Reader

GooReader was just announced this morning, and it made a splash this morning in the press. FYI: it's a reading app for Windows that ties in to GB (Google Books). You can search GB and read the books from inside the app. There's both a free and a paid version ($30).

The paid version is the first reason why I recommend everyone avoid this app. The only feature it adds is the ability to download PDFs. Google will let you do this in a browser, and it pisses me of that GooReader wants to charge for the privilege. BTW, Google will also let you download Epub, which is something GooReader can't do.

I've tried GooReader, and I compared it to using Google Books in a browser and Adobe Reader.

First, GooReader doesn't have any real library abilities, which I'd have thought was the main reason to install the app. All it can do is search GB (much like you would in a browser) and then display the books found. Curiously enough, GB has some library functions. I haven't used them so I can't comment.

When reading the book, GooReader is slower than reading the same book in a browser. It was also slower than reading the PDF. There is one small upside: GooReader lets me use more screen real estate than when I use GB in a browser. I don't care, though, becuase if I'm going to use a book for any length of time I'll download the PDF.

GooReader has a fair number of zoom options. It also has one rather neat feature: it lets you rotate a book (so you don't have to tilt your head). I like that. But it doesn't have any annotation options (not even bookmarks), nor does it save your place in the book.

Whoops. I just managed to crash GooReader, so I'll cut the review short here.

My Opinion

GooReader is not worth the money to buy it or even worth the time to install it. It might be worth it in the future, just not now.

About Nate Hoffelder (11591 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

1 Comment on GooReader – not as good as Google or Adobe Reader

  1. does anyone know how to get gooreader paid version to work? they charged me $20 and it does not work and i can’t get anyone to contact me for support

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