How to get ebooks on your Samsung Galaxy Note 2

User guides Basil Kronfli 14:38, 17 Dec 2012

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a large HD display, perfect for reading on, so here's a guide to getting books and magazines onto your Note 2

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 manages to cram a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED screen into a phone that fits into your pocket. It’s also the sharper non-PenTile form of AMOLED, making it perfect for text heavy content such as eBook reading and web browsing. 

Why read eBooks on your Samsung Galaxy Note 2?

We’ve already touched on the screen technology being fantastic for reading, but there are plenty of other reasons to read on your Note 2. For starters, it isn’t much smaller than a Kindle - just 0.5-inches to be precise. That 0.5-inch difference makes it pocketable, and to paraphrase an old adage about cameras - the best book is the one you’ve got on you.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 also packs a 3300mAh battery which is well able to last a day, even if you’re using the display intensively. Thanks to Smart Stay, it can also keep tabs on whether you’re looking at it or not, keeping the backlight on until you look away.

Most compelling though are the apps on offer through the Google Play Store.

What reading apps are available for your Samsung Galaxy Note 2?

Whether you’ve got a Kindle or not, downloading the Kindle app for Android is a no brainer. It opens you up to a huge range of free books which in itself is great, but it also gives you access to the vast array of paid content available to Kindle devices. If you already have a Kindle, even better - thanks to WhisperSync, it keeps track of your last read page, syncing everything with your Kindle account. Every time you pick up reading therefore, be it on your Kindle or Galaxy Note 2, you’ll be where you left off.

Google Play Books is an alternative to Kindle that doesn’t require you have an account beyond your Google account. This logs you in automatically and as with Kindle gives you access to a wealth of books, some free and some paid. Buying a book is just like buying an app and is done so through the Google Play Store. Again, as with Kindle, it works across Android devices, also working through your desktop web browser.

Moving away from books and Google Play Magazines is a rich alternative to an actual magazine. The app offers competitive pricing and automatic delivery of new issues as well as a free 30 day trial for most subscriptions. As with Google books, you can buy magazines directly through the Google Play store.

Finally, one of our favourite apps on any large phone or tablet is Press Reader. With a subscription to the service, you can download as many newspapers as your heart desires. With papers like the Evening Standard, The Guardian, and the Daily Mail here in the UK to name a few, there’s a range of news out there and the interface is simple to thumb through and get your head around.

If you found this useful, you can find more Samsung Galaxy Note 2 user guides here.

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