If you buy eBooks often on Flipkart, Windows Phone users have some great news. Flipkart has an eBook Reader app which seems to be completely hidden from the store and does not even show up in search when checked on Windows Phone store. This was updated yesterday according to the timestamp there, I am not sure how it was before but the current version looks decent enough.
- Use your Flipkart account in the app.
- Complete eBook store is accessible and it is possible to buy books right away.
- Categories of eBooks helps you narrow down your search for particular type of interest.
- You can read 10% of the book for free before buying it by tapping the sample button.
- Check out Overview and recommendation of the ebooks.
Now the reader is already built in the app and shows up when you select a book to read from your Library or My Bookshelf. The user interface is simple so you don’t get distracted from reading and all you need to do is flip the pages by swiping with your thumb.
The basic theme is Black text over white background in full screen mode. You can tap anywhere to bring up the menu. The top menu is a horizontal scroller to take you forward through the pages while the lower menu bar gives you access to:
- Pin to Start
- and Bookmark the page.
You can also lock the orientation, see all the bookmarks and share it with your friends. That said, the reader also lets you change the theme from boring green to Day, Sepia and Night Mode. It is also possible to change the text size from small to medium to large and the ultimate huge.
How was the reading experience and the app performance:
Overall the app is well done and with Nokia’s clear black display, reading is a bliss but the app seems to be still performing poorly when it comes to responses. As an example you will see the slow page change when you swipe or when you change the theme. Though the book was completely downloaded, it felt as if it was downloading each page from the internet. Apart from that when I tried buying a book, there was a server error.
Only users in India can download full eBooks from this app.[appbox windowsphone 1aa28c37-3269-45ec-94de-69251648a693]