Help Document for Android App

eKitabu e-reader allows you to read any EPUB ebook file, the international standard for e-reading. This help guide has been designed by eKitabu to walk you through setting up your Android app, adding ebooks, reading ebooks, and controlling how you read and view them. 

Download and installation

To get you started, type the keywords “eKitabu e-reader” on Google Play Store to download and install the eKitabu e-reader app. Open the app. Allow the app to access your device media and files to help you add and read other electronic materials from your local storage to the e-reader. After you click “allow” on the notification bar, a landing page will be presented to you with preloaded ebooks in EPUB3 format.  To get started, you can read the sample books included with the app when you install it from Google Play.

Add and delete books 

The ‘plus’ icon on the far bottom-right enables you to add books locally from your device and start reading right away! To delete a title you no longer need in your library, long press on the thumbnail of the book. A ‘DELETE’ text will pop up for you to complete the action.

Add books to the library locally from device

On the bottom border, there are three important functionalities identifiable by three different icons. First is an open book icon which shows you how many books you have in your library. The icon goes by the text “My Books”. Whether you added the books locally from your device or from an online catalog, all titles will be added automatically and show up when you click on the ‘My Books’ icon. 

Add books from an online catalog

The second icon is shaped like a cloud which indicates an ‘Online Catalog’. Download and add a title into your library from the cloud by clicking on a title. You will see the book cover and a summary of the book. Be sure to turn on your internet connection and click on the cloud with a downward arrow icon at the top right corner which symbolizes ‘downloading’ the book. You will wait for a few seconds for the download to complete and for the title to be added to your library. A notification for a complete download will pop up at the bottom of the page. Go back to ‘My Books’ to view or read the book you just downloaded. 

Know more about the app

The last icon at the far right bottom border is the information button ‘About eKitabu’ symbolized by a small letter I inside a circle. Clicking this icon opens up a page with information like the App name, App Version, Copyright, Acknowledgement and the help document.

Reading books

Go back to the library and get to know more about reading books in EPUB3 format. You will learn how to read EPUBs with sign language videos embedded and also get to listen to your books if you have a challenge seeing the device screen. Click on any title in the library that you wish to read. You will be presented with the cover page of the book. Tap gently anywhere on the screen and see more options available. They are four in number and each has been decoded in the next few lines.

  

Text-to-speech

First from left is the headphone icon which symbolizes ‘Read Aloud’ or ‘Text-to-Speech’. Click on the icon to listen to your book talk. Using the default accessibility navigation controls on your device, swipe left or right, up or down and or with your two fingers to move back and forth through the pages and other sections in the device and the app. 

Add and view bookmarks

Second is the ‘bookmark’ icon to help you save specific pages in the book that you would like to read or refer to later.

 

Settings and Preferences

Third, in the top right border is the settings icon represented by a bolded capital letter A and a decreased blurry capital letter A. The settings options are explained in the next paragraphs. Clicking the settings icon as explained above opens up a mini page with two tabs: ‘settings’ and ‘advanced’ settings. The first tab allows you to increase or decrease the screen brightness by dragging your finger across the line with the ‘sun’ symbols. Increase or decrease the size of the fonts by tapping on either the big or small capital letter ‘A’. 

Change font type and size

Change the font type by tapping the drop-down arrow on the text ‘Font’. eKitabu e-reader has dedicated 6 font types named: Original which represents the default font that the ebook is published in, PT Serif, Roboto, Source Sans Pro, Vollkorn and OpenDyslexic which is helpful for accessibility. 

  

Reading mode

To read your titles in the dark or with minimum blue light to avoid straining your eyes, you can change the mode from ‘default’ to ‘night’ or ‘Sepia’. Also, when you want to move higher or lower through texts and graphics that do not fit on the screen enable ‘Scroll mode’.

Paragraph and page orientation

The second tab on the settings menu gives you a chance to turn off or on the publishers’ default paragraph layout of the ebook. Align the texts to the left or center. Change the page margins, word spacing, letter spacing, and line-height by clicking on the plus or minus icons in the advanced settings tab.

 Table of Contents

Last option on the top right border of the page is the table of contents represented by three bars. Click on it to locate your bookmarks and navigate through chapters inside the book you are reading. 

Review and reach out to us

For additional help or to send eKitabu feedback please contact support@ekitabu.com.

You can also contact us on our office mobile phone number: +254 708 727 037 from 8.30 AM – 5.30 PM Monday – Friday East Africa Time.

If you already have the app installed from Google Play Store you can drop a comment on the review section. We are available to respond to your questions and make your reading experience simple and better.

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