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What's special about the Albite project?

Well, Android users got FBReaderJ and Aldiko, and iPhone users got Stanza and many more. What if you wanted some similar experience on your Java Mobile phone, too?

There you are: Albite. Open Albite BOOKS on your phone's web-browser (Opera Mini is a good choice for that purpose), search for books & authors, read the summaries about them, then pick a book, download it, and start reading on Albite READER!

So, the idea is to make reading on Java Mobile devices a lot more comfortable.

How is Albite Books different from PG or MB?

Albite BOOKS does not compete with Project Gutenberg or Manybooks as it's different in a few ways:

  • While PG and MB provide books in many different file formats and for many different devices, Albite BOOKS aims at delivering content optimized for mobile phones.
  • Unlike PG, Albite BOOKS is supported by one person only.
  • Special care has been given to the mobile version so that browsing on mobile phones feels comfortable, looks nice and retains most of the features of the original version.

How does Albite Reader compare to FBReaderJ or Stanza?

The same way Java Mobile compares to Android and iOS: it's far more limited, quite a bit uglier, but still capable of doing nice stuff, if one makes it to.

Why are the books free?

All books come from Project Gutenberg, so they are free for the same reason the books on PG are free:

“  Our ebooks are free in the United States because their copyright has expired. They may not be free of copyright in other countries. Readers outside of the United States must check the copyright laws of their countries before downloading or redistributing our ebooks.  ”

Who made Albite?

My name is Svetlin Ankov and I studied at the University of Sofia. For most of my time I do programming stuff, but I like math, too, especially if it’s got a more applied nature.

I am best at Java, but I also love C, C++, C#, Python and Ruby.

I have some idea of functional programming, too, as I’ve done some good amount of projects in Matlab and Mathematica. I prefer simpler code, but I am not too scared to go deep, if it’s the only option.

As far as math is concerned, I don’t like it raw, but prefer it in connection with other sciences, e.g. numerical analysis, discreet math, statistics, biomathematics, etc. I’ve had the chance to teach biomath as an assistant, i.e. I was responsible for the demonstrative part of the subject. In relation with that, I can say, I wrote some good quantity of Mathematica code and some lesser amount of mathematical stuff.


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