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I found an app that is apparently only for the iPad called the "Air Book Reader" but it is basically exactly what I want to use, just I want to do it for the Android. http://www.airbookreader.com/features.aspx

I tried calibre, but it doesn't offer an option to "stream" the ebooks; only to allow to download to the device. Same with moon Reader and the other popular ebook readers on the Google Play store.

I have a MASSIVE ebook collection of almost 100GB and there is no possible way to simply copy them to my Android device.

Also I will only be using it at home, so I only need to stream through my local network, from Windows computer to my Android tablet.

Note: I'm only talking about streaming ebooks to read. I already have apps to stream all my video files over the local network, and also I already have an app for audio files streaming.

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Everyone please, keep it polite. You've brought up fair points about the validity of streaming eBooks, but please leave it there. I think this consitutes a valid problem and isn't quite your basic off-topic app recommendation; however, droidaddict, your refusal to accept valid solutions that don't require syncing more than a book at a time, for no apparent reason, has pushed it into that territory. This site is for solving Android problems, not for searching for apps for a specific solution you've decided is a must. –  Matthew Read Sep 22 '12 at 19:37
    
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Check this out: http://www.fbreader.org/content/fbreader-local-opds-scanner

It works with Calibre using your local network.

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Thanks! I will try –  droidaddict Apr 2 at 6:24
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Why not use Dropbox? You can put all your ebooks into the Dropbox folder on your local network, then using the Dropbox app you can open whichever book you choose at the time. You don't have to actually load the book to your Android device to view it. If you decide you want to load it to your device, you have that option as well.

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Or Google Drive. Or Box. Or SkyDrive. ad infinitum –  Al E. Sep 13 '12 at 14:22
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The entire file is still downloaded when you open the file, so again this technically isn't streaming. –  cjk Sep 14 '12 at 9:18
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Create a shared folder or drive on your home pc, then access the files using ES File Explorer.

I'm not sure if this technically streams the files or if it downloads the whole thing and stores it temporarily. Either case is functionally identical, so I believe this should be an acceptable solution to your problem.

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There is no such thing as "streaming" a book. What you need is a smart management of the locally download copy of the book. In any most ebook reader, this would take manually deleting the ebooks that you've finished reading. Most ebook reader that I knew that were attached to a book store lets you to redownload books you've deleted from your device. Some lets you partial download of only the pages you needed instead of the whole book, reducing bandwidth and the first delay until you can start reading; I think Google Books did this, and I'm pretty sure others does too.

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No. ............................. –  droidaddict Sep 19 '12 at 3:39
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@droidaddict Care to fill in the reasons instead of "......."? Why are you so set against downloading a book? Is there a particular problem you are trying to solve? Because currently it looks like you're simply shopping for an app and are having others do the legwork. In this case the question is off-topic according to the FAQ. –  Chahk Sep 19 '12 at 17:40
    
There seems to exist book-streaming. The aforementioned "Air Book Reader" consists of a server running on the PC serving content on a per-page basis to the mobile app. –  That Brazilian Guy Jul 10 '13 at 0:21
    
@ruda.almeida: per-page download is not streaming. –  Lie Ryan Jul 10 '13 at 8:28
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There is an app called Calibre Companion that allows you to sync your device with Calibre remotely over your wifi. This means you can keep your books on your PC and only pull books to your phone as you need them. It will still download the entire book, but once you have finished it you can delete it from your device.

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No. ............................. –  droidaddict Sep 19 '12 at 3:39
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@droidaddict Why not? –  Richard Borcsik Sep 19 '12 at 12:20
    
duh cause it's not streaming –  droidaddict Apr 2 at 6:24
    
@droidaddict You're being a tool. You're like a guy asking for a 200mph car just to make a single journey quickly, having not considered a plane or train. –  cjk Apr 2 at 17:01
    
you're an moron –  droidaddict Apr 2 at 21:40
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If you're rooted, I suggest you export your library as a filesystem share from your Windows computer, mount the share on your Android system, and then use the ebook reader of your choice on the Android device. This will transfer only the required parts of your files to your device.

Popular solutions for mounting Windows shares on Android include Mount Manager and CifsManager. My favourite ebook reader is FBReader, but YMMV.

See also: How to mount SMB/CIFS Network Shares on android device?

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