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Is there way to look up words and phrases while reading an eBook in the Google Translate app? Moon reader can do that in a browser, but the translate app is much better.


Here is what I ended up doing:

  1. Install Aldiko reader
  2. Install Andmade Share
  3. Hide all share apps except Google Translate using Andmade
  4. Select a phrase in Aldiko
  5. Tap on the share button

Now the translation of the phrase will appear directly in the Google Translate app.

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  • Please note that we prefer questions that ask how to solve a problem, rather than questions that ask for help finding an app. You should have a look at our help center.
    – ale
    Jun 13, 2013 at 20:13
  • As Al noted: Is there an app for X questions are off topic here. However, as Moon+ itself recommends: Install ColorDict or Fora Dictionary alongside, both integrate fine with Moon+ and support online dictionaries as well as offline dictionaries.
    – Izzy
    Jun 13, 2013 at 21:20
  • Google's Play Books app integrates translate and you can upload your own books into it. Un-DRMed ePUBs and PDFs are supported.
    – Compro01
    Jun 13, 2013 at 21:56

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There are some ebook reader apps with can enable you to share book passages. And you can use Google Translate to share them... So select the passage and share it using Google Translate ! For example, the Kobo app for Android and Aldiko (free or €2.49) are ebook readers which enable to share book passages. Google Play Books have a built in feature to translate passages too (it must use Google Translate).

Obviously, you can also copy the passages by hand, open the Google Translate app and use it to translate what you have just copied. It is not quite smart or ergonomic but it works.

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  • Is there a way to set the default app for share?
    – qed
    Jun 14, 2013 at 9:31
  • @CravingSpirit Perhaps but it is a bad idea. "Share" is used to share everything with every media. From "sharing a text by mail or on a random social network" to "share a file with another device via Bluetooth", they all use the "share" intent. Setting a default app for sharing is not convenient at all. Avoid it and forget this idea.
    – air-dex
    Jun 14, 2013 at 12:40

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