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Using Applause as an e-book app rating system
January 31, 2013 | 12:50 pm

I recently wrote an article for GadgeTell about a new site, Applause, that ranks iOS and Android apps. I thought it would be fun to run various e-book reading apps through the site, and see how they rated. Here's the list, organized from high to low: • FBReader: 84 • Moon+ Reader Pro: 81 • Moon+ Reader: 74 • Stanza: 69 • Nook for Android: 64 • Kobo for iOS: 63 • Nook for iOS: 57 • EBook Reader for iOS: 57 • Aldiko: 56 • Aldiko Pro: 54 • iBooks: 46 • Kindle for iOS: 43 • Ebook Reader for Android: 42 • Kindle for Android: 41 Well, they agreed with my assessment of...

Good news for Stanza fans: It apparently works under Apple’s new operating system for iPhones, iPads and the rest
September 25, 2012 | 9:07 am

Stanza, one of the best e-reading apps around, was broken when Apple upgraded to iOS 4 or later. Amid the uproar from the app’s users, Stanza’s overlords at Amazon tweaked the ePub-capable app but did not promise future upgrades. But Stanza runs fine under iOS 6, the new operating system for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches, at least as best I can determine. I did suffer a lockup when I tried to change fonts, but my hunch is that this is probably an iOS 6 issue rather than a Stanza-specific one. A reboot of my iPad did the trick. Let me know if you...

Baen Webscriptions is now BaenEbooks.com
January 4, 2012 | 7:36 pm

Baen has rebranded its Webscriptions program, changing the name of the site to BaenEbooks.com, redesigning its look, and renaming the monthly e-book package program to “Monthly Baen Bundles”. All account information and previously purchased bundles will remain the same under the new site, though users who have set up their Kindles to receive e-books by e-mail will have to authorize a new email address. Sadly, with this change Baen is no longer providing OPDS catalog support for downloading e-books directly to Stanza. This is disappointing given that some people (such as me) don’t have iOS devices recent enough to...

Stanza updated, but for the last time
November 10, 2011 | 5:57 pm

152383 thumb stanza originalFrom Macworld: Fans of the Amazon-owned Stanza e-reading app for iOS have been granted at least a temporary reprieve: Amazon on Thursday released an update to the app that fixes a slew of problems that affected the app when running on iOS 5. ... …The company’s customer service team told one Macworld reader via email that after releasing this update, “we will no longer be updating or supporting Stanza… We would like to thank you for your interest in Stanza, and let you know that Amazon is committed to providing the best reading experience on iOS though...

iOS5 kills Stanza!
October 13, 2011 | 3:30 pm

Index Received this info from Chris Bridges.  Here is what he says in his Bashing in Minds blog: I also am not exaggerating when I say that when I upgraded to iOS5 this morning, my displeasure at finding out that Stanza no longer works was epic, loud and very likely offensive in a family setting. Just error after error, no way to open a book, nothing. Imagine a heroin user being told that needles don't work any more and he'd have to find another way to get the stuff into his veins, and you'd have the general...

Windows/iPhone/iPad e-book app review: Nook Reader
March 13, 2011 | 7:09 pm

Since posting my review of Diane Duane’s Young Wizards series, I have been moved to go back and reread the entire thing, including the latest book that was released only recently. And a couple months ago I had purchased a $20 Groupon to Barnes & Noble, which was only good through April. So it seemed like a reasonable excuse to snag the e-books and do some reading—especially since the books were so reasonably priced. Which, in turn, was a good excuse to get around to reviewing the new Nook e-reader for the iPad, iPhone, and Windows Desktop and see...

Web/iPhone/iPad e-book app review: Ibis Reader
March 8, 2011 | 1:44 am

Paul linked to a positive Project Gutenberg review of Ibis Reader a few months ago, but it first came to my direct attention when I tried out Jolicloud and discovered what it was: a web-based EPUB reader. It was an interesting idea, I thought, but I wasn’t sure what it was really good for. But a couple of days ago, my perspective changed. One of the great things about Baen Webscriptions and the Free Library is that they allow people who have access to Baen e-books to read them on-line as well as download them. Not too many other...

The best ebook apps and non-apps, by Meredith Greene
January 8, 2011 | 9:43 am

So many device eReading apps to try, so little time. Or, perhaps you’ve resisted the pull of gadgetry and prefer using the laptop yet harbor a desire to delve into the realm of digital prose. After polling customers, contacts and a few fellow book reviewers–and sorting through an immense amount of free online data–I put together a list of the best ways to read eBooks either on device, online or on PC/laptop. Yes, there are several platforms/apps/other left unmentioned, but these are the items garnering the highest praise among the average users/readers ...

Touched by an iPod again
January 5, 2011 | 2:36 am

One of the best surprises I got this Christmas was the gift of a used iPod Touch by my sister-in-law. She belongs to an iPhone family, and they’ve gotten so many iPhones over the course of the last few years that the Touch, originally bought for the kids to play with, was relegated to sitting around unused for months since the kids get to play with the older-generation iPhones now. And as a result, I have an iPod Touch again for the first time since losing my original one in June. It’s just a 1st-generation model, and only 8...

Use Dropbox as a cloud bookshelf for Stanza by Piotr Kowalczyk
August 5, 2010 | 8:00 am

Picture-11.pngBy now Stanza is the most robust e-reading application for iOS. It’s packed with features other apps, like Kindle or iBooks are missing. However it has one big disadvantage: no cloud-based bookshelf. The application is associated to a device not an account. There is no way to sync books and bookmarks like in Kindle. It’s fine when you have one device. Things get complicated to those iPhone or iPod Touch users who are buying iPads. They realize that to read books they collected in Stanza, they need to download them again. There are a few ways to transfer books to Stanza. I’d...

Stanza on the iPhone 4
July 26, 2010 | 6:33 pm

Curious how Stanza looks on the new high-resolution iPhone 4? Here’s a video. Of course, the resolution of the video is nowhere near as high as that of the iPhone, but it still seems to look pretty nice. (And the iPhone 4 itself looks nice in person, too—my brother showed me his a couple of weeks ago, with the free Winnie the Pooh iBook on it. I plan to get one before long myself…) (Found via eBookNewser.)...

Ereading applications: my feature wish list by Piotr Kowalczyk
July 24, 2010 | 10:28 am

iBooks_iPhone1-300x200.pngCurrently to read e-books I’m using two devices (iPhone and iPad) and three apps (Kindle, Stanza and iBooks). I don’t have any problem with using either iPad or iPhone. The devices are perfectly complementary. I read on iPad mostly at home and when on the move an iPhone is a perfect reading companion. It’s not that easy with applications. They all have their pros and cons, some of them have features the others are missing. This is easily leading to disappointment, as a personal e-book library is split in three places and sometimes I get lost where is a book I feel...

From Ireland – To E or not to E: a beginner’s guide to iPad ereading apps
July 23, 2010 | 10:06 am

This week Amazon announced that, for the first time ever on Amazon.com, ebooks had outsold hardbacks, proving that whilst some of us are reluctant to part with our beloved bound volumes, there is an ever increasing number embracing the concept of electronic reading. And with Apple‘s much heralded iPad finally launching on these shores, we decided to take a look at some of the various apps available for reading books on your iPads, iPods and iPhones, and determine which, if any, are worth their salt. All reviewed Apps are available for free on the iTunes App...

Stanza updated
June 27, 2010 | 10:33 am

stanza.jpgStanza has been updated. According to iTunes the update includes Support for iPhone 4 retina display Multi-tasking support Launch Stanza when PDF books are downloaded from external apps (like Mail and Safari)...

Comprehensive review of ereader apps for the iPad – great resource for newcomers
June 22, 2010 | 2:35 pm

Screen shot 2010-06-22 at 2.34.06 PM.pngZDNet's Tech Broiler, by Jason Perlow, has a really good review of all the major ereaders for the iPad: iBooks, Kindle, Stanza, eReader, Kobo Reader, Ibis Reader and vBookz. For once it is clear that the reviewer actually knows whereof he speaks. Good job! Anybody who is new to this space should take a look at this. Here's something that I didn't know that I found in the iBooks portion of the review: Unfortunately, iBooks doesn’t scale very well as the size of your EPUB library increases. While iBooks is perfectly fine for a few dozen or perhaps...

Review of Stanza for the iPad – it’s middle of the pack
June 5, 2010 | 9:40 am

2.jpegEverybody is raving about the new Stanza iPad app, so it is refreshing to read a review that says it's OK, but could be better. The always-excellent Amazon Kindle Review has a long article on this which concludes: Think there are a few main reasons Stanza is no longer my reading app of choice - Stanza is the best reading app for the iPhone on the iPad. It’s a very different sized device and Stanza’s team haven’t really taken that into account. Stanza hasn’t figured out the 150 options out of their 300 options that should be removed. In fact,...

Stanza e-reader optimized for the iPad; PDF, DjVu and Comic Book Archive support added, too
June 3, 2010 | 11:31 pm

image Stanza has been updated for the iPad---I just gave it a quick test spin after it showed up tonight in the App store. Hooray! Stanza was no small reason why I bought an iPad, and I was endlessly disappointed when a high-res version didn’t appear as soon as the machine came out. The new version so far seems more or less like the old. The interface remains logical, and you can still hook up with a bunch of free and commercial sites from within the app. I just wish that Amazon would offer Stanza as...

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