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Old 11-06-2012, 09:56 PM   #16
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Boy, are you lending credence to the myth of Scottish behaviour!

Try Apabi. Otherwise its Bluefire or iBooks for you. You want dictionaries, you have to pay.
I think the latest version of iBooks has dictionaries.

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Old 11-06-2012, 10:09 PM   #17
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Fair enough, and in any case I would recommend he use the free Kindle app.
What they said doesn't have much to do ...€ making money, like freemium business models and advertising
Either way, customers lose.
Money is sure a factor which promotes creating of apps. App Store is filled with flashlight apps. And they are for 0.99! Does it make any sense that one has to pay for turning their flashlight on? But people pay. Some resort to free ones. Money forces developers to make apps which are sensational rather than efficient. As far as I know very few apps are efficient for the job they are intended to do. Take an example. My windows 7 machine is just an Internet machine. I work on a separate offline desktop, running custom Linux. Why? Because in my field of work, there are no Win7 apps to do the job. There is market opportunity that users will pay upto USD500 for this app to have windows version and a touchscreen interface. But 7 years have gone and only me and my colleagues across the ocean are just helping each other to code it so that it works. How about wiki? How about Linux? How about amazing open source projects that power millions of servers worldwide?

My point is: Yes, money sure motivates developers to develop apps; but in a wrong way. And I will stick to it by saying software used for all noncommercial purposes should be free.
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:48 PM   #18
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Money is sure a factor which promotes creating of apps. App Store is filled with flashlight apps. And they are for 0.99! Does it make any sense that one has to pay for turning their flashlight on? But people pay. Some resort to free ones. Money forces developers to make apps which are sensational rather than efficient. As far as I know very few apps are efficient for the job they are intended to do. Take an example. My windows 7 machine is just an Internet machine. I work on a separate offline desktop, running custom Linux. Why? Because in my field of work, there are no Win7 apps to do the job. There is market opportunity that users will pay upto USD500 for this app to have windows version and a touchscreen interface. But 7 years have gone and only me and my colleagues across the ocean are just helping each other to code it so that it works. How about wiki? How about Linux? How about amazing open source projects that power millions of servers worldwide?

My point is: Yes, money sure motivates developers to develop apps; but in a wrong way. And I will stick to it by saying software used for all noncommercial purposes should be free.
What gibberish. As if one thousandth part of the software that exists today, from video games to smartphone apps, would exist in the utopia you describe.
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:29 AM   #19
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Boy, are you lending credence to the myth of Scottish behaviour!

Try Apabi. Otherwise its Bluefire or iBooks for you. You want dictionaries, you have to pay.
I'm not mean

I've tried out a few apps so far - I quite like Bluefire, but Apabi is letterboxed too.
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:11 AM   #20
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I'm not mean

I've tried out a few apps so far - I quite like Bluefire, but Apabi is letterboxed too.
LOL! Well dont be all gripey over $1.99, seriously.

In the meantime if you havent already tried Shubook there is a free version... but its crippled. So you wont get the goodies you want, but you will get a feel for how its put together.
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:54 AM   #21
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What gibberish. As if one thousandth part of the software that exists today, from video games to smartphone apps, would exist in the utopia you describe.
Time will answer by itself. Anyway .
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:58 AM   #22
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I liked Stanza on my old Touch, but it is now letterboxed on the 4" screen and freezes when I go into settings.

I like iBooks - it's a nice app but I would prefer something with a bit more customisation, preferably one where I can alter text/background colours, margins, etc.

Have you any recommendations?

Thanks
Here is a list of eReders for iPod touch. There are free as well as non-free applications available: http://ipod.about.com/od/theappstore...oks-iphone.htm
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:54 PM   #23
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Well, I can't get Nook as I'm in Scotland.

Shubook I've played around a bit with the free version but don't really like.

Bluefire is good but I miss having a dictionary.

iBooks is the best but I like having more customisation options...I don't think there is an app that's as good as Aldiko or Cool Reader on Android. Stanza was, and was working fine on my 4th Gen. but not the new Touch.
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Overdrive is another free one you can check out. It's somewhat similar to ibooks but without the big side margins. The library view isn't great but I only keep a few books on it at a time.

It does have a dictionary, but it always shows in white no matter if you selected the black, sepia or white background for the book itself.

Right now I mainly use ibooks and overdrive since they both show how many pages left in a chapter which is one of my favorite features.
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:35 PM   #25
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Overdrive is another free one you can check out. It's somewhat similar to ibooks but without the big side margins. The library view isn't great but I only keep a few books on it at a time.

It does have a dictionary, but it always shows in white no matter if you selected the black, sepia or white background for the book itself.

Right now I mainly use ibooks and overdrive since they both show how many pages left in a chapter which is one of my favorite features.
Thanks - I'll check out Overdrive.
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Have you tried Tomes or uBooks? Tomes is $5 but there is a free version of uBooks. I like the auto-scroll readers, especially for such a small screen as an iPod/iPhone where the pages are so very short.

As for whether or not you want to pay for apps, this is what I do: http://www.geekintheforest.com/ios-apps-free/

I also have a detailed review of Tomes on my site.
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The notion that anything is free is naive to the point of irresponsibility.

No offense intended, but you pay with currency or you pay some other way, but you most definitely always pay.
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Try Apabi. Otherwise its Bluefire or iBooks for you. You want dictionaries, you have to pay.
I tried Apabi.. awful. Don't bother.

iBooks has margins that are just stupid for a small screen like an iPhone or iPod Touch.

Bluefire is the best one out there for ePub on iOS right now. To the OP, you'll just have to deal with the dictionary issue if you want a good reading experience.

Stanza is buggy. Sure, the interface might be OK, but the rendering engine is rather buggy.
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The notion that anything is free is naive to the point of irresponsibility.

No offense intended, but you pay with currency or you pay some other way, but you most definitely always pay.
I'd rather have ads on a free app than no ads on a paid app.
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