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Old 02-01-2011, 10:35 AM   #1
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I recently purchased an iPad, and I am loving it as an ebook reader.

I like the iBooks app. But is there anyway to make the pages in iBooks appear like a regular page on a computer screen, you know, no fancy page turns, no fancy formatting/layout, just plain text viewing?

If iBooks cannot do that, any other free apps can do that?

I have an epub file of a medical textbook. iBooks' fancy formatting/display completely ruined the page layout.
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:59 PM   #2
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Try Bluefire reader -- it reads epubs (including DRM'd epubs and those from public libraries). The Nook and Kobo apps also read epubs, but I don't recall offhand if they allow sideloading of your own epubs. Stanza is another option.
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All of the book apps that I've tried out, make the pages look like books. If you tap the screen in iBooks, you can hide the menu bar at the top.
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Old 02-02-2011, 12:52 PM   #4
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I think Goodreader - especially one of the earlier versions - may be what you are looking for. Not sure how it would deal with illustrations in a medical textbook but worth a try. It does pdf's particularly well, and lots of other formats.
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I use Stanza precisely because it shows you page content and nothing else. iBooks is pretty, but, to my mind, unnecessarily so. Stanza is all business. I don't know how it will handle formatting, as I usually use it with pure text, but it's worth a shot.
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:52 PM   #6
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Thanks guys for all the help. I will give those apps a try.

I actually like how iBooks handles PDF's, page content and very little frill. I just wish iBooks would treat other non PDF formats in the same way.
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