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View Poll Results: What is your preferred ereader app?
Bluefire 4 5.48%
iBooks 12 16.44%
Marvin 33 45.21%
Kindle for iOS 14 19.18%
Other 10 13.70%
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Old 09-29-2013, 01:40 PM   #31
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Oh, so Marvin supports DRM now? I've been a little out of touch but I thought it didn't.
It doesn't, FlorenceArt; I was merely illustrating the foolishness of the way in which iBooks employs annotations. How Apple is not embarrassed by this, I really don't understand; same goes for the half-defunct iOS dictionaries. You first impose DRM on your paying customers, and then reward them by blocking them from exporting freaking highlights?

But even when it comes to exporting highlights from non-DRM-protected books, Marvin is vastly superior over iBooks. Plomping all the annotations into the body of an email message is as crude as it can get -- but I always expect iBooks (and Kindle) to be crude, and they never disappoint.

Marvin's export of highlights & notes in the standard HTML and XLS formats is the professional way to do it; the same goes for the phenomenally useful internal MRV file, allowing you to export / back up / restore / merge / share your annotations with the touch of a button.

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Old 09-29-2013, 02:17 PM   #32
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OK, so iBooks can open (some) DRM ebooks but won't export the text with annotations. While Marvin can't open them at all. Clearly that shows how superior Marvin is
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Yes, to me it does, FlorenceArt. As you surely realise, you can also purchase a book and read it in Marvin; it will just no longer be DRM-protected at that point. The reading experience offered by iBooks is abysmal, and I wouldn't be willing to put up with it even if I was purchasing books from Apple (but I use other online stores).

You might find it interesting to look at the following thread in Marvin's GitHub:

https://github.com/kguil/Marvin-Roadmap/issues/159
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OK, so iBooks can open (some) DRM ebooks but won't export the text with annotations. While Marvin can't open them at all. Clearly that shows how superior Marvin is
Sarcasm aside, support for DRM (Apple's or Adobe's) does not make a piece of software superior.

In my humble opinion, Adobe, Kindle and iBooks are mediocre (at best) pieces of software. Each support their own DRM scheme.

I have been burned multiple times by DRM vendors discontinuing their services, so no thanks.

I am a self confessed criminal, I will continue to remove DRM from books I buy, (I do not accept the so called license book sellers foist on me).

So, from my simple point of view, Marvin is the BEST reader app ever, on any platform.

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Old 10-02-2013, 07:30 PM   #35
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Stanza (now on ios7) - its still the best app for me. I've bought other apps like shubooks and megareader but I keep going back to stanza for it's easy transfer of books from calibre to stanza with metadata included. Unfortunately, the upgrade has lost its dictionary function so might look for another app soon. For now, still loving stanza!

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I second this recommendation -- love the ease of integrating/downloading with calibre.

Hate that it was no longer available, from iTunes, when I got my iPhone 5S :-(
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