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    ePub Reader

    In one of these threads someone was looking for an ePub reader. I haven't used it but there's a new app released called Liberty Book Reader that says you can import ePub and FB2 books.

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    R0bR --

    I am using Freda to read ePub books. It allows me to browse for books and is a good reader.

    I don't think Liberty Book Reader is ready for Prime Time. I installed it after reading your post. It needs a lot of help in the opening interface -- just an otherwise blank screen that says "Bookshelf." I finally right-clicked and got an "Add" button down in the lower right corner. I navigated to my book collection and opened an ePub book I am currently reading in Freda. I did that before I started this post. It is still opening that file, . . . . . or something. Maybe it's gone to lunch, although it really is supper time here in Georgia.

    Film at eleven? :-)

    Take care,
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    p.s.: Aha! Just as I was about to hit the Post button, it opened the file. Nope; it's not ready for Prime Time. Freda is a much better ePub reader.

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    Liberty renders very slowly, but of all of the epub readers it renders the most true. I read many MS Press Books and O'Reilly, all technical with diagrams, charts and code samples and so far the only to render correctly is Liberty and I've tried them all...
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    So far the best one I have used is Bazaar Book Reader, beautiful interface and does a great job with ePubs, my only complaint is no PDF support. The developer did tell me in an email that PDF support is planned.

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    @jnjroach

    Quote Originally Posted by jnjroach View Post
    Liberty . . . of all of the epub readers it renders the most true.
    That's good info; thanks. All of my ePub books are conversions from MOBI, and the conversions can be a little ragged, so I'm not able to properly assess whether the reader is making a true rendering. My use of the ePub reader is primarily for pastime, but will keep that in mind if I have a more demanding need.

    @ontulmora --

    re: Book Bazaar Reader

    Thanks for the tip. I installed it after reading your post and like it very much. I do prefer its interface over Freda. At first glance, it seems to be a bit slower than Freda, but, I don't think it's enough to matter.

    My real hope is to find a .MOBI reader for the RT. Virtually my whole library is MOBI, and, so far, the conversions to epub are erratic and produce anomalies in the text. I've tried a few different converters, including Calibre, and find that none are immune.

    Take care,
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    Last edited by Russ; 01-09-2013 at 07:46 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russ View Post
    @jnjroach


    Virtually my whole library is MOBI, and, so far, the conversions to epub are erratic and produce anomalies in the text. I've tried a few different converters, including Calibre, and find that none are immune.
    Same issue I had, a lot of my books are PDF and there isn't a good conversion that keeps everything looking good.

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    Hi,

    Just a quick post to share some info about plans for the development of Freda.

    Right now, I am working on improving the sharpness of text display, and sorting out things like CODE and PRE text in books. I'll also work on the function for selecting and highlighting/copying sections of text (right now, the highlight/annotate/bookmark function only sets a mark on a single word, not a larger piece of text). Other features in the pipeline include: more work in integration with DropBox and SkyDrive (like on the Windows Phone version of the program), and then the ability to synchronise your reading across multiple devices.

    - Jim Chapman - Developer of Freda
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Chapman View Post
    [...]and then the ability to synchronise your reading across multiple devices.
    That would be a killer feature
    And thanks for sharing your future plans, i'm using the app at my Wp 7.5 and my surface.

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    what is an epub reader? Is that different than the Kindle app?
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    @Jim Chapman
    Any chance we will get PDF support? That is the only thing keeping me from choosing a reader app.

 

 
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