iOS 5 issues.

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Upgrading to iOS 5 beta causes Stanza to crash and lose the ability to display ebooks. Uninstalling Stanza and reinstalling partially fixes the problem. You can redownload your ebooks and view them. But downloading more then one book at a time will crash Stanza. But I'm just glad I can continue to read my ebooks.
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yair.weizman

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John Tock

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iOS 5 Beta 2 makes it worse. Now uninstalling and reinstalling Stanza doesn't help. Still crashes.
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yair.weizman

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Not good, I just update to beta 2.
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Jared Bird

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yeah, what changes happened to make the problem even worse... i can not survive without stanza...
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Simon

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Same problem - very sad :-(
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Itimpi

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Since Stanza was never updated to use iOS 4 to its fullest, it seems unlikely that there will be an iOS 5 update :(. However I guess we an only live in hope.
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Well this sucks. This is the ONLY app I found that reads the old DRM-protected eReader PDB files.

Will Megareader do that?
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I think Calibre is able to convert these to ePub format, worth checking.
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jtomalley

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Not if they're DRM-protected, which the old eReader.com files are. Tried it.
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withak

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@jtomalley: Welcome to Lessone One on why DRM is a bad thing. I think there is desktop software (PC or Mac) that can read those locked files, or just use google to learn how to strip the DRM from everything you buy so you don't have to worry about some flaky internet company going under and taking away your access to the stuff that you have bought.
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Well, back in the dark ages of 1998 when I opened my account at PeanutPress.com (now known as eReader.com), there weren't a lot of eBook options available. PeanutPress had the best selection and pricing, and for 12 or 13 years, they've been my first choice for eBooks. They grew with me technologically as well -- as I graduated from my Palm device to laptop, Blackberry, etc, they grew with me and offered software updates regularly to keep up with the hardware advances. I haven't purchased a paper book since about 1999, and my eLibrary has over 500 titles, 90% of which were purchased at eReader.com.

But now that everyone has jumped on the bandwagon, the Kindle and Nook have depleted eReader's business and they're going under.to my extreme dismay.

But Barnes and Noble (who own eReader.com as well as the incompatible Nook device) and Amazon and even Apple's iBookstore all have their collective heads up their rears. They're so worried about maintaining their proprietary software and sticking it to the other companies that they are totally missing out on a golden opportunity. If any one of them came up with an app or a Nook software upgrade or something that would allow ALL eBook formats, and communicate with ALL of the digital bookstores (not just their own) they would suddenly appeal to legions of readers. People like me would no longer be forced to purchase titles we already own.

They would have me as a customer for life.
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Jared Bird

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... if thats the case... are there any other alternatives to ibooks? i really really hate ibooks
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tmc4account

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Use the kindle app if you hate iBooks
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urbansheep

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Kindle doesn't read ePubs.
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robinson.lopes

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I am using bluefire... but really want my stanza back to life...
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Jared Bird

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latest rumor is that ibooks doesnt even work
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tmc4account

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IBooks works perfectly under iOS 5. Don't spread false rumors.
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p3d3str1an

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yep... iBooks is same crap like before :P (smallest screen estate we ever seen on iphone ebook readers) :)
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Actually. A lot of my books don't work anymore on iBooks. Anything I read this morning that I formatted from .pdf to .epub no longer works. I tried doing it again and it still doesn't work. A book I bought through the bookstore - Best Places to Travel 2011 works, but I can't see any of the pictures and it looks like crap. Something is wrong.
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IBooks works fine for me on iOS 5 beta 2
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Samwise

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You have no grounds to complain if *anything* doesn't work on iOS 5. It is unreleased software. If you are running it at all (legally), you are a developer, and you should know better than to upgrade using the phone that you actually use day-to-day. Beta means beta, not "preview."
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Wendy Blake

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And iphone 3GS
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I NEED MY STANZA. I need night mode, brightness adjustment and to be able to tap the lower right corner to turn the page. If other free apps do that, please tell me. I can't piss away money on apps I can't preview and can't return for a refund. Megareader is $2.99 and the reviews don't inspire confidence
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danger3d

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You will not be disappointed it you buy i2Reader you can configure it to display whatever font you want at any size and any color on any background color you want. Can even make headline text different color from italic or bold etc.
Tap wherever you want, or use page swipe, your choice. I tried megareader, it does not have even a fraction of the options. But if you are happy with it than that is enough.
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You can't say that people won't be disappointed with i2Reader. Plenty of people who reviewed it didn't like it at all. Just check out the reviews. Most of the good reviews are obvious fakes.
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danger3d

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Well pick one of the free readers or other paid apps I don't care.
Bluefire seems ok to me, it can't be configured as well as i2Reader for people who like more advanced tweaking but hey it's not bad and it's free.

I'm just saying that I tried a lot of readers and to me this is the most tweakable.
I work in the dark so I saw you need a good night mode like me so I thought I would take the time to come back here and let you know my opinion.

There are some problems like every other reader, I Can't get it to hook to my Calibre but don't care as I drag and drop to iTunes anyhow.

Some others have got Calibre to work.
I hope whatever you decide to use works for you!
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Jared Bird

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thank you gamgee,

yes i am using it legally, and have it installed on my phone as a day-to-day use in order to test constant use of certain apps...

that being said, i still want a good ebook reader, the border on ibooks works fine on an ipad, but i like to use my entire screen on my phone
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Samwise - I don't think that attitude is helpful. I don't think anyone is making a fuss because Stanza does not work on the beta - the issue is that there is significant pessimism that it will not be fixed for the GA release. Making people aware of this allows everyone who wants it updated to make their views known.
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FredipusRex

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Stanza is dead. Marc Prud'hommeaux (the original and last Stanza developer at Amazon) quit in May. There will be no updates.
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Jared Bird

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well, if stanza is dead (and will stay dead) does anyone have any ideas for a replacement? i'll pay money as long as it works

(and no, a separate ereader does not count as a replacement )
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Has anyone gotten it to work on Beta 3 or is this pretty much a lost cause.
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jdoyle1983

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Complete toast in Beta 3, can get some books to load (if loaded from a remote source, not library), and crashes after about 5-10 page turns....
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CupawnTae

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Unsurprisingly, still broken on beta 4
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I'm checking out Bluefire as an alternative. So far it's the best I've found for my preferences, but it's still missing a few things I really liked about Stanza, like the ability to customize the gesture actions (I like to tap either side of the screen to advance one page and slide to go back), dictionary lookup, page-turn effect speed setting and while it allows you to configure margins you can't go completely to zero.

Would go back to Stanza in a heartbeat if it gets fixed, but if not, perhaps all is not lost.
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Yes, I'm also using Bluefire, but really looking forward to have Stanza back.
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Bluefire seems to do the job. Night mode, orientation lock, nicely adjustable fonts, transition options and taps do what they're supposed to. Does epubs from my personal library and it's free.
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Itimpi

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I quite like QuickReader. In particular its support for OPDS catalogs and the ability to run in multi-column read mode.
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I'm using Bluefire at the moment, as well, but there are definitely areas where it's lacking. I wish it had one-tap access to brightness controls and night mode, as well as a page count for the current chapter.

I would use iBooks if it had a night mode, orientation lock, and the ability to turn off the page-turn animations.

I don't need the speed-reading features of QuickReader, its UI is ugly as sin, and it doesn't seem to correctly display formatting such as italics.

It's frustrating—there doesn't seem to be a single good replacement app with the all features I want and none of the bloat. I'm still on the lookout. Please recommend anything else good you might find.
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massive list of readers on this site http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/E-boo... but i haven't found a stanza replacement yet.
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I downloaded Megareader http://www.megareader.net/ and found it to be the best Stanza replacement I have seen yet.
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Stanza is still broken under iOS Beta 6
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starpause

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I've tried megareader and Bluefire reader... neither is perfect but I prefer Bluefire. I put in feature requests in review for both softs, we'll see if either developer is responsive =) ... but BOY do I miss Stanza.
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Itimpi

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I believe that MegaReader is a variant of QuickReader with the Speed Reading features removed.
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I have also switched to Bluefire reader due to issues with iOS5 beta and Stanza just not working together. Its almost there, but definitely needs a bit of work to make it a perfect stanza replacement