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  • #: 100145
  • Price: free ($0.00) In Apple Store
  • Category: Education
  • Updated: 2010-07-10
  • Current Version: 2.3.3
  • 2.3.3 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
  • Size: 5.10 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: HPC Technologies, Inc.
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.2 or later
  • © 2009 HPC Technologies, Inc.
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A few books in your pocket, free of charge. The ebook reading features of BookShelf in a free, ad-supported package. Users of BookShelf LT may cary up to 10 books at one time. Delete some files and download others as often as you like.

A multi-format ebook reader for iPhone and iPod Touch.

Read your own ebooks or discover new titles for free!

Access thousands of free books from the classics of literature to the newest Creative Commons licensed SciFi. BookShelf downloads free books from FeedBooks.com right on your iPhone. Access your purchased WebScription.net books or choose from the Baen library of dozens of free SciFi titles. Load many types of files from your own computer over your WiFi network.

BookShelf supports ebooks in plain-text, HTML, Palm (see below), FB2, and several other formats (see the website for an up-to-date list). Using the included ShelfServer, e-books with pictures and clickable links are transferred from your Mac, Windows, or Linux computer over WiFi. Books are automatically compressed and optimized for best display on the iPhone's small screen. Even large, multi-megabyte e-text files open and display in seconds. Create named bookmarks to keep your place in any file type, and customize font and color themes for maximum comfort. Navigate through links in files and open website and email links in Safari or Mail.

Additional features available in BookShelf:

Also available in the AppStore is an ad-free version of BookShelf with additional features including book cover art, ability to show full size images, downloading of books directly from the web without a server, and other enhancements.

Downloading e-book files:

A WiFi network is required to transfer books between your iPhone and your home computer. See www.iphonebookshelf.com to download the free ShelfServer application (Java 1.5 or newer required). Books may also be downloaded from online ShelfServers like the WebScription.net SciFi library or from FeedBooks.com directly on your iPhone over WiFi or cellular data connection.

Reading in Airplane Mode is no problem. No Internet connection is required once books are transferred.

PalmOS Format Support:

Supported Palm etext formats currently include Plucker, PalmDoc (Aportis), and many non-DRM (non-encrypted) Mobi files. Most purchased Mobi files including those from mobipocket.com or Kindle will NOT work. Anything which required a "PID" or "reader ID" at time of purchase will not work. Notably, purchased Mobi files from Webscription.net and the Baen Free Library DO work fine. Support for the newer "HuffDict" compression format in Mobi files is limited. Many HuffDict files work fine, but some display with visible HTML tags and other artifacts. Other PDB and PRC file types including iSilo and eReader are NOT supported at this time.

Getting help:

Be sure to checkout the website (www.iphonebookshelf.com) for instructional videos and tutorials. Email support@iphonebookshelf.com or use the support forums on the website if you need any help.

What's New in Version 2.3.3

* (iOS4) iOS4 compatibility
* (iPad/iOS4) Support opening files via email
* Performance & stability improvements

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Rated 1/5 based on 3 customer reviews.


2/5 stars

Books don't scroll

Decent app to be able to read mobi files, wherever you might have gotten them. But book pages turn, not scroll up.

Controls at the bottom of the page need to be better identified, and at least work. The forward/backward arrows turn the pages, right? Nope. Don't know what they do yet, but it isn't for turning pages.

Finally, I understand ad revenue is supporting the free version of the app, but don't also limit the functionality. Either one would be sufficient to push sales of the paid app.

0/5 stars

Horrible I give it a thumbs down /:(

I tried to find some books and it wouldn't let meh!!! :( and it keeps crashing! Don't buy this! ZERO STARS!

2/5 stars

Bad ads!

Love the app, but the new ads hurt my eyes while I'm reading in the dark. There is not enough screen space for the bright-colored, animated ads to not interfere with reading. The only welcome relief is when an ad comes up which I can only guess is Flash- or Java-supported, because it can't load. I regret updating to the latest version, badly - ow!


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