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Flawed book reader

Read certain electronic-book formats with this program.

yBook offers you the opportunity to read books on your computer screen. While the design worked about as well as we could have wanted, a single flaw limited us to only a few book formats for download.

This program's design is very impressive, thanks in part to its simplicity and intuitive layout. While its Help file is unfortunately buried in the Windows Start menu and not on the book reader itself, we felt that all user levels could navigate this program without its aid. While yBook was not as easy as reading a physical book, it felt pretty similar and we enjoyed its simple interface. We were pleased with how easily pages were turned, fonts were adjusted, and all options were accessed. Another feature that we were pleased to find was adjustable page-turn speed. In addition, opening other books worked well and our bookmark was kept as we opened and closed a work.

The only flaw we found with yBook was its incompatibility with many file types. The program accepts only a few basic formats, such as .txt, but does not support other common formats, like .doc and .jpg. This will severely limit your ability to use yBook on much reading material. While this disappointed us, we were pleased enough with the books we did test to say that readers looking for an electronic-book reader should give this freeware a try.

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