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  • All versions:

    3.5 stars

    out of 32 votes

    • 5 star: 10
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 3
  • Current version:

    3.5 stars

    out of 32 votes

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    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 2.0 stars

    "obsolete but it does work"

    October 27, 2013  |   By John PIlge

    Version: Microsoft Reader 2.1.1

    Pros

    It works well reading files in .lit and is stable.

    Cons

    The file format .lit is no longer available. It has been replaced by .epub and there are no books available in .lit that I can find.

    Summary

    Microsoft discontinued Microsoft Reader effective August 30, 2012.
    There will be no support, upgrades, or books published for Microsoft Reader.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "very useful"

    April 4, 2011  |   By kert777

    Version: Microsoft Reader 2.1.1

    Pros

    ease of use.

    Cons

    not any know at this time.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It is free."

    February 7, 2011  |   By ChirilaMisu

    Version: Microsoft Reader 2.1.1

    Pros

    I can read what I want in a convenient way.

    Cons

    Complicate to download and activate.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "An average eBook reader"

    December 5, 2010  |   By bartkoslow

    Version: Microsoft Reader 2.1.1

    Pros

    Microsoft reader will do an average job of reading ebooks.

    Cons

    Not comparable to the ebook readers from either Amazon of Barnes and Noble.

    Summary

    If you are not particular about your ebook reader you certainly can use this one, but I do not recommend it as there are better ones.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Like It Use On Laptop and Phone"

    November 30, 2010  |   By Stormy208

    Version: Microsoft Reader 2.1.1

    Pros

    I like the fact that I can read anywhere. I transfer bookmarks between laptop and phone.

    Cons

    Would like a new look.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "simple,and its free!"

    July 4, 2010  |   By morningafterdark

    Version: Microsoft Reader 2.1.1

    Pros

    does what it says..a very simple product to use..no hassle..

    Cons

    even if you activate it after working your ass off,won't open some books..

    Summary

    good for .lit forms..but if u are looking for the best option,this is not it!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "not what I was looking for"

    June 25, 2010  |   By dmwelch

    Version: Microsoft Reader 2.1.1

    Pros

    It's a Microsoft product

    Cons

    doesn't do what I wanted it to do

    Summary

    I downloaded an epub book to my computer and I'll be damned if I can find a reader that will allow me to open anything that's already on my computer! All of the readers I downloaded (this one, Barnes & Nobles and eRead 6) all can only read books you've downloaded using their interface and don't have the ability to open a file on your hard drive (or if you can I sure as hell can't figure out how). Frustrated!

    Updated on Jun 25, 2010

    When trying to activate it I get this:
    "Activation Error
    The Activation process has failed because you do not have sufficient access. You need to run as a local administrator to activate Microsoft Reader."
    Well I'm logged in as an administrator on my computer so this error message is total BS. I'm tired of beating my head against the wall. I'm running Internet Explorer 8 and Windows 7 Home Premium and logged into Microsoft Passport with my Yahoo email address. ***?

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Basic book reader"

    June 13, 2010  |   By saintckk

    Version: Microsoft Reader 2.1.1

    Pros

    No problem so far, able to read the books I wanted

    Cons

    Nothing bad, to troublesome to activate

    Summary

    I downloaded it because I need to read some Lit formatted book, Nothing great! have to activate and sign-up the Live! too troublesome, forget above it!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Okay not great"

    March 11, 2010  |   By lwilky

    Version: Microsoft Reader 2.1.1

    Pros

    Free
    Runs in windows

    Cons

    doesn't run on linux
    doesn't embrace many ebook formats

    Summary

    Reader is okay, but after trying it I use Calibre. Calibre seems easier, and more universal running on linux and windows, and supporting more ebook formats.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Gets the job done"

    January 2, 2010  |   By Roxia14

    Version: Microsoft Reader 2.1.1

    Pros

    Loads quick and has good reading settings.

    Cons

    Only can read .lit (MS Reader format), ugly interface, and no customization.

    Summary

    The only reason why I have this program is because some of the books I've gotten only come in .lit file. I don't really like reading with it much, but I could if I had to. It's an okay program, just not my style.

    Updated on Jan 2, 2010

    Scratch out "the only .lit reader"!! I found a new program called Calibre that is on the downloads page. Check it out! It's a manager, ebook reader, and ebook converter. All in one!

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