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CNET Editors' review
Stanza is a reader for books, available in apps for most devices. We downloaded Stanza from iTunes, and it installed quickly. The app is free.
Stanza lets you read books on your iDevice using a simple, elegant interface. Notably, compared with other reader apps, Stanza supports a wide range of file formats from PDF to EPUB, including those with DRM and without. In fact, we tested Stanza with almost a hundred different books over the space of a couple of months of commuting, and it opened every file we threw at it from different sources. When launched, Stanza shows a list of all books in the library, and lets you open an existing book or browse for new books from several sources. You can browse books by title, author, or even by front cover image. Each book opens to a table of contents and then into each book page by page. A status pop-up shows how far you are through each book, and you can move from page to page with swipes or touches or navigation keys.
We enjoyed using Stanza and it remains our favorite reader so far. We must not be the only ones to feel this way; this is one of the most popular apps on iTunes. Stanza worked flawlessly for us and it is highly recommended.
Read books on your iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad! Lexcycle Stanza brings the digital book revolution to your pocket with a reading interface that is unrivaled in its clarity and ease of use. With over 4 million downloads around the world, Stanza has become an iPhone phenomenon, and is featured as one of the top three Apple favorites in their "App Store Turns 1" celebration.Purchase popular new books from a selection of over 50,000 contemporary titles available in various partner stores, or choose from an additional 50,000 free classics and recent original works available from Project Gutenberg, Feedbooks, and many other sources. Store and categorize hundreds of books in the organizer, and transfer your own ePub, eReader, PDF, Comic Book Archive (CBR & CBZ), and DjVu books from your Mac or PC to Stanza by dragging & dropping the files into the "File Sharing" section of the "Apps" tab of your device in iTunes.Stanza has been recognized by numerous organizations: Time Magazine lists Stanza as one of their "Top 11 iPhone Applications" Stanza is a PC Magazine "Editor's Choice" and one of their "21 cool iPhone Apps" The New York Times features Stanza: "Tip of the Week: Turn Your iPhone Into an e-Book" Wired features Stanza in their "10 Most Awesome iPhone Apps of 2008" article Forbes Magazine lauds Stanza, saying: "Stanza, like Kindle, lets users download new content directly to their device." Apple lists Stanza in their collection of "iTunes 2008 Top Apps" Stanza is a Macworld reader's favorite in: "Our Favorite iPhone Apps: Your turn" Stanza won the 2008 award for "Best Free App" at BestAppEver.com, where they write: "Stanza has redefined how everyone thinks about reading on a mobile device."Stanza has additionally been praised by CNET, the Washington Post, Ars Technica, the Boston Globe, Information Week, and PC Magazine's AppScout.Your entire summer reading, your class syllabus for the whole year, all the reference material you will ever need: all at your fingertips. Literally.
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"it lets you read epubs on your iphone"
Version: Stanza 3.1
it lets you read epubs on your iphone. it DOES work on ios 5
It is nothing special, but it does what it's supposed to for now
It's free so what the heck. You have to get it from the app store because the lexcycle site is indeed dead
"A great app slowly dying"
Version: Stanza 3.1
Everything the review says it was.
Died under IOS 5, was given a reprieve by Lexcycle/Amazon with the notation that this will be the last update. Why bother putting time and energy into installing, customizing and downloading books into an app that will go away for good in the near future. When it breaks again after an Apple update (not Apples fault, but you it will happen) than it is gone for good.
"Doesn't work under iOS5"
Version: Stanza 3.1
None. A popular iOS ebook reading app owned by Amazon won't run under iOS 5, causing some users to fear that its days may be numbered.
The release of iOS 5 has broken Stanza, and as of yet there has been no update from Amazon. The iOS Kindle app was updated shortly before iOS 5 was released, so the iOS app team at Amazon is clearly paying attention to its flagship e-reader.
The website for stanza
Doesn't even work anymore.