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  • Date Added:
    Aug. 24, 2010
  • Price:
    Free; iTunes account required.
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  • Product ranking:
    #3 in eBooks

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Editors' Review


Stanza is a free application that lets you read electronic books on your iPhone. It's an excellent value, albeit with a no-frills approach that stops short of handling DRM-protected content and docs with heavy formatting or images.

Stanza provides a comfortable, highly customizable reading experience, and you can quickly change text size (with a slider in the settings, or using pinch and reverse pinch), adjust line and margin spacing, and choose from many different fonts. You can even pick your own text and background colors, in case you want old-school, CRT-style green on black. You can flip through chapters, rotate portrait or landscape, and search through text. Stanza also lets you leave multiple bookmarks and always remembers where you last left off.

It handles a wide variety of non-DRM formats (including Amazon Kindle, Mobipocket, Microsoft LIT, PalmDoc, and more), but PDFs and HTML dont always work quite like you'd expect, since Stanza strips out images and formatting. Overall, this is an easy-to-use and useful app for anyone who doesn't already have a DRMed e-book collection, as Stanza makes it easy to download a ton of public domain content from its Online Catalog section (everything from Walt Whitman, Edith Wharton, and George Orwell to Kurt Vonnegut, Cory Doctorow, and H.P. Lovecraft). If you're still regretful about your lazy teenage years, you'll especially like the High School Reading subsection, so you can download and finally finish reading "Moby Dick" and "The Great Gatsby."

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4 stars

"A good all round reader."

March 02, 2011  |  By livingos

 |  Version: Stanza 3.0.3


You can create collections/subjects of your ebooks
It reads various formats. It is pretty good as a pdf reader.
Good interface.


So you can't read kindle books. so what? It will read anything else you throw at it - something the Kindle app can't do.

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2 stars

"Beaten by better apps"

December 26, 2010  |  By J.G.

 |  Version: Stanza 3.0.3


Stanza was one of the first e-reader applications for iOS. It is still acceptable, though not competitive with subsequent e-reading apps.


Kindle, iBooks and Nook apps have made veteran Stanza obsolete. It has neither the catalog nor the fine tuning available to it these more innovative apps do. And, contrary to this review, it does not support Kindle e-books, which are DRMed.


It says it all that CNET used a review from 2008, Stanza's heyday.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.0.3
Support for iPhone4 retina display Multi-tasking support Launch Stanza when PDF books are downloaded from external apps (like Mail and Safari)
Publisher Lexcycle
Publisher web site http://www.lexcycle.com/
Release Date July 13, 2008
Date Added August 24, 2010
Version 3.0.3
Category Educational Software
Subcategory eBooks
Operating Systems
Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later. iTunes account required
Download Information
File Size 10.01MB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 45,057
Downloads Last Week 26
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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