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Date Added:
August 24, 2010
Free; iTunes account required.
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Product ranking:
#3 in eBooks
Additional Requirements:
Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later. iTunes account required

Editors' Note: The "Download Now" link directs you to the iTunes App Store, where you must continue the download process. You must have iTunes installed in order to open the link, and you must have an active iTunes account to download the application. This download may not be available in some countries.

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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  • 3 stars

    "it lets you read epubs on your iphone"

    July 10, 2012   |   By mighty_roxtard

    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

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  • 1 stars

    "A great app slowly dying"

    December 26, 2011   |   By kbarry01

    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.


    Why bother?

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  • 1 stars

    "Doesn't work under iOS5"

    December 26, 2011   |   By booch221

    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.

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