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Stanza for Mac

CNET Editors' review

Stanza for Mac is an e-book reader for Mac OS and iOS devices. Available from the App Store, the basic Stanza for Mac is free for a trial period, then must be updated to unlock all the features. Stanza for Mac installs easily.

The Stanza for Mac interface is clean. A list of your downloaded content appears when it's launched (and can be sorted several ways), and clicking on a book opens a clean reader interface. Downloadable content can be accessed from almost every source. Whether you're reading a book, magazine, or other digital publication, Stanza for Mac makes it easy to move around the pages and chapters. There are multiple layout views possible, which is useful on larger screens for MacBooks and iMacs, including larger print versions with horizontal and vertical scrolling. We could import audiobooks, too, although there's nothing special about them in Stanza for Mac.

We used Stanza for Mac to access several document formats including PDF, Amazon Kindle, EPUB, and others, and each opened fine. We had a couple of minor issues with Stanza for Mac locking up while reading a book, but this will likely be fixed in a maintenance release. There's a lot of competition in the reader market, but Stanza for Mac is worth a look at the trial version to see if it suits your needs.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Stanza 1.0.0b18.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Stanza is damaged and should be moved to Trash."

    July 16, 2013  |   By Pronius

    Version: Stanza 1.0.0b18

    Pros

    It has a hip and catchy name. "Stanza." It's even fun to say.

    Cons

    App doesn't start.

    Summary

    When I tried to run the app on OS-10.8.4, I got an error message telling me Stanza is damaged and should be moved to Trash. That's as far as I could get.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "easily convert your ebook from kindle to pdf"

    January 27, 2013  |   By Saul7034

    Version: Stanza 1.0.0b18

    Pros

    a free ebook conversion tool

    Cons

    Here is a free ebook conversion tool for you.
    You can easily convert your ebook from kindle to pdf.

    Free Online Ebook Converter
    http://www.ebookconverter.net/

    It provides you with the best kindle to pdf converting experience.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Produced poorly formatted files"

    August 28, 2012  |   By antyx

    Version: Stanza 1.0.0b18

    Pros

    App appears to be free.
    Automatically extracts the first photo and places it as a cover photo.

    Cons

    Converted e-book, whether EPUB or MOBI, is all run together and not useful. A few words were misspelled after the conversion.

    Summary

    I formatted an 85,000 word document following the Smashwords Style Guide to make it easy to convert to an e-book. Then printed as .PDF. I used Stanza to create .epub and .mobi files, imported them to iBook and Kindle readers on iPhone and iPad. The Stanza files did not separate paragraphs properly, and in a few cases missed picking up some letters of some words. Perhaps my choice of style was inappropriate, but in any case the result was not usable. I had much better luck with Epubor, see that review.

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