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Read books on your iPhone or iPod Touch! 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 millions of 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, or Mobipocket books from your computer using Stanza Desktop.
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.
The best application made for the iPhone!
By: SomeThingWickd - Dec 4, 2008
I ran across a review for this last night and have been playing with it non-stop since.... I was not 100% happy with my iPhone, till now, because I just could NOT seem to find a way to turn it into an eBook reader like I had my previous HTC Windows Mobile phones....Now, I am totally content with the fact that I can read all my eBooks...(lost count at the over 100G + in eBooks that I have on my external drives) and now....I can read them ALL w/o having to have my Sony 505 with my constantly. I travel a great deal, and sometimes there are periods of time when my Sony is not at hand and I have hours to kill, but I have my phone with me....
Seems my problem is solved now!
If you have a train, plane or auto commute where you have the down time and would rather be reading than looking at the landscape or watching the paint dry, then this is the application for you....
Even the free books I found on their online catalog was enough to add a nice dent to my collection.
Thanks guys! Great job, keep up the good work!
An Absolute Must
By: mickyned - 11-Dec-2008
As an avid reader, I never thought I would enthuse about ebooks, but I'm a complete convert. I have over 100 copyright-free titles on my ipod touch, it's so easy to read on a bus, train or in bed, and with the options opening up now to buy new ebooks to read on Stanza, this is only the beginning. Download this app now and be ahead of the curve! Remember how people tutted and grumbled when they first heard about Facebook or podcasting? This is going to be as big!
By: Captain Redbeard - 09-Sep-2009
I downloaded this to use with copyright-expired books, such as those from Project Gutenberg, so I cannot comment on how good it is with purchased books. But for what I want, it is nearly flawless. Poetry, novels are all really easy to read or browse. The screen and fonts are lovely looking, and the small screen is less of an impediment to pleasant reading than I'd thought.
Syncing with the desktop application is a little clunky but works OK from my Mac. With some books it can be hard to find the relevant section without flicking through the whole thing - but that's a problem with the files that STanza downloads rather than with this program.
Great eBook Reader - You can't beat the price, simplicity and selection
By: Ziger - Sep 16, 2008
Start with the basics, solid interface. It is easy to read a book, even a long one in this format. The availability of free books for direct download is great. In an airport, you can grab a new book that you haven't read before easily and painlessly. There are also a number of great newspapers and magazines available for the format - again via a painless download. And you can also download and convert ebooks from other sources to use on your iPhone via a desktop version of the software. All great stuff.
The limitations are simple. The books are mostly classics that are in the public domain plus a few authors who have decided to push their books out for free to the electronic community. And the newspapers are not particularly well chunked up - since they are flat text files broken out by content rather than article.
You can't beat the price, simplicity and selection of great materials.
By: stgalaska - Jan 22, 2009
This app is great. If you have this app and you go to Lexcycle's web page you can download desktop. This allows you to transfer books from your computer to your ipod for reading. I use it for pdf magazines. You can get full magazines in adobe pdf format from various websites for free and just upload them onto your ipod for reading. Not to mention, Stanza already has a lot of free books to offer. I recomend getting it if you love to read and want to view magazines in adobe pdf.
One of my favorites!
By: carma54 - Jan 9, 2010
Through the years I have explored and discarded many apps, eventually narrowing down to a few "keepers". Stanza is one of these. I use it for nighttime reading, in the kitchen with my favorite recipes, quick access to important information, etc. It is intuitive, user-friendly. It has guidance and tips built in so that you can fully utilize and enjoy its many features. You can change fonts and font sizes and background to suit your preferences. Stanza is definitely a five-star app!
I read more now than before!
By: Mind Numbing - Jul 28, 2009
I've been reading all the reviews both good and bad... If you want an honest review, here it is. Yes, there are books that you have to buy but there are way more that you can download for free if you take the time to look. I did my research and now have found tons of books that I will be reading. The interface is easy to use and has yet to freeze on me (knock on wood). My only complaint is that the app and desktop don't sync so that what you download onto your phone can be read on your computer. Fix that now Stanza folks!!! Because of Stanza, I find myself reading more! Keep up the great work.
By: jackr - Jan 10, 2010
Stanza consistently equals or betters every other reader and feature I've tried. • Library? All the public / free repositories, and loads of contemporary payware publishers. • Search? Unified over all libraries. • Eye ease? Easy controls for brightness, contrast, foreground and background. • Controls? Every command is right where you expect, every gesture does just what you want. • Portability? Desktop apps everywhere, no Stanza-specific lock downs. • Reliability? Absolutely zero crashes or lock-ups in a year or so of heavy use.
By: Julien.Vox - Apr 13, 2009
One thing that would be cool: a field for what number a book is in a series. If you buy a set it is sometimes difficult to recall what order they should be read in.
For those that think it should scroll like everything else; I would say that the absence of scrolling is actually one of the things I like best about the app. I do not have to scroll. It is just like a book. You flip the page to get more. Just like a book.
Online Russian books catalog don't work
By: Tartuga - Dec 3, 2008
I love this app, and it works pretty well. But i still miss 3 things:
1. Native fb2/epub convertation (Stanza Desktop for Windows is owfull and sharing seems to have some minor issues with bonjure)
2. Working Online catalogue for Russian books (for now it's had permanent error "The ebook file did not contain any data", never the less, all the ebooks from English sections downloading pretty well.)
3. I hate new icon, these old blue one with flipping curling page was far more pretty.
Anyway, this application is still best among its competitors. Thank you for the job - and sorry for my bad English)
Great ebook reader
By: LucyF - 02-Dec-2008
I was worried when I moved away from my Palm PDA to an iPhone that I would lose the ability to read ebooks easily. I needn't have worried, as Stanza is a great ebook reader and possibly the best available at the moment (that includes paid-for applications). There are plenty of online books to download for free, or with my Mac desktop version, I can sync a wide variety of files to it over wifi very quickly. Ebooks look very clear on screen and the font size is easy to adjust. It remembers your position when you go back into the application, and with the latest version, you can add bookmarks. Give it a go!
By: Ah Swipe - Sep 15, 2008
Nice interface, easy to use, easy to set up, desktop sync is easy. Did I say it was easy? And FREE? The sites listed on the desktop FAQ has tons of books, and the app comes with pretty specific instructions. No hidden costs like with the other eReader, and no need to buy all those rip off 99cent titles listed on AppStore for public domain books, they can all be downloaded for FREE. Outstanding job, Lexcycle.
By: ClassicLitFan - Jan 9, 2010
This is a great app for anyone who likes to carry several reading options around, just in case. It certainly weighs a lot less and even gives the illusion of turning pages, which I thought was a nice touch. It is simple to use and doesn't take a great deal of effort to figure out unlike other ereader apps I have tried. The variety of public domain sources allow you to find a classic book for just about any mood and the selection of hard to find materials is excellent. Both browsing and searching usually lead to positive results. The only thing I would change is the inability to move easily between chapters. However, that is but a small annoyance in an otherwise fantastic app.
A must for tech savy bookworms
By: Ariellajem - Jul 27, 2009
All you need to do is follow the directions to transfer files from you PC. I got it to read PDF files and since then it has become my favorite app. I honestly use my iPhone as an ebook reader more than a phone. The interface has none of the annoying tilt functionality a lot of the other reader apps do. It also has a great database of classics as well as pay sites. Plus you can't beat free with a stick.Thanks Stanza for being a tiny ebook in my pocket. I'm reading Sherlock Holmes for the first time and you made it so much more accessable.
Best Book Reader in the AppStore
By: Smprm - Jan 10, 2010
This is one of my FAVORITE apps! I love the clean, pretty, user friendly interface and the many customized view options. It even has a night time reading, easy on the eyes setting, which you can further tweak to your liking. You can also change the font size & colors and backgrounds. The reader saves your place within the book automatically. You can set a bookmark too, when you intend to completely back out of the book you are reading, to view another. Has never frozen or crashed on me. I use it several times daily. I have yet to try importing PDFs, but am excited to give it a go.There are MANY FREE classic books and collections of fairy tales, stories and poems, also lots of free romance titles. There are also links (inside the app) to choices of sites to buy newer books. You just need to search through them and compare prices/available titles. Some of these sites are reasonable in price: I've purchased older titles by popular modern authors for 2-5 dollars. Other sites are asking the shelf price of the actual, physical book for new releases. So some books you may need to pay for. It's worth it to have the convenience of all these wonderful books in one easy to use, beautiful app right in your pocket!
Best iPhone reader available
By: Mass Reader - Jul 4, 2009
Update: I have been using Stanza since it came out, and I keep meaning to add to my review to say that it just keeps getting better and better. The new version, 1.8, with all the new features (especially the ability to dim the screen by swiping, the global progress bar, the global search, the customizable toolbar with the jump-back-to-library button) inspired me to finally review it again. Fantastic update to an already fantastic product.
I get bored whenever I don't have something to read, so I had to get a book reader for my iPhone. The best by far is Stanza. I like being able to configure everything, and the selection of free books is great.
Now there's a Windows version of the desktop software that lets you transfer electronic texts from your pc to your iPhone. Today I read a Word doc on my iPhone while waiting at the airport. Awesome!
By: BobKrause - Feb 25, 2009
I'd been using eReader on my Palm TX for years, so an eReader app was a definite must-have before I'd ever consider an iPhone or iPod Touch. Stanza's customizability makes it easily the best eReader app I've ever used. I love the fact that I can download books so easily and that I can take my books and music any where I travel so easily.
I do really miss the dictionary lookup feature from eReader on my Palm.
Thanks for a great app,
By: Ricous - 20-Oct-2008
I think this is a fabulous book reader for the iPod touch. The online databases are easy to navigate, there is a proliferation of free titles to choose from, and the application itself has many customizable settings. Not only that, but the website has tons of support information, including forums. They have great advice on how to minimize data loss during an upgrade, something that would be useful for any of the iPod apps.
There is also a desktop program which will allow users to upload their own content as a book into Stanza - this will allow a user to read a variety of formats, including HTML, PDF, Microsoft Word and RTF.
The only feature I would like to see added is a dictionary - so that you could click on a word and see a definition. I noticed in the feature request forum that Stanza stated: "We do not yet support any in-application dictionary. It is one of our most frequently requested features, so we hope to have it available sometime in the near future." I'm looking forward to that update.
Even so, it's a great application. And amazingly - it's free!
Superb Free eBook Reader
By: maxtom101 - Jan 9, 2010
The interface is well done and very customizable. There are plenty of free books, including all of the classics in the Classics paid app. Just look under Feedbooks. There is also a plethora of original content, a lot of which have really good writing. There are also paid books, but you don't need to pay for the public domain books, most of which are better that modern "books". The app is buggy at times, but the content is worth it and the price is right.
By: Prester_John - 04-Nov-2008
In a few words - fantastic.
Brilliantly simple in theory, effective in use. Unlike some other applications that might need one to register for something or other, this provides excellent access and availability. I am also glad, as a regular user of 'Project Gutenberg', to see that it has also gained its place here.
And most of all, that it is freely available for download and use for all! (with the required technology of course)
I hope that this application continues to be in the top set, so as to promote this to other potential users.
Long live the power of the book.
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