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Lexcycle updates Stanza, adds iPad support

Lexcycle has released a Universal update to Stanza, its acclaimed e-book reader application. Stanza 3.0 adds native iPad support as well as support for PDF, DjVu and Comic Book Archive formats. iPad users can now transfer e-books directly onto their device using the iTunes File Sharing section as well as opening support book formats directly from web pages and e-mail attachments. Additional language support for Turkish and Bulgarian users has also been added. Stanza continues to provide support for a wide variety of e-book formats, including ePub, eReader and Mobipocket as well as direct integration with a number of e-book services from directly within the application. Stanza 3.0 is available from the App Store as a free download; existing users should receive the universal update automatically.

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I should note that I’ve dumped all my eReader.com and Fictionwise.com books into Stanza via the iTunes File sharing feature and am happily editing them now.

There are a few glitches that happen every now and then (note that when you group books, the name of the groups can’t contain more than one capital letter per word. No Star Trek DS9 or TOS, it changes to Ds9 and Tos) but hell…I’m just happy to have my legally-purchased books on my iPad at full res WITHOUT having to strip the DRM from em like I was planning.

Good work, Lexcycle!

Posted by Daniel S. in Toronto on June 4, 2010 at 11:52 AM (CDT)


That’s great news, especially since they originally said they had no intention of making Stanza iPad-friendly.  I can’t wait to try it out (although, being iPadless, I expect I’ll have to), but I’ve already been getting the impression that iBooks may not suit me as much as Stanza, so it’s exciting to have Stanza as a real option, too.

Posted by Rob E. in Toronto on June 4, 2010 at 12:14 PM (CDT)


I will say that, to be honest, my only interest in iBooks was as an ePub reader for iPad. THe pricing structure of iBooks seems to be very similar to the Kindle Store pricing…and I already have made purchases on the Kindle for my iPod touch and iPad. And since I’m going to be snagging an Android based smartphone in the next month, Kindle for Android (coming in a month or two) tips my decision in their favor.

That said…I’m VERY impressed with Stanza. Their pagination annoys the living hell out of me on occasion, but other than that…customizable, you can edit book information within the app instead of having to do it via iTunes, AND you can pull the books directly off the iPad via Stanza thanks to the whole iTunes File Sharing feature.

Go figure. And this is coming from someone who was very “meh” on Stanza for the iPod touch…

Posted by Daniel S. in Toronto on June 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM (CDT)

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