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Offline Shorty

Great Book Apps for iPads
« on: June 06, 2014, 06:46 AM »
iBouquiniste

I found this app as a result of my disappointment with iBooks.  I confess to being a book hoarder but I also like to be an organized one.  After iBooks last update, they would only allow 130 collections.  I like to keep my authors in different collections and in order of when the books were written.  This is important when the authors write a series of books.  Also, I am a speed reader but like to relax and re-read some of my favourites. 

IBouquiniste allows one to input both mobi and ePub files as well as other types into their app.  This is a real bonus as I didn't have to use mobi apps like the kindle or eBookMobi for mobi files and iBooks for the ePub files.  My books and authors now are together. 

I love the look of the bookshelves with the authors names.  Once there are more than six books on a bookshelf, it will even count the books for you.  There is a bit of a downside in that you have to have the authors names in order and spelled correctly...ie. First and Last names or you will end up with multiple bookshelves.  This can be corrected by changing the names.  If the book disappears when going from all books to bookshelf mode, correcting this is simple by adding say a period to the name of the book.  This part is slightly tricky but easily fixed and well worth the effort.  Changing the order of the books works by pressing the book till it wiggles and then moving it as you do for the apps.  When the book is in the right place, just touch the bookshelf to stop the wiggle.

This app also allows book sharing right from the app.

The bookshelf view

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The all books you own view.
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What the books look like to read in landscape mode.  Love the crease down the middle like an actual book.  You can change the font, font size and colour of the pages too.

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« Last Edit: June 06, 2014, 07:30 AM by Shorty »
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Offline nina8

Re: Great Book Apps for iPads
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2014, 07:07 AM »
Thank you Shorty  :)
Great app but for $4.99 it better be!
 

Offline Shorty

Re: Great Book Apps for iPads
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2014, 07:20 AM »
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Thank you Shorty  :)
Great app but for $4.99 it better be!

There is a free version as well.   The in-app purchases are removal of ads, PDF support and DJVU support.  Yes I love this App! And I am not connected in any way to the developer! 

Still working on the review when my internet crashed.   :)
« Last Edit: June 06, 2014, 07:35 AM by Shorty »
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Offline nina8

Re: Great Book Apps for iPads
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2014, 07:32 AM »
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There is a free version as well.   Still working on the review when my internet crashed.

I'm all for the free apps  :)
The way i see it, i paid for the devise, i paid for the android, i will not pay  for apps too!
Apps should be all free! 

Thank you Shorty  ;)
 

Offline Shorty

Re: Great Book Apps for iPads
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2014, 07:38 AM »
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I'm all for the free apps  :)
The way i see it, i paid for the devise, i paid for the android, i will not pay  for apps too!
Apps should be all free! 

Thank you Shorty  ;)

If you have a computer you have to pay for the programs you install too.  Same idea.  I have to admit I like free too, but some things are worth the price. 
Please excuse any spelling errors.   I have dyslexic fingers!
 
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Offline Shorty

Re: Great Book Apps for iPads
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2014, 07:49 AM »
Ebook Converter

Thanks to SEA49 for telling me about this app.

This App allows you to convert books to many different formats such as mobi, ePub, azw3, azw.

It isn't very visually pleasing but it does work very well.  If you are stuck without a computer other than your iPad, you can do conversions since you can't use Calibre.  As far as I know it will not do a book that has a DRM attached to it.  I have yet to try a book with DRM.   This app cost $2.99.  Once you convert the book you can open it into your favourite reading app.


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I just discovered that this app converts .lit files to ePub files extremely well.  At last I can use some of my older books!
« Last Edit: June 07, 2014, 01:44 PM by Shorty »
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Offline nina8

Re: Great Book Apps for iPads
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2014, 08:09 AM »
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If you have a computer you have to pay for the programs you install too.  Same idea.  I have to admit I like free too, but some things are worth the price.

Personally, no, i get only the free ones, but that's just me  :)
I also believe there are free apps that do the work just fine and if there are adds all over the place ,i just disconnect the internet  :P

Nothing personal of course, Shorty, your review is perfect sweetie!
 
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Offline Shorty

Re: Great Book Apps for iPads
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2014, 09:01 AM »
Marvin

Marvin is free or you can get the paid version.  I don't remember the price and I can't see it now that I paid.  Perhaps Nina you can find it for me.  With the free version, you can only open one book at a time.  There are in -app purchases if you want to change the colour scheme/ backgrounds. 

You can use this app to organize your books, add metadata, change book covers, book sharing and many other features.  It counts the total number of books you own.  Sorts books, you can highlight and rate books etc.  again books have to be DRM free.  The only drawbacks for me is that it takes ePub files and not mobi files, and that I miss the charming look of a bookshelf.  When you file share, it adds the metadata to the email message so that the receiver gets an idea what this book is about.    I use this app frequently so that I can quickly add my books from the iPad to my iPod touch. 

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Showing library view with metadata

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« Last Edit: June 06, 2014, 09:10 AM by Shorty »
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Offline nina8

Re: Great Book Apps for iPads
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2014, 12:28 PM »
Marvin - eBook reader for both iPhone and iPad  $2.99

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https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/marvin-ebook-reader-for-epub/id667361209?ls=1&mt=8
 
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Offline natalie1002

Re: Great Book Apps for iPads
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2014, 08:19 PM »
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Ebook Converter

Thanks to SEA49 for telling me about this app.

This App allows you to convert books to many different formats such as mobi, ePub, azw3, azw.

It isn't very visually pleasing but it does work very well.  If you are stuck without a computer other than your iPad, you can do conversions since you can't use Calibre.  As far as I know it will not do a book that has a DRM attached to it.  I have yet to try a book with DRM.   This app cost $2.99.  Once you convert the book you can open it into your favourite reading app.




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I just discovered that this app converts .lit files to ePub files extremely well.  At last I can use some of my older books!

Does this app convert mobi to epub? I can't seem to find an app that will convert a mobi file. I bought the file converter app for $9.99 but it doesn't open when I choose a mobi file to convert.
« Last Edit: June 26, 2014, 08:22 PM by natalie1002 »
 

Offline natalie1002

Re: Great Book Apps for iPads
« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2014, 08:26 PM »
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iBouquiniste

I found this app as a result of my disappointment with iBooks.  I confess to being a book hoarder but I also like to be an organized one.  After iBooks last update, they would only allow 130 collections.  I like to keep my authors in different collections and in order of when the books were written.  This is important when the authors write a series of books.  Also, I am a speed reader but like to relax and re-read some of my favourites. 

IBouquiniste allows one to input both mobi and ePub files as well as other types into their app.  This is a real bonus as I didn't have to use mobi apps like the kindle or eBookMobi for mobi files and iBooks for the ePub files.  My books and authors now are together. 

I love the look of the bookshelves with the authors names.  Once there are more than six books on a bookshelf, it will even count the books for you.  There is a bit of a downside in that you have to have the authors names in order and spelled correctly...ie. First and Last names or you will end up with multiple bookshelves.  This can be corrected by changing the names.  If the book disappears when going from all books to bookshelf mode, correcting this is simple by adding say a period to the name of the book.  This part is slightly tricky but easily fixed and well worth the effort.  Changing the order of the books works by pressing the book till it wiggles and then moving it as you do for the apps.  When the book is in the right place, just touch the bookshelf to stop the wiggle.

This app also allows book sharing right from the app.

The bookshelf view



I am currently using Marvin as an ereader on my ipad.  I am getting aggravated that Marvin doesn't allow mobi files and I can't find a file converter app that works to convert to epub.
I don't mind buying the app, but the reviews say it crashes every 2-3 pages.  Have you had any issues?
Thanks
 

Offline Shorty

Re: Great Book Apps for iPads
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2014, 05:11 AM »
Yes the ePub converter does convert mobi to ePubs very well. 
Please excuse any spelling errors.   I have dyslexic fingers!
 
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