Can anyone tell me how to download and read pub books without going through the Apple iBooks reader and Apple store? For example, I would like to check out epub books from my library or download them from, say, Project Gutenberg.
Is there an app for doing this?
Install Stanza and it will access the Gutenberg site and download them easily. Very nicely done.
Yeah. Stanza is the way to go. It isn't as GUI slick as iBooks, but it is very functional, and unlike iBooks, it communicates directly with a number of eBook sellers preloaded and you can add others so long as they provide eBooks in the file format that Stanza is happy with (.epub)
One thing I do like about Stanza over iBooks as that Stanza lets you have more screen space actually dedicated to print. You can go edge to edge, top to bottom and this lets you use a larger, easier to read font. 'Specially nice for older folks like myself. ;)
stanza is waaaayyyy much better than ibooks.
They each have their strengths, and accordingly, their shortcomings. For someone wishing to impress the person sitting next to them with a virtual book floating behind glass with pages that turn as pages should turn, then iBooks is the ticket. It is also a bit more stable than Stanza. I find Stanza to occasionally be a bit crashie. But, as already extolled, Stanza does give the reader a bit more of an eye-friendly experience when not needing to impress. I like very much Stanza's ability to allow me to chose color schemes that suit my preference in reading and, when done correctly, can save on battery time. For people whose vision is less than perfect, or for avid readers wishing to cut down on eyestrain (I fall into both categories), Stanza is a more functional platform. And since eBooks are rather negligible as regards the memory they consume, no reason you cannot have your iPad library in both apps concurrently.
Originally Posted by dcv1979
If you want to use iBooks still you can download the books from where you want on your pc, then drag and drop them in to the books section of iTunes, then sync them as you would music or apps.
Hope this helps.
Now you can check out books from your library... legally! There is a new app (new to me anyway) called Bluefire that allows you to read books in Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) format. Every public library (that I know of) that loans ebooks uses a system called OverDrive. In order to check out and read books, you need the Adobe Digital Editions software and that is Flash-based so it will not work on any Apple mobile device.
Originally Posted by Heaviside
Fortunately, the Adobe Digital Editions DRM scheme has nothing to do with Flash! You still have to download the books you want to read to your computer using the ADE software, but then you can copy the book to the Bluefire app on your iPad.
All of the instructions are included with the Bluefire app... which is FREE, btw!
Also recently announced is that OverDrive will be releasing an iPad app so you can check out books directly to your iPad without having to download them to your computer first. This is long overdue! (No pun intended!) But in the mean time, using Bluefire does work!
There's a PC/Mac app called 'Calibre'
Website: calibre - E-book management
(If you're using a mac here's a direct download)
Direct link: http://www.macupdate.com/download.ph...bre-0.7.29.dmg
It can convert almost any text format... txt, doc, pdf... etc. etc. into the epub format. You can also add the meta data onto the app.
After you've finished converting, it's simply a matter of drag and drop into iTunes. Then sync your iPad, and you're done!
The book is added to iBooks ^^
Hope I helped :)
OverDrive have now updated their app to work with epub editions. The download process is a little clunky (especially the first time) but you can now get eBooks from your library directly downloaded to your iPad. On the minus side it is an iPhone app so doesn't look particularly wonderful when maximised on an iPad.