Stanza

Stanza Desktop 1.0b18

Reader for e-books and digital publications

There's no doubt that e-books are the future and one day, there could be reader wars in much the same way as the browser wars that take place on the internet. View full description

PROS

  • Very elegant
  • Lots of customizable features
  • Supports a wide range of formats

CONS

  • A little bloated for a digital reader

Very good
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There's no doubt that e-books are the future and one day, there could be reader wars in much the same way as the browser wars that take place on the internet.

Stanza is an early entrant into this market featuring a clean, well-organized interface that's designed for reading all kinds of digital publications, including electronic books, newspapers, PDFs, and general web content. It's elegant because it's been designed specifically for the Mac and puts an emphasis on highlighting hyphenation, columns, automatic text scrolling and user-friendly page and chapter navigation.

This is done to make reading long texts easier on the eye and brain which can soon get tired from reading lengthy data on an electronic screen. Stanza supports HTML, PDF, Microsoft Word, and Rich Text Format reading, as well as all the major eBook standards. It's also a very open reader - developers can add new formats to the programs API meaning it will always be able to handle the latest releases.

Stanza is a fully functional reader that's a little bloated in places but it could be well positioned to be one of the front runners when e-books and digital publishing really takes off.

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Stanza Desktop 1.0b18

— User reviews — about Stanza

  • 158720614

    by 158720614

    "No longer works for updated OS."

    Can't get it installed. "File is corrupted." Needs an update for OSX 10.11. More.

    reviewed on January 18, 2016

  • GL77

    by GL77

    "versatile, able to convert pdf to epub verrrry quickly. "

    It is a really versatile reader for many formats, converts formats as well. It is flexible in having single, double, tr... More.

    reviewed on May 23, 2013

  • hebertovich

    by hebertovich

    "Excellent Reader"

    Been using Stanza since it was born on my Iphone, then my Ipad and it is the ultimate book reader, I don't really find a... More.

    reviewed on September 20, 2012

  • jkirtan

    by jkirtan

    "flexible, great features but slow"

    This is the first and only ebook reader I've ever used. It does everything I need it to, no more no less. It boasts a no... More.

    reviewed on July 4, 2012