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eBook Library supports speed reading plus an eBookshelf. You can practice your speed reading skills using plain text eBook files with speeds between 50 wpm and 1500 wpm. Reading speed is set using four ranges (very slow, slow, medium, and fast) and a slider is provided to adjust the speed within each range. Speed settings are saved between sessions.

When you first launch eBook Library, a folder titled "eBookshelf" is added to your Documents folder. The eBook menu includes a menu pick to help you find free eBooks on the internet, a menu pick to load a file from your eBookshelf and another menu pick to let you save a more...

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Version 7.3.0:
  • Compiled for 32-bit Cocoa.

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OS X 10.6 or later

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Southpawami Member IconComment+29
Southpawami
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It works well. Imports utf-8 text files which can be made with TextEdit. Parses stuff like the first five books of the Bible, which is over 12,000 lines, with minimal wait. Stable, hasn't crashed on me yet.

dreamlist is small:
font resizing, so you could read the book at an enlarged font of 14, 16, 18, or 20
automatic scrolling window size, so it reads down like a book and starts at the top of the window again
color sections, so when your tired, a left section of green text a right section of blue text make it easier

It's a great application.

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Version 6.2.2
Macinshroom Member IconReview+1
Macinshroom
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Well i have found this application really usefull, i have greatly improved my reading speed since i started using it, and the features just make it better because now i can use texts in lenguages other than english (with international characters), also the parsing process of new books is very fast now.

The program also has a neat (optional) auto-scroll feature that makes it very confortable to read large texts without having to have the hand in the keyboard or mouse all the time.

The application interface also helps you focus on the text a lot more than using another text reader. If you are new just follow the instructions in the help menu to understand how to import new books.

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Version 6.0
NadeemF Member IconComment+2
NadeemF
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Could developers try and avoid sitx files - StuffitExpander is no longer bundled with Macs; better to distribute a zip'ped dmg.

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Version 5.0
Vitalis
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Or download it yourself, while it's stopped being shipped with Macs, the company hasn't stopped producing StuffIt

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Anonymous
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This could be useful if it took advantage of pyrite publisher or pyrite reader to read pdbs, as many people have ebooks in that format. Going from plain text to readable by the application takes far too long and this code could probably be optimized. It DOES do that neat new flash a word or so on the screen so you can read faster, but as far as 'library' I wouldn't say it fills what I would want (think itunes for books). There's room for improvement, but it is useful. Start with REALLY small texts if you don't want to wait.

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Version 3.1.2
Paul Young
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The purpose of this application was to practice speed reading using free ebooks. There are many ebook readers already available. Preparation of the text files for the eBookShelf does take time ONCE but you can retrieve a parsed ebook almost instantly. This allows you to read the book throughout many sessions or read several ebooks as you might have several books in process.

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While I realize the parsing is necessary to accurately measure speed reading (an example is how Speed Reading III, which I really like good job!, appears to stall if fed a text w/ line feeds), I think this Application can be refined to get past that issue and expanded.

It shouldn't take as long as it does to shoot a file through grep stripping the linefeeds and replacing them w/ single spaces. A word is just contiguous letters without whitespace. So if you detect whitespace of any kind as 'NOT A WORD' then you should have an appropriately fast application with all the speed it needs and no need to pre-convert files.

I'm not saying this is a bad application. It's good. I hope you continue to develop it, but the runtime engine seems too slow for most people to give it a second look. The reason I mention the pyrite system is you can send a pdb straight into text and chain the filters (it's old, but it would work).

I particularly like the way the placement and scrolling work in eBook LIbrary. Whether this is a better method of speed reading that static placement is probably up for grabs, but it more accurately approximates normal text placement so it's much more useful for people using non-digital source than any other speed reading applications I've seen.

In short. Thanks, this is a good application and much appreciated. I would really like to see development continue.

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Downloads 7,693
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Date 27 Jun 2013
Platform OS X / Intel 32
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