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Stanza is a program for reading eBooks, digital newspapers, and other digital publications. The software supports the eBook formats epub, MS LIT, Amazon Kindle, Mobipocket, and PalmDoc, as well as general document formats HTML, PDF, MS Word, and Rich Text Format.

Stanza features a variety of text layout views, such as multicolumn, vertical scrolling, and horizontal scrolling. Significantly, Stanza also supports exporting to a wide array of formats for use on the Apple iPhone using a bookmarklet technique, as well as mobile devices using 3rd party readers such as Mobipocket or the Amazon Kindle, and can also export books more...

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Version 1.0b18: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.


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Psychiatry Member IconReview+108

This application was bought by Amazon then killed.
It is no longer being developed.
When it was alive, it was barely useful.
Good riddance.

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Version 1.0b18
Lord-Lightning Member IconReview+305

Dead links.

Can't go to Developer's site.

Can't download app.

Should be removed from MacUpdate.

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Version 1.0b18
Markus Winter Member IconComment+360
Markus Winter

Unfortunately Stanza is dead. Marc Prud'hommeaux (the original and last Stanza developer at Amazon) quit in May. There will be no updates (and Amazon has not responded to requests to make Stanza open-source).

Stanza is also not working on iOS5 (crashes at startup) - I recommend GoodReader on iOS as a replacement.

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Version 1.0b18

There was a (final?) update to the iOS Stanza on Nov 10 2011, which is stable for me on iOS5. Goodreader is great for PDFs and TXT but not much else. For EPUB, I like Nook (Mac OS) and Apabi Reader (iOS), though I'll keep using the iOS Stanza while it works.


The newest update is only stable on iOS 5. On iOS 3 & 4 it crashes on startup.

stottski Member IconReview+1

god i hate this website sign up bull shit. ok finally.. i downloaded stanza desktop to my mac successfully. but im having a problem finding books to read on the damn thing. when i open up stanza it says to "use file menu to open a book." how? its not like i already have books on my comp to read... i used to have stanza on my itouch but it was recently stolen, and it was simple to get books, there was a way to access 'drinkmalk' to get more books onto stanza, is that possible still?

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Version 1.0b18
Poikkeus Member IconReview+281

I didn't pay for Stanza for the Touch, and I maintain that this is the most readable, easy to use readers on an increasingly crowded market. Locating free books or purchasing from a small stock of digital books is very easy; but what makes this such a pleasure is the clean, uncomplicated interface. Fast and very easy to use, this should be a standard for readers.

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Version 1.0b18
Joneskind Member IconComment+0

Excellente application!

-Grande variété de format supportés
- Excellent outil de conversion de fichier (ePub...)
- Ajoute des Tags aux eBooks
- Gestion des marques-pages

Et elle devient une incontournable si elle est associé à sa version sur iOS . Vous pouvez en effet partager tout vos ebooks, et les retrouver ainsi sur votre iPhone, iPod ou iPad, et de là les envoyer par emails à vos amis.

Le tout est gratuit. Le format ePub est compatible avec l'application iBooks.

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Version 1.0b18
Steven Goodheart Member IconComment+442
Steven Goodheart

OK, as I said in my review, I think the features in Stanza are good enough to pay for -- but at the Stanza site, it says the iPhone version is free, and I'll be darned if I can see where to pay for the Desktop version, and I've looked all over the site.

I saw a Stanza blog that said that Amazon bought them out recently..maybe that's why there's nothing to buy yet? Or maybe Amazon is going to offer this free to everyone, with perhaps the Kindle Reader in mind? Just speculating, but for now, as far as I can tell, Stanza desktop is as free as the iPhone Stanza, which makes Stanza, with all it's great feature,s an incredibly good deal in my book.

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Version 1.0b18

At , they state Stanza is currently free in both desktop and iPhone form.


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Steven Goodheart

WCityMike, thanks for the confirmation. Way cool program for a freebie.

Steven Goodheart Member IconReview+442
Steven Goodheart

There must have been a lot of improvements in this since June -- I'm pretty impressed with this version.

It's lightning fast on my machine (Snow Leopard on a Core 2 Duo iMac) and has worked without a glitch so far. Of course, I immediately loaded up the great (free) Tofu to do a comparison, and I have to say, Stanza not only does what Tofu does, it adds a whole lot of functionality that Tofu doesn't have, the coolest being bookmarks. Bookmarks are very well implemented and really easy to set and use.

With Stanza, you can not only set the background color, as in Tofu's prefs, you can also set and create themes for font and background color and layouts. Stanza allows you to have 6 different kids of layouts -- horizontal scrolling (like a ticker tape!), two, three, or four columns, vertical scrolling narrow (1 endless single narrow newspaper-like column), and vertical scrolling wide (wide column (size of windwow) full screen scrolling. Of course, there's full-screen with any layout you choose, as well.

I haven't mentioned all the cool features, but even at this beta stage, it's worth $15 to me, the free Tofu not withstanding, because using Stanza with PDFs or whatever is a very, very pleasant visual experience, and bookmarks make it a must have for a researcher like me.

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Version 1.0b17
Xplicit Member IconReview+807

This is ... I don't know, maybe I shouldn't say ... ok I do it, it's crap. Slow, buggy, sharing doesn't work and it's ugly. About: "Beta Version - expires Mar, 13 2009". Oh really?

Who would develop such a thing? At least nothing is charged for this. But 15 bucks for the final? Dear developers, you'll have to do much, much, MUCH! better than this.

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Version 1.0b16
joshewah Member IconComment+9

I would like to see manual editing of metadata, and maybe an overall editing mode so we can clean up formatting a bit. Sometimes the line breaks mess up kindle format too and it makes it hard to read on the device. I also wish it could do chm, which from what I have seen is just html files bundled into a container

Other than that this app is quite handy and is the only one on OSX to export to kindle format since we don't have mobipocket creator.

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Version 1.0b13
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Version 1.0b18
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Version 1.0b18
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Downloads 51,283
Version Downloads 44,536
License Demo
Date 20 Sep 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $15.00