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BookReader marks another step towards virtual reality. Your bookshelves on your Mac, very realistic reading from the screen.

Moreover, you can fully customize your books, - change covers, fonts, colors, whatever you want to see all your books as you wish.

Please note: Perfume of the Books is not yet implemented due to appropriate hardware missing. Everything else is included.

BookReader 4 supports non DRM-ed EPUB books, FB2, Microsoft Doc, RTF, RTFd, xHTML, Webarchive and TXT formats.

Important Note: This software can not open DRM encrypted e-books due to the law restrictions.

What's New

Version 4.11:
  • Small bug fixes

Requirements

  • OS X 10.7 or later

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iTruth Member IconComment+247
iTruth
+0

So the books that I purchase from amazon and ibooks cannot be used with this? That being the case where do I find the same books, DRM free?

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Version 4.9
Prince_Isaac Member IconComment+300
Prince_Isaac
+4

Quick comment on a point the Dev made above: "Perfume of the Books is not yet implement..." Priceless! However, I believe the word you're looking for is "scent." Perfume is something like Chanel #9. :-)

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Version 4.5
Leoofborg
+2

Really good, really OLD books don't have something like *mere* scent.

Perfume... fits. And thanks for the tip with DDG.. I keep forgetting that.

Prince_Isaac Member IconComment+300
Prince_Isaac
+5

Tip: There are a few apps that will de-DRM eBooks so they can be read by apps such as BookReader. Search MU for "epubor" for their products or do a DuckDuckGo* search on "mac DRM ebook drm removal" to find others that are often free.

*Google is evil. Change your search habit and use DDG. Yoiu'll be glad you did.

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Version 4.5
Xenos Member IconComment+139
Xenos
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i can't really believe it: there is a folder of 2 GB size on my HDD with tutorials in pdf format and this app puts all pdf files once again physically onto my main partition !!!!

never heard of referencing or asking where to put the library !!!

a no go even though the app has beyond any doubt one of the nicest UIs.

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Version 4.2
Pir_anha Member IconReview+32
Pir_anha
+1

since stanza is abandonware, calibre is overkill for just a quick look into an epub, and other apps are only available from the appstore (dear developers -- don't do that), this has become my go-to app for anything i can't read in preview. i'm not particularly into the skeuomorphism, but it is nice eye candy for people who like that sort of thing -- it looks like it belongs on the mac compared to a lot of cross-platform software..

it can bookmark, search, change covers, fonts and sizes, has configurable themes. it's stable, and under steady development -- the price is definitely justified.

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Version 3.8
MisterE
+2

I fear there is a day coming that many (all) developers are going to find themselves stuck in a place they'd rather not be due to distributing solely through the evil Mac App Store (MAS).

Nobody should have a monopoly on distribution of the software I want to run on my computer let alone the manufacturer themselves. But, more and more apps are going MAS only unfortunately, including version 4.0 of this one.

Pear note 3.0.3 has been released for download by the developer but is not available on the MAS yet. :/

I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels this way Pir_ana.

Anyways, this loks like a great app but I won't be able to try it out being that it's not possible to demo an app that is only available via the MAS.

Pir_anha
+1

@MisterE -- yes, selling through the app store only is a crying shame. i left a comment about this for the developer on his website -- might be useful if other people did that as well.

the only good news is that version 3.8 is now available for free from his site, and that's perfectly serviceable, and in fact the only option for people still on snow leopard (version 4 requires 10.7).

Psychiatry
+1

Try ClearView instead.

MisterE
+0

So I get marked down for commenting on the downside of the Mac App Store (the sole distribution channel for this app and no demo is possible) that a lot of people probably don't think about. I was trying to be informative and helpful.

No good deed goes unpunished on MU though. I'll just keep my info to myself from now on then and people can find out for themselves the hard way.

There will never be a community of people helping each other here when sincerely helpful comments get shat on by people who have agendas or just like to give negative ratings on comments.

Thanks Psychiatry, good suggestion.

Be sure to pile on the negatives for this post too thus invalidating all I've contributed to this site in the past.

Flash1296 Member IconReview+297
Flash1296
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Not a polished Application.

I have yet to find a means of removing an e-book (including duplicates) that are in its library !

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Version 3.8
Pir_anha
+1

right-click on the book on the bookshelf and choose "remove" from the popup menu.

Monkeyjunkey Member IconComment+1409
Monkeyjunkey
+7

I want to like this, but a BookReader that does not support PDF file format? Not so sure if that shouldn't be a basic feature. Add that and this would be worth a try.

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Version 3.8
Surfspirit Member IconComment+442
Surfspirit
+5

Why a Book Reader is 64 bits only? Does It need more than 4 GBytes of RAM?

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Version 3.7
Poikkeus Member IconReview+281
Poikkeus
+1

If you have some non DRM books hanging around, old or new, BookReader is an appealing way to read and organize your books. Simply drop the file onto BookReader, and it will automatically ready it so you can read it on the reader application. It's ideally suited for a MBP, and doubly so if you read on wide-screen mode. I've only used it with ePub files, though there are other options.

You won't find any online help or FAQ, and you will have to use an application like Calibre to convert Mobi files to ePub. Given the relative paucity of similar applications, $9.99 is an agreeable price.

You can download a prior version of this software on the developer's website; chances are, you'll buy it.

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Version 3.7
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JohnF1664
Version 4.9
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AlexanderS3407
Version 4.8
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Details

Downloads 9,350
Version Downloads 307
License Commercial
Date 26 Mar 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $9.99