Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Free Books By The Truckload « cell phone

Need something to read?  Have 1.8 million free titles to choose from with MegaReader, a $1.99 ebook reader for the iPhone.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to download 1.8 million PDF files to your phone.  Instead, what the app does is offer a single access point to the plethora of free ebooks on the internet, via half a dozen repositories.  The current list includes Baen Books, eBook Search, Feedbooks, Internet Archive, Project Gutenberg, and Smashwords.

Megareader comes with 22 books preloaded for offline reading.  To read a different book offline, you have to search online, download and save it to your library, all within the app.  You can also import books from Calibre.

When you tap on the title and begin reading, the experience works much like most regular e-readers.  There are plenty of customization options for formatting what you’re reading (font size, font style, background color, line spacing and text justification), although it doesn’t really bring anything you can’t find elsewhere.

At the end of the day, there’s nothing here you can’t get from other ebook readers on the iPhone.  Since you can only access free materials, you can’t expect any popular titles.  Even worse, there’s no way to buy anything in-app, so it’s strictly to be used for free reading.  Still, if all you want is to find something to read on occasion without having to shell out cash, it’s a good pick up.

Megareader is a decent app for $1.99.  It doesn’t really bring anything novel to set it apart, but the price and features are just about right.

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