Comparison of iOS e-book reader software

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The following tables compare general and technical features for a number of iOS e-book reader software. Each section corresponds to a major area of functionality in an e-book reader software. The comparisons are based on the latest released version.

Navigation features[edit]

Product Pagination Rotation Lock Auto-scroll Progress indicator Backward/forward Table of Contents Bookmarks Resume Cloud synchronisation Go To Full text search
Apabi Reader[1] Yes Yes No In library and in-book Yes Yes Unlimited Yes No Yes Yes
Blio[2] Yes No No In-book only Yes Yes Unlimited Yes No Yes Yes
Bluefire Reader[3] Yes Yes No In-book only Yes Yes Unlimited Yes Yes Yes Yes
DL Reader[4] Yes Yes No In-book only Yes Yes Unlimited Yes No Yes Yes
eBookMobi[5] Yes support on iPad, portrait only on iPhone No In library and in-book Yes Yes Unlimited Yes No Yes No
i2Reader[6] Yes Yes Yes In-book only Yes Yes Unlimited Yes No Yes Yes
iBooks[7] Yes No Manual In-book only Yes Yes Unlimited Yes Yes Yes Yes
Kindle[8] Yes Yes No In library and in-book Yes Yes Unlimited Yes Yes Yes Yes
Kobo eBooks[9] Yes Yes No In-book only Yes Yes Last place marker only Yes Yes Yes No
KyBook[10] Yes Yes No In library and in-book Yes Yes Unlimited Yes No Yes Yes
Marvin[11] Yes Yes No In library and in-book Configurable Yes Unlimited Yes Optional Yes Yes
MegaReader[12] Yes Yes No In-book only Yes Yes Unlimited Yes No Yes No
PocketBook reader[13] Yes Yes Yes In-book only Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
ShuBook[14] Yes Yes No In library and in-book Yes Yes Unlimited Yes No Yes Yes
Stanza[15] Configurable Yes No In library and in-book Configurable Yes Unlimited Yes No Yes Yes
uBooks[16] Mixed scrolling & pagination Yes Yes In-book only Yes Yes Unlimited Yes No Yes Yes
Product Pagination Rotation Lock Auto-scroll Progress indicator Backward/forward Table of Contents Bookmarks Resume Cloud synchronisation Go To Full text search


Display features[edit]

Product Multi-column mode Styles (bold/italic/etc.) Page Turn Effects Themes Day/Night mode Enable/Disable sleep mode Brightness Control Indent paragraph Enable/Disable CSS Enable/Disable hyphenation Customize margins Customize text alignment Customize font Customize spacing: line/paragraph
Apabi Reader Yes Yes Configurable Yes Yes Yes Vertical swipe Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Blio Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No No No No Justification only Yes No
Bluefire Reader No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Vertical swipe No Yes No Pre-set choices only Justification only Yes Line only
DL Reader Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No Pre-set choices only Justification only Yes No
eBookMobi Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes No No No No No Yes No
i2Reader Yes Buggy Yes Yes Using styles Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
iBooks Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes No
Kindle Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No Pre-set choices only Yes Yes Line; pre-set choices only
Kobo eBooks No Yes Yes No Yes No Vertical swipe No Yes No No Yes Yes No
KyBook Yes Yes Yes Yes Using themes No Yes Yes Configurable Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Marvin Configurable Yes Configurable Yes Yes Yes Vertical swipe Yes Configurable Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MegaReader Configurable Buggy Configurable Yes Using themes Yes Vertical swipe No No No Yes Yes Yes Line only
PocketBook reader Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No No No Yes No Yes No
ShuBook No Buggy Configurable Yes Yes Yes Vertical swipe Configurable No Yes None, small, large Yes Yes Yes
Stanza No Yes Configurable Yes Yes Yes Vertical swipe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
uBooks No Buggy Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Product Multi-column mode Styles (bold/italic/etc.) Page Turn Effects Themes Day/Night mode Enable/Disable sleep mode Brightness Control Indent paragraph Enable/Disable CSS Enable/Disable hyphenation Customize margins Customize text alignment Customize font Customize spacing: line/paragraph


Edit/tool features[edit]

Product Highlight Annotate Edit meta-data Online dictionary Offline dictionary Lookup Wikipedia Translate Share TTS support DRM support Export to iTunes
Apabi Reader No No No No No No No Two Chinese websites only No No Yes
Blio Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes
Bluefire Reader Yes Yes Author, Title, Publisher Yes No No No Facebook, Twitter, eMail No Yes Yes
DL Reader Yes Yes Author, Title, Publisher No No No Yes No No Adobe DRM Yes
eBookMobi No No No No Yes No Yes eMail No No Yes
i2Reader No No No No Yes No No eMail No No Yes
iBooks Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Facebook, Twitter, eMail, SMS No Apple FairPlay Yes
Kindle Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Facebook, Twitter No Yes Yes
Kobo eBooks Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No Facebook, Twitter No Yes Yes
KyBook Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Facebook, Twitter, eMail, VKontakte Yes No Yes
Marvin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Facebook, Twitter, eMail, customizable No No Yes
MegaReader No No No No No No No No No No Yes
PocketBook reader Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Facebook, Twitter, eMail, SMS No Yes Yes
ShuBook No No Author, Title, Label No Yes No No Whole book only, eMail No No Yes
Stanza No Yes Yes No Yes No No Facebook, Twitter, eMail No No Yes
uBooks Yes No Yes No No No Yes eMail No No Yes
Product Highlight Annotate Edit meta-data Online dictionary Offline dictionary Lookup Wikipedia Translate Share TTS support DRM support Export to iTunes


Book source management features[edit]

Product Book store(s) Book search In-app Epub import Import via in-app Browser OPDS catalog Other import via Tag books Sort books
Apabi Reader Yes Yes Yes No Yes eMail (MIME type)

Built-in web server

No Yes
Blio No No Yes No No eMail (MIME type) No No
Bluefire Reader Free ebook libraries only Yes No No No eMail (MIME type)

iTunes File Sharing

Built-in Web Server

No Yes
DL Reader Yes No Yes Yes No eMail (MIME type) Yes No
eBookMobi Free ebook libraries only Yes Yes No No eMail (MIME type) No Yes
i2Reader No Yes Yes Yes Yes Calibre (Bonjour)

Built-in web server

No Yes
iBooks Apple iBookstore Yes No No No eMail (MIME type) No Yes
Kindle No No No No No iTunes File Sharing No No
Kobo eBooks No No No No No eMail (MIME type) No No
KyBook Free ebook libraries only Yes Yes Yes Yes eMail (MIME type)

Google Books

Dropbox

Google Drive

Yandex Disk

VK Docs

Network folders

iTunes File Sharing

Yes Yes
Marvin Free ebook libraries only Yes Yes Yes Yes Calibre (Bonjour, Plugin)

eMail (MIME type)

Dropbox

iTunes File Sharing

Yes Yes
MegaReader No Yes Yes No Yes Calibre (Bonjour)

eMail (MIME type)

No No
PocketBook reader No Yes No No No iTunes File Sharing

eMail (MIME type)

No Yes
ShuBook Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Calibre (Bonjour)

eMail (MIME type)

iTunes File Sharing

Yes Yes
Stanza No Yes Yes No Yes Calibre (Bonjour)

eMail (MIME type)

iTunes File Sharing

Yes Yes
uBooks No No Yes no authentication support No eMail (MIME type) Yes No
Product Book store(s) Book search In-app Epub import Import via in-app Browser OPDS catalog Other import via Tag books Sort books


Supported File Formats[edit]

See Comparison of e-book formats for details on the file formats.

Product total # of formats .cbr/.cbz .chm .djvu .epub .fb2 .html .mobi .pdb .pdf .rtf .txt
Apabi Reader 3 No No No Yes No No No No Yes No Yes
Blio 2 No No No Yes No No No No Yes No No
Bluefire Reader 2 No No No Yes No No No No Yes No No
DL Reader 2 No No No Yes No No No No Yes No No
eBookMobi 10+ Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
i2Reader 6+ No No No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
iBooks 2 No No No Yes No No No No Yes No No
Kindle 2 No No No No No No Yes No Yes No No
Kobo eBooks 2 No No No Yes No No No No Yes No No
KyBook 8 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes
Marvin 1 No No No Yes No No No No No No No
MegaReader 1 No No No Yes No No No No No No No
PocketBook reader 8+ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes
ShuBook 5+ No No No Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stanza 5+ Yes No Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes No No
uBooks 4 No No No Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes
Product total # of formats .cbr/.cbz .chm .djvu .epub .fb2 .html .mobi .pdb .pdf .rtf .txt


License[edit]

Product Free License
Apabi Reader Yes
Blio Partial voices cost
Bluefire Reader Yes Proprietary
DL Reader Yes
eBookMobi No
i2Reader No
iBooks Yes Proprietary
Kindle Yes
Kobo eBooks Yes
Marvin Partial themes cost
MegaReader No
ShuBook Partial
Stanza Yes Proprietary
uBooks Partial Adware

Special features[edit]

Product Special features
Apabi Reader Support for the CEBX ebook format

VGA output support

Blio Support for the visually impaired
Bluefire Reader Optional PDF password protection

Localized in English, French, German, Norwegian, Icelandic, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Danish

Support for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language epub3 format including Vertical writing mode and R2L page order

Supports multiple concurrent Adobe user account activations, both Adobe ID and Vendor ID accounts

Export notes and highlights to email

Collections Feature for organizing user Library

DL Reader Optional PDF password protection

Localized in Japanese, English, German, French, Russian, Vietnamese, Hebrew, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese

eBookMobi Optional password protection

Displays Microsoft Office documents

Adjust screen brightness via swipe

Localized in Japanese, English, German, French, Russian, Vietnamese

Supports custom Stardict Dictionaries

Supports online translation to 105 languages

i2Reader Configurable status line

Custom PDF engine

iBooks
Kindle Ebooks can be emailed to an auto-generated Amazon email address
Kobo eBooks Strictly enforces registration with Kobo

Support for magazine subscriptions.

Extensive social media support via Facebook.

Reading statistics and achievements.

KyBook Localized in Russian, English

Supports online translation via Yandex.Translate

Allows to load a user fonts

Extensive options for library sorting

Changing book covers via Google Image Search

Supports of Tor Network

Marvin Optional password protection.

Customizable page warmth and tint.

"Deep View" automatically creates name lists, summaries, adds references to (Wikipedia) articles and pins web pages, reviews, etc... to the book.

Specialized font to assist users with Dyslexia.

Integration and annotation syncing with Calibre.

Global & book-specific vocabulary.

Export notes, highlights, vocabulary & other user modifications to XHTML and CSV files.

Reading timer.

MegaReader Configurable tap zones (next/previous page, show menus, rotation lock, toggle heads up display)

Optionally uses the rear camera for "look-through" reading.

PocketBook reader Export book info, notes, highlights to mail, sms, Facebook, twitter.

Localization in English and Russian.

Single page, dual page or scroll viewing modes.

Crop page margins manually or automatically to fit page content to the screen size.

Allows zoom in or out a page via pinch and stretch gestures.

Allows zoom to a particular text fragment via double touch.

Adjust font size via pinch and stretch gestures (epub, fb2, txt).

ShuBook Basic support for Microsoft Office documents (DOC, XLS, PPT) & RTF.

Extensive East Asian support

Stanza Cover Flow[f 1]

Extensive options for library sorting

Customizable background picture & transparency settings

Has some stability problems on iOS >= 5.0

Stanza is not being updated any more

uBooks
Product Special features
  1. ^ Not on the iPad

Other software e-book readers for iOS[edit]

Other e-book readers for iOS devices are ARC Reader, Book Reader Pro, BookShout!, iBouquiniste, Nook e-Reader applications for third party devices, Ouiivo Reader, OverDrive Media Console, Snapplify, Tomes, ViewCHM for iOS, etc.

Further reading[edit]

Discontinued e-book reader software

  • The Readmill app, introduced in February 2011, read numerous formats on Android and iOS devices but is shutting down July 1, 2014.[17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Apabi Reader". Founder Group. Retrieved 2011-12-30. 
  2. ^ "Blio". KNFB Reading Technology, Inc. Retrieved 2011-10-25. 
  3. ^ "Bluefire Reader". Bluefire Productions, LLC. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  4. ^ "DL Reader". Datalogics Inc. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  5. ^ "eBookMobi". Vu Tien Thinh. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  6. ^ "i2Reader". Unsanity. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  7. ^ "iBooks". Apple. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  8. ^ "Kindle". AMZN Mobile LLC. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  9. ^ "Kobo eBooks". Kobo Inc. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  10. ^ "KyBook". Konstantin Bukreev. Retrieved 2013-10-10. 
  11. ^ "Marvin". Appstafarian. Retrieved 2012-12-05. 
  12. ^ "MegaReader". Inkstone Software, Inc. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  13. ^ "PocketBook reader". Obreey Products. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  14. ^ "ShuBook". Ambibma Ltd. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  15. ^ "Stanza". Lexcycle. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  16. ^ "uBooks". NIX Solutions Ltd. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  17. ^ Bond, John-Michael. "Readmill is closing its doors on July 1, 2014". The Unofficial Apple Weblog.