MegaReader iPhone App Gives Access to Internet Archive's 1.8 Million Free Books in a Personalized Reader

from prweb:
Inkstone Software today announces the launch of MegaReader—a highly customizable iPhone eBook reader that gives users the choice of over 1.8 million free books on the internet.

The MegaReader app has been designed to tap into book catalogs such as Feedbooks, Project Gutenberg, Baen Free Books, Smashwords, and the Internet Archive—allowing users to discover not only the classics (such as Sherlock Holmes, Pride and Prejudice, and War and Peace), but also up and coming modern indie authors and publishers.

“We are thrilled to contribute to Inkstone’s efforts to bring the enjoyment of these books to readers around the world” said Peter Brantley, Director of the BookServer Project, Internet Archive.

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20 thoughts on “MegaReader iPhone App Gives Access to Internet Archive's 1.8 Million Free Books in a Personalized Reader

  1. taneya

    This is great! What about Android and/or iPad versions? I know the iPhone app can be used on the iPad but it would be great to have a native version.

  2. shane

    What annotation features does MegaReader offer? If it has the ability to highlight and to add one’s own notes to a copy of a text, it would be particularly useful for teachers and students.

  3. Patrick Thompson

    Annotation support is on our list of things to do, but it’s not there yet. I should mention that teachers and students have been using our QuickReader and Young Reader apps to learn to read faster and more efficiently. These apps have access to the same books and customizable reader interface as MegaReader, but with an added speed reading mode (see We also offer free promo codes for all of our products to teachers and educators (just drop us an e-mail) and we participate in Apple’s bulk educational discount program.

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  5. uiucpixels

    I don’t have an I-Phone, but a colleague who does reports “I downloaded a couple of public domain books from feedbooks, but none of the Internet Archive titles I tried downloaded. Hopefully, it’s a temporary glitch.” What gives?

  6. Patrick Thompson

    Sometimes this is due to a temporary glitch, sometimes it is due to a format issue with the book. If you let us know what books are having issues, we will check it out and, if necessary, work with the IA folks to get it resolved. Send issues to: support-AT-megareader-DOT-net.

  7. Patrick Thompson

    We’ve had a bunch of requests for Android, so we will likely take a look at that after the iPad-native version is done. Not so sure about Kindle though. While we would love to support Kindle books, it makes less sense to port the app to the Kindle device, as it doesn’t have the animation support we need.

  8. James

    please note there’s a free book reader app called Stanza too. I just pinged them to add IA to their list of free book catalogs. (note: I have no connection to Stanza, I just like the free alternatives ;-))

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