Bookviser – popular eBook reader for Windows Phone – has just arrived on Windows 8. If you ever used iBooks on iPad, enjoy its “skeuomorphic” book look and wonder when the reading experience of this kind comes to Window 8 platform, make sure to check out this app.
First of all authors of Bookviser tried to reproduce look and feel of a physical book. Mostly this is achieved through the use of pseudo 3D page turning animation. Also, opened book has cover and visible pile of pages which helps to eat up excessive area on the sides of the display. This answers popular concern that 16:9 aspect ratio of Windows 8 tablets makes them too wide for eBooks and thus less suited for reading than iPad with its 4:3 aspect ratio.
What else makes Bookviser a good reader? Well, here’s what Bookviser for Windows 8 allows you to do:
- pick up color scheme that best fits your eyes and time of the day
- select from any font type supported by your device
- adjust font size and line spacing
Work with text:
- copy and share to Twitter, Facebook, email or any app via Windows 8 Charms mechanism
- look up word definition in Google
- look up word definition in dictionary installed on your device
Advanced library management:
- sort titles alphabetically or by the date of last opening
- group by authors, genre or first letter of the title
- filter new books
- search in the library
Numerous import options:
- import files located on your device
- import your books from Skydrive or other cloud services
- download titles from pre-installed catalogs (Feedbooks, Project Guttenberg, AllRomance, Smashwords)
- connect any other OPDS catalog of your choice
- perform bulk import of files
|The above mentioned functionality is made on top of standard features present in Windows Phone version of the app such as bookmarks, footnotes support, search for text in the book, progress bar and “go to location” function.
Features planned for the nearest future include synchronization of Windows Phone and Windows 8 versions, built-in dictionary, note taking, highlights, Text-to-Speech, MOBI, DjVu and PDF support.
Download Bookviser here from Windows Store for free.
In yesterday’s Reddit Q&A Microsoft revealed that they are working on an eBook service for Windows.
They were asked and answered:
Does Microsoft plan on building the Windows equivalent of NewsStand or iBooks for Windows? It would be nice to not rely on Kindle and others, and instead be able to purchase books with my Microsoft account.
Microsoft: Definitely on the radar and something we’re working on!
While the answers relate to Windows 8.1, the service is extremely likely to support Windows Phone also, meaning Microsoft could soon have it own Kindle-like ebook service on Windows Phone.
Like so many things Microsoft was of course a pioneer in the ebook field, with their own Microsoft Reader app in the early 2000’s (right), but this work was eventually abandoned. Hopefully their next attempt will have a more rosy future.
One of the new exclusive applications Nokia announced for their Windows Phones was Nokia Reader, a reading hub for Windows Phone 7.
Nokia Reading is primarily an e-reader, but also supports audio books and also text information from online news sources in the form of RSS feeds.
The service supports content from major publishers, including Penguin and Hachette, and Pearson and will support content in a variety of languages. Users will be able to browse a few pages prior to purchase, and the service will require payment for purchases using a Nokia account.
Thousands of classic works will also be available for free.
The Reader pane will support Portrait, Landscape and â€˜night mode,â€™ change the font or adjust brightness, and content can be pinned to the start screen.
After launch users will also be able to create a personalized magazine page (called â€œnews streamâ€) that updates content across the most popular categories, and adds web content from your chosen sites. All content can be downloaded ahead of time and be accessed while off-line, for example on an airplane.
Nokia Reading will be available for Nokia Lumia handsets from April and will first launch in six markets (UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Russia) with more to follow.
See the app being demoed after the break. Continue reading
Bookviser, a new free eBook reader for Windows Phone 7, had received a warm welcome and quickly climbed to a prominent position in WP Marketplace. Thank you Bookviser users!
We received a lot of useful feature suggestions and assure you most of them are in our to-do list. The version 1.1 has just been released. Additionally from Bookviser own cloud storage you can now import books from your SkyDrive account. We know many of you use Dropbox storage, so this is our top priority to deliver Dropbox support in the next update. The app is also available in Russian and French now.
- Supported formats: EPUB, FB2 and TXT
- Upload books on your phone via SkyDrive or Bookviser accounts
- Search for books in Feedbooks (more online catalogues coming soon)
- Search for books via built-in web-browser
- Customizable fonts and colors
- Brightness control
- Day and night modes
- Search through book
- Contents browsing
- Add bookmarks
- Pin a book to home screen
Coming in next versions
- Dropbox support
- Landscape mode
- OPDS integration (meaning more books from more online catalogues)
- Improved page-turning effects
Pricing Free! (No Ads)
You can also scan the following QR code to the right.
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My name is Alex Gontcharov. Iâ€™d like to draw your attention to my new app Bookviser â€“ FREE eBook Reader for WP7. While building it I focused on usability, smooth effects, comfort of reading and Metro UI guidelines. In Bookviser Iâ€™ve implemented 3 ways of getting books for your phone:
- The reader is connected to Bookviser cloud service allowing you to upload your own files in EPUB, FB2 and TXT formats
- You can search and download books from digital libraries (only Feedbooks is connected at the moment, but more are coming)
- There is a built-in web browser which you can use to download books publicly available on the web
- Supported formats: EPUB, FB2 and TXT
- Customize fonts and colors
- Search through book
- Browse contents
- Pin book tile to home screen
Coming in next version:
- Dropbox and SkyDrive support
- Landscape mode
Pricing: Free! (No Ads)
Where to get it:Download Bookviser from Marketplace here
You can also scan the following QR code to the right.
More info at www.bookviser.com
Jim Chapman, the developer of the Freda ebook reader for Windows Phone 7, writes to let us know that he has seen a boost in the downloads of his app with the introduction of the Russian Marketplace recently, with nearly 50% of his downloads going to Russian-localized devices.
The reasons for this is not clear, but it could indicate both great growth in the Windows Phone 7 market as it expands into new areas, or that the Russian market has a greater affinity for downloading e-books. The country does have several websites where even recent books, still under copyright in the west, can be freely downloaded.
Either way it is good news â€“ Windows Phone 7 will see a significant growth in sales as it expands into more markets, and developers will both have a bigger installed base to sell to, but also have a more varied population to address, which may just be what specific niche titles need.
Jim asks of other developers have notices this same increase in Russian downloads? Let us know below.
If Microsoft has one serious problem it is dabbling in a wide variety of areas without actually committing deeply to a project. Windows Mobile was just such a project, a low revenue project in which Microsoft dabbled and only became serious about when the iPhone took off.
One other such project is Microsoft Reader, an e-reader service that was much ahead of its time, offering niceties such as cleartype font rendering and annotation, but suffering from poor support and poor selection of content. It took a company that was serious about books like Amazon to bring ereading to the main stream.
As if to underline this failure Microsoft has announced the end of their eReader project. No new content will be made available by November 8 2011and the service will shutter August 30, 2012.
DRM will still however function.
It is not known if Microsoft will be looking at a new product for Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8, but is seems unlikely as extending their current (in some ways excellent) product would have made a lot more sense.
It was, in the end, an opportunity missed.
A few days ago Samsung released an ebook reading app for their Windows phone 7 smartphones, powered by the Kobo service.
MobileTechWorld have published this video demoing the service, not available in USA, and calls it the best alternative to the Kindle app.
Read more at MTW here.
The update however promises more that simply books, noting it will be the place to go for newspapers and periodicals also, and will be available to download in Q1 2011.
Samsung already offers a stand-alone e-reader in UK being sold via large UK book retailer WMSmith which supports text to speech and annotation, and we will hopefully see these features and the store that supports it carry over to this software solution.
With Marketplace still small having a supported reader platform for your device may be another reason to chose the Samsung Omnia 7 over the many other contenders.
Thanks Duncan for the tip.
Its always nice to see software rely upon in Windows Mobile being ported to Windows phone 7. Such is the case with Jim Chapmanâ€™s free e-reader, Freda, which appears to be making the transition to Windows phone 7 pretty smoothly.
In the version demoed above the software is tied Wattpad, an e-book site, but a version without any affiliation will be released also.
To download the current version of Freda for Windows Mobile, see Jimâ€™s site here.
Pocketnow reports that the Barnes and Noble eReader bundled with the HTC HD2 has received a major update which brings it up to best in class functionality.
The software has received some UI improvements, such as a grid view for books, and some major functionality improvements, such as being able to read books lent to you by other eReader users, such as users of the Nook, and also lend books to others, the ability to easily bookmark pages, easily look-up words in the dictionary, a search feature, night mode, and a few more features.
Hopefully we will see a similarly full-featured client for Windows Phone 7 in the near future.
Read about all the new features, with many screen shots, at Pocketnow here.
Today at Microsoftâ€™s WPC In Washington DC, Bill Buxton, a natural user interface expert demoed the Copia ereader which we already saw running on the Hanvon Slate earlier in the week. The difference this time, is that demoÂ was on a touchscreen laptop and it worked in conjunction with the inkseine program to provide a compelling pen and touch solution. As an a side, he made a dig at stylus haters by saying each had their own advantages and that Picasso used a brush instead of his fingers for a reason. The second demo was on a Toshiba Libretto dual screen tablet which brought back memories of the cancelled courier project.
What makes this even more amazing is that the were able to code the ereader in about month using using Expression Studio, the same software family that WP7 is coded in. I would imagine the reader can be easily ported to the phone. Microsoft is so close to producing a compelling solution in the tablet market that uses both pen and touchÂ if they just could create a standard UI and throw in elements of the manual deskterity project, inkseine and Courier. Maybe that is what Steve Ballmer was implying when he said they were going to be competitive in that market come fall. Weâ€™ll wait and see. (full length higher quality videos of the keynotes will be available later in the day at theÂ WPC website.)
MobilityDigest reports that the Barnes & Noble eReader app, with a library of more than a million ebooks and known to appear on the T-Mobile HTC HD2 is expected to be released widely for all Windows Mobile handsets.
They notes the app features:
- Automatic downloads of your latest Barnes & Noble eBook purchases and samples
- Access to download eBooks from your Online Library anytime
- Bookmarks, note taking & highlight functionality
- Lookup function for dictionary, Wikipedia or Google
- Portrait or landscape display modes
- Customizable font, margins and page gestures
and comes with 2 free classics.
- The Last of the Mohicans
- Sense and Sensibility
While Windowss Mobile already have both free and store-bound e-readers it is always welcome to see support from a major presence in the market.
Read more about the rumour at MobilityDigest here.
The main advantage is that the app can now be installed on any phone, independent of the version of Sense installed, and does not take up as much RAM as when installed in Sense.
The can can be downloaded MobileUnderground.info here (needs registration).
Engadget has some exclusive pictures and more info on the Microsoft Courier tablet.
They report the device runs Win CE (likely 6), is 5×7 inches closed, weight a bit more than half a kilogram, will functional as a digital journal and synchronize with the cloud.
As we’ve heard, the interface appears to be pen-based and centered around drawing and writing, with built-in handwriting recognition and a corresponding web site that allows access to everything entered into the device in a blog-like format complete with comments. We’re also hearing that there will be a built-in camera, and there’s a headphone jack for media playback. Most interestingly, it looks like the Courier will also serve as Microsoft’s e-book device, with a dedicated ecosystem centered around reading. It all sounds spectacular, but all we have for a launch date is "Q3 / Q4", and we have no idea how much it’s going to cost, so we’re trying to maintain a healthy skepticism until any of this gets official — call us any time, Microsoft.
See the full gallery of screen shots after the break.