eBook Reader

eBook Reader is compatible with Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks.

Brief Description:

eBook Reader is an affordable digital book reader compatible with Intel Macs running Snow Leopard (OS 10.6), Lion (OS 10.7), or Mountain Lion (10.8). eBook Reader is $20 shareware. You can try eBook Reader in Demo Mode for up to ten launches before registration is required.

Version 2.2.3 is a bug fix. If you have not done so already, delete ebooks downloaded using Version 2.2.0 and download replacements.

Only eBooks in English are supported.

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When you launch eBook Reader you see a window with a large text field and multiple controls and displays. The window size depends on your screen resolution. The image above shows the window appropriate for a display with 800 x 600 resolution. With higher resolutions, the window is wider and taller. If you change screen resolution, quit eBook Reader and delete the "ebookreader2.txt" file in the User / ~ / Library / Preferences Folder. A new preference file will be generated, appropriate for the new window size.

Click the "Get Book" button to go to a web site with a very large number of eBooks for download at no charge.

  • Browse through the site and choose an eBook of interest available in plain text, with us-ascii encoding, and no compression.

  • Click on a download link, select all (Command-a) and copy (Command-c).

  • Close the browser window, click on the large eBook Reader field, and click on the "Make Book" button.

  • Note: The user must accept the responsibility for compliance with copyright laws.

    These eBooks contain information in addition to the actual book text. eBook Reader removes extra text with a parsing process when the "Make Book" button is clicked.

    Because some eBooks use non-standard formatting, the extra information is not removed automatically. To use these books:

  • Select all text (Command-a), copy (Command-c).

  • Paste (Command-v) into a new TextEdit file.

  • Delete the text above and below the book text.

  • Copy the remaining text (Command-a), Command-c).

  • Click on the large eBook Reader field.

  • Click on the "Make Book" button.

  • Click on the "OK" button in the message that warns that the header and footer were not found.


  • During the parsing process, a countdown display is shown.

    When the parsing process is completed, the user is asked to give the eBook a unique name. Processed eBooks are saved in a new Documents folder titled "My Bookshelf" created by eBook Reader on its first launch.


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    Above, you see the User downloaded Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. The window title shows the name given to the eBook.

    The font size can be set to 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 or 24.

    New eBooks are scrolled to the beginning. If you want to hear the eBook read to you, click where you want to start and click on the "Read to Me" button. The voice is set in System Preferences / Speech / Text to Speech. Alex is an excellent male voice but you can try a variety of voices. (Note: If you change the voice, you must quit and restart eBook Reader to hear the new voice.) The speaking rate should be set at "Normal" to start and then adjusted as desired. The reading will continue until you click the "Stop Reading" button or reach the end of the book.

    If you prefer to read the eBook yourself, use the "Page Up" and "Page Down" buttons or the scroll bar. If you want to go to the beginning of the eBook, click on the "Go to Page 1" button.

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    If you want to search for words or phrases in the eBook, enter the search words in the "Find Text" field and click on the "Find" button. If there are multiple places in the eBook with that text, you can navigate through them using the "Next" and "Previous" buttons. Above you can see that the User searched for "Chapter 20" and the eBook scrolled there and "Chapter 20" is highlighted.

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    You can click on the "Remember Place" text to remember a place in the eBook. When you want to return to that place, click on the "Return to Place" (the button caption is red when a place is saved). This feature lets you scroll somewhere else and then return to the saved place.

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    You can stop reading an eBook and bring up another eBook by clicking on the "Select Book" button. Your place will be saved and used when you next bring up this eBook. If you close eBook Reader, the current eBook will be saved along with your place. Above, you see the list of eBooks currently in the User's bookshelf. When you finish with an eBook, you can delete the eBook by selecting the eBook title and clicking on the "Delete Book" button.

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    Above is a screenshot of the Bookshelf folder with current eBook files. Two files are used for each ebook.

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    Double-click a word (or highlight with your mouse) to look up in the dictionary. Above you see the User wants to look up the word "earnestness".

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    Above, you see that the user clicked on the "Define" button and a new window is displayed with the definition. The word can be edited and the definition of the new word will be displayed when you click on the "Refresh" button.

    You can edit eBook text and the edited text will be saved automatically.

    Window location, font size, and current ebook are saved between sessions.

    Download:

    Click here to download Version 2.2.3 (2.0 MB) for Macintosh (OS 10.6 or later, Intel).

    Click here to go to CSoM Index.

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