Developer:eReader
Price: Free
Version Reviewed: 1.3

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★★

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

eReader is a electronic book reader for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It is compatible with eBooks from eReader.com, fictionwise.com, stanza.fictionwise.com, as well as any other online book stores that release eBooks in PDB format.

Getting books into eReader is simple. You can either go to ereader.com or other supported web site and buy the book, and then using wifi connect you iPhone or iPod Touch to that site to add it to your virtual bookshelf, or you can connect and buy the book directly from the device. The downloads are quick and reliable, and book prices range from about $6 to close to $20, on average. Most of the supported online book stores offer a rewards program that applies 15% – 30% of the purchase price of each book towards future purchases, which greatly reduces the cost involved. Most older books can be had for less than $5 once you factor in rewards.

Note that eReader has a small collection of free books, although to access them you have to create an account and then “buy” them. Once purchased they can be downloaded to your shelf and are always available. You can also access donation supported eBook site ManyBooks.net directly from within eReader Pro. All of its content is available free of charge and much of it comes from Project Guttenburg.

Reading books on the iPhone or iPod Touch is effortless. You simply start the app, select a book from the bookshelf, and read. Turning the page requires a finger swipe in the desired direction (right or left), and adding a bookmark just takes a tap in the upper right hand corner of the page. This dog ears the page, and each book can have multiple bookmarks as well as user added notes and text highlights. If a dictionary is installed on the device, you can highlight a word with your finger and and when you lift it, select “Look up in Dictionary” from the menu to lookup its definition. Once you finished reading the definition, you can quickly return to the spot you left off from. eReader is fully customizable, with adjustable fonts, orientation, color inversion, and more.

While there aren’t as many books in this format as what Amazon, for instance, offers for its Kindle electronic reader, there are thousands of books and magazines, including fiction, non-fiction, young adult, reference, romance, and more.

While there are other alternatives, some free and some not, eReader works well, is reliable, and makes reading a joy on the iPhone and iPod Touch.

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