A capable ebook reader for Windows with a built in store browser and the ability to transfer to other devices
Ebooks can be enjoyed on computers and laptops as well as the iPad and Kindle. Mobipocket Reader is a good program for Windows that can also be used to transfer books to a mobile device such as a PDA or mobile phone.
After installation it detected that we did not have any ebooks on the computer and offered to take us to the eBook store or to sign in with our online account to download previous purchases.
Sadly the MobiPocket.com store appeared to be empty but other stores such as Fictionwise.com had titles to buy. The Mobipocket Free Books web store also had entries so we were able to find classics by authors such as H G Wells and Conon Doyle.
The reader itself takes advantage of being on Windows with one of the widest selections of reading options we have seen in an ebook reader. These include using any of the fonts installed on the computer as well as the ability to use Cleartype for smoothing font edges.
It can display the text in one, two or three columns, which is a relief for reading books on a widescreen device as long lines are harder on the eyes than columns. There is an autoscroll option.
Bookmarks and notes can be added to book and there is a dedicated toolpane for them. There is an Annotate menu for added this in the toolbar but far more useful if the menu that automatically appears when you select some text. This also has the option to look up words although you will need to buy a dictionary form the mobipocket website in order to complete this.
As well as ebooks, Mobipocket reader can also be used to read RSS news feeds. These provide updates from websites as soon as new articles are published. You can find our RSS news feeds on our RSS feed page here. It will display notifications of new stories.
Mobile devices supported by Mobipocket Reader include Blackberries, Windows Mobile, PalmOS, Nokia Symbian and Bookeen Cybook ebook readers.
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A versatile ebook reader for Windows with tools for mobile devices and RSS news feeds
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