9 years ago, Holy Grail T
Simple and clean, few bells and whistles
I’ve been using this for a while, and it has become my default reader for epubs (no drm) on my mac. Pros: it respects the publisher’s formatting, but allows the reader to override pretty much anything using the Ad Hoc User Stylesheet feature. (You do have to know something about css to use this effectively.) The simple fact that it doesn’t ignore lots of css styling features (unlike a lot of reader apps) makes it worth the money. It is the only functional epub reader I’ve found that will read books in epub 3 format without falling back on “backward compatible” features, for example, it actually uses the new epub 3 “nav” document for its sidebar table of contents, instead of the old epub 2 “ncx” document. (I confess, for now, this is mainly of interest to people who like to poke around in the innards of pubs, since few epubs are available in epub 3 format.) Unlike most of the “free” alternatives, it has no annoying features meant to encourage you to get your books from any specific source. Finally, it doesn’t create its own versions of your books hidden somewhere within its own filing system—which can be annoying. It just opens your books and reads them where ever you keep them in your directory. This means that if you tinker with an epub and open a new version, it shows the new version, not the old version. Cons: Bookmarks link to the whole underlying document (usually a chapter) within the epub, not to a point location. So they are essentially useless. There’s no way to add highlights or notes. In summary, if you’re just reading, and don’t need to mark up your epub with bookmarks and notes, I recommend this app.