Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Neat iPad / Stanza / epub feature

If you install the free Stanza e-reader app, and then someone emails you a book in epub format as an attachment, touch and hold the icon until the attachment is fully loaded -- you'll then see a prompt asking if you want to open the book in Stanza. Indicate in the affirmative and happy reading! (depending on the apps you have installed, you may be prompted with several choices of apps to "open" the book -- I had GoodReader as one of my choices, and it seemed like it tried to open the book as a PDF. FAIL. So make sure you choose Stanza to open an epub book). Oh, and yes, you can delete the email after you open the book in Stanza -- Stanza saves it in its Downloads area. I've only tried this with non-DRMed epub; it may work with MOBI or other formats but I don't know. Anyhow, this is a nice trick for loading a book onto someone's iPad without going through iTunes.

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