The Old Reader

Posted on April 15, 2013. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, RSS | Tags: , , , |

The Old Reader is an alternative to Google Reader which works in a similar fashion.

You can export your Google Reader RSS feeds to the Old Reader.  It might take a while — the impending shutdown of Google Reader is slowing down the importing of lists of feeds, but you will get an email when it’s ready.


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Posted on July 25, 2012. Filed under: Android, Freeware/Shareware, Phones | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | helps to provide freedom for blind and Visually impaired people.

“We look like a technology company but we are really about mitigating isolation, helping people to read, write and keep in touch with friends, family and what is going on in the world.

We do this with a free talking screenreader software package for the Windows PC and laptop and a suite of easy-to-use smartphone apps for the Android phone”.

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Bluefire Reader for Adobe DRM on iOS

Posted on November 30, 2010. Filed under: Apple, ebooks | Tags: , , , , , , |

Bluefire Reader allows you to use Adobe Digital Editions (such as those from the UA Fort Smith library, or the Fort Smith Public Library) on your iPad/iPod/iPhone.

Note: I can’t try this as I don’t have any of these, but this is what the app claims.

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GooReader for ebooks

Posted on September 4, 2010. Filed under: ebooks, Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , , |

GooReader is a freeware program that lets you read ebooks on your Windows Windows XP/Vista/7 computer.

You need to have .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 installed on your computer.

This is designed for Google Books and magazines.

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Nitro PDF Reader — The PDF Reader, Reimagined

Posted on June 21, 2010. Filed under: Adobe Acrobat, Freeware/Shareware, PDF | Tags: , , , , |

Nitro PDF Reader is billed as “The PDF Reader, Re-imagined”.

It’s intended to provide a lot more features than Adobe Acrobat Reader, including the ability to make notes, create PDF files from many formats, extract text and images, and more.

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Mobipocket ebook Reader

Posted on March 15, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , |

Mobipocket ebook Reader is freeware for ebook reading and management.

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calibre – E-book management

Posted on March 15, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , |

calibre is freeware for your E-book management.

calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a cornucopia of features divided into the following main categories:

  • Library Management

    calibre manages your e-book collection for you. It is designed around the concept of the logical book, i.e., a single entry in your library that may correspond to actual e-book files in several formats.

    calibre can sort the books in your library by: Title, Author, Date added, Date published, Size, Rating, Series, etc.

    In addition, it supports extra searchable metadata:

    • Tags: A flexible system for categorizing your collection however you like
    • Comments: A long form entry that you can use for book description, notes, reviews, etc.

    You can easily search your book collection for a particular book. calibre supports searching any and all of the fields mentioned above. You can construct advanced search queries by clicking the helpful “Advanced search” button to the left of the search bar.

    You can export arbitrary subsets of your collection to your hard disk arranged in a fully customizable folder structure.

    Finally, calibre will even go out onto the internet to find book metadata based on existing title/author or ISBN information. It can download various types of metadata and covers for your books, automatically. The metadata system is written using plugins so that different types of metadata sources can be supported in the future.

  • E-book conversion

    calibre can convert from a huge number of formats to a huge number of formats. It supports all the major e-book formats. The full list of formats can be found here.

    The conversion engine has lots of powerful features. It can rescale all font sizes, ensuring the output e-book is readable no matter what font sizes the input document uses. It can automatically detect/create book structure, like chapters and Table of Contents. It can insert the book metadata into a “Book Jacket” at the start of the book.

  • Syncing to e-book reader devices

    calibre has a modular device driver design that makes adding support for different e-reader devices easy. At the moment, it has support for a large number of devices, the complete list of which is here. Syncing supports updating metadata on the device from metadata in the library and creation of collections on the device based on the tags defined in the library. If a book has more than one format available, calibre automatically chooses the best format when uploading to the device. If none of the formats is suitable, calibre will automatically convert the e-book to a format suitable for the device before sending it.

  • Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form

    calibre can automatically fetch news from websites or RSS feeds, format the news into a ebook and upload to a connected device. The ebooks include the full versions of the articles, not just the summaries. Examples of supported news sites include:

    • The New York Times
    • The Wall Street Journal
    • The Economist
    • Time
    • Newsweek
    • The Guardian
    • ESPN
    • and many, many more…

    calibre has over three hundred news sources and the news system is plugin based, allowing users to easily create and contribute new sources to calibre. As a result the collection of news sources keeps on growing!

    If you are interested in adding support for a news site, read the User Manual. Once you have successfully created a new recipe, you can share it with other users by posting it in the calibre forum or sending it to the calibre developers for inclusion in calibre.

  • Comprehensive e-book viewer

    calibre has a built-in ebook viewer that can display all the major ebook formats. It has full support for Table of Contents, bookmarks, CSS, a reference mode, printing, searching, copying, customizing the rendering via a user style sheet, embedded fonts, etc.

  • Content server for online access to your book collection
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Turn Your Netbook into a Feature-Rich E-Book Reader

Posted on March 15, 2010. Filed under: Help, Tutorials | Tags: , , , , |

Lifehacker has a post on how to Turn Your Netbook into a Feature-Rich E-Book Reader.

This includes turning the screen sideways, various reader software, and other tips.

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Posted on February 21, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Tutorials | Tags: , , , , , | is a Free online speed reading application.

Paste in your text and set the speed for displaying each word. Spreeder then flashes the words at the selected rate. Increase your speed of reading as you continue (and remember to keep changing text!).

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Foxit Reader for Windows

Posted on February 21, 2010. Filed under: Adobe Acrobat, Freeware/Shareware, PDF | Tags: , , , |

[updated 2011.8.8]

Foxit Reader for Windows is an alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader for reading PDF files.

The Reader is freeware and reads, prints and annotates PDF files.

Other software is available on a pay basis for handling and creating PDF files.

Recommended by a number of sources as a smaller, faster way to work with PDF files.

CAUTION: Foxit was recently reported to be disabling some features if you do not accept the “optional” Ask toolbar.

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Issuu for viewing PDFs online

Posted on March 4, 2008. Filed under: PDF | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a review of Issuu for putting documents and photos and such online, embedded in your website/Facebook/etc.


  • View and navigate PDF documents using interactive PDF viewer.
  • Embed docs onto your website, Facebook account, Myspace, Orkut, Blogger, Friendster, Typepad, LiveJournal, etc.
  • Facebook application: Add Issuu document viewer to Facebook profile.
  • Customize viewer: Choose background theme, width, background color etc.
  • Document restrictions: Should be smaller than 100 MB and less than 500 pages.
  • Browse documents shared by others, bookmark to favorites, leave comments, etc.
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