Mac version of MS Reader?

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  1. maddoc

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    Just got my Macbook the other day and still getting used to the new system. What free program would you recommend for reading ebooks? I have MS Reader on my desktop PC. Tried to open a book on Mac thinking (hoping) it would have some program bundled in but, shrug, wala pala. On the other hand, am thoroughly loving this new toy of mine:D.
     
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    What format is the eBook you're trying to read?
     
  3. Chito Limson

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    eReader for Macintosh. Or else, if the ebook is formatted in PML (Palm), convert it first with DropBook, then read with eReader. Both are free.
     
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    I've been an eBook junkie for years, and the Microsoft Reader format has been my biggest frustration. There's currently no way (to my knowledge) to read .LIT format eBooks on your Mac other than installing Parallels or Bootcamp and running the actual Windows program. If you have a large library of .LIT files, you might want to consider doing just that.

    Otherwise, if you're willing to start your library over, then eReader (as soloworx mentioned) or Mobipocket are also good places to start.
     
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    Thanks for your suggestions. Will try out the eReader and update you on my progress.
     
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    Convert .lit can be found here. It's a command line application, but there's an Applescript droplet for it here. There is a similar application Open Convert .lit
     
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    LOL .. if you read further down, the author goes on to say:

    "My recommendation is as follows: do not buy any Microsoft format eBooks. Allow the format to die. Instead, demand Open eBooks, unencrypted PDF files and plain ASCII text. Demand not to be treated as if you were a criminal. Demand to have ridiculous laws like the DMCA repealed. Join the EFF. Don't just sit there and take it."

    BTW, in the comments section of the Macosxhints link you provided, I found another app that looks simpler to use:

    http://www.hansr.net/Lit2html.dmg
     
  9. maddoc

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    Tried eReader out. It wouldn't open the LIT files unfortunately. Too bad.
     
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    hi guys! how can i possibly print a pdf file ebook? what if its secured?
     
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    hi maddoc! just got a couple of lit formatted ebooks. did you ever find a solution to your 2007 problem? i was hoping to be able to read the books on my mb and transfer to ipod touch and blackberry as well.....thanks
     
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    ^^ try the apps that has been recommended, I personally use lit2html, from there you can reconvert it to any format you like.
     
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    thnx wildcard will try it too. got to install stanza, and loaded the books on-the-air OTA. so far so good!
     

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