User Guide

Introduction, Reading Modes, Page Navigation, Settings, Downloading Books, Importing Pasteboards, Partner Apps, Other Apps from Inkstone Software

Introduction

Welcome to MegaReader. Never be stuck without something to read again. With MegaReader you can easily download over 1.8 million eBooks directly to your iOS device, create your own books with copy and paste, and personalize your reading experience.

We hope you enjoy using MegaReader. If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please contact us at contact@megareader.net.

Reading Modes

NORMAL READING allows you to read normally through the book.

SPEED TEST determines your current WPM (Words Per Minute) reading speed while you read a selection from your book. The reading speed is then used to estimate how long it will take you to complete reading a chapter.

TAP RIGHT to go forward one page.

TAP LEFT to go back one page.

TAP CENTER to bring up the menu.

Settings

MegaReader is fully customizable. When you enter the Settings menu, which is found on the top right of the screen, you will find a variety of options to meet your individual needs. You can easily adjust the colors, margin widths, line spacing, right justification, and rotation lock from the Settings menu.

COLOR SCHEMES – Choose from 19 designer color schemes.

PAGE and TEXT COLORS – Customize with thousands of colors to choose from.

FONT – Switches between available fonts.

FONT SIZE – Changes the size of the font.

HEADS UP DISPLAY – Use the camera view as the page background (iOS 4.0 and later). Tip: use a bold and slightly larger font than usual and try one of the HUD color schemes (Amber Light, Clear, Green Tea, Morning Fog, Purple Haze, or Rose Tint.)

TRANSPARENCY – Set the transparency of the page color on top of the heads up camera view (iOS 4.0 and later).

PORTRAIT COLUMNS (iPad only) – Choose from 1 to 3 text columns when the iPad is in portrait orientation.

LANDSCAPE COLUMNS (iPad only) – Choose from 1 to 4 text columns when the iPad is in landscape orientation.

MARGIN WIDTH – Adjusts the left and right margins.

LINE SPACING – Adjust the space between lines of text.

RIGHT JUSTIFY – When turned on the text will be left and right justified. Turned off, the text will have a “jagged right” margin.

PAGE TRANSITION – Determines the page turn visual effect. Choose from “Slide”, “Push”, “Fade”, and “Cut”.

LOCK ROTATION – Prevents the display from rotating while reading.

LET SLEEP – Turn off to suppress phone’s auto-sleep function while you are reading.

RESTORE ON STARTUP – Resume where you left off when you start the app.

BRIGHTNESS SWIPE – Sets mode of brightness swipe, used to change brightness of the screen by swiping up and down on the reading screen. Can set to “System” which changes the device’s brightness setting; “Overlay”, which displays a semi-transparent black overlay on top of the reading screen; or “Off”.

TAP ZONES – Customizes action performed in response to touches on the outer edges of the screen. For example, go to the next page, instead of the previous page, when you tap the left side of the screen.

RESTORE DEFAULTS – Restores all settings to original values.

Downloading Books

MegaReader works with DRM-free EPUB format books, which can be downloaded from iTunes, the Web, the Calibre eBook manager, or from integrated OPDS and Stanza format catalogs. EPUB is a popular standard for eBooks on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. It is the same format as used by Apple’s iBooks app. OPDS and Stanza format catalogs allow you to search, discover, and download books from the Internet.

Downloading Books with iTunes File Sharing

To import DRM-free EPUB books into the app using iTunes File Sharing, open iTunes while your device is connected to your Mac or PC; select your device in the left panel; select the “Apps” tab at the top of the page; scroll down to the File Sharing section; select MegaReader from the Apps list in the left panel; and then click the “Add…” button or drag DRM-free EPUB files into the Documents panel on the right.

You can also extract and backup books from the app by selecting them in the Documents panel and dragging them to a directory.

Tip: When importing a large number of books into the app via iTunes, we have found it can be helpful to remove the selection from the iTunes window after dragging the books into the File Sharing Documents panel. You can do this by clicking on another window. We’re not sure why this helps, but it does.

Downloading Books from the Web or via E-Mail

You can import DRM-free EPUB books from the web or e-mail by tapping the link and choosing to open the book in MegaReader.

Downloading Books from Book Catalogs

To download a book from an online catalog into MegaReader, tap on the “Download Books” link from the Library screen and select a catalog. MegaReader 2.0 comes with Feedbooks, Baen Free Library, Project Gutenberg, Munseys, Smashwords, and The Internet Archive catalogs and you can add others by tapping the Edit button on the Book Catalogs screen.

When you select a catalog you will be taken to the catalog page. From there you can search or navigate through the catalog hierarchy, until you find a book you are interested in downloading. To download a book, tap the Download button and the book will be downloaded from the catalog into your MegaReader library.

To add an OPDS or Stanza compliant catalog to MegaReader, select the Edit button on the Catalogs screen and select the green ‘+’ button. This will bring up the Add Catalog screen which allows you to enter the catalog URL, a title for the catalog, and an optional subtitle. Once you tap the Add button, the catalog will be added to your list of available catalogs.

You can import your personal catalog of eBooks over WiFi using the Calibre eBook management software. If you turn on the Calibre content server in the Calibre preferences, MegaReader will automatically detect the catalog on your WiFi network and make it available in the book catalogs list. If necessary, you can add the Calibre content server address manually to MegaReader; the address is typically something like “http://yourhost:8080/opds”. If you have problems accessing Calibre, it may be due to your computer’s firewall settings or the default Calibre port (8080) being used by another application.

You can also access your Calibre library in “the cloud” using Dropbox and Calibre2Opds. For a description of how to set this up, see http://bit.ly/calibre2opds. Once you have published your catalog using Calibre2Opds, you can add the catalog address to your list of catalogs in MegaReader.

For a list of other catalogs that can be used in MegaReader, see www.megareader.net/faq/.

Tip: If you need to access a catalog with a username and password, you can prepend the username and password to the catalog’s URL, so you don’t have to enter it each time. For example, “http://user:password@example.com”.

Importing Pasteboards

The Pasteboard feature in MegaReader allows you to copy and paste text into the application and to save it for later reading. It is like creating your own mini-book for reading on the go.

When you copy text on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, it is placed on the “pasteboard”. A pasteboard is similar to what is called the clipboard on other systems. MegaReader allows you to read the text on the pasteboard and to save the pasteboard text for later reading.

TO COPY TEXT AND READ IT IN MEGAREADER:

1) Open another application, such as Safari or e-mail.

2) Copy the text you want to read.

TIP: To select all the text on a web page, press and hold somewhere on the page where there is whitespace, such as next to a column.

3) Close the application and open MegaReader.

4) Navigate to the Library screen and select Pasteboards.

5) To read the text you just copied, tap the Pasteboard Text cell.

TO SAVE THE CURRENT PASTEBOARD:

1) Copy text onto the pasteboard, as described above.

2) Navigate to the Pasteboards screen and tap the edit button.

3) Tap the green “+” button next to the Pasteboard Text cell.

4) To change the title, tap the title text and enter it with the keyboard.

5) Tap the save button to save the pasteboard.

6) When you return to the Pasteboards screen you will see your newly saved pasteboard in the list of saved pasteboards. Tap it to read.

TO REMOVE A SAVED PASTEBOARD:

1) Navigate to the Pasteboards screen and select the edit button.

2) Tap the red “-” button next to the saved pasteboard you want to delete.

3) Tap the delete button.

TO REORGANIZE SAVED PASTEBOARDS:

1) Navigate to the Pasteboards screen and tap the edit button.

2) Move a saved pasteboard by pressing down on the 3 horizontal lines at the right of the cell and dragging.

OTHER PASTEBOARD TIPS

A simple way to get text onto your device is to e-mail it to yourself and then copy it from the e-mail app. You can also attach a document to an e-mail message, open it from the e-mail application, and then copy the text. In particular, this will work with text, Word, and RTF documents.

If you wish to copy a large amount of text, it is best to break it up into chunks to improve the loading time.

Partner Apps

MegaReader has been integrated with complementary partner apps iBookshelf and MyLibrary.

IBOOKSHELF and MYLIBRARY

MegaReader works with iBookshelf and MyLibrary—two great cataloging apps that keep track of all your physical and digital media assets. Find local libraries which have a book you’re interested in, remember who you lent a book to, and keep track of the books you want to read.

From MegaReader you can add books to iBookshelf or MyLibrary catalogs by selecting the launch link in a book’s chapters screen or on a book detail screen in the book catalogs. This will launch iBookshelf or MyLibrary and add the book to the catalog.

From iBookshelf or MyLibrary you can read books in MegaReader by selecting the Read button on the book detail page. This launches MegaReader and, if the book is available in MegaReader, takes you to the book screen. If the book is not available in MegaReader, then you will be taken to the Download Books screen to search for the book in the catalogs.

Note, if you customize a book’s cover image in iBookshelf or MyLibrary and then choose the Read button to return to MegaReader, the new cover image will be passed to MegaReader. In this way you can customize your MegaReader book covers.

Other Apps from Inkstone Software

Inkstone Software is also the maker of the popular QuickReader apps. QuickReader has all the same books and customizable reading interface as MegaReader, but also includes a speed reading mode that trains you to read faster and more efficiently. Many people just like it for its hands-free reading interface. QuickReader is available in a regular edition, a Young Readers edition with age-appropriate books, and Spanish, French, and German versions. All are available on the iTunes app store.

 

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