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Stanza and Kindle

Stanza is the most popular and well designed eBook reader for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It allows access to a wealth of public domain and freely accessible books, as well as more than 50,000 recent and popular titles (including many bestsellers), which can be downloaded and read directly on the device. Stanza's interface is easy to use and, more importantly, easy to read.

The one drawback is that Stanza has a somewhat limited selection. Amazon's Kindle app (based on the company's Kindle eBook reader device) doesn't have anywhere near the polished interface of Stanza, but it does allow you to purchase and read any of the near quarter-million Kindle titles available from Amazon (which include a large number of current bestsellers). This makes the Kindle also worth considering as an eBook reader, though Amazon's general insistence (though technically not a requirement) that books be downloaded on your Mac or PC and transferred to your iPhone or iPod Touch is disappointing. Still, if you're looking to read current books (and willing to pay for them in electronic format), Kindle is your main option.

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