Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I buy QuickReader?
You can get QuickReader from the App Store.
Can I try before I buy?
Sure, just download the free Lite version from the App Store. It comes with a couple short books, which will allow you to take a speed test, try out the guided reading, and browse the catalogs. You won’t, however, be able to download new books or import text with the pasteboards or integration with Instapaper.
What do other people think of QuickReader? Does it really work?
Yes, it does work. But don’t take our word for it… You can read hundreds of user reviews here.
What is new in the latest release?
The 3.4 release includes:
- iTunes File Sharing, allowing you to import (and export) DRM-free EPUB books.
- A hierarchical author-sort view with one entry per author.
- Support for very large libraries of greater than 2500 books.
- Application loading performance enhancements.
- Bug fixes, including a rotation issue.
As always, this is a free upgrade.
What other apps does QuickReader integrate with?
Instapaper allows you to save web pages to read later. From within the Instapaper app you can share an article with QuickReader, which will open it in the Pasteboard section of the app. You can easily return to Instapaper with a link back to the app.
iBookshelf allows you to catalog your physical and electronic books. You can easily add a book from QuickReader to your iBookshelf catalog. Or, from iBookshelf, you can choose to read a book in QuickReader, if it is available in your QuickReader library.
Does QuickReader run on the iPad?
Yes. QuickReader is a universal app which works on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
Do I need a network (WiFi or 3G) connection to use QuickReader?
No, each edition of QuickReader comes packaged with a set of full-length books. If you do have a network connection you can download additional books, which will then be available offline.
What books are available in QuickReader?
QuickReader comes with a bunch of books to get you started and you can download over 2 million more from the catalogs. We couldn’t possibly list them all here, but to get an idea you can look at the free book catalogs at:
What eBook format does QuickReader support?
QuickReader supports DRM-free EPUB format eBooks. You can also import text via pasteboards and web pages via integration with the Instapaper app.
Does QuickReader support ePub books with DRM?
No QuickReader cannot read ePub books with Digital Rights Management (DRM) at this time. However it does support DRM-free ePub books.
Can I use QuickReader to read my Kindle/iBook/Nook/Sony/Adobe books?
Unfortunately, no, not at this time. Most eBook retailers protect their books with DRM, which prevents other readers from accessing the content. That said, we would love to support these formats and we’ve requested the eBook retailers to give us access.
How can I import my own DRM-free ePub books into the app?
The easiest way is to use iTunes File Sharing to import books. Select your device in iTunes, click the Apps tab, scroll down to the file sharing section, choose the app, and drag books in (or out) or click the “Add…” button.
Or you can access the books on a web page or e-mail the books to yourself. You can then tap on the book link and choose to open it in QuickReader.
You can also import your books into the free Calibre eBook Management software, on your Mac or PC, and turn on the Calibre Content Server in the preferences. If your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad is connected to the same network as your Mac or PC, then it should automatically recognize and add the Calibre library to your list of book catalogs.
If QuickReader doesn’t find the catalog automatically, first try restarting the Calibre app. If that doesn’t work, then try resetting your device. If it still isn’t recognized then you can add the Calibre address manually. The Calibre catalog address is usually something like http://yourhost:8080/opds.
Can I read PDF documents in QuickReader?
Not directly, but you can use the free Calibre software to convert PDF documents into ePub and import them into the app.
Can I import other content into QuickReader besides ePub books?
Yes, you can use the Pasteboard feature to copy and paste content into QuickReader. For Word and RTF documents, you can e-mail them to yourself and then copy the text in the e-mail app.
I want to import other content using the pasteboard feature. How do I do it?
This is explained in the user guide. But, in short, here’s what you do:
- Copy some text from somewhere (e.g., from an e-mail, web page, or RTF or Word document sent as an e-mail attachment.) Tip: if you want to select all the text on a web page, find some whitespace on the page and press and hold.
- Once you have copied some text, open QuickReader, navigate to the Library, and tap the Pasteboards cell.
- To start reading right away, just tap the “Pasteboard Text” cell. Tip: to start reading super fast, turn on the “Restore on Startup” setting or use fast app switching in iOS 4.
- To save a pasteboard for later reading, tap the edit button at the top of the main pasteboard screen, tap “+” next to the Pasteboard Text cell, enter a title (optional), and tap save.
Can I access my books in Dropbox?
We don’t have direct support for Dropbox yet, but you can download your DRM-free EPUB books into QuickReader using the Dropbox web interface. Just tap on the book link and choose to open it in QuickReader.
Alternatively you can use Calibre2Opds to create an OPDS catalog of your books in Dropbox; which you can then add to the list of catalogs in QuickReader.
What book catalogs are available in QuickReader?
These are the catalogs currently available in QuickReader:
What other catalogs can I add to the app?
QuickReader supports OPDS and Stanza format catalogs. Here are some additional ones that we know about. Please let us know if you know of others.
Where can I find books written in other languages besides English?
Many of the catalogs included with QuickReader provide books in a variety of languages. Here is where to look:
- Feedbooks Public Domain: Feedbooks -> Public Domain Books -> Languages
- Feedbooks Indie: Feedbooks -> Original Books -> Languages
- Project Gutenberg: Project Gutenberg -> Language of Books
- Internet Archive: Internet Archive -> Search (magnifying glass)
Are you planning on releasing an Android version?
It’s on the list of things to do, but we don’t have it scheduled yet.
Do you have a PC or Mac version?
No, not yet, but, like Android support, it’s on the big list of things to do.
Why doesn’t the Young Readers edition have any book catalogs included?
We feel it is important that parents and teachers have control over what book catalogs are available to their children. For this reason, we didn’t include any catalogs with the app; but you can add them yourself manually. See above for a list of catalogs.
For what ages of children is the Young Readers edition intended?
Approximately 9+, depending on the child’s reading ability, as it is necessary that they have a basic level of reading competence before they can benefit from QuickReader. Some advanced readers may be able to start using the app from a younger age.
I am a teacher. Do you have any program that would allow us to try out QuickReader for free in our school?
Yes we do, contact us.