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Frequently Asked Questions - Stanza iPhone/iPod Touch


Stanza is not currently compatible with the DRM used to protect books that are purchased for the Amazon Kindle, so Kindle books cannot be read on Stanza. At this time, the only commercial DRM that Stanza is able to read is the "eReader" DRM, which is an option used by booksellers such as Fictionwise.com, BooksOnBoard.ciom, and Powells.com.

There are several ways to transfer content from your computer to your iPhone or iPod Touch, which range from sharing your books over your local WiFi network, uploading them to the internet, and transferring them over via USB. Following is a list of ways you can transfer your books to Stanza iPhone:

Using iTunes

In Stanza 3.0 and higher, you can transfer your ePub, eReader, PDF, CBR, and DjVu book files to & from your desktop PC by iTunes by dragging files into the "Stanza Documents" part of the "File Sharing" section at the bottom of the "Apps" tab that appears when you select your iPad from the "Devices" list in iTunes. This option is only available for devices running iOS 3.2 and higher (available now for the iPad, and will be available for the iPhone and iPod in late June). Note that if your books are in another format, you must first convert them using a tool like Calibre.

Sharing Books with Stanza from iTunes

Using Calibre

Calibre is a free application for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux that manages your library and integrates with Stanza iPhone over your local wireless network. It can be downloaded for free from http://calibre-ebook.com. See at the thread at http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?p=391919 for a discussion of how to use Calibre on Windows, Mac, or Linux to share books with Stanza iPhone over your local WiFi network.

Sharing by uploading books to a web site (for epub or eReader)

  1. If your books are in any format but eReader or epub, you need to first convert your books to epub using Stanza Desktop.
  2. Create a free account at http://box.net if you don't already have one.
  3. Upload the ePub or eReader files to your box.net account.
  4. In Stanza on your iPhone, go to the "Get Books" tab.
  5. Tap the "Shared" segment and hit the plus sign.
  6. Select "Add Web Page".
  7. For the name, enter "box.net", and for the URL enter "box.net". Tap "Save" in the upper right corner.
  8. Select "box.net" from the "Book Sources" section.
  9. The box.net mobile site will load in Stanza's embedded browser. Log in with your username and password.
  10. You should see the book(s) you uploaded. Tapping the link to the book will automatically download the file and install it in Stanza's library.

Uploading to http://bookworm.oreilly.com (for epub format books only)

  1. On your computer: if your book is not in ePub format, then convert your book to ePub (called Open eBook format in the Stanza Desktop Export menu) using Stanza Desktop or Calibre. (If your book already is in eReader format, try the eReader-specific solutions mentioned above and below.)
  2. Go to http://bookworm.oreilly.com, and create an account for yourself.
  3. Upload your books to your new account at http://bookworm.oreilly.com.
  4. On your iPhone: launch Safari.
  5. Go to http://m.bookworm.oreilly.com in Safari on your iPhone and sign in.
  6. Select the arrow button under Read in Stanza.
  7. This will launch Stanza in the Direct Downloads screen. Your book will appear, though it will have a long name with numbers with a URL underneath. Don't worry -- it really is your book.
  8. Tap on your book. If Stanza asks you whether you want to download the book, tap Download. The book will open, and it will appear in the categories on the main Library page.

e-mailing books to yourself (for epub or eReader)

  1. If your books are in any format but eReader or epub, you need to first convert your books to epub using Stanza Desktop.
  2. Create an e-mail account at gmail.com if you don't already have one.
  3. Create a mail message to your @gmail.com address from your desktop PC and add the ePub or eReader book as an attachment to the mail and send the message.
  4. In Stanza on your iPhone, go to the "Get Books" tab.
  5. Tap the "Shared" segment then hit the plus sign.
  6. Select "Add Web Page".
  7. For the name, enter "Gmail", and for the URL enter "gmail.com". Tap "Save" in the upper right corner.
  8. Select "Gmail" from the "Book Sources" section.
  9. Gmail will load in Stanza's embedded browser. Log in with your username and password.
  10. Important There is a bug in how gmail.com interacts with the iPhone's embedded browser, which means that clicking on an attachment in a message from the mobile window won't do anything. You first need to scroll to the very bottom of the page where it says "View Gmail in:" and tap the "Desktop" link to display the non-mobile version of the site.
  11. You should now see the mail that you sent yourself in step #2. Tap on the list item to see the message.
  12. Tap the link corresponding to the attachment you sent. The book should then be automatically downloaded and installed into Stanza.

Note: this same method may work for other webmail providers. For example, it is known to work well with http://webmail.aol.com, but http://mail.yahoo.com has some problems. We would be interested in hearing your comments about the success or failure of using other providers for this method of transferring books.

Uploading to stanza.fictionwise.com (for eReader format books only)
Unless your books are already in the the eReader format (e.g., you purchased them in the eReader format), then follow the instructions above and convert your books to ePub (a.k.a. Open eBook) format. You cannot use Stanza Desktop to convert a book to eReader format.

  1. On your computer, go stanza.fictionwise.com. If you don't already have an account on this website, create one.
  2. Once you've logged into your account, go to Bookshelf, and then click on the Personal Content for iPhone and iPod Touch button.
  3. Follow the instructions there to upload your personal content to your Bookshelf.
  4. Open Stanza on your iPhone.
  5. Go to the "Get Books" tabs, then go to the Fictionwise Book Store.
  6. Tap on My Bookshelf at the bottom of the Fictionwise Book Store screen.
  7. Click on Set Login Info, and enter your stanza.fictionwise.com account information.
  8. Your personal content should now appear in My Bookshelf.
  9. Pick the items you want to download, and then tap the blue Download button in the upper right corner.
  10. The items you downloaded from My Bookshelf will now appear in the top-level Library under Recent Downloads and Titles.

If you already have an account at eReader.com or www.fictionwise.com, you can follow the exact instructions above using those websites (instead of stanza.fictionwise.com) for uploading and then entering account information for those accounts when you go to My Bookshelf.

Getting Books from a URL ("Direct Downloads" - for epub or eReader)

  1. If any of your books is in any format but eReader or epub, then convert that book to epub using Stanza Desktop.
  2. Upload your epub and eReader files to your personal website.
  3. Launch Stanza on your iPhone, and go to the "Get Books" tab.
  4. Select the "Downloads" segment.
  5. Tap the plus sign at the bottom of the screen.
  6. Enter the URL for your book on your personal website, and then tap Download in the upper right corner.
  7. You'll now see your file in Direct Downloads. Tap your book to read it. It will also appear in the categories in the main Library page.

Adding your own Web Page Full of Books (for epub or eReader)

  1. If your books are in any format but eReader or epub, then convert your books to epub using Stanza Desktop.
  2. Upload your epub and eReader files to your personal website.
  3. Create a single webpage that has links to all of your books. We recommend using the full path to your book in the link (e.g., http://www.mywebsite.com/myebook.epub).
  4. In Stanza on your iPhone, go to the "Get Books" tab.
  5. Tap the "Shared" segment then hit the plus sign.
  6. Select "Add Web Page".
  7. For the name, enter a name for your webpage, and for the URL for your webpage with all the links to your books. Tap "Save" in the upper right corner.
  8. Select your webpage name from the "Book Sources" section.
  9. Your webpage will open right there in Stanza.
  10. Select the book you want to download.
  11. Go back to the main Library page in Stanza, and your books should appear in Recent Downloads.

Sharing using Stanza Desktop
The Stanza iPhone application, which can be downloaded onto the iPhone via the Apple App Store, can upload books from your computer using Stanza Desktop. The Stanza Desktop application is currently available for Apple Macintosh and Windows computers from http://download.lexcycle.com.

  1. Launch Stanza Desktop.
  2. Go to File->Open, and open a book or document in one of Stanza's supported formats. Note: The text of eReader books will not be displayed, but you can still use this interface to share books with Stanza iPhone.
  3. Go to the "Tools" menu, and ensure that the "Enable Sharing" menu item is checked.
  4. Ensure that your iPhone is connected to the same wireless network that your PC is on.
  5. Launch Stanza on your iPhone.
  6. From the top-level library menu, select "Shared Books". You should see your computer name. Select it.
  7. Stanza Desktop will then notify you that your iPhone is attempting to connect to your shared library, and request your permission to allow the connection.
  8. Once you have granted permission, Stanza iPhone will display a list of books that are open in Stanza Desktop.
  9. Tap on the book to download it Stanza on your iPhone. It will appear in Titles and Recent Downloads.

Deprecated: Transferring books via the USB cable (for epub or eReader) this option is no longer be available in Stanza 2.1. It is replaced by iTunes Sharing in Stanza 3.0.

  1. If your books are in any format but eReader or epub, then convert your books to epub using Stanza Desktop or Calibre.
  2. Download and install the free "iPhone Explorer" utility from http://www.iphone-explorer.com, which allows you to transfer files over to your iPhone using the USB cable
  3. Connect your iPhone to your computer using the USB cable and launch iPhone Explorer
  4. Click the "Change Root" button and select the "/var/mobile/Media/DCIM/" option.
  5. Click the "New Folder" button rename the new folder "Stanza".
  6. Browse your computer for your books in the ePub or eReader format and drag them onto the "Stanza" folder.
  7. The next time you launch Stanza, all the books in that folder will be automatically imported into Stanza's library (and removed from that folder).
  8. Note: any other software that can transfer files over to the iPhone can be used for this method of transferring books in bulk. When Stanza launches, any files it finds in the folder named "/var/mobile/Media/DCIM/Stanza" will be imported into Stanza. For example, you can use the shareware "DiskAid" software to also transfer files.

If you run into problems with sharing, please refer to http://www.lexcycle.com/faq/troubleshooting_sharing for common solutions to issues that users may encounter.

If you do not have a wifi network, but your computer does have a wifi card, you can create an ad-hoc wireless network by following these directions.

If you want to use Stanza Desktop to transfer books directly to Stanza iPhone, your iPhone/iPod Touch must be on the same wireless network as your desktop computer. If you do not have a wireless network that can be shared between your desktop/laptop and your iPhone/iPod, but you do have a wireless card on your desktop/laptop, you can still share books between the devices by using Internet Sharing.

On Macintosh
You can enable this by opening the System Preferences application, selecting "Sharing", then "Internet Sharing", and then "Airport". Once you have enabled internet sharing on your laptop/desktop, you can then go to your iPhone/iPod's preferences section, enable WiFi, find your computer in the list, and connect to it. Once you have connected, you should be able to share books as described here.

On Windows XP
Follow these directions here to set up an ad-hoc network, skipping step 1:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/setup/adhoc.mspx

When you create your new network, to make things easier, make the network "open" and encryption "disabled". (If you are comfortable connecting your iPhone or iPod Touch to a wifi network with encryption, then set the encryption settings the way you like.) Then connect to that network on your computer (from Network Connections) and on your iPhone/iPod Touch (from the WiFi screen in Settings). Try sharing again, and make sure Enable Sharing has a check mark next to it.

On Vista (courtesy of a helpful Stanza and Vista user!)
Go to the "Connect to a Network" screen, detach from your current network, choose "Set Up a connection or Network", and then choose "Set up a wireless adhoc (computer to computer) network". When the screen comes up, give your network a simple name and set the security protocol to "No Authentication (Open)". This will set up a wireless network. Connect your iPhone to that wifi network and try sharing.

Yes, although you will need to open the port that Stanza uses (9562), as well as ensuring that the firewall allows Bonjour/ZeroConf/Rendezvous access. When in doubt, try disabling your firewall to ensure that sharing without with it disabled, and once you have confirmed that it works, re-enable the firewall and open the necessary ports.

We do not currently support transfers from Stanza on the iPhone/iPod Touch to Stanza Desktop, though this is something we are considering for a future version of the software.

Note that most books available in the Online Catalog are also available for download from the web. If you ever have a choice of format, pick ePub. If ePub is not available, pick plain text (.txt).

Feedbooks => www.feedbooks.com
Project Gutenberg => www.gutenberg.org
Munseys => www.munseys.com
Fictionwise => stanza.fictionwise.com
Books On Board => www.booksonboard.com
All Romance eBooks => www.allromanceebooks.com
Smashwords => www.smashwords.com

Also note that Stanza iPhone's books are backed up as part of the normal iTunes backup process, and so will usually be available on your local machine. For one way to extract your books from backup, see http://www.lexcycle.com/content/stanza-book-restore-tool

For most display options, such as font size and face, background and foreground colors, and interline and justification options, you can change those by opening a book, tapping the center of the screen to bring up the toolbars, and then tapping the center gear-shaped icon.

General Stanza settings and preferences (such as auto-loading the previous books, locking book rotation, and many others) are available by touching the tools button in the upper right corner in the top-level main Library page.

To delete a book from Stanza, you must first open the book, tap the center of the screen to bring up the controls, and then tap the icon in the upper-right corner to delete the book. Note that in Stanza 1.0, a "delete" button will appear when swiping across the title of the book in the library list, but this will not actually delete the book from your library.

Provided the book is in the ePub format (which will typically end with an ".epub" string), you can download a book at a URL by selecting the tools icon from the library view and tapping "Download Book at URL", and then entering the complete URL into the field. Alternately, if a web site has the link to an .epub file in the form of "epub://www.somesite.com/book.epub", then Safari on the iPhone will automatically launch Stanza and download the book.

There is no built-in limit to the size of the content of a book. More likely you merely arrived at the end of the current section, and tapping to go to the next page will load the next section. You can also see the section names by tapping the table of contents button (the book-shaped icon on the left side of the lower toolbar). While Stanza Desktop tried to automatically detect the book's natural chapter breaks when transferring books to Stanza iPhone, it isn't always able to do so successfully, and in those cases it will simply break the book up into arbitrary parts (whose length is usually around 70 pages) called "Part 1", "Part 2", etc. This is because very large individual chapters can be slow to load in Stanza iPhone, so breaking the book up into parts will help to speed up the book's loading.

1. On your computer, go stanza.fictionwise.com. If you don't already have an account on this website, create one.
2. Once you've logged into your account, go to Bookshelf, and then click on the Personal Content for iPhone and iPod Touch button.
3. Follow the instructions there to upload your personal content to your Bookshelf.
4. Open Stanza on your iPhone.
5. Go to the Online Catalog, then go to the Fictionwise Book Store.
6. Tap on My Bookshelf at the bottom of the Fictionwise Book Store screen.
7. Enter your stanza.fictionwise.com account information.
8. Your personal content should now appear in My Bookshelf.
9. Pick the items you want to download, and then tap the blue Download button in the upper right corner.
10. The items you downloaded from My Bookshelf will now appear in the top-level Library under Recent Downloads and Titles.

If you already have an account at eReader.com or www.fictionwise.com you can follow the exact instructions above using those websites (instead of stanza.fictionwise.com) for uploading and entering account information for those accounts in in Set Login Info in My Bookshelf.

In some cases, you want to lock the book's orientation in place, and not rotate when the iPhone or iPod Touch is turned. You can accomplish this by opening the Stanza Settings (available under the iPhone/iPod "Settings" application), selecting the "Controls & Effects" group, and then enabling the "Lock Book Rotation" option. This will cause the reading window to remain in the orientation that it was in when it was opened from the library or catalog.

Please consider writing a review of Stanza on the Apple App Store by clicking here. Also, if you have a friend with an iPhone or iPod Touch, please spread the word by letting them know about Stanza.

Finally, look at purchasing books from the Fictionwise Book Store for Stanza or the Mobile Book Store and our other partners.

If you are beta testing Stanza, or working with a Stanza developer to track down an issue, we will almost certainly have to ask you to provide your UDID. This page describes details of what a UDID actually is, and how to find it.

When manufactured every iPhone is assigned an identifier that is unique to that physical device. This is known as the UDID ("Unique Device Identifier "), but is also commonly referred to as the "UUID", an acronym for Universally Unique Identifier. It's worth noting that the UDID is anonymous, e.g. if you have a UDID there is no way to tie that to a person.

iTunes will only install applications that have been digitally "signed" by a developer using an Apple-provided certificate. Applications can either be signed for the AppStore where they can be used by anyone who purchases a copy, or for AdHoc distribution where users install the application by adding it to iTunes. With Adhoc distribution the developer must include the UDID of all devices in the certificate for the application. This is intended to prevent people freely distributing their applications.

Below are instructions for retrieving your UDID. Alternatively you can download Erica Sudan’s most helpful and free AdHoc Helper Application from the AppStore.

1) Start iTunes and connect your iPhone/iPod Touch.

2) On the Summary page for your iPhone/iPod, click on the word "Serial Number:" text. Note that the serial number is not the same as the UDID

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3) After you click on the words "Serial Number:", it should change to the word "Identifier", followed by a long string of numbers and digits. This long string is your UDID.

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4) Press CTRL+C (Windows) or Command/AppleKey + C (Mac) and the UDID will be copied to the clipboard, which can then be pasted into an e-mail or otherwise conveyed to Lexcycle.

(these instructions are inspired by the very helpful page at Photo Speed Dial)

In addition to Sharing with Stanza Desktop, and uploading/downloading books, you can also use Calibre, the free e-book application for Windows, Mac and Linux, to transfer books to Stanza iPhone. Here are a few links to instructions for how to do this:

http://calibre-ebook.com/user_manual/faq.html#how-do-i-use-app-with-my-i...
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?p=391919#post391919

There is also a user-written tool called calibre2opds to help manage your Calibre library using Dropbox, described at:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=64095
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=62332

1. Launch Stanza iPhone.
2. Tap the "Get Books" tab.
3. Tap Fictionwise Book Store in the "Catalog" segment.
4. Tap "My Bookshelf" at the bottom of the Fictionwise Book Store screen. The first time you you do this, you'll be prompted to enter your email address and password that you used to purchase the book.
5. From My Bookshelf, tap on the book you'd like to download.
6. Tap the blue "Download" button in the upper right corner. Then the big red "Download" button that pops up from the bottom.
7. The first time you do this, you'll be asked unlock your book by entering the name and credit card number on the credit card that you used to buy the book.
8. After the book downloads, you can read it immediately by tapping "Read Now". You can also go to the main Stanza Library page, and you'll see your book in Titles, Authors, and Subjects.

There are sometimes temporary problems accessing My Bookshelf. In that case, follow these alternative directions for accessing your books:

http://www.lexcycle.com/node/730

Stanza automatically opens to the last book you were reading, if you previously closed Stanza while you were reading a book. To get back to the Library screen (or "main menu"):

1. Tap in the center of the screen to bring up the toolbars.
2. Tap the back button in the upper left corner until you see the screen that says "Library" at the top.

The toolbars that appear when you tap in the center while reading are very useful. The gear icon lets you change font, font size, font color, background color, line spacing, and many other features. The other icons let you search and jump from chapter to chapter.