Stanza Desktop: A Revolution in Reading

Introducing Stanza Desktop — read eBooks on your Mac or PC and share with your iPhone, iPod Touch, & Kindle.
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Featuring a clean, well-organized interface, Stanza Desktop is expressly designed for reading digital publications, including electronic books, newspapers, PDFs, and general web content. Stanza Desktop is built from the ground up to make reading on your Macintosh or Windows laptop or desktop an enjoyable and hassle-free experience. It gives special attention to details that are usually overlooked in other software readers such as hyphenation, text columnation, automatic text scrolling, and user-friendly page and chapter navigation. Lengthy content that can be tedious to read using a web browser or PDF viewer is easy and natural with Stanza Desktop.

Stanza Desktop features built-in support for HTML, PDF, Microsoft Word, and Rich Text Format reading, as well as all the major eBook standards: unprotected Amazon Kindle and Mobipocket, Microsoft LIT, Palm doc, and the International Digital Publishing Forum's new epub Open eBook standard. In addition to supporting a plethora of formats, Stanza Desktop features an open API that allows developers to implement support for their own document formats. Stanza Desktop is more than just a reader: it is a reading platform!

Digital Reading Evolved

Stanza using Horizontal Scrolling

Stanza Desktop on Macintosh supports a variety of text "layouts" to suit the tastes of different readers and different reading styles. In addition to the default multi-column format that closest simulates a novel or newspaper on your screen — which studies have found to be the most pleasant experience for the largest number of readers — Stanza Desktop on Macintosh features a single-column layout that automatically scrolls vertically at a user-adjustable rate, allowing you to read your content without having to navigate manually at all.

Vertical scrolling is useful not only for consuming large bodies of text very quickly but also for presentations where a teleprompter-style of display is desired. It is also ideal for readers with disabilities who may have difficulty advancing between pages using the keyboard or mouse. Combined with Stanza Desktop's full-screen mode, vertical text scrolling is the simplest possible reading interface for children, the elderly, or anyone with difficulty using a computer. And all of Stanza Desktop's layouts feature the ability to dynamically increase the font size, which comes in handy for people with partial vision impairments.

Stanza using Vertical Scrolling

Stanza Desktop on Macintosh also includes a horizontal scrolling interface, which is a form of Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP). Long used as a research tool in perceptual and cognitive psychology, RSVP can dramatically increase the speed at which text is processed and understood by some readers.

Stanza Desktop on Macintosh also offers a selection of themes, which include color and background settings to suit different tastes. Moreover, it's easy to configure all of the settings, including font style and size, background and foreground color, text justification and automatic text hyphenation, and animated page transitions.

Taking it on the road

Stanza on the iPhone

Reading on a bulky desktop or on a laptop with limited battery life is not for everyone. That's why Stanza Desktop features the ability to export your reading material to a wide array of formats that can be read on your mobile device. Our native iPhone/iPod Touch Stanza application (available for free from the Apple App Store) can share books with Stanza Desktop wirelessly, so you can take your books on the road and read them wirelessly — no internet connection required!

Stanza Desktop can also export to MobiPocket, enabling you to use the popular MobiPocket Reader to read your exported book on your Blackberry, PocketPC, Palm OS, Nokia Series 60, Sony Ericsson UIQ, and many other mobile devices. You no longer need to carry a large stack of books with you on your summer vacation. Just load up your phone or mobile device with months of reading, and enjoy a lightweight summer of reading bliss!

Reading for the 21st Century

Stanza on the Kindle

Stanza Desktop is also the first program that has a built-in export feature especially for the Amazon Kindle. Your PDFs, Word documents, and other eBooks can all be exported to the Kindle's native format and copied over to the device using a USB cable. Get a paper-quality reading experience for all your electronic documents with this innovative new device!

Last, but not least, Stanza Desktop on Macintosh has an experimental new feature that allows you to export your books to MP3 audiobooks. Your entire audiobook can then be added to iTunes and synchronized with your iPod or other digital music player. This technology enables the blind and visually impaired to enjoy a wealth of electronic documents.