Bookshelf is the pro creation of Zac Bedell who developed the very first ebook reader for the iPhone. It costs $9.99 and comes with a java based shelfserver which provides a fairly easy way to load ebooks onto your iPhone. There were two things missing from the old Books.app and one was an annotation function and the other was the ability to use the volume buttons to go forward and backward in the book. I don’t see either on the list of features for the pro (pay) version. Hopefully there will be enough iPhones left tomorrow when I go that I’ll be able to try these ereaders out.
BookShelf current supports the following book formats with more on the way:
- Plain Text [.txt]
- HTML with images [.html]
- FictionBook2 with images [.fb2]
- PalmDoc / AportisDoc [.pdb]
- MobiPocket (unencrypted) [.pdb, .prc, .mobi]
- Plucker with images [.pdb]