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Customers of ereader.com have been waiting for a version of the eReader program to hit the iPad. That wait is over as Barnes & Noble released eReader Pro for the iPad last night. Users of eReader on other platforms will feel right at home.

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Customers of ereader.com have been waiting for a version of the eReader Pro program to hit the iPad. That wait is now over, as Barnes & Noble released eReader for the iPad last night. This app is not to be confused with either the B&N eReader or the newly released Nook reader app from the company. B&N bought the ereader.com business in March of last year, and it has quietly continued to operate it in the shadow of its main B&N online e-book store.

I have been a customer of ereader.com for years; I have almost 500 e-books in my purchased library at the store and those are not accessible with B&N’s other readers. The eReader Pro app has been available for almost every smartphone platform for a while, but the iPad version had been missing until now. This version is not pretty, which is in keeping with the eReader Pro philosophy of function over beauty. For that matter the lack of a flashy facade may be why it is so fast.

Users of eReader Pro on other platforms will feel right at home as the iPad app is very similar to existing versions. Access to the user library is done within the app, but purchases are made in a separate browser window. You can start shopping at ereader.com for books from inside the app, but it fires up the Safari browser for the actual shopping excursion. Books can be perused and purchases made in the web browser. It does provide a link after purchase to take you back to the reader app, which is pretty cool.

As on other platforms, the iPad app provides lots of display configuration options — fonts, themes, day/night display — and it is easy to set things up the way you prefer. Fans of the eReader Pro autoscroll feature — which scrolls the page up slowly to allow reading without page turning — will be happy to note this is possible in the free iPad version.

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  1. borax99 (Alain C.) Friday, July 23, 2010

    This is good news to be sure, but considering the incredible amount of content that vanished from the ereader.com on April 01st, 2010, I’ve relegated 99% of my new purchases to the Kindle platform. It’s unfortunate, but I don’t see a very bright future for this platform, which still has so much going for it in terms of sheer usability and multi-platform support. At this point, I can only hope that Amazon will one day see fit to incorporate an autoscroll feature in their non-Kindle apps. Ereader has provided me with my most satisfactory ereading experience so far, on a slew of different devices, but I had to go where the content is, dang it !

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  2. Two ebooks I bought recently from fictionwise didn’t work with iTunes as epubs. I dragged them onto iTunes to sync them into iBooks but iTunes said they were corrupt and refused to sync them.

    I contacted fictionwise support and after two weeks (!!!) they wrote back yesterday to tell me to download ereader on my iPad and then to download the ebooks in ereader format using that.

    I tried it and all I can say is ereader isn’t iBooks nor is it Kindle. But I guess I’m going to have to tough it out since they apparently aren’t going to fix their epub formatter. :-(

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    1. Two weeks? I would have disputed the credit card charge after 72 hrs.

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  3. ЯONALD ЯIVEЯTON Saturday, July 24, 2010

    Just shows to go ya that the iPad has become the eЯeader platform of choice ! The Kindle & Nook ain’t got nothin’ on the Pad man.
    And just wait until ya’ll get hold of the new eBooks coming soon that truly harness the inbred powa of Apple’s iPad. We talkin’ multimedia glory and interactive heaven. Gonna make all those ancient dino books look petrified fo sho. Steve is gonna drop the hammer on the Amazon and B&N soon. Get ready to feel the iBookStore bubba bookworms.

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  4. The real question is why the same item on ereader.com is more expensive than on bn.com. Looks to me like BN is going to kill ereader.com one way or another. Which wouldn’t be awful if you could read your ereader purchases on the bn apps.

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  5. Adam O'Neill Monday, July 26, 2010

    I used to be a fairly big user of eReader…however this iPad release feels like a bad port of the same old interface…the ereader shop integration is shocking compared to competing offerings….I’ll use it just to get access to my existing library there….but it’s kindle all the way for new purchases at the moment..

    Anyone else try to delete an ereader book and have the app crash…every time it jumps back out to the home screen…maybe it’s just my pad?

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