The best free ebook readers for iOS

There are many great, free ebook readers for iOS. This is the bookshelf of the Apple’s iBooks app. (Photo from Apple.com)

Stanza seems to be running again since its “demise” about a year ago. Good thing, too, as it gives you more choices in reading books on iOS, though development on the app seems to be frozen up to now.

There are, of course, many ebook readers on the iOS app store for the iPhone, the iPod Touch, and the iPad, including Apple’s very own iBooks app.

The following are some of the best, free ebook readers for iOS. Note that while the apps are free, many books need to be purchased from an ebook seller. Free books are available online on Project Gutenberg and other websites.

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Top three best web browsers for the Mac

This is strictly my opinion: the best browsers for the OS X are, in no particular order, Safari, Chrome, and Firefox. Camino, for me, comes in at number four. All these web browsers are free to download, install, and use.

Safari, Chrome, and Firefox

The three best web browsers for the Mac: Safari, Chrome, Firefox

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Get updated Apple Safari with Omnibar

Apple quietly updated Safari for the Mac. I just noticed it today when I clicked on Software Update and saw a new version of Safari available for download.

Software Update

Apple added unified search/address bar in Safari

You can see from the screenshot of Software Update what new features are available. New features include the Smart Search Field and Offline Reading List. What features are not available?

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OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion out now: Are you upgrading?

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Apple released OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, the latest version of it’s operating system for the Mac. People whose computers meet the minimum system requirements can download it from the Mac App Store for USD 19.99.

So will you be downloading Mountain Lion? Are you going to wait for the fall update? Share your thoughts in the comments section why you’ll be downloading OS X 10.8, or why you won’t.

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Get the Safari Omnibar ahead of OS X Mountain Lion’s Release

Wasn’t it Google that started it all with the what they called the omnibar in the Google Chrome web browser? Basically, instead of separate fields for the web address bar and the search bar, Google Chrome only had its omnibar. In the omnibar, you can either enter the URL of the website you want to go to or use it to search for whatever it is you’re looking for.

The Safari Omnibar, developed by Olivier Poitrey, is a Safari plugin used to unify the location bar and the search bar in Safari.

In Firefox, it was easy enough to add plugins to install an omnibar plugin. I had the Omnibar plugin for Firefox installed on my old iBook G4 and I find it immensely convenient to use. For Safari users, how do you install an Omnibar?

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Download PDF to Epub Converter, Free for a Limited Time

Qixingshi Technology is offering it’s PDF to epub converter, called PDF T Epub Converter, as a free download on the Mac App Store.

The PDF to Epub Converter from Qixinshi Technology is free for a limited time on the Mac App Store.

The app is available for free for a limited time only. Regular price is USD 39.99 on the App Store for OS X. It is available for free until February 26, 2012.

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Download OS X Mountain Lion Desktop Picture

You may have seen the new desktop picture for OS X Mountain Lion either on Apple’s site or on any of the blogs and news sites which have posted screenshots of developer previews of OS X Mountain Lion.

OS X Mountain Lion comes with a new galaxy wallpaper from Apple.

Now you may be thinking you like the desktop picture. Where do you go to download it?

Download OS X Desktop Picture

Well here you go.

Why Wait? Download OS X Mountain Lion’s New Hi-Res Default Wallpaper Here

OS X Mountain Lion desktop wallpaper, from Cult of Mac.

Thanks to Cult of Mac for posting this.

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Download Messages Beta for the Macbook (an OS X Mountain Lion preview)

Apple announced OS X Mountain Lion and some of its new features. Among these features is a new Messages app that is much like Messages on the iPhone and iPod Touch.

The public beta version of the Messages app can be downloaded now and can be run exclusively on Mac OS X Lion.

Apple announced the coming release of OS X Mountain Lion, with new features that integrates it more fully with iOS and iCloud.

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Download the Latest Firefox for Mac OS X

Here’s a bit of breaking news: Mozilla Firefox 10 is out.

Breaking news: Mozilla Firefox 10 for Mac OS X, Windows, and Android is available for download.

Head on to Mozilla’s download page for the latest Firefox web browser for Mac OS X: Download page for Firefox for Mac OS X

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The Best Video Player for Mac OS X: VLC

Movies files come in various formats. AVI, MPG, and MP4 are just some of the more popular format that you can play on a Windows PC or on a Mac.

VLC can play just any video file type you throw at it.

On Mac OS X, there is a preinstalled Quicktime Player which can be used to play Quicktime video, AIFF, WAV, DV-DIF, MP3, and MPEG. It does not, by default, play AVI, DivX, Flash Video, and other file types, though that can be remedied by installing plugins such as Perian, which is free and open source.

Apple’s default player for OS X has also been available for Windows for two decades now.

Since I started using Mac OS X, the VLC became my favorite app for playing videos, and I’ll tell you why.

More after the jump.

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