Okay, so I'm pretty pissed off right now.
I upgraded my iPad to iOS5 a couple of days ago, and boy was that a craptastic experience - dismal download speeds... yeah sure, lots of people hitting Apple's servers at the time, but they're trying to position themselves as a cloud provider and can't handle it? Not to mention that the crapTunes downloader doesn't know how to resume downloads... like, wut, it's 2011?.
Anyway, I digress - yesterday I realized that Stanza
no longer works, throwing Sig6 and Sig11 errors. What, an OS update on easy-to-support fixed-capability hardware that breaks backwards compatibility of a regular usermode application? "Apple - suddenly everything sucks!". Then I realize that Stanza probably won't be updated, since Amazon bought Lexcycle probably pretty much just to kill off Stanza. Ugh.
And of course there's no way to downgrade to the previous iOS version - I thought the backup I made before installing iOS5 would allow that, but I guess that's a silly expectation when you're dealing with crApple. Not even if you find a 4.whatever firmware image from their own servers - you need a jailbroken device for that. Like, wtf?
This leaves me with, what? iBooks is a bit of a joke. Too much time has been spent on making it "cute", like the bookcase UI metaphor and the super-animated page transitions. But it's slow, and requires the use of crapTunes to transfers ebooks over from my collection. Ugh.
Stanza had a bunch of features going for it, where the important ones I'm looking for in a new reader are:
- Calibre integration, so I can simply grab the ebooks from a Calibre instance running on my workstation.
- Fast no-nonsense page flipping.
- Compact list of available eBooks (cover art and title, perhaps possibility to sort by author or title).
I came about Ouiivo eReader
, but it's unstable, can only show the first page of search results from a Calibre server, et cetera.