User Reviews of MapleRead (BookMaster)


App Store Reviews

Beautiful App! ★★★★★

“It's the most beautiful reader app! Miles ahead of its competitors. Love its themes and scenes. It makes reading a joy. Thanks!”

USA Store on v1.5

Great App ★★★★★

“This is my favorite reading app. I love the customization options, especially the parchment white background setting. It has the extra dimming for night reading. There are several options for night. It provides a very comfortable reading experience. I can use my iPad mini as the server to copy books to my other Apple devices. I love the option to display my books on a wood bookshelf. I had a question and the developers got back to me quickly.”

USA Store on v1.5

Great App ★★★★★

“I love this app on my iPhone. I sync the book between my iPad and iPhone. It has great customization options. I love the wood bookshelf. The developers got back to me quickly when I had a question. I highly recommend this app.”

USA Store on v1.5

Great Ebook Reader! ★★★★★

“Thank you for new improvements. New Fonts, solved bugs, great e-mail support. Excellent application performance! Great ebook reader! Regards!”

Brazil Store on v1.5

Provides a detailed & customizable e-reading experience ★★★★★

“Over the years I have used many reading apps and a few Kindle e-readers... If I had to choose one app that comes to providing nearly every detail I wish to see in an e-reader, Bookmaster has the others beat hands down... The app allows you to customize the backgrounds of your shelves (even render the shelves invisible if you wish). So I have had a lot of fun organizing shelves with backgrounds that reflect the themes of the books—an old Arthurian manuscript, or a 21 Baker St, or an old library. Of course these are details of aesthetics, but they make the use all the more pleasurable. The synching to ebook app CALIBRE is flawless... I have found that this app also delivers more font size options with a pinch and zoom that covers every reading size conceivable to these eyes (no more reading glasses)... You can change the backgrounds for text to a variety of shades including sepia tones, night-time reads and font colors for improved contrast... All in all, a wonderful reading app, one that is now my goto app for the moment if the developments continue with this depth of detail. unlike other apps, the developers are truly paying close attention to user's feedback. This app is only going to get better. Highly recommended!”

USA Store on v1.4.1

Awesome Reader / Organizer ★★★★★

“Great Calibre integration. This app can even be its own server to share books. My favorite feature of this app is customizable picture backgrounds for reading. You can add a layer of color over an image to have your text easily legible while being able to read over any picture. Very fun to read sci fi over a picture of galaxies! I usually read over an ocean sunset. You can put any picture you want. It's my favorite app and biggest recommendation to iPad book readers out there. The developers are super kind and responsive 🙂 ! ”

USA Store on v1.4

Feature-rich eBook Reader ★★★★★

“This has taken over from Marvin as my iPad EPub reader, as it not only has a very configurable reading display (fonts/layout, etc) but has a number of ways of importing the books in the first place, including OPDS catalogs, HTML pages, iTunes and even the ability to run as a web-server on the iPad, allowing you to browse to it from your desktop then drop the files to have your browser upload them to the iPad. Once there, you can view them in various ways - title/author/series/date added/date read - as well as being able to filter/search for particular strings. It’s also under active development, with the devs having a presence on the MobileRead forums, so I’ve no hesitation in recommending a purchase.”

UK Store on v1.4

The best iPad EPUB app ★★★★★

“I got referred to this app while trying to fix some problems with Marvin; in the comments on a post someone suggested trying this 'new' iPad-only ereader. I did, and couldn't be happier. It instantly found my calibre library on my Windows PC (something Marvin was never able to reliably do). The organizational abilities make even my 700+ library easy to manage. Customizing the reading page format is easy and intuitive. There really is no downside. I don't usually review apps, but this one easily earns all five of its stars!”

USA Store on v1.4

Now my favorite reading app ★★★★★

“An excellent app with a responsive development team. One of my pet peeves with reading on my iPad, and even my Kindle, has always been that I would accidentally select text while reading because my thumb would lightly rest on the screen. This was very distracting. The developers hang out in the Mobileread forum so I mentioned this issue. When their new version was recently released, there was a new option to suppress the long press gesture. This completely resolved the issue.”

USA Store on v1.4

The Best! ★★★★★

“My favorite ereading app for iPad (and I've tried pretty much all of them)...”

USA Store on v1.3

Great Ebook Reader ! ★★★★★

“Thank you for new improvements on IOS 9.1.2 update. New Fonts, solved bugs, great e-mail support. Excellent application performance! Great ebook reader! Regards !”

Brazil Store on v1.3

Great! ★★★★★

“My favorite ereading app for iPad, and I've tried them all.”

USA Store on v1.2.1

excellent ereader ★★★★

“I've been using bookmaster on my ipad air for several months now and it has become my go to reading app bumping out ibooks and marvin. It does pretty much everything I want: opds import, 2 column landscape view, dictionary and several others...”

USA Store on v1.2.1

Top Ereader ★★★★★

“I used to use the now discontinued Stanza. This is my favorite now. There is also a CE version that seems much the same. I have both and like them very much.”

USA Store on v1.2.1

Customizable backgrounds! ★★★★★

“My favorite feature is being able to create custom themes with any images as backgrounds (you can also fade any color over the image, making it easy to make any picture read-on-able). This feature works with PDFs as well, something I'd never seen any other app do. It's also very easy to connect to my calibre server and browse/transfer my books. I am in love with this app! I've already read four books more than I would have had I not had the ability to theme my reading experience with pictures. It's really fun to read space operas with galaxies behind the text!”

USA Store on v1.2.1

Beautiful App! ★★★★

“I just switched to this app for reading my epubs and really love it. It has a lot of customization settings for fonts, backgrounds, layout, shelves, sets, etc.”

Canada Store on v1.0.1

Muy útil ★★★★★

Me encanta. Muy útil para leer epub

Spain Store on v1.0.1

Custom Backgrounds! ★★★★★

“I waited so long for an ereader app on iOS that would let me have an image as a background. Not only does this app let me do that for epubs, it lets me use image backgrounds for PDFs. I didn't know that was possible. I am grateful.”

USA Store on v1.0.1

Just what I was looking for ★★★★

“Just what I wanted in an ebook app. Lots of options to change things and, as I am a fan of the ‘book’ look this was just the ticket.”

New Zealand Store on v1.0



MobileRead Forum Reviews

“I really like the Classic Book theme and page-curl animation. There's something about it that makes me ridiculously happy. The page formatting options also suit me well. After I've set everything to my liking, the page-look is more pleasing to me than any other iPad app (which is a little weird because the other apps have similar options, and yet the end result is somehow not the same).”

Feedback on v1.2.5

“Thanks for this great app! Have downloaded it yesterday and found it very useful and user friendly.”

Feedback on v1.3

“I've tried Marvin and it is pretty good, but Bookmaster looks better so far. Keep up the good work!”

Feedback on v1.3

“Thanks for the great update! The new sync feature works smoothly. Besides using your cloud to sync between my two iPad's, I've also used it to "backup" the reading progress. For example, if I delete a book for whatever reason, and later I re-download it again, I can restore the progress easily. I've also discovered that I can "undo" the sync by using the "jump" button if I want to, which is nice. Keep up the good work!”

Feedback on v1.4

“Synching works great for me. It was easy to set up an account and I'm now in the habit of uploading my last read position whenever I quit reading, so it's always ready to download to my other iPad. Worth that bit of effort for the convenience. Thanks!”

Feedback on v1.4

“Wow! I'm truly impressed by the diligent reply and the level of attention given to users. I have followed your instructions and it works beautifully—even nicer than Marvin in that I can view my Calibre library in its catalogic glory.”

Feedback on v1.4.1

“Just updated both of my iPads. The new option to sort by author and series is so useful! I love seeing my library organized this way. You made my day.”

Feedback on v1.4.1

“Just a quick/early review to anyone who may be on the fence about purchasing Bookmaster. After purchasing Bookmaster SE today and playing around with the settings, here are my thoughts:

  1. Until today, I never heard of Bookmaster. I came across it lurking on another apps page and someone mentioned it so I decided to check it out. After a Google search led me to the developer's website and after lurking on this forum, I liked what I saw.
  2. Questions asked were answered in a friendly, professional and timely manner by user sbaylor (who I hope keeps up the excellent customer support). Suggestions for improvements are highly welcomed and the suggestions that had a lot of support on the boards were already implemented into the app. This was a big selling point to me.
  3. Importing: The main selling point to me was the apps compatibility with Calibre. I have a library of 1175 books in my library and was able to import the books using the apps PC Upload very easily by clicking and dragging all my .epub files (and all without even opening up Calibre). The whole process took no more than 45 minutes.
  4. I have no complaints so far while reading a book. Tapping the middle of the screen brings up your options on the top of the screen. As some one who isn't considered tech savvy, I knew what 7 out of 8 options were just by looking at it. (the one that I didn't know what it was at a glance was the scroll options). I like all the theme and font options that are available that were included and not having to be purchased. The ability to create your own theme is a bonus.

Bottom line, if you are looking for an E-reader app I would highly suggest Bookmaster. I am not a guy who has tried every e-reader app but I have tried a few and I can say that this app is the best out of the ones I have used. This app is so good that I actually signed up just so I can leave a review which I never do...and which you can probably tell by reading this ramble

I tried looking for things to complain about but I can't find any. My one suggestion would be having support for .cbz files so I can read my online comics using Bookmaster but I understand I may be in the minority.”

Feedback on v1.4.1

“I switched to Bookmaster earlier this year and find it the best reader I have used so far for iOS (on iPad mini). I have been reading about Marvin 3 and took a look, but will stay with Bookmaster. In my opinion it is cleaner, more elegant, suits my needs well.”

Feedback on v1.4.1

“I bought the MapleRead SE 1.5 for my ipad and use CX 1.5 for the iphone. Loading books and syncing between devices is working very well. Looking forward to exploring the many features of this app.”

Feedback on v1.5

“I downloaded MapleRead 1.6 early this morning and have played around with the new sync features since then. It's marvelous!

I've tried sync on my two iPads and two iPhones, each with a different set of hundreds of books in its MR library. It indeed works very well as claimed, whether I sync one book, multiple books or all books in a batch. The synced results (notes and vocab) look correct to me. I feel now that I can freely and reliably pick up my reading with the associated notes on any of my iOS devices. I really like the fact that I can control precisely what and when I want to sync and know for sure right away that the sync completes or fails (e.g. when the network is down). This is in sharp contrast with some other apps which often make me wait for a non-deterministic amount of time between the changes on one device propagate to another device.

Last but not least, I really appreciate the fact that I can now browse my highlights/notes, one book at a time on its own web page stored on the cloud, when I'm using my Mac. (I do take a lot of highlights/notes when I read non-fiction books for study and research.) It feels so liberating!”

Feedback on v1.6