Browse ebooks like a paperback

If you want the ease of ebooks with the feel of an old-style paperback, take a look at yBook. View full description


  • Adds a nice
  • Fully customizable appearance
  • Supports non-English language books


  • A little unstable
  • Appearance won't be to everyone's taste


If you want the ease of ebooks with the feel of an old-style paperback, take a look at yBook.

This free, lightweight ebook reader takes ebooks from various sources - including straight from a web address - and displays them on an easy-to-read "paper" background that you can browse through with just a click.

As you might expect, you can modify yBook's settings to make reading as comfortable as possible, including adding bookmarks, changing the font and creating catalogs of books for easy access. yBook supports various ebook formats, including text, HTML, RTF and PRC.

Using yBook was much more comfortable than other ebook reader software, and a few extra functions - such as direct download of Gutenberg ebooks and auto-load for the last read item - make using it very easy. There were a few minor problems, however: the application seemed unstable at times, and the bookmark function isn't very advanced.

A few small issues apart, yBook is a good option for people who like to read onscreen.


  • Improved EPUB handling

This eBook reader loads text files and web pages (including direct from an Internet address), reformatting them into paperbacks for screen reading. The application also includes a printout routine to generate booklets and hard copy for binding, plus a compiler to generate your own ebooks for distribution. You can also select a textured background to make the pages look like real paper. yBook will read HTML files, text files, RTF files and PDB/PRC files (Palm document format).

Features include:

  • Display your book on side-by-side or single pages
  • Resize the pages, adjust the margins, set text and paper colour
  • Text, HTML and RTF reader
  • PDB and PRC reader
  • Search for words or phrases
  • Automatic bookmarks
  • Text sizes from tiny to huge
  • No zooming, panning or scrolling
  • Direct download of all Gutenberg titles, with index
  • Internationalised menus - Spanish, German, etc.
  • Completely free to use: No registration, no adware, no spyware




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