Marvin Developer Appstafarian Releases New Reading App – Gerty

Marvin Developer Appstafarian Releases New Reading App - Gerty e-Reading Software The developer of one of the more feature rich Epub apps for iPad and iPhone released a second reading app last month called Gerty

While Marvin is designed to satisfy the most exacting typography nut, Gerty was crafted as a reading journal app. It's currently only available for the iPhone (the iPad version is coming soon) and according to the developer it was "designed for small devices first, unlike Marvin".

Gerty of course supports Epub and has many features in common with Marvin, but it's primary focus is as a reading journal. You can use it to log your reading habits as you work through an ebook, but the features list also mentions some Goodreads-esque journaling features, including:

  • Separate library for paper and eInk books, magazines, and other publications
  • Scan barcodes to look up info and covers of your paper books
  • Organise your books in shelves
  • Bulk manage, sort and filter books

I'm told it's also designed to work with Marvin as its journal app.

I chattted with Kristian Guillaumier on Twitter earlier today that among the other ways that Gerty differed from Marvin included "a more modern renderer, better EPUB 3 support, and carefully chosen defaults instead of massive amounts of settings."

He went on to add that "I also wanted to do something for more casual readers who find Marvin too complex, and and experiment with vertical-only reading (scroll done right)."

Gerty is free in iTunes, but some features are only available in the paid version of the app. Both Gerty and Marvin will continue to be developed.

Gerty FAQ

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

1 Comment

  1. Jonah16 November, 2014

    Thanks for mentioning Marvin. I was looking for an open epub reader on iPad that didn’t hyphenate words. Looks like I found it! Beautiful app.

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