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Can anyone compare Marvin to Moonreader?
#1  Ackis 04-04-2014, 12:54 AM
I have both an Android and iOS tablet. I love Moon Reader. It does what I want, does it well and all that fun stuff.

I haven't been able to find a decent replacement for the iOS. Someone suggested Marvin to me however when I tried out the trial version I wasn't exactly won over (e.g. only showing 1 book in the library).

I don't want to waste my time or money getting it up and running (IMO the trial is really neutered so I'd have to buy the program) if it's not going to do what I want it to.

I want to be able to see my entire calibre library that's running off of an external server, I want to be able to download authors/books/series, I want to be able to edit metadata and have those changes reflected back on the calibre server. Are these things possible?

Thank you.
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#2  Valkrider 04-04-2014, 04:01 AM
The 1 book limitation is only a limitation in the free version of Marvin.
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#3  Ackis 04-04-2014, 09:53 AM
Quote Valkrider
The 1 book limitation is only a limitation in the free version of Marvin.
I know. It's hard to judge the features of something when you're given a single book out of a 1000+ library.
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#4  Marcy 04-07-2014, 12:13 AM
I agree about the trial. I went ahead and bought the program figuring at least it was only $3 down the tubes if it didn't work, but the trial should really allow 5 books or something.

If you click "yes" to install the included books in the trial the only book you can display is the free book you get. You can't even try it with your own books unless you go through the short yet steep learning curve on how to put books into Marvin.

I felt the trial of one book was very inadequate. At the very least the option of a free book should be disabled, so the one book you display can be one of your own. However you get no sense of what the navigation is like or how you can sort things with the one book.

As a mobileread member who saw the creator is around and is responsive to feedback I was willing to take the $3 plunge. Without that knowledge I don't know if I would have gotten past the limited trial.

Addendum: However, I can wholeheartedly recommend the program. I can't imagine it wouldn't suit your needs. I've stopped using my e-ink reader in favor of my iPad/iPhone because using Marvin is such a pleasure. I never thought I'd be able to happily read on the small screen of the iPhone, but I was able to customize the font/spacing to where it is comfortable to read yet I don't have to change the page every 3 words.
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#5  kyteflyer 04-07-2014, 02:51 AM
Quote Ackis
I know. It's hard to judge the features of something when you're given a single book out of a 1000+ library.
If it helps... It will do what Moonreader does (I bought the pro version when I was intending to jump ship from iOS) and then some more. I think it would be wise to actually go to the Marvin website and read about it. There is more information there, and a lot of screenshots, which might help you to decide.

http://www.marvinapp.com

The other thing to remember is that Kris is really receptive to suggestions and requests. You may not always get what you want, but by crikey, you get a lot, anyway.
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#6  Ackis 04-08-2014, 11:19 AM
Thanks for the comments.

My biggest concern with these apps is that you buy one for a few bucks, it's not good, so you buy another, and another, etc. So the $1 - $5 turns into $20-$30.

But based on the comments you've posted I think I'll give it a try.
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#7  rfog 04-13-2014, 09:13 AM
Well, in relation to MoonReader, at least in my Note 3 and my Note 10 2014, it sometimes jumps over (omits) paragraphs, does nos show the right formatting, when using a interline different of 1.0 cuts the last or first line of text, sometimes does not show the TOC right, in the tablet sometimes repeats the same text in the second column when in 2 column mode, sometimes replaces the hyphen by the last letter in the line instead of add the hyphen...

Those are the problems I just remember...

The fact is that Marvin does not do those things with exactly the same epub file. I still need to find an ebook that will be shown wrong in Marvin.
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#8  MeSue 04-14-2014, 07:25 PM
Quote Ackis
I want to be able to see my entire calibre library that's running off of an external server, I want to be able to download authors/books/series, I want to be able to edit metadata and have those changes reflected back on the calibre server. Are these things possible?



Thank you.

All of those things are possible. Personally, I like Marvin much more than Moon+, though it has been about a year since I used Moon. I do think it is the best reader app for Android.
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#9  Barty 04-27-2014, 11:29 PM
There's no comparison, really, since moon reader doesn't display book formatting correctly, things like indent and paragraph spacing. For me, it kind of fails the first test of an ereader.

Of course you may not care about that. You may care about some other things that moon does. What features that are important to you.
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#10  Ackis 04-28-2014, 10:35 AM
Quote Barty
There's no comparison, really, since moon reader doesn't display book formatting correctly, things like indent and paragraph spacing. For me, it kind of fails the first test of an ereader.

Of course you may not care about that. You may care about some other things that moon does. What features that are important to you.
I don't think I really encountered any problems with MoonReader.

The two things that are important to me are readability and integration with a networked database of eBooks (I'm currently using Calibre but I'm thinking about trying to find an alternative).
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