Scarlett is a light-weight Mac application created with convenient EPUB reading in mind. It supports full-screen mode, Multi-Touch gestures, and instant dictionary definition check. We hope you will love it as much as we do!
This version of Scarlett has been rebuilt to run natively on Apple Silicon and macOS Monterey.
Ratings and Reviews
Just better. But: No bookmarking.
I tried the other ePub readers in the AppStore. I'm settling on this one. Why? Best all around. Best Quicklook plugin.
Scarlett has a Preview-like UI, unlike the other readers there's no pagination, you scroll thru the sections and then use Cmd-Down to jump to the next chapter. And, the Dev was thoughtful enough to put margin padding in. Thank you!
Where it really shines is the Quicklook plugin. Seriously, Apple should adopt this Quicklook plugin for the OS, as you get not only the book but the table of contents along the side. This is REALLY NICE when you have a lot of epubs to go thru. The competition either isn't as serious or (in the case one) the Quicklook plugin just shows a borked cover.
Shortcomings? At this point there's no bookmarking. It'd be nice to have a bookmark UI like Preview.app does for PDFs that I'm reading. But seriously? This is a great start.
This app is utterly non-functional. Purchase it at your peril.
I have only a modest collection of ePub books, 23 in total. They are all DRM-free and are all completely readable within iBooks. Nearly half of them are completely unreadable within Scarlett.
As just one example, my copy of The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, which works flawlessly on both my iPad and my iPhone within iBooks, displays nothing but a chapter list and blank pages when I load it into Scarlett. A search of the book for "Kvothe" (the name of the main character) provides a list of results, but clicking on any of those results to actually view them reveals only more blank pages.
As another example, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six manages to display the book's title and a chapter list, but nothing else beyond that.
Yet another example, Neal Stephenson's Anathem can't even display a chapter list, it merely shows a list of the *sections* of the book, and no text.
Those books that do work function competently enough, but if the ratio of working to non-working files in my collection is at all representative, the odds are not in your favor.
If you actually want to use an app for reading ePubs on your Mac, do not buy this app. It does not work as advertised.
best option by far
I've been looking for a decent Mac epub reader for a long time and I'm glad to find a reasonably priced, nice looking one just for reading.
Library view -- Would love to have it show my iTunes ebook folder
Encoding fixes -- Characters (I've noticed dashes specifically) are displaying as other symbols even though they look right on my iPhone on some (not all) books
I don't know exactly how iTunes syncs bookmarks and notes across devices, whether or not it's editing the file, but it would be pretty great if this app opened books I'd read on my iPhone with the info I added.
Searching is very fast
Allows multiple windows
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- Milosz Staszewski
- 5.7 MB
- Requires macOS 10.7 or later.
English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian
- Age Rating
- © 2011-2022 k7 s.c.
Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.