Scarlett is a Mac application created with convenient EPUB reading in mind. It supports full-screen mode, Multi-Touch gestures, instant dictionary definition check and creation of spoken tracks (to easily take your books with you on your iPod/iPhone).
In addition to all of that Scarlett bundles delightful EPUB QuickLook and Spotlight plugins.
The application runs on both Lion and Snow Leopard.
I hope that you will enjoy using it as much as I do.
Scarlett does not support DRM-encrypted books.
Scarlett 1.0.5 brings bug fixes and OS X 10.11 El Capitan compatibility.
Ratings and Reviews
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
This app is really frustrating. You can literally only read one page at a time. You have to select the next page from a table of contents in a left navigation pane. The keyboard shortcuts that are supposed to take you forward or back between pages do nothing, at least in Lion.
I would ask for my money back if I could.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.