Murasaki is an EPUB reader application that has simple user interfaces and various features (CANNOT open DRM-encrypted EPUBs)
Murasaki is a scroll-based reader like usual web browers, not a page flip-based reader like iBooks.
* Pagination View Mode (horizontal writing mode only)
Murasaki supports the pagination view mode. This is a hybrid view mode which has both a free scrolling and a snapping to column (horizontal writing mode only).
* Swipe Navigation
Murasaki supports two-finger swipe gesture to move between contents (Mac OS X 10.7+). To read through an EPUB, use scroll and swipe gestures on trackpad.
* Multi Windows
Murasaki can open different EPUBs in multiple windows. Moreover Murasaki can open different parts of one EPUB in multiple windows at once.
By opening a link in a popover, you can check a related page, footnote, and so on quickly without moving page (Mac OS X 10.7+).
* Image Panel
By opening images in panels, you can read through text with reference to these images.
You can search a word that is contained in a EPUB.
You can bookmark, and can refer these pages later.
* Full Screen
By entering full screen mode, you can view the EPUB contents in full screen (Mac OS X 10.7+).
* User Style Sheet
Murasaki can apply user style sheets.
* Popover Dictionary
You can look up a word in popover dictionary.
* Spotlight / Quick Look
Murasaki includes Spotlight and Quick Look plug-ins for EPUB. You can search and preview EPUBs in Finder
- Implemented a sidebar context menu. To show it, right-click or control-click at sidebar.
-- You can open a section in new window from sidebar
-- You can expand/collapse all sections of sidebar
- Implemented a Combined Contents Window. To open it, choose “File” -> “Combine All Contents and Open in Window”
-- You can select, copy, print all contents within an EPUB at once
- Improved Spotlight / Quick Look plugins.
-- Spotlight plugin stores EPUB specification version.
-- Spotlight plugin show metadata of EPUB to Finder's “Get Info” panel.
-- Quick Look plugin is improved quality.
Ratings and Reviews
Getting Close to Perfect
Murasaki has gradually developed into a powerhouse ePUB reader. It doesn’t have a library database, but perhaps that is for the best, because it doesn’t tie me into importing and categorizing a book before I can read it or (if I have produced or converted it) test it. I like the ability to select my own font, size, line height, etc. I like the ability to choose scrolling or flipping pages. I like the ability to choose where I want to place my ePUB files.
I use it daily to read ePub files. Stable and simple. Flexible as far as different formats and view. Search works in app and in OSX finder with an added extension to search for text in the file, like a PDF.
My favorite is that the user can both scroll through a chapter like a browser, and arrow navigate to other chapters.
Buy the Pro version, it’s worth it.
Good book reader
I've tried several other book readers and this is the one I prefer. It's got a very straightforward interface and it does the job. I read normally in iBooks, but there are times when I don't want to import a book into iBooks, so I need a simpler reader. For me, it's Murasaki: I've made it the default app for .epub, for example.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.