Bluefire Reader has become only the second ebook app for Apple’s popular iPad allow book lovers to read ePub titles protected by Adobe’s DRM to be read on the devices.
Previously anyone wanting the ability to buy books from various retailers and read them all in a single app only had the choice of the txtr app.
Books sold via Apple’s iBooks and Amazon’s Kindle apps are limited by the seller’s use of closed DRM and although rival Kobo offers Adobe protected ePub books, their app does not currently allow the ‘side loading’ of titles bought elsewhere.
The new app, also available for the iPhone, arrived in the app store over the past few days and has been developed by Seattle-based software developers Bluefire Productions.
The firm says they designed the app because “we wanted to provide book lovers with the freedom to buy books where they choose.”
Supporting the ability to buy books from within the app – the app’s iTunes description talks of being able to buy “a variety” of retailers but when we checked only one seller was listed within the app – as well as the ability to load books via iTunes, Bluefire Reader may be just what many ebook readers have been waiting for.