2016 Kickoff: Bluefire Reader for iOS version 2.5

We’re kicking off 2016 with an update of Bluefire Reader for iOS. Version 2.5 enhances performance on devices running iOS 9 and adds support for the new Split View feature. Reading and taking notes just got a whole lot easier!
Split View

Bluefire Reader in Split View on an iPad Air 2

The update is now available in the iTunes App Store.
– Cliff

Bluefire Reader for iOS: Now optimized for iPhone 6 and 6+

We are pleased to announce Bluefire Reader for iOS, version 2.4. With this release Bluefire Reader is now fully optimized for iPhone 6 and 6+. We’ve also added support for 64-bit rendering and native iOS dictionary definitions.

Bluefire Reader on iPhone 6+

Bluefire Reader on iPhone 6+

Update today and let us know what you think!

– Cliff

A Note on Data Collection by Adobe Digital Editions 4.0

Over the past few days we’ve received a number of questions about Adobe’s collection of user data in Adobe Digital Editions 4.0 (ADE 4.0). We’re writing today to address these questions.

For those of you who have not been following the issue, it has recently been reported that ADE 4.0 collects data about user reading habits and transmits the data to Adobe’s servers in plain text. It does so without any user controls to turn off or limit the data collection. Understandably, users have expressed concerns about the privacy implications of this feature.

Following the initial disclosure about the data collection feature Adobe issued the following statement:

All information collected from the user is collected solely for purposes such as license validation and to facilitate the implementation of different licensing models by publishers. Additionally, this information is solely collected for the eBook currently being read by the user and not for any other eBook in the user’s library or read/available in any other reader. User privacy is very important to Adobe, and all data collection in Adobe Digital Editions is in line with the end user license agreement and the Adobe Privacy Policy.

We have been asked if we perform similar data collection in our free Bluefire Reader apps. The answer is No. While our apps are built on Adobe Reader Mobile SDK (RMSDK) versions 9 and 10, we are not aware of similar data collection by Adobe in these SDKs.

We do support an optional Bluefire developed sync feature that (when enabled by the user) sends anonymous, encrypted data to our servers. This data is used to sync the user’s reading location across the user’s activated reading devices. We also collect a limited amount of anonymous aggregated usage information. All of this is spelled out in our “Terms and Conditions” and “Privacy” statements.

We want you, our users, to know that we respect and value your privacy. While it is true that some technologies (like page location sync) require the transmission of user data, we believe that it is essential to implement these services in a manner that respects and protects the privacy of our users. We believe that our current apps meet this standard.

– The Bluefire Team

Bluefire Reader for iOS 8

Just a quick note to let you know that we’ve released Bluefire Reader for iOS 8. This release includes a number of compatibility fixes.

Our next release will include optimizations for the new iPhones.

Enjoy!

– Cliff