Best Free ePub Reader Software

ePub Reader Software - Free DownloadsThe ePub ebook format is so important because of its reflowable nature. “Reflowable” means that the text will rearrange itself to fit your screen size. If you increase or decrease the font size, the text also rearranges itself. This is hugely different from standard page displays like those in PDF files. On those files, if you wish to increase the text size, all you can really do is zoom in on the page. eReaders try to let you increase the font size but it always affects the page size as well, cutting off the edges of the pages. If you zoom too far in, you have to scroll sideways back and forth in order to read the a whole line of text. This is the main reason why I think ePub is the best ebook format, and I hope it stays around for a long time.

And because of that, I wanted to compile a list of the best current ePub reading programs that you can use on your computer. Most eReaders can display ePubs, and you can use them on your Android or iOS device (with programs like Aldiko and Bluefire Reader, for example), but not everyone knows which program to use to open them on your computer.

DRM

If you’re going to buy an ePub file that is protected by Adobe’s DRM, you’ll have to use Adobe Digital Editions. Likewise, if you buy an ePub ebook at any specific website that has their own DRM, you’ll probably have to use the software that they recommend, but that depends on the website so I can’t tell you what you need.

Non-DRM

For regular ePub files, you have some choices:

Adobe Digital Editions – You can still use Adobe Digital Editions for non-DRM ePubs. I do because I already have it installed on my computer.

calibre – This is a program that lets you create, organize, and read your ebooks.

EPUBReader – A Firefox addon that allows you to read ePubs directly in Firefox.

FBReader – Works on Linux/Unix and Windows.

Mobipocket Reader – Bought by Amazon a while ago, and seems to be slowly shutting down. Still good for now.

There are others available that you can dig up, but these listed above are the ones that I feel are best. Stanza, for example, can read many ebook formats but ignores a lot of formatting so you end up missing out on the intended design of the book. Because of that I suspect that other readers might do the same thing.

I think that we’ll probably see more programs released as more and more people use the ePub ebook format. Even now I am seeing that ePub and PDF are the most popular (Kindle notwithstanding) and since ePub works best on the widest range of devices, it is the clear winner as far as I am concerned.

 

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I love reading and I love technology. eBooks are an interesting combination of the two.

4 responses to “Best Free ePub Reader Software”

  1. Howard says :

    You don’t need to use Adobe Digital Editions to read their DRM files. Many ereaders, including those you list (Aldiko and Bluefire Reader), will read such DRM’d files.

    • eBook Reader says :

      Of course, but you have to download the ebook to your computer first, and that has to be done with Adobe Digital Editions.

      • anju says :

        Hi, I have one question i know that we have many ebook software but my concern is that do we can see the all facility in any reader like color text, hyperlink buttons and any character style which are made when i create a epub file.

        • eBook Reader says :

          The only reader I’ve seen that did poorly with display issues such as these was Stanza. If you use a more mainstream reader it should be fine. The best thing to do would be to download a few and test them out yourself. That way you can check on whatever specific issues are important to you.

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