2 Ways and 7 Software for Reading EPUB on PC

EPUB (short for electronic publication) is a open source e-book standard by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). An EPUB file consist 2 files, a .zip file containing the data and an XML file that describes the data in the .zip file. EPUB supports fixed-layout content and an EPUB reader can optimize text for a particular display device. And the important question is how to read EPUB on PC?

There are 2 ways to read EPUB files offline on a personal computer (PC). First is by using EPUB reader and second is by using browser add-ons.

I. 3 Free Software to Read EPUB on Personal Computer

The first way is by using EPUB reader, it’s like DJVU reader which has some feature like bookmark, zoom in, zoom out, etc. Below 5 free software can be used to open and read EPUB ebook format.

1. Adobe Digital Editions

Adobe Digital Editions
Creadit: nextofwindows.com

Adobe Digital Editions is a free software from Adobe for reading DRM free ePub format books. You can view and manage eBook or download and purchase digital content and read online or offline. Adobe Digital Editions support popular eBook formats, including EPUB and PDF/A.

Operating System: Mac, Windows

2. Calibre

Creadit: calibre.com

Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application which be be used to open, read, and manage EPUB file format. It allows user to edit book and can categories book by author, publisher, rating, etc.

Operating System: Mac, Linux, Windows

3. FB Reader

FB Reader
Creadit: fbreader.org

FB Reader (Free e-Book Reader) is free multi-platform ebook reader for Personal PC and Mobiles. At this moment the reader support for EPUB format. Like another ebook reader, FB Reader also equip with function next, previous, jump to page, zoom, and another common function.

Operating System: Mac, Linux, Windows

4. Sumatra PDF

Sumatra PDF

Sumatra PDF is not only to open and read PDF files but also read popular eBook file format, include EPUB. This reader is fast on loading and also available in standalone program.

Operating System: Windows

II. 5 Free add-ons to read EPUB on Browser

Besides reading by using software, you can also read EPUB format type on your browser. You should add browser extension or add-ons to make your browser able to read EPUB format type. Then you can read EPUB from website or by opening local file.

1. EMS Epub Reader

EMS Epub Reader

For Google Chrome web browser user, then you can use EMS Epub Reader to read EPUB file on Google Chrome web browser. It will not automatically open EPUB file on the browser when you click the EPUB url. After installed, the icon will appear on your start tab. Click it and it will open EPUB catalogue on Google Chrome web browser. Click on the add book icon on the top right to add book from url or file on your personal computer.

To add a new book simply click the icon in the top right of the browser window. You can add books from your desktop and read them in the Chrome browser.

2. EPUBReaders


EPUBReaders is firefox add-ons which lets you read EPUB files in the browser. After install EPUBReaders, then any EPUB link that you clik will be download and opened on the browser. If you want to save to your local computer then you can click save (disk) icon on the bottom of the browser.

3. Readium


Readium is Google extension for reading EPUB on Google Chrome web browser. Unfortunately it can’t not open the EPUB file directly from url. Open Readium and add EPUB file from local machine or url and start to read. You can also use keyboard as shortcut when reading ebook.

Do you have any favorite EPUB reader for personal computer (PC) then above? If yes then please share with us using comment below.

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