How To Open and Read EPUB Ebooks

EPUB is a free, standardized format that almost every hardware eReader or desktop software understands. Amazon’s Kindle, however, cannot read EPUB texts without using some intermediary software that converts these books into a format the Kindle can understand. While there are a few competing formats, EPUB has turned into the de facto standard for eBooks. Some vendors, like Sony, wrap a digital rights management (DRM) solution around these books, but others just publish completely open, non-DRMed versions of their books. The EPUB files from Google Books will not be locked down by a DRM solution.

Here are some applications that can allow you to open and read an EPUB ebook.
Stanza – read EPUB ebooks on pc, mac, ipod touch and iphone.

Adobe Digital Editions

FB Reader

Openberg

Mobipocket

Bookworm

Calibre

JediSaber has a nice page reviewing all of the ebub readers listed above, but if you’re in a hurry and want to select the best to use on your operating system here’s the summary:

For Windows: Adobe Digital Editions for it’s management functions and excellent ePub format support.

OS X and/or iPhone/iPod Touch: Stanza is the winner, hands down.

Linux: Calibre

14 thoughts on “How To Open and Read EPUB Ebooks

  1. Stanza is really good! I just downloaded it for Mac.
    Now I just need to find more websites offering DRM-free EPUB books and I can start building a book collection and sync it through my Dropbox across all of my computers. That would be ideal.

  2. Thanks a lot for your recommendations! It helped a lot for someone who knows next to nothing about epub files. Thanks again!

  3. I found bookworm good enough for me. Plus, I don’t need to install software any time. I can read the ebook wherever there’s internet access. Downside though is that my connection at home is crappy these days.

  4. Bookworm works brilliantly on my blackberry curve. Thanks for the post!!! Will be bookmarking your site for further reference. :)

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