If you happen to be an avid reader, it is likely that over the past decade or so, you might have come across the term eBook at least a few dozen times. And while at that moment, you disparaged the thought of moving from physical books to eBooks altogether, the benefits eventually ended up convincing you to make the switch. Although this addressed some complications, it certainly also gave rise to a few new ones out of the sheer plethora of decisions one has to make now — be it deciding on an eReader, the format of eBook, or even the apps to read eBooks.
For the uninitiated, ePub (or electronic publication) is a popular eBook file format that is supported by a wide range of smartphones, tablets, and computers. It uses the .epub file extension and can be essentially considered as an archive of HTML file with various images and other supporting files. What’s interesting about this format is that it offers support for a bigger array of eReaders (except Kindle) than any other eBook file format. However, for those who do not wish to spend on en eBook, here are some of the best ePub readers for Android and iOS.
1. Moon+ Reader [Android]
Moon+ Reader is one of the most popular eBook reader apps for Android, which comes with support for a wide range of file formats such as EPUB, PDF, DJVU, AZW3, MOBI, HTML, MD, and more. The app offers a customizable reading experience by offering options to change settings like line space, font scale, font wright, etc. Moreover, you also get to choose from over 10 embedded themes and switch between Day and Night mode. Depending on how you use your device, there is an option to choose the type of paging (how you like to flip pages) from the touch screen, volume keys, or other options. Besides, the app supports different auto-scroll modes such as rolling blind mode, by pixel, by line, or by page, to save your time scrolling.
Among other things, Moon+ Reader also provides real-time sync between devices, so you can pick up where you left off on one device and continue reading on another. Further, to offer you access to your eBook library at all times, the app includes backup and restore options from DropBox/WebDav.
2. Lithium: EPUB Reader [Android]
Lithium: EPUB Reader, as its name suggests, is an eReader app with support for the ePub file format. The app is inspired by clean and simple material design and offers the night and sepia themes to choose from as per your requirement. It is claimed to be 100% ad-free, so you can enjoy reading your favorite eBooks without getting distracted by the annoying ads popping-up throughout the interface. The USP of the app is automatic book detection and its ability to manage all your eBooks automatically.
Talking about features, Lithium offers the option to choose between scrolling or page switching mode, along with basic eBook operations such as highlighting and note-taking. Furthermore, with an upgrade to the Pro version, you get a few more features like the ability to sync reading position, highlights, bookmarks, etc across different devices with cloud support. In addition, you also get more highlight color options and a few new themes.
3. ReadEra [Android]
ReadEra is a simple and straightforward eBook reading app that focuses on offering an uncomplicated way for users to enjoy their eBooks. It provides support for different file formats including PDF, EPUB, WORD, DJVU, TXT, etc and does not require you to log in to a service. Building upon its motif and sticking to it, the app also offers a free offline mode (with no extra charge) and does not allow any kind of ads in its UI. Talking about other exciting features, you get the split mode that allows you to open two files simultaneously, auto-sync feature to allow you to continue reading a book where you left off on another device, and auto-detection and auto=grouping of books and documents.
Among other things, ReadEra supports bookmark, page pointer navigation, and footnote text. Moreover, it also offers customization options to allow you to change settings such as brightness, margin adjustment, screen orientation, font size, font type, line spacing, along with a few more.
4. eBoox [Android]
eBoox is a clean, elegant, and simple eBook reader app that supports a range of eBook file formats such as FB2, EPUB, DOC, DOCX, MOBI, PRC, etc. The app offers a catalog of books to choose from along with the option to upload eBooks in different file formats from the phone or SD card. Further, to make your reading experience personalized, you can use the different customization features provided in the settings. Similar to any other eBook reader app, there is also support for basic operations such as bookmarks, note-taking, and annotations.
Talking about other interesting features, eBoox provides a dedicated night mode that reduces the backlight and makes the reading experience at night pleasing, cloud support for multi-device sync, along with customization settings to change brightness, font, text size, and more.
5. PocketBook [Android/iOS]
PocketBook, unlike some of the other ePub readers in this listicle, also offers the ability to listen to audiobooks, in addition to reading eBooks. The app supports around 26 book and audio formats including EPUB, FB2, MOBI, PDF, DJVU, CBR, and CBZ, among others. What’s more, you can also take quick notes while listening to audiobooks, and use the built-in TTS (text-to-speech) engine to play text files. Moreover, you get features such as create collection, filter/sort books and use the smart search to automatically scan all the files on the device and import them to the library. To help you to read more, the app provides two night-reading modes that reduce blue-light to prevent eye strain when reading at night.
Similar to ReadEra, PocketBook also offers a free offline reading mode to allow you to read eBooks without an active internet connection. It comes with cloud sync to sync all your bookmarks, notes, etc across different devices, and a built-in dictionary to help you look up new words. Talking about customizability options, you can choose from 7 different themes, customize widgets, adjust margin, font style, font size, line spacing, page-turning animations, and a lot more.
6. Kobo Books [Android/iOS]
Kobo, one of the popular eBook readers, has an app for reading eBooks across different platforms, including both smartphones and computers. The app (Kobo Books) is similar to PocketBook in the sense that both apps offer the ability to read eBooks and listen to audiobooks, all in one place. It has a huge library with over 5 million titles to choose from, catered to the needs of different readers and listeners. Moreover, you also get recommendations for eBooks and audiobooks, along with the option to preview different options before purchasing them. Besides, you can use the app to read different eBooks on your device like ePub, PDF, etc.
Talking about other features, there is the standard built-in dictionary to help you find meaning for new words you come across and multi-device sync that lets you read across multiple devices without losing progress. Furthermore, you get to customize the app according to your liking, so for instance, you can change the font, text size, line spacing, etc and also toggle night mode to reduce eye strain while reading during bedtime.
7. Google Play Books [Android/iOS]
Google’s Play Books is one of the most widely used eBook apps on Android. It offers a huge collection of books along with personalized recommendations. Moreover, you can also listen to audiobooks on the go. The app does not have a subscription method, so any eBook or audiobook you purchase from the store can be read or listened to directly on it. Furthermore, to make your decisions simpler and offer you a wide range of book options, there is an option to preview free samples, which you can have a go at for free to get an understanding before making a purchase.
Similar to some of the other apps in this listicle, Google Play Books also offers multi-device sync support to allow you to sync your progress across different devices. Talking about other features, you get the option to take notes, bookmark items, and toggle night mode for better reading experience at night. Moreover, you can read books in ePubs and PDF format, among other supported formats, present on your device using the app, and also use the TTS feature to make the app read out the eBook for you.
8. Apple Books [iOS]
Apple Books is Apple’s own eBook reader app that offers a huge collection of eBooks and audiobooks from different genres for every reader’s requirements. It provides a free sample preview for both eBooks and audiobooks to give users more options to browse and choose the ones they like. The app supports a range of different eBook formats, making it one of the best ePub readers for iOS. As for features, you get multi-device sync with iCloud support to allow you to sync progress, bookmarks, highlights, etc across different devices.
Talking about customization and personalizing your reading experience, Apple Books, similar to other recommendations in this list, provides the option to change a few basic settings like font, color theme, scrolling view, and also provides auto day/night theme that changes the screen temperature and backlight accordingly.
9. Marvin 3 [iOS]
Marvin 3 builds upon the success of the Marvin eBook reader from the early days. And similar to Marvin, it offers support for a wide range of eBook file-formats including EPUB, CBX, and CBR. The app provides different theme options along with automatic dark/light theme switching, and support for different features like Split View and Slide Over. It also comes with TTS support, Karaoke reading, and Goodreads integration to add to your experience on the app. Among other things, you can change between different library viewing options, highlight content, and add notes, bookmarks, and annotations.
As for features, Marvin 3 provides cloud sync support, import and export utility, different view modes, ability to side-load fonts, among other things.
10. KyBook 3 [iOS]
KyBook 3, similar to Marvin 3 (the third version of the popular eBook reader app Marvin), is the latest offering and update over the KyBook app. It comes with a modern design and offers an easy-to-use interface with a wide catalog of books to choose from. Besides eBooks, the app also provides a huge collection of audiobooks. Some of the supported eBook file formats include ePub, PDF, FB2, CBR, TXT, RTF, among others. Besides, you also get different themes, color schemes, page turn animations, automatic scrolling, and TTS support. Moreover, the app gives the option to bookmark, annotate, get meaning for words, and translate words into different languages.
To offer better reading experience, KyBook 3 has a bunch of customization settings that allow you to change fonts, text size, paragraph indentation, margins, etc. Additionally, one of the interesting features of the app is the ability to automatically extract metadata for eBooks and edit them with a few simple steps. Not to mention, the auto-sync ability that allows you to sync things such as bookmark, annotations, metadata, reading progress across different devices.
That’s it for this article!
Those are some of our recommendations for the best ePub readers for Android and iOS. Using these apps you can enjoy your favorite eBooks in ePub or any other eBook file format on the go. What apps do you use to read ePubs, let us know in the comments below.