Over the years, with advancements in technology, we have seen avid book readers moving from physical books to their digital counterparts, or as it is called, eBooks. Be it using a Kindle, Kobo, or any other eReader for that matter, people have acknowledged the benefits of going digital, and have, therefore, started embracing eBooks. While there are different eBook readers (or eReaders) and apps that allow you to read eBooks, the format of the file also plays a crucial role in deciding the device or the app to go for. And with an array of eBook file formats out there, things start to get complicated very soon.
To give you some background, ePub (or electronic publication) is one of the most widely supported formats across different eReaders or devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers. Basically, the format is an archive file comprising HTML, images, and a few other supporting files. However, there are not a lot of eReader options that support the file format. So, if you find yourself among those who read a lot of ePubs, here are some of the best ePub readers (in no particular order) for Mac and Windows. [We also have recommendations for the best ePub readers for Android and iOS, here.]
1. Calibre [Mac/Windows]
Calibre is a completely free and open-source eBook manager with a huge base of developers and testers. The app offers a clear and simple user interface and provides a bunch of features and settings to customize your reading experience. As per its developer, any action you plan to perform on the app takes not more than 3 three clicks to get done. Talking about features, you get the option to view and edit metadata for eBooks, convert eBooks into different formats, adjust things like page margins, book’s style, etc and add bookmarks and notes.
What’s even interesting with Calibre is that it comes with a built-in browser that allows you to share and download eBooks all from within the app. To keep you caught up with all the latest updates, the app automatically suggests some of the most relevant stories from renowned sources such as The Economist, New York Times, New Yorker Magazine, The Guardian, and a few others. Moreover, the app supports a wide range of file formats (including ePub) to allow you to read or convert books.
2. Adobe Digital Editions [Mac/Windows]
Adobe Digital Editions is one of the popular eReader apps, especially for the ePub file format. The app provides a rich reading experience and offers support for dynamic image resizing, better image rendering, and right-to-left reading. It automatically organizes all the books that you purchase or download in one place to make it easier for you to find them. To add to that, it comes with full-text search functionality, which just as it sounds, allows you to search for keywords across different books and navigate between pages using the provided link. The app comes with support for different languages and gives you options to create bookmarks, highlight text, or even take notes while reading.
Talking about other useful features, Adobe Digital Editions comes with an offline mode to allow you to read books without requiring an active internet collection, create custom bookshelves sorted by title, author, and publisher, borrow books from online libraries, and most importantly, read books in different formats such as EPUB, EPUB3, and PDF.
3. FBReader [Mac/Windows]
FBReader, also called, Favorite Book Reader, is one of the popular eBook readers available across different platforms. The app includes a large catalog of eBooks spread across different genres to cater to every reader’s requirements and supports an array of file formats such as EPUB, B2, MOBI, RTF, HTML, and more. For offering cloud access, there is support for Google Drive, which syncs all your books and makes them easily accessible at all times. Not to mention, the ability to sync reading progress, bookmarks, and notes across all your devices for a seamless experience.
Other features for FBReader include the ability to customize some of the app’s settings like colors, fonts, page-turning animations, etc to personalize them to your liking, the option to organize your library by series, authors, etc, and also, the ability to add books stored locally on your computer and read on the app.
4. Nook [Windows]
Nook is one of the best eReader solutions for Windows. It comes from Barnes & Noble, which is one of the largest booksellers in the world. The app provides a 14-day free trial that gives you access to newspaper and magazine subscriptions for free to try out. Besides, it has a huge collection of books across different genres, targeted towards catering to different readers. The app supports different eBook file-formats including ePub and PDF, so you can import these files from your machine and find all your favorite books all in one place.
Moreover, Nook also gives you the option to search your library and create and manage bookmarks and notes. To customize your reading experience, you can change a few settings such as fonts, spacing, themes, and more as per your liking.
5. Apple Books [Mac]
Apple Books is the default eBook reader app across all Apple devices and comes pre-installed on the Mac. Similar to its mobile app, the desktop app also provides a huge collection of books spread across different categories. You can download your favorite books and save them to the library for offline access, which can then be accessed even with no internet connection. Moreover, you can also create bookmarks, notes, and highlight important texts you come across while reading. Besides eBooks, the app also gives you the option to listen to audiobooks on the go.
Talking about other features that Apple Books offers, the app comes with customizability options to give you a more personalized reading experience. Some of these settings that you can change to your liking include the font, font size, background, brightness, and more. Additionally, there is also the auto-night mode option, which toggles automatically according to the ambient lighting situation.
Those are some of the best ePub readers for Mac and Windows. Which apps do you use to read ePubs on your computer? Let us know in the comments below.