12 best ePub readers for Windows & Mac [Bookster Friendly]

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Best ePub readers for Windows 10

The ability to read is one of the traits that propel humans on top of the trophic pyramid. Reading has been part of the human culture for millennia, but the way it is done has changed significantly.

Today’s generation prefers to read from the comfort of their screens – and why wouldn’t they, it removes the bulk of heavy books and adds infinite options that enhance the experience of reading.

Being able to read from whatever screen you like is the key though, and thus having a good epub reader for your Windows PC is critical. This is a list of some of the best epub readers for Windows 10 and other previous versions.

What are the best ePub readers and apps for Windows 10?

Editor’s noteif you don’t prefer reading, below you will find a video quickly describing our top 5 choices when it comes to finding a good eBook reader for your Windows PC. However, in order to learn more about each product, we suggest you check out the overview for each one of them.

12 best free Windows 10 ePub readers

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Icecream Reader is much less of a sore to the eyes in terms of its UI design. It features a full-screen mode, a night mode, the ability to add bookmarks – things that are essential to an eBook reader for your Windows PC.

While it might not be as light or as simple as some of the other options on this list, it does look a lot more intuitive than some of its competition.

Among its special features, we will find a fullscreen mode, bookmarks that allow you to revisit the most memorable parts of your book, night mode that enables lecture in low light or no lighting at all.

There’s also a book mode where your screen virtually becomes a real book.

Let’s quickly look at its key features:

  • Library (Manage your digital ebook library in FB2, EPUB, PDF, MOBI, and other formats
  • Reading progress (Check how many pages are left to read and continue from where you left off)
  • Book search (Find a book that you’re looking for either by author or title)
  • Copy, Translate, Search (Select eBook text to copy, translate, or search Google)
  • Annotate (Add notes or highlight text with our EPUB reader)
  • Better navigation (Use navigation scrollbar to browse pages faster)

The best way to see if this eBook reader is indeed what you’re searching for is to try it out.

Go ahead and download it following the link below (no strings attached), and you will be able to decide for yourself if this is the software you would like to have on your PC or not.

Icecream Ebook Reader

Icecream Ebook Reader

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Now also available on the App Store & Google play, the very best eBook reader is unbeatable when it comes to optimizing your reading experience and the best part is that it works seamlessly across any platform.

Borrow and purchase digital content, which can be read both online and offline, proof-read, make bookmarks and highlights, and better organize your files across all the devices with Adobe Digital Editions (ADE).

Let’s quickly look at its key features:

  • Cross-platform functionality (download and transfer books between devices)
  • EPUB 3 support (render audio and video content; support for right to left reading; dynamic image resizing and more)
  • Full-text search functionality and better navigation
  • Various screen readers (including JAWS, Window-eyes, and NVDA)
  • Bookmarking, Highlights & Notes
  • Borrow eBooks from many public libraries
  • File Organization (create custom bookshelves sorted by title, author, and publisher)
  • Multiple File formats (EPUB, EPUB3, and PDF)

Get Adobe Digital Editions FREE here

Calibre is more than just an eBook reader – it is a complete solution.

It is a full package that can do your library management, convert your eBooks into different formats, sync with your eBook reader devices; it even helps you to find the cheapest price for whatever books you want to buy.

Let’s quickly look at its key features:

  • News feature – which allows it to fetch news from different websites all over the world in many major languages and pack the news as a book.
  • One-stop solution for all of your eBook needs
  • Library management tools
  • Conversion and sync tools for different devices

Get Calibre

FBReader is a distraction-free eBook reader that is also open source. Unfortunately, being open-source, this means this ePub reader won’t be able to open any DRM-protected books.

Although it doesn’t have a lot of options, as its developers apparently believe simplicity is the way to go, it does supports all sorts of formats. Here’s a full list:

  • RTF
  • HTML
  • MOBI
  • FB2
  • EPUB, ePub 3
  • Plain text
  • Doc
  • Plucker
  • LIT

Get FBReader

bibliovore

Bibliovore is an eBook reader for your Windows 10 touch device (laptop or tablet) that looks good and has some features to offer that its competitors do not.

One of the things it can do is sync your books across all your devices using OneDrive. It can also help you read without your glasses on because it lets you change the text font and size at your will.

Let’s quickly look at its key features:

 

  • Fast book opening and direct access through the table of content
  • Takes you back to your last read page
  • Add personalized bookmarks
  • Adjust font parameters to your need (Font family, font size and line space)
  • Day / Night reading mode, Landscape, and Portrait mode
  • Manage reading themes (Black on white, Sepia, etc.)
  • Search within your library
  • Edit metadata of your books for a better organization
  • Browse and download books directly inside Bibliovore from online libraries (OPDS)
  • Share your reading across multiple devices (reading state, reading parameters)

Get Bibliovore

bookviser ebook reader

Bookviser has a unique interface that looks like a book, it supports not only bookmarking but also highlighting certain text – even with different colors.

It supports various formats such as FB2, TXT, and EPUB. You can also get any book from the library at Project Guttenberg for free.

It is one of the few very modern eBook readers for your Windows PC with features that will suit the generation obsessed with Twitter.

The app comes with a really simple and clean interface and a realistic page-turning animation that will make you feel that you’re reading a real book.

Let’s quickly look at its key features:

  • Set color themes for day and night and to set font type and size
  • Adjust margins and line spacing
  • Select page-turning animation for landscape and portrait modes
  • Add/remove on-page indicators (battery, time, page number and reading progress bar)
  • Easily adjust brightness while reading
  • Easily switch between day/night mode
  • Block/unblock automatic screen orientation

Get Bookvisor

freda

Freda is unique in that it supports HTML – it can read HTML as an eBook format, besides the FB2 and EPUB support. It can read the book to you and allows you to set bookmarks and annotations.

Everything from the text’s font to its color and size is customizable, even the background color is customizable. Note that it does contain ads – but you can pay 2$ and remove the advertisements.

You can also use this free ebook reader app for Windows 10 Freda to get books from on-line catalogs like Feedbooks, Smashwords, and the Gutenberg Project.

Existing book collection can be imported by using OneDrive, DropBox, or Calibre (the above-mentioned app).

Get Freda

cover

Cover is mostly dedicated to reading comic books, however, it still does a fine job of reading EPUB files. It is also one of the most beautiful eBook readers on this list in terms of its design.

Not only does Cover support formats like PDF, EPUB, CBZ, RAR, CB7; it also supports image-based books as well, so you can simply feed it images and it will show them like a book – something perfect for comics but also very useful a lot of times with books.

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sumatra

Sumatra isn’t one of the most beautiful readers – but it’s simple, and it supports dozens of formats such as CBZ, CBR, XPS, EPUB, PDF, and many more.

The best thing about it is that is also available as a portable app – so you can have it on your USB stick and use it on any PC you like, without installing it.

Get Sumatra

Best ePub reading software (paid version)

And now let’s see what are the best premium paid PC ePub readers available on the market.

These tools bring additional features and options compared to the free software listed above.

epubreader

EpubReader – as the name suggests – is an EPUB reader, however a premium one. It lets you manage your local library of ebooks as well as download ebooks from various online repositories like Project Gutenberg.

You can also fully customize everything in the reader itself from font size to the font itself and if you own a Windows tablet – this app also has full touch screen support.

Get EpubReader

nook

The Windows 10 Nook app is one of the most famous eBook readers – but not many people realize that Barnes & Noble also has an app, so you don’t necessarily need to buy the eBook reader if you already own a good enough Windows tablet.

The app supports EPUB and PDF formats and has an integrated store to buy not only books but also magazines, comics, and newspapers.

The user interface is simple to use and it supports all the important features such as highlighting text, and bookmarks.

Get Nook

EPUB files

This is a great app that will not only let you open a wide range of ePub file formats, but it will also let you buy books from its store.

Technically it reads all ePub formats but also ePub 3 formats, which is a great feature, especially if you find books you want to read in this format.

You will be able to browse through millions of books, comics, and magazines.

You will find in this app all the features you will need while reading an ePub file: bookmarks, search,  theming, progress tracking, and more. We recommend it if you do not know yet what you will read.

Get Kobo


These are 12 of the best Windows 10 EPUB readers for all your eBook needs. There are of course hundreds of other readers to choose from, but these are surely going to please you.

Some of the readers are full of features for power users, but some like to keep it simple and opt for a basic eReader. We hope you have found the right one for your lecture.

If you want to share other EPUB readers for Windows 10 or your experience with one of the already mentioned ones, feel free to reach for the comments section below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2016 and has been since revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.