The ability to read is one of the traits that make humans different from other animals. Reading has been part of the human culture for a 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. We will be continuously updating it to add more tools, so please feel free to suggest some. We already had a post about some good apps and programs to read ebooks but it was about time we posted an updated list and here it is.
What are the best ePub readers and apps for Windows 10?
Editor’s note – if 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 get learn more about each product, we suggest you to check out the overview for each one of them.
Icecream Ebook Reader
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 which 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. As for its most important features, here’s an overview:
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.
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 from below (no strings attached), and you will be able to decide for yourself if this is software you would like to have on your PC or not.Best choice
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.
One of the best features of Calibre is the “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.
Calibre is truly a one-stop solution for all of your eBook needs – although with all these features it is a bit more complicated to use than your standard eBook reader.
FBReader is a distraction free eBook reader that is also open sources. 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:
- EPUB, ePub 3
- Plain text
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 competition 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. Here’s a quick overview of its most important features:
- Fast book opening
- Takes you back to your last read page
- Direct access through the table of content
- Add personalised bookmarks
- Adjust font parameters to your need (Font family, font size and line space)
- Day / Night reading mode
- Manage reading themes (Black on white, Sepia, etc.)
- Search within your library
- Edit metadata of your books for a better organisation
- Browse and download books directly inside Bibliovore from online librairies (OPDS)
- Share your reading across multiple devices (reading state, reading parameters)
- Landscape and Portrait mode
- Display one or two pages at once
- Multivolume books grouped within series
Bookviser has a unique interface that looks like a book, it supports not only bookmarking but also highlighting certain text – even with different colours.
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.
I guess this is one of the reasons why it has over 4 million users from over 150 countries. And guess what is the best part about it? That it has no ads at all! It comes with a wide range of other advanced features, allowing you to do the following:
- 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
- set font size on the go
- import your own books from your OneDrive or Bookviser account, SD card, file system
- create bookmarks
- copy, translate and share snippets of text
- look up word definition
- make highlights and notes
While the app is indeed free, you can buy the premium version and get special features, such as Text to Speech (do check out some dedicated text-to-speech apps for Windows 10), Multi Color Highlighter, Notes, Vintage Paper, Custom Textures, Custom Categories, Themes dedicated to different genres (Detective, SciFi, Fantasy, etc).
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 colour and size is customizable, even the background colour 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).
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 as a book – something perfect for comics but also very useful a lot of times with books.
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.
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 – as the name suggests – is an EPUB reader, however a premium one. It costs $2.49 and is feature rich. 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.
The Windows 10 Nook app is one of the most famous eBook readers – but not many people realise 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.
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.
These were 10 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 10 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 above, please do so in the comments section below.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness in January 2020.