- With the apparition of digital medium is no wonder that eBooks have gained a lot of traction in last two decades
- Our top list will help you pick the most comfortable and intuitive eBook reading software
- Having your eBooks managed properly will help you get more organized and find
- Check our eBooks section for more top lists and guides
Reading eBooks is getting more popular every day. A lot of people choose rather download an eBook and read it on their device, instead of buying an actual book. While old-fashioned readers don’t like the new way, modern generations tend to use this method of reading even more and more.
What are the best apps for reading ebooks?
1.Icecream Ebook Reader
Icecream reader is very attractive 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. It helps you manage the process of reading, searching books, adding comments, and highlight ideas.
It has an interactive and intuitive interface, as it provides a well-designed digital book library. Icecream Reader supports all known formats, including EPUB, MOBI, FB2, PDF, and other popular formats.
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.
2. Adobe Digital Editions (recommended)
Although Adobe Digital Editions is not as valued as other Adobe products, it was one of the first adopters of the ePub format which now is one the most utilized formats along with PDF and Kindle.
You can use it on your Mac, PC, or mobile phone with the advantage of syncing the books across all devices, the best part being that Digital Editions are completely free and that is highly likely to stay for a while.
The app has a simple display panel that can display two views: Library and Reading. On the left dashboard, you can see if the book was “borrowed”, bought or read along with the option to add notes or highlights.
You can also group or filter books by author, publisher, or your custom criteria.
3. Amazon Kindle
Amazon’s Kindle is probably the best-known eBook reader in the market, but that fact didn’t prevent it from being second on our list. But besides the second place, Kindle still has some great features and it’s worth mentioning. When you open the Windows app, you’ll get the grid list of your eBook library, which can be categorized alphabetically or chronologically. Switching between the content on your device and the content from your storage is also very easy.
If Nook beat Kindle in design, Amazon‘s app is definitely a winner when it comes to a reading experience. Kindle offers some nice features including note highlights and quick dictionary definition look-ups. Navigation through the pages is also very easy and comfortable, but I’m sure that Amazon could do an even better job in the further versions of the app.
One of the world’s leading book retailers, Barnes & Noble, has made an outstanding app for reading eBooks, called Nook. This app is probably your best choice for buying and reading not just the books, but also various collections of other media, like magazines and comics, which is different than Kindle, which already has to release the comics section.
We put Nook ahead of Amazon‘s Kindle for a couple of reasons, and one of them is app‘s bright design and UI, which is a real refreshment compared to Kindle’s dark and monotonous user interface. After opening, Nook offers you your “Daily Shelf,” a five-item collection of the content you’ve already read. Nook’s start screen is divided into two sections, showing you content you already own, and Barnes and Noble’s recommendations for you.
Reading experience in Nook is very enjoyable. The app has beautiful page slide animations, but some users reported that these animations distracted them after long reading time, but if you’re really concentrated, this shouldn’t be an issue. The only possible con of Nook is the fact that columns couldn’t be adjusted manually because the app automatically selects a number of columns based on a text size, which may cause the reading to be uncomfortable sometimes.
⇒ Get Nook
Kobo is definitely a smaller and less-known eBook reader than Nook or Kindle, but it still provides a great selection of content. Kobo has some elements of both Kindle and Nook. A simple, Kindle-reminding design of the app, combined with similar store integration as Nook, makes Kobo a very decent app that definitely deserves to be on our list.
Navigation between sections is a little bit rough, as the developer decided to put the navigation bar inside the settings panel, but the reading experience is very satisfying. Navigation and transition between the pages is different than Kindle and Nook as you’re only allowed to tap on the screen, and not to swipe.
6. Manga Tree
And now something different for all you manga fans out there. If you’re looking for a good manga reader, Manga Tree will make you stop searching. Manga Tree allows you to browse for your favorite manga through categories like a harem, Shonen, slice of life, and so on. Instead of downloading pages locally, Manga Tree pulls them on demand, which could be a double-edged sword, because it will save you a lot of storage space, but it can also cause some pages to fail to load. But if you don’t want to risk, you can also download mangas from KissManga’s database for offline reading.
Navigation through the app is smooth and responsive, but some users said that they had certain problems with swiping to another page. This problem is probably caused because Manga Tree doesn’t cache the mangas and loads them dynamically.
7. Perfect PDF Reader
Perfect PDF Reader is a free app that allows us to read and print many ebook file formats, such as PDF, XPS, OXPS, EPUB, MOBI, and FB2 eBooks.
You can use this tool across all Microsoft platforms. Thanks to the multiview user interface you can display multiple files or even multiple eBooks in individual windows). There are also many customization options available that allow you to change contrast, enable night-mode, and so on.
There are also professional versions of the tool which are suitable for your business needs, such as Perfect PDF Ultimate, Perfect PDF Professional, or other editions.
FAQ about eBook reading software
- What is the best program to open epub files?
We recommend Kobo as the ebook-reading software due to the intuitive interface and features available for comfortable reading.
- Is EPUB or PDF better?
ePub is much better when it comes to the reading experience due to the ability to highlight text, add notes and make custom edits.
- Which eBook reader supports the most formats?
Kobo supports most eBook formats, exception being Apple iBooks and Kindle format.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2014 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.