Although many people prefer reading e-books on dedicated e-book readers or tablets these days, some of us still prefer to read them on our desktop/laptop computers. It’s just a lot more convenient to read a few pages on the computer while taking a break from work than to carry around another device just for reading purposes (if you aren’t a voracious reader, at least). Here are some of the best free ePub readers for Mac and Windows available today.
No, this isn’t the Facebook reader. Rather, this is a free ePub reader with staggering cross-platform support. When a program supports BlackBerry 10 you know it’s something special. It’s a very simple application that will let you read ePub format e-books with absolutely no fuss. The interface is nice and clean and there’s even a built-in library. You can search for books thanks to the access to network libraries that FBReader provides. If the book you’re searching for is free, you can simply download it from within FBReader.
Calibre is a free e-book manager that also doubles up as an e-book viewer. The management aspect of this program is pretty compelling as you can manage your e-book library with ease. You can filter your library using a multitude of available options, and there’s support for conversion between a large number of e-book formats. There’s even a feature that lets you fetch online news in e-book format.
Cool Reader is an e-book reader with support for the Android platform as well. It supports the normal e-book reader functions, such as table of contents, bookmarks, text search and can read a wide number of formats. The Android version is particularly interesting as it adds some additional features. For example there’s day/night view that optimally adjusts brightness to help vision. There’s dictionary support that allows you to search for meanings of words from within the application. And our favorite, it lets you give the e-book a textured color so that it looks more natural and is easier to read.
SumatraPDF is a no-frills PDF reader that also happens to have support for the ePub format. We like it because it is blazing fast, and has all the features you’d expect from a regular PDF reader. If you’re using an old device to read e-books then this program definitely deserves a look.