While there are dedicated tablets designed for reading ebooks, it doesn’t mean that you need to spend hundreds of dollars on a tablet to enjoy reading them. In fact, reading them on your Windows machine gives you a similar reading experience. It is even better if you own a convertible or 2-in-1 Windows machine, as you can hold them in one hand and read Epubs just like you would read them on a dedicated tablet. The only thing that you need for reading is a good Epub reader app. While there are a number of Epub apps available for Windows, not all of them are made equally. That’s why we are bringing you a list of the top 12 best Epub readers that you can use on your Windows PC.

Best Windows Epub Readers (Updated September 2020)

Here, we have curated the best Epub readers for a range of Windows versions including Windows 10 to XP. For quick navigation, you can click on the link below to move to the corresponding program. Apart from that, if you are interested in learning about Epub readers then you can go through our explainer below.

  • What is an Epub Reader?

In simple terms, a PC Epub Reader is a program that can open and process e-books (a digital version of a physical book). It’s a file format just like PDF, but XML-based so it has wide compatibility with programs from different platforms. In summation, an Epub reader is a program that allows you to read digital books on your computer, smartphone or any other electronic device.

  • How to Open Epub Files on Windows 10?

The process to open Epub files on Windows 10 is similar to opening a PDF file. The older Edge browser supported the Epub files but the new Edge Browser that’s based-on-Chromium cannot open it. So, you will need to install an app to open the Epub files.

List of Top Epub Readers for Windows

1. Calibre

Calibre is one of the oldest and the best Epub reader for your Windows machine. The app is packed with features allowing you to do things like downloading Epubs, managing metadata, downloading covers for books, transferring books from one device to another, and even converting books from one format to another.

1. Calibre

Calibre is not only good for reading normal Epub novels but also magazines, comics, and more. If you are looking for a good Epub reader for your Windows PC, Calibre is certainly the topmost contender for the job.

Supported Platforms: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Vista and Windows 7

What we like:

  • Packed with features
  • Allows you to fix the book metadata
  • Keyboard shortcut for looking up words online
  • Support for custom reading themes using CSS

What we don’t like:

  • Old UI – needs a fresh coat of paint
  • Sometimes it takes time to load

Download: Free

2. Sumatra PDF Reader

While Calibre is pretty great and works for most people, but some have reported that book opening is a bit slow on Calibre and it has been a long-standing issue. So if you want an alternative just like Calibre, but with faster performance and modern features the Sumatra PDF Reader has you covered. It’s an extremely lightweight Epub reader that just works out of the box.

2. Sumatra PDF Reader

It supports bookmarks, background color change, automatic text scaling and much more. The best part is that it can even open large Epub files without breaking a sweat with correct indentation, tree-like chapters and more. I would say, if you are looking for a Windows Epub reader that just works without any frills then Sumatra PDF Reader is the best pick.

Supported Platforms: Windows 10, Windows 8, 8.1, Windows 7, Vista. and XP

What we like:

  • Clutter-free user interface
  • Good reading experience
  • Light application (comes under 5 MB)
  • Super-fast loading time
  • Supports comic book formats (CBZ and CBR)

What we don’t like:

  • Doesn’t support annotations on book
  • Doesn’t have advanced features like metadata editing

Download: Free

3. Freda

Freda is one of my most favorite Epub readers for Windows just because of its looks. The app looks like a native Windows 10 app and makes Epubs really stand out when you read them on it. One of my favorite features of this app is its theming capabilities which allow users to customize the look and feel of the app to make it exactly how they like it.

3. Freda

Apart from supporting Epub, the app also supports a ton of other formats including Mobi, FB2, HTML, and TXT. The app also gives you access to more than 50,000 public domain classic books free of charge from Feedbooks, Gutenberg, and other online catalogs. If looks matter to you, do give Freda a try.

Supported Platforms: Windows 10, Windows 8.1 (ARM, x86, x64)

What we like:

  • Good reading experience with modern UI
  • Text to speech reading support
  • Support for annotations and bookmarks
  • Fully customizable reading mode

What we don’t like:

  • Sometimes the app lags
  • Doesn’t support older Windows operating systems

Download: Free with in-app purchases

4. Icecream Epub Reader

Icecream apps is an app studio which has developed some really fine apps for Windows PC and of all the apps that come from the studio, their Epub reader is my favorite. Not only their Epub reader looks good but it also brings a ton of features including full-screen mode support, exceptional search capabilities, easy page turning mechanics, reading progress tracking, support for multiple languages, and more.

Apart from all the above features, I also love the fact that the reader not only supports Epub format but also other major ebook formats including Mobi, FB2, and, more.

4. Icecream Epub Reader

Supported Platforms: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows 7

What we like:

  • Supports multiple file formats and languages
  • Supports bookmarks and annotations
  • Make search on Google and Wikipedia for selected text
  • Good search feature

What we don’t like:

  • All the good features are behind paywall
  • Too frequent upgrade to pro notification

Download: Free, $29.95

5. Cover

Cover is primarily an app made for reading comic books on your Windows PC, but since the app also supports Epub format, it has made its way on the list. The main reason why Cover is on the list is that since the app is made for comics, it is great for reading books that are image-heavy.

5. Cover

While all the other apps on the list can handle images, they can’t do it as well as Cover can. So, if you are into books that feature a ton of images, Cover will be good for you. On the other hand, if you are into comics and manga, there is no better app that you can get.

Supported Platforms: Windows 10, Windows 8.1 (ARM, x86, x64)

What we like:

  • Good reading experience
  • Excellent library management
  • Reading mode is fully customizable

What we don’t like:

  • Geared more towards comic book readers

Download: Free with in-app purchases

6. Kobo

Like Kindle, Kobo is not only an ebook reader app but a service which also allows you to buy books from its store. However, unlike Kindle, which doesn’t support Epub formats, Kobo does support both Epub and Epub 3 formats. The app brings all the usual features that we have come to expect from an Epub reader including, search, bookmarks, progress tracking, theming, and more.

6. Kobo

However, the biggest reason to get Kobo over other Epubs readers is its store which allows you to browse and buy from over 5 million free and affordable eBooks, comics, and children’s books. So, if you want to be able to access and buy all the new ebooks that are released, this is one of the best epub readers for Windows that you can get.

Supported Platforms: Windows 10, Windows 8.1 (ARM, x86, x64)

What we like:

  • Excellent reading modes which are easier on the eyes
  • Modern UI
  • Makes it easy to access the bookmark
  • Built-in store to buy ebooks

What we don’t like:

  • Makes it harder to manage imported books

Download: Free

7. Nook

If you are into books, the chance that you have never heard of Barnes and Noble is pretty slim as it is the world’s largest bookseller. Barnes and Noble mainly is a chain of offline stores, however, Amazon’s success with its Kindle platform made the offline bookseller giant to launch its own online book service which is called Nook.

With Nook app, you are not only getting an app to read Epub books, but also a store to buy them, just like you do with Kobo.

7. Nook

When you sign up for the service, you get a 14-day trial period during which you can test out any book or news magazine that you want. After the trial period ends, you can buy the books or subscribe to magazines that you are interested in.

Other features of the app include the ability to customize your reading experience to view books with different fonts, line spacing, and themes, online sync across devices, access to thousands of classics, and more.

What we like:

  • Excellent reading modes which are easier on the eyes
  • Modern UI
  • Makes it easy to access the bookmark
  • Built-in store to buy ebooks

What we don’t like:

  • Makes it harder to manage imported books
  • Only one highlight color is supported

Supported Platforms: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8 (x86)

Download: Free

8. Adobe Digital Editions

If there is one company which makes software for almost all form of creating and consuming creative content, it’s Adobe, and its Adobe Digital Editions is a great Epub reader for Windows PC which allows users to consume their favorite titles. 

One of the best reasons for using Adobe Digital Editions is its support for EPUB 3 standard which gives users a richer reading experience by bringing support for right to left reading, dynamic image resizing without loss in clarity, interactive quizzes, better rendering of math formulas, and more.

1. Calibre

Adobe Digital Editions also brings a ton of other convenient features like exceptional search capabilities, the ability to rent or borrow Epub version of books from your local and public libraries, multi-lingual support, bookmarking, highlighting, notes, and more. If you are looking for a full-fledged, Epub reading experience, Adobe Digital Edition is the right app to do that.

What we like:

  • Easily sync books across devices
  • Good book organization features
  • Good reading experience with support for EPUB 3 standard
  • Support for bookmarks, highlights, and notes

What we don’t like:

  • The reading mode is not user customizable
  • Slow to load if you have a large library
  • Need an Adobe account to use it

Supported Platforms: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Vista and Windows 7

Download: Free

9. Bibliovore

Bibliovore is yet another great free Epub reader for your Windows machine. The app can be easily downloaded from the Windows app store and is completely free to download and use. I love this app because it brings fantastic organizational features allowing you to manage even a large library of books with ease.

8. Bibliovore

The app also allows you to easily adjust font parameters, manage reading themes, edit book metadata, use day/night reading mode, and more. One of my favorite features of this app is that despite being free, it syncs all your books across devices using OneDrive. I think this is one of the best epub readers for Windows 10 that you can use right now.

What we like:

  • Good reading expereince with support for themes
  • Good organization features
  • Support for book metadata editing
  • Groups books in a series

What we don’t like:

  • Needs more customization features for fonts, spacing, etc.

Supported Platforms: Windows 10, Windows 8.1 (x86, x64)

Download: Free

10. Bookviser

Bookviser is an Epub reader for Windows which wants to give you a reading experience that is similar to reading physical books. It does that by designing its UI in such a way that it looks like a real book. That said, if you are not fond of such a UI, you can easily get into the settings to get a more traditional Epub reader experience.

9. Bookviser

Just like Freda, Bookviser also allows you to download free classics from public catalogs including Feedbooks, Project Gutenberg, and Smashwords. Rest of the Epub reader features like progress tracking, theming, dictionary support and more can also be found here.

Supported Platforms: Windows 10, Windows 8.1 (ARM, x86, x64)

What we like:

  • Simple and clean user interface
  • Lets you adjust margin, font-type, spacing, and more
  • Support for multiple page turning animations
  • Support for book downloads from integrated public catalog

What we don’t like:

  • Doesn’t allow you to edit book metadata

Download: Free

11. EpubReader

The last Epub reader on the list is well EpubReader which is the only paid app on the list. The app is a fairly simple app for reading Epub books on your Windows PC which also allows you to download books from preconfigured and personal sources, easily manage your book library, tracks reading progress, and more.

10. EpubReader

One of the biggest features of this app is that you can easily transfer your whole library onto either an SD Card or to OneDrive. EpubReader is a great app to manage a large library of books without eating any storage on your Windows PC.

Supported Platforms: Windows 10, Windows 8.1 (x86, x64)

What we like:

  • Supports external libraries (OneDrive and SD Card)
  • Download books in the LIT, MOBI, FB2 and PDF formats and automatically convert them to ePub
  • Customizable font, size, color and spacing

What we don’t like:

  • The app takes time to load

Download: $2.49

12. Readium

Readium is an open-source Epub reader made for all your web reading needs. If you don’t want to install any app on your device but still want to consume Epub books, Readium is the way to do it. Readium is a browser extension that allows you to read Epubs online. You can even upload your own books to Readium and read them there. It’s a great way to read books without having to install any app on your device.

Bonus readium cloud reader

And since the new Microsoft Edge is using the Chromium engine, the extension will work with the browser without any problem. If you have not used the new Edge browser before, I advice you to give it a try. And to get you started, here is an article on installing chrome extensions on the Edge browser.

What we like:

  • Don’t need to install a separate app
  • Good reading experience
  • Simple and easy-to-use UI

What we don’t like:

  • Google has depcrated Chrome Apps so it won’t receive any updates in the future

Supported Browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla, Microsoft Edge

Download: Free (Chrome / EdgeMozilla)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Which is the Best EPUB Reader?

In my opinion, Calibre is truly the best Windows Epub reader for most users. However, if you are looking for a modern Epub reader for Windows 10 then go for Freda.

Q. What eReaders Can Read EPUB files?

While Kindle is a popular eReader device, but it can’t read Epub files natively so keep that in mind. With Kindle out of the way, I would recommend Kobo Clara HD and Onyx Boox Note2.

Q. Is Epub Reader for Windows Free?

There are a number of EPub readers for Windows and most of them are free. I would recommend you to go through the list and find an Epub reader that fits your need.

Q. Is Epub Reader for Windows Safe?

Yes. Epub Readers don’t pose a security threat unless downloaded from shady sources. Make sure to download programs from their official website.

Q. How do I Install Epub Reader for Windows?

You just need to click on the link that is mentioned below each Epub reader and then move to the Download page. Here, depending on your OS version and architecture, download the setup file. After that, run the setup file to install the Epub reader. You can find the architecture of your machine by right-clicking on My Computer and opening “Properties”.

Q. Does ePUB Reader for Windows Support Other File Types?

Yes. For example, Sumatra PDF Reader can read Epub, PDF, MOBI, FB2, CBZ, and multiple other file types.

Read Ebooks with Best Epub Readers for Windows PC

I am a fan of audiobooks and ebooks, as they allow you to carry your whole library with your where ever you go. One of the best parts about using Epub readers for reading ebooks is that you get thousands of classic titles for free. Do check these apps out and let us know which is your favorite Windows Epub reader. Also, if you want to suggest an app that should be on the list but isn’t, drop its name in the comments section below.

40 COMMENTS

  1. EPUBReader extension for Google Chrome browser is the best Epub reader (free extensions from Chrome Web store). The reason is very simple:
    You may open any Epub book file from your computer and use Google Chrome browser AUTOMATIC TRANSLATION in your favorite language! Works perfectly!
    You need to allow the EpubReader setting: “Allow access to file URLs”.
    Use F11 (full screen) and left/right arrows to read the pages of automatically translated Epub book at full screen.

  2. So far, the best ebook reader is Microsoft Edge which is dead now. and the other is kindle (although not work with epub format), which is not listed here

  3. Everything here is through the Microsoft Store which is either going to push ads or make you pay not to see them which makes this entire article pretty much garbage.

  4. Hi Rachit, your article is really obsolete now and must be updated. Calibre is a great ebook management application but not a good reading application (does not read EPUB3 files correctly). ADE is garbage. The Readium Viewer has been superceded by the free Thorium Reader from EDRLab and based on the Readium open-source initiative also. Fee like free without any in-app purchase.

  5. Have you seriously not visited ANY app-store previously?!? 90% of apps ARE FREE to download and to use/try and then you can CAN BUY more content etc. Lets not call it lying mkay.
    Try building an app yourself and use 1000s of hours on it and then ask nothing for it.. 😉

  6. I don’t like to read anything horizontal like the real books, so if there’s one that I can read Vertical please suggest it.

  7. Bookvisor SAYS it’s free here, but when you go to install it- SURPRISE – “+ Offers in-app purchases”
    NOT NICE to lie

  8. IceCream reader is poorly designed with a confusing HUD and, worst of all, the base version does not even grant the full-screen mode. You have to pay 20$ for everything: the so-called “free-version” is basically a disguised DEMO. And it’s really offensive seeing that app listed at #2.
    As for Freda, there are 2 versions: free (with ads) and “premium” (without ads). For 2$ it’s actually worth the price.
    Generally speaking, it should be indicated if these programs/apps can open all e-books formats or not.

  9. I got very worried when the first one Calibre inventor’s name was COVID. So stopped downloading. No a reassuring name.

  10. FBReader is an absolute MUST on Android but their last Windows release was in 2010… I don’t usually pay for stuff if I don’t have to but FBReader is so awesome I got the pro version after using for a week or two (many years ago) just to support the dev for making such great software. He obviously doesn’t have time for Windows though…

  11. Calibre is really too bloated to be #1. Archaic menu system, and it opens books in a new window, etc. I like Freda the best for Windows.

    You also omitted FBReader, a “classic” program.

    • This one is definitely the best one I have used so far. Specially its App on iOS, since it’s no doubt the best option I have found as well.

      It asks for Adobe Account, so this one can easily replace Adobe Digital Editions, since it will open .acsm files. Bluefire Reader also opens .epub and PDF files, allowing us to control PDF’s pages background from: Day (traditional white page), Sepia and Night (black page and white Font). On other formats, like .epub, besides from the background color, it’s possible to change Text Size, Margin Width and other advanced options.

      I recommend Bluefire Reader 100%!

  12. Does Bibliovore work offline?,…as in if you dont have an internet connection, can you open the book that you uploaded on it?

  13. Microsoft Edge was the best epub reader until Microsoft decided to kill it.
    The only good one I have found is Readium based on Chromium I think, available on Github for Windows & Mac.

  14. I want PC version of Moon+ Reader Pro (PERIOD). Edge is the closest one to Moon+ in terms of rendering epub. But font size control is too less, it makes me frustrated. I don’t know why font steps is too less.

  15. Microsoft Edge is the best epub reader right now, I tried opening epub file from 2018, only Microsoft Edge opened it correctly, other epub readers failed at showing it correctly.

    • Edge unfortunately lost e-reader abilities when it went to a Chromium base. But it was never much more than a basic e-reader.

  16. The best modern ereader app for windows is Edge Browser. Edge doesn’t suck like IE sucked. Edge natively opens epub and pdf (and presumably mobi) files while also supporting note taking and cloud-based annotations.

  17. Adobe Digital Editions é péssimo, já usei e desisti dele… Trava, trava, trava…
    Como uso Windows 7, até agora não achei NENHUM leitor de ebook compatível, nem mesmo o Calibre: quando uso o Calibre, meu computador trava… Estou com falta de sorte… 🙁

    • I like Freda a lot better than Calibre. No real problems with speed but I haven’t tried most of the others here.

  18. calibre is simply the best epub viewer for windows 7 if you are gonna use it just for reading epub files through its “ebook viewer”

  19. as someone who uses Adobe Digital Editions, this particular app being listed as number 2 on the list totally discredits the author of this list. Adobe Digital Edition is complete utter garbage. period. DO. NOT. USE.

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