While there are dedicated tablets designed for reading Epub books, 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 if not better reading experience. It is even better if you own a convertible or 2-in-1 Windows machine like a Surface Pro or Lenovo Yoga line of device as you can hold those devices in one hand and read Epubs just like you would read them from a dedicated tablet. The only thing that you need for reading is a good Epub reader. 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 top 10 best Epub readers that you can use on your Windows machine:

10 Best Windows Epub Readers

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 other. 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.

1. Calibre

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

Download: Free

2. 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.

2. Adobe Digital Editions

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.

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

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. 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.

3. Freda

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

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

Download: Free, $19.95

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 which are image heavy. 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 which 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.

5. Cover

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

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. 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.

6. Kobo

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

Download: Free

7. Nook

If you are into books, the chance that you have never heard of Barnes and Nobles is pretty slim as it is the world’s largest booksellers. Barnes and Nobles 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.

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

Download: Free

8. 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. 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.

8. Bibliovore

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

Download: Free

9. Bookviser

Bookviser is an Epub reader for Windows which wants to give you a reading experience which 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. 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.

9. Bookviser

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

Download: Free

10. 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. 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.

10. EpubReader

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

Download: $2.49

Bonus: 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. Redium is a browser extension which 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

Supported Browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla

Download: Free (Chrome, Mozilla)

SEE ALSO: 10 Best Audiobook Apps for iPhone and Android

Read Epubs on Windows PCs with The Best Epub Reader Apps

I am a fan of 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 which should be on the list but isn’t, drop its name in the comments section below.

9 COMMENTS

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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… 🙁

  5. 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”

  6. 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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