Ever since the first Kindle was introduced in 2007, eBooks have been gaining more market shares. Reading books not printed on paper is becoming a trend. Among the number of eBook formats available on the typical type of eReader devices, ePub, electronic publication, is no doubt the most popular one that is set to be a free open stander for all digital media publication. Most eBook readers support this format, except for the Kindle (which need to convert from mobi to epub).
Here we have complied a list of 5 best ePub readers available on Windows 7 for those who want to read ePub books on a desktop Windows computer. We will be using the same programming book for each ePub reader below for comparison to find out how one looks differently from each other.
Developed by Adobe, Adobe Digital Editions is a free software that can read DRM free ePub format books. Overall, it has the best user experience among all five eBook reader that we’ve tested. It renders the text correctly and clearly and suupports multiple bookmarks with a very well designed library management feature.
2. Sony Reader
Designed specially for Sony Reader devices, the software for Windows 7 does not only let you to read it on your computer, but also provides the bridge to sync between Sony’s eReader device as well. The text and syntax highlighting are almost as good as the one from Adobe Digital Editions. It’s another highly recommended tool to read ePub format books on Windows system.
Calibre is another ePub reader that also allows you to edit eBooks. It supports ePub format nicely, and renders the text and syntax highlighting accurately. Calibre is also an open source application that lets you to convert ePub format into different other formats including Kindle’s mobi.
This is a Firefox add-on, which could be quite handy if you are a heavy Firefox user. You can read ePub format books right inside the browser without downloading and installing any application. The add-on is also compatible with the latest Firefox release. So if you are looking for some lightweight eReader, this add-on is definitely a good choice to start.
Another open source program. But unfortunately, FBReader doesn’t render the coding syntax as good as the other applications from our test, though it still has some basic features such as bookmarks and library managements, which can be useful.
There are another two application that are also worth checking out if you are into reading eBooks on your Windows 7 device, Kindle for Windows 7 and Mobipocket. Both applications don’t support ePub format natively but you can always convert them into mobi format from other tools and read them.