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 standard for all digital media publications. Most eBook readers support this format, except for the Kindle (which need to convert from Mobi to ePub).
Here we have compiled a list of 5 best ePub readers available on Windows 7 and 8 for those who want to read ePub books on a desktop Windows computer.
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It’s a new free tool made specifically for Windows 7 or 8 desktop users to enjoy reading books in ePub format. You can not only read but use it as your personal library to manage all your book collections. This program also features the ability to turn pages, use bookmarks, search your library, track reading progress and much more.
Icecream Ebook Reader is current still in beta and only supports ePub format at the moment. More format such as MOBI, DJVU, FB2 and other popular formats will be supported in the final version. Even though it’s at beta stage, it feels like a completed product already, with a nice designed user interface and very fluent user experience when reading through pages in the book.
It’s completely free and works perfectly on Windows 7 and 8, both 32-bit and 64-bit editions.
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 readers that we’ve tested. It renders the text correctly and clearly and supports multiple bookmarks with a very well designed library management feature.
3. Sony Reader
Designed specially for Sony Reader devices, the software for Windows 7 does not only let you read it on your computer but also provides the bridge for syncing 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 convert ePub format into different other formats including Kindle’s Mobi.
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 is another application that is also worth checking out if you are into reading eBooks on your Windows 7 device, Kindle for Windows 7. It doesn’t support ePub format natively, but you can always convert them into Mobi format from other tools and read them.