With the explosion of online books it’s no wonder that there’s a corresponding explosion of EPUB readers of various sorts now available. In case you aren’t familiar with the term EPUB, it stands for ‘Electronic Publishing’ and is a free open source standard used for the creation of electronically created books, or ebooks.
All EPUB books end with the extension .epub and can be read by nearly any device capable of opening these files. The one exception is the Kindle, which uses the proprietary .mobi file type, however there are convertors that allow you to change .epub files to .mobi files for use on your Kindle.
Windows 7 is no doubt a widely used OS, it can run on desktops, laptops, netbooks and tablets. So, what is a good Windows 7 EPUB reader then? Below is a list of 4 that I’ve compiled that you may want to consider. Keep in mind that the best EPUB readers combine good library management with clear rendering of text and the ability to convert a variety of file formats.
Adobe Digital Editions – Adobe is very well known for their Acrobat software, used to create and distribute pdf files and it comes as no surprise that they have also released an excellent free software capable of reading EPUB files. Adobe Digital Editions does and excellent job rendering and formatting text as well as providing a powerful and easy to use library management feature. Also includes powerful search and bookmarking features to help you find exactly what you need.
Calibre – This EPUB reader also formats and displays text quite nicely and has the added bonus of allowing you to edit your EPUB documents. Calibre is open source and has support for a large number of e-book devices, allowing you to convert formats and sync with your device. It also allows you to access your ebooks from anywhere using it’s built in web server. You can also download and convert RSS feeds to EPUB format for easy reading on your ebook device. This is a very well rounded and complete Windows EPUB reader.
Sony Reader – While this EPUB reader was designed specifically for use with the Sony Reader ebook devices, you can download it and use it for free on any Windows 7 device. And if you do have the Sony Reader it also allows you sync between your Win 7 device and the Sony Reader. It provides great viewing and has all the features you need to manage your digital library efficiently and easily.
Firefox epubReader – If you are looking for a lightweight EPUB reader then consider this Firefox add-on which allows you to read your EPUB books right inside your Firefox browser, without downloading any other software. It also spares you the expense of buying a dedicated ebook reader.
These 4 Windows 7 EPUB readers are among the best available based on their usability, features and user reviews. Any of the first 3 choices will give you excellent readability and control over your digital library while the final option gives you access to your library through any Windows 7 device with Firefox installed.