How to open ePub. EPub files (short for electronic publication) are electronic books that use an open standard, based on XML, to provide the user with dynamic texts optimized for viewing on eBook readers, tablets, and PCs. If you downloaded something from Internet And before transferring it to your e-book reader, you would like to make sure of its content, you should know that you have come to the right place at the right time.
Today, in fact, I will give some tips about How to open ePub on the PC using some free software that allows you to read ePubs directly on the PC, but also to organize, manage them, modify their information (title, author, year of publication, etc.) and, if necessary, convert them from other formats archive.
We will also see how to open books in ePub format on tablets and mobile phones without having to transform them into other types of files first.
Take a look at the applications that I am going to recommend, choose the one that seems most suitable for your needs and start using it by following the instructions below, I assure you that it will be much simpler than you imagine!
How to open ePub on PC
Caliber (Windows / Mac / Linux)
If you want to find out How to open ePub on a PC I can only recommend Caliber. It is the best program to view and manage e-books on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
It is free and open source. It allows you to not only open all the most popular e-book formats, but also convert them together, edit all the information in the books and sync the e-books with the e-book readers.
To try it out, log on to their website and click on the Windows flag or Apple's first OS X and then click on Download Caliber to download it to your PC. If you use a Windows system 64-bit version, you can also download the 64-bit version, the procedure to follow remains the same.
When the download is complete, if you use Windows, open the software installation package (eg. -caliber 2.18.0.msi ) and, in the window that opens, click run. Then put the check mark next to the entrance I accept the terms of the License Agreement and click first to install and then yes y finished to complete the configuration.
If you use a Mac, open the package dmg that you downloaded from the Caliber website, drag the software icon to the folder applications OS X and go.
At this point, just launch Caliber and complete the short initial program setup. During the procedure, you must choose the language in which you will use the program (Italian is included, don't worry), you must indicate the folder in which you will save the electronic books and you must select the model of electronic book reader in your possession ( if you have one).
Then click on the button Add books located at the top left, select the ePub files to be imported into the application and double-click on their title to read it directly on the PC.
note: If you still use Windows XP (Shouldn't do it, it's a operating system obsolete and not very safe!), you must download the previous version 1.48 of Caliber, which is the last one compatible with this edition of the Microsoft operating system.
FB Reader (Windows / Mac / Linux)
Not interested in Caliber features dedicated to organizing, editing and converting e-books? Then you could also turn to software like FBReader.
FBReader is a free e-book reader that allows you to view e-books on your PC. Supports all major OS: Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, although the version for OS X is still a bit immature at this point.
To download FBReader to your PC, connect to its official website and click on it first Windows flag located in the lower right and then in the element FBReader xx configuration file present on the page that opens.
Once the download is complete, start the executable FBReaderSetup-xx.exe and complete the FBReader installation process by first clicking on yes and then siguiente, to install y to close.
When setup is complete, start FBReader, click button + located at the top left and select the ePub book you want to read on your PC. To change the font color, size, and type, click the gear and adjust the preferences available in the tabs styles y colors of the window that opens.
That is all! If you are using a Mac, you can download FBReader by first clicking on the icon Apple Lossless Audio CODEC (ALAC), located at the bottom right of the program website and then on the item the FBReader xx installation package present on the page that opens.
Then you must open the package dmg containing FBReader, extract the software icon in the folder applications OS X and voila. The operation of the program is practically identical to that illustrated above in Windows.
If you have a convertible device equipped with Windows 10 or Windows 8.1, I recommend you try Freda. It is a free application optimized for use through the touch screen that allows you to open ePub files, FB2, HTML and TXT and read them very comfortably. It is only compatible with Windows 8.1, Windows 10 y Windows Phone.
To install Freda on your device, connect to the Windows Store page that hosts the application and press the button for free. When the download is complete, start Freda, click the icon binder (top right) and select the book to read. Alternatively, double-click on the ePub file you want to open and choose Freda from the list of proposed applications.
To change the display style of ebooks in Freda, press the button (...) located at the bottom right and choose one of the themes available in the app. To change the size and font of the text, click the button. adjustments that appears at the top.
All newer versions of Mac OS X ship with iBooks pre-installed. iBooks is the official Apple application for reading e-books on Mac, iPhone and iPad. It is very easy to use and thanks to iCloud it synchronizes books on all devices completely automatically.
To open a book in ePub format with iBooks, you generally only need to double-click its icon. However, to change the size of the text or visual theme, you must click button A located in the upper right.
If iBooks was not set as the default application for opening e-books, you can solve the problem by right-clicking any file in ePub format and selecting the item Get information from the menu that appears.
Then we need to expand the menu To open with in the window that opens, you must select iBooks from the drop-down menu below and click on the button Change everything.
How to open ePub on mobile phones and tablets
Now let's see some applications for reading books in ePub format on mobile phones and tablets. The choice is at least as wide as that available in the desktop environment.
iPhone and iPad include an app called standard iBooks which, in addition to allowing the download and reading of the books available in the Apple digital store, allows the transfer of ePub files and PDF from PC via iCloud y iTunes.
To transfer your Windows books to iBooks, select the entry creative writing From the iTunes menu (the icon with the three dots located in the upper left), drag the books of your interest to the program window and start synchronizing the data with the iPad or iPhone.
If you do not know how to do it, you must connect the device to the PC, then you must select its icon in the iTunes menu (always in the upper left) and select the item creative writing from the left sidebar. you must put the check in the article Sync books and click apply to start transferring books to iBooks.
If you use a Mac, you can sync your books with iPhone and iPad simply by copying them to the library iBooks and accept the synchronization of content through iCloud.
Universal Book Reader - Universal Book Reader (Android)
If you use a tablet or phone Android, can open ePub using one of the many ad hoc applications available at Play Store. Among the free ones, I recommend you to try Universal Book Reader which has a very nice interface, allows you to highlight books and also supports Adobe DRM protected e-books.
After installing Universal Book Reader on your terminal, to import the books to read in the application, transfer the ePub files to the memory or microSD of the device and answer All the books to the message that appears the first time the application starts. In this way, Universal Book Reader will examine the memory of the phone (or tablet) and automatically import all the electronic books in your library.
Later, to import the books within the application, you can use the button import located at the bottom left: easier to do than to say.
FB Reader (Android)
FBReader for Android is the mobile version of the application for open ePub of which we speak on the desktop (Windows, Mac and Linux). Its operation is quite intuitive. After installing it on your mobile phone or tablet, please access your library by pressing the appropriate icon and choose the criteria according to which to view the electronic books available on the device: by title, by author, etc.
FBReader should automatically import books from the phone or tablet memory. If this does not happen and the library is empty, press the icon File tree and navigate Manually in the folder that contains the books of your interest.
The presence of the function is also notable Network Library which allows you to legally download books from various internet sites, such as the ones I mentioned to you in my post on how to download free books.
Read ePub on Kindle
If you own a Kindle, you cannot copy books in the ePub format directly to your e-book reader, as they would be unreadable, but don't worry. Thanks to Clibre, the ebook management software I mentioned to you at the beginning of the post, you can convert ePub books to MOBI or AZW (Kindle compatible formats) in a matter of clicks.
All you have to do is import the ePubs into Caliber as I explained before, select them using the combination Ctrl + click ( Cmd + click on Mac) and click the button Convert books located in the upper left. In the window that opens, you must set the item MOBI o AZW3 from the drop-down menu located in the upper right corner and press the button to accept to complete the conversion.
Once this operation is complete, all you have to do is connect your Kindle to your PC and transfer the MOBI or AZW files obtained with Caliber to your memory. The routes Exact ways to find e-books can be discovered by simply selecting the books from the main Caliber window and clicking on the item Click to open which is in the right sidebar.
The DRM problem
If you can't open some of the ePub files you downloaded on your PC (or even your mobile phone / tablet), you are probably dealing with a book protected by DRM.
DRMs are digital padlocks that companies apply to e-books to prevent their viewing on devices and software other than blessed for themselves.
Many of the computer programs I told you about today cannot read ePub files with DRM, so before downloading an e-book, check that you are not affected by these types of restrictions.