While surfing the net, you came across a book in digital format that seemed to be very interesting. You downloaded it to your computer, in such a way that you could go far beyond the small extract offered as a preview, but subsequently you were no longer able to view it, because the device you use does not know how to handle this type of file. Let me guess: is this an ePub file? If the answer is yes, fear not: I'm here, ready to explain how to read ePub files.
All you need is eBook viewing programs, available for both Windows and macOS (as well as Linux). The same thing, if you are interested, can also be done from tablets and smartphones, using some apps used for the purpose; online, using ad hoc services that work directly from the browser and on various eBook readers.
Then? May I know what are you still standing there? Position yourself comfortably, take a few minutes of free time just for you and immediately start concentrating on reading what is written below. I am sure that, in the end, you will be able to tell yourself happy and satisfied to have finally managed to read your ePubs. What do you say, we bet?
Before getting to the heart of the topic, going to explain how to read ePub files, it seems only right to give you some more details about the format in question. If you are not aware, the files in ePub (abbreviation of "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, tablet, smartphone e computer.
The ePubs are perfectly compatible with almost all the electronic devices available on the square, although the DRM protection can prevent its opening in the absence of certain circumstances. DRMs, in short, are “digital locks” applied to eBooks, to block their display on devices and software other than those authorized by the companies that distribute them.
Read EPub Files on Computer
Having made the necessary clarifications above, let's get to the heart of the matter and let's find out how to read the ePub files on computer, using ad hoc software for Windows, MacOS e Linux.
Caliber (Windows / MacOS / Linux)
The first program I want to suggest you consider is caliber: it is a renowned free software for Windows, macOS and Linux, universally recognized as the best in its field. Thanks to it, it is possible to view and manage digital books in various formats, in an incredibly simple and fast way.
To be able to download it on your computer, visit the program's website, click on the button Download Caliberclick here operating system logo installed on your PC and then on the link Download Caliber, present on the next page.
A scaricamento ultimato, is stai using Windows, open the .msi files obtained and, in the window that is shown to you on the desktop, put a check mark next to the item I accept the terms in the License Agreement. Then click on the buttons install, Yes e Finish, to complete the installation process and start the program.
Se, invece, stai using MacOS, open the package .dmg scaricato, trascina l 'Caliber icon in the folder Applications on your Mac, right-click on it and select the item apri from the menu that appears, in order to start the software, however, going around the limitations imposed by Apple on applications from non-certified developers (an operation that must be carried out only at the first start).
Once the program window appears on the screen, regardless of the operating system used, choose theItalian give menu to tendin Choose the language and click on the button forward. Select, therefore, the eBook reader or tablet you use to read your books in digital format and click on the button again forward, then press the button end, in order to complete the initial Caliber configuration procedure.
Next, click on the button Add books located in the upper left part of the new window displayed and select the ePubs saved on your PC that you want to add to Caliber. The program will automatically organize them, downloading all the information concerning them from the Internet.
Next, double click on the title of the EPUB you want to read on your computer that you find in the central part of the software window. If you can't find the ePub you are interested in, please note that you can filter the display using the categories located on the left (Authors, Languages, Editor etc.) or by searching by keyword, using the appropriate field located at the top.
The selected digital book will then be opened in another window, through which you can begin to scroll through the various pages that make it up. To be precise, you can go back and forth between pages using the directional arrows keyboard or mouse scroll, as well as accessing specific functions related to reading (eg the size of the displayed text, the full screen mode or the division into pages) using the keyboard on the left of the viewer.
Another great program for reading ePub files that you can consider is FBReader. It is a free software, which also works on Windows, macOS and Linux, thanks to which you can view the electronic books on your computer in a simple and immediate way.
To download it to your PC, visit the software website, select the menu FBReader located at the top and click on the item for Windows or on that for Mac OS X, depending on the operating system you are using. On the page that will be shown to you later, select the collegamento to proceed with the download (eg. FBReader 0.12.10 setup file).
When the download is complete, if you are using Windows, april il file .exe obtained and, in the window that opens, click on the buttons Yes, Next, install e Close, to conclude the setup. Then start the program by selecting the relevant one collegamento which was added to the Start menu.
Stai using MacOSInstead, open the package .dmg obtained, drag theprogram icon in the folder Applications macOS, right-click on it and select the item apri from the menu that appears, in order to start the software, however, going around the limitations imposed by Apple on non-certified developers (an operation that must be performed only at the first start).
Once the FBReader window appears on the screen, if you are using Windows, click here [+] that you find at the top left, select the ePub file you want to open, manage the information relating to the book using the fields and menus displayed on the screen and click on the button OK. Stai using MacOS, click on the menu instead Fillet located at the top left, choose the item Open and open the reference digital book file.
Once you have opened the ePub file of your interest, use the mouse wheel or the directional arrows on the keyboard, to switch from one page to another. If, on the other hand, you intend to change the fonts and make other changes and customizations, if you are using Windows, click on thegear above and use the various items attached to the tabs in the window that opens. If you are using MacOSinstead, click on the menu FBReader, then on the item Preferences and use the commands available in the box that appears.
Possiedi a Poppy and none of the tools I have already told you about managed to attract your attention in a particular way? Then you can evaluate the use of Books, the default application of MacOS to read and manage eBooks and PDFs and to access the eBook store of the Cupertino company.
To use it for your purpose, all you have to do is click on theprogram icon (that orange with open white paper in the center) that you find on Dock bar and drag the ePub file you want to open into the pop-up window on the desktop. Alternatively, select the item Fillet present at the top left of the screen, choose the option Add to library from the menu that appears and select the eBook from the additional window that is shown to you.
Later, you can open the ePub of your interest by double clicking on its cover in the Books window. If you can't find the eBook, you can help by filtering the results view via the tabs at the top (All the books, Collections, Authors, Categories ed List) or by typing the reference keywords in the appropriate field, located at the top right.
Once opened, you can start browsing the eBook using the directional keys on the keyboard or mouse scroll. Instead, by placing the mouse pointer on the toolbar you can access useful functions to change fonts, add bookmarks, search within the book, etc.
Please note: if you have enabled iCloud synchronization on your Mac, all the eBooks added to the program library will also be accessible from iPhone, iPad and other Macs that may be connected to the same iCloud account.
How to Read EPub Files on Android
FBReader, the program for Windows, macOS and Linux that I told you about in the previous lines, is also available in the form of an app for Android. So, if you have a smartphone or tablet based on the mobile platform of the "green robot", you can rely on the application in question to open your ePub files. It is free and has the same characteristics as the computer version. Note that the app is eventually available in a Premium variant (at a cost of € 5,99), which includes extra functions, such as reading texts, translation, etc.
To use it, first take your device, unlock it and connect via it to the section of the Play Store relating to the app. Then press on the buttons Install e apri, to start FBReader.
Now that you see the application window on the screen, select the entry Allow, to allow FBReader to access multimedia contents on the device, tap anywhere on the display to call up the toolbars, then press the button with the three lines horizontally located at the top left and tap on the wording Pick file in the menu that opens, to open the ePub of your interest.
Later, you can start browsing your eBook by simply swiping the screen. To quickly scroll through the pages, however, you can use the timeline located at the bottom, visible after calling up the app toolbars. Also through the toolbars, using the buttons on them, you can change the display mode, increase or decrease the zoom, orientation, etc.
To view the entire FBReader library, instead, tap the button with the three lines horizontally, located at the top left, and select the item library from the menu that opens. From there you can filter the available digital books by categories (By author, By title, By series etc.) or you can perform a direct search, by tapping on the symbol of magnifying glass top right.
How to Read EPub Files on IPhone and IPad
Possiedi a iPhone or a iPad? If so, you can read the ePub files you have using the app Books, the mobile version of the Mac application I told you about in the previous lines. This is the default solution for viewing and managing books in digital format on iOS, as well as the one through which you can access the Apple store to purchase eBooks.
You ask me how to make use of it for your purpose? I'll tell you right away. First, take your device, unlock it, access the home screen and open the location (via the File app or another file manager) or the application where your eBook is saved, then tap on the book. your interest. By doing so, the eBook should automatically be imported into the Books app. If not, first select thesharing icon (Quella with the square and the arrow) visible on the display and tap on the item Copy to Books o Open in Books Present on the menu if you press.
Once you have opened the eBook, start browsing its contents by swiping the display. If you want to quickly advance between the various pages, change the type of font, search within the book, etc., call up the toolbars, by tapping on the display, and press the corresponding buttons.
To access the application library, instead, press on left arrow that you find at the top of the screen after calling up the toolbars and select the section library located at the bottom. To filter the available books, select the item Collections and then the reference category, while to perform a direct search, press the icon Search located at the bottom right.
Instead, to launch the Books app later, without having to import specific content, select his icon (Quella with the orange background and the open white book in the center) And that's it.
Please note: if on your iPhone or iPad you have enabled synchronization via iCloud, all digital books added to the app library will also be accessible from other Apple devices (iPhone, iPad and Mac) possibly connected to the same iCloud account.
Read EPub Files on Kindle
If you use the Kindle of Amazon, as I told you in the opening chapter, unfortunately you cannot use it to read ePub files, as it is not a format supported by the device. However, you can easily remedy this by converting ePubs to in MOBI o AZW: file formats that, on the other hand, are handled perfectly by the Kindle. To do this, you can once again use caliber.
How you do it? Nothing simpler! To begin with, download, install and start the program on your computer, following the instructions on what to do that I gave you in the chapter at the beginning of the tutorial and add the ePub files of your interest to the software library, by pressing the button Add books.
Next, select the ePubs to convert, using the combination Ctrl + click on Windows or cmd + click on macOS, then press the button Convert books which is located at the top. In the window that will open at this point, set the item MOBI o AZW3 give menu to tendin Formati output, at the top right, and click on the button OK but I will complete the operation.
Next, connect the Kindle to your computer, following the instructions I gave you in my tutorial on how to download books to Kindle, and transfer the MOBI or AZW files obtained with Caliber to the device memory. To find the exact paths to find the eBooks, just select the books from the main Caliber window and click on the item Click to open, in the right sidebar.
How to Read EPub Files Online
You do not want or cannot download new programs or apps on your devices and would you like, therefore, to understand if it is possible to read ePub files online? Yes, of course! To do this, you can rely on the service Web ePub Reader Online, free, usable from any browser and operating system and without the need for registration.
To use it, open the browser you usually use to surf the Net from your computer (eg. Chrome), visit the home page of the service and drag the ePub you want to open to the box Drag & Drop files here. If you want to select the file "manually", instead, click on the button Choose file and open the eBook through the window that appears. If the digital book is online, you can paste its URL in the field below the entry From URL and click on the wording View.
Afterwards, a new tab will open on the service page, through which you can view your ePub. To switch between pages, use the arrows visible on the screen, on the sides, or on the directional arrows on the keyboard. If you want to enable the full screen display, instead, press the button with the two arrows located at the top right.
If you then want to adjust the service settings, click ongear, while to add a bookmark press onicon special, always located at the top right. Then clicking on the button with the three lines horizontally (top left), you can access the index of the book.