EPub files (short for electronic publication) are books in digital format that use an open standard, based on XML, to provide the user with dynamic texts optimized for viewing on eBook Readers, tablets, smartphones and PCs. If you have downloaded some files of this type from the Internet, for example after reading my tutorial on the subject, but you do not have a special device for reading at hand or in any case you think it is appropriate to first view the content on your computer , I am happy to inform you that you have landed on the right guide, at the right time.
With this post of mine today I would like to point out to you all those who in my humble opinion represent the best ePub programs present on the market, useful not only for viewing but also for managing "virtual" books and for converting from one format to another. There are both for Windows and for Mac (as well as for Linux), both free and paid. Furthermore, they are sufficiently easy to use, even by those who - a bit like you - do not really consider themselves a great expert in terms of new technologies.
Then? How about putting the gossip aside and starting to try them right away? Yes? Great. I therefore suggest not wasting any more time and immediately starting to get busy. Position yourself comfortably in front of your trusty PC and concentrate on the following. In the end, you will see, you will be able to tell yourself very happy and satisfied with what you have learned.
Caliber (Windows / Mac / Linux)
The first of the resources I want to tell you about is caliber. It is "simply" the best e-book management program available for free. It not only allows you to create an eBook catalog with highly flexible settings but also to download book information from the Internet, convert all major digital book formats (ePub, PDF, etc.) to each other, view eBooks and edit book metadata.
It supports all major eBook Readers allowing you to synchronize your library with the latter, it is open source, completely in Italian and available for the main operating systems: Windows, Mac and Linux.
To download it, connected to the relevant download page and then presses on logo of operating system in use on your computer and click on the link Download calibre, present on the page that is subsequently shown to you.
When the download is complete, if you are using Windows open the .exe file obtained and click on Run, check the box next to the item I accept the terms in the license agreement and click the button first install, Then Si and subsequently on Finish.
If you are using a Mac, open the .dmg package obtained, drag the Caliber icon into the folder Applications via the Finder window that opened, right click on it and choose apri per due turn consecutive.
Now follow the initial configuration procedure of the program indicating the folder in which you want to save the data and the device you usually use to read digital books, always pressing on forward and then end.
Once the Caliber window appears on the screen, you can finally start managing your digital book collection. To add eBooks to the library, click on the button Add books. Caliber will then independently download all related information from the Internet.
If you want, you can still modify the metadata in a "manual" way, by selecting the title of the book added to the program library and then pressing the Edit metadata which is at the top. Then fill in the next window that opens with the requested data and it's done.
To read a book, however, select its title from the list in the central part of the window and click on the button Read which is on the toolbar.
And if you need to convert your ePubs into a different format, you can easily do it by pressing the button Convert books, which is always on the toolbar, subsequently going to adjust all the parameters of the case through the window you see appear.
Sigil (Windows / Mac)
Sigil is a WYSIWYG editor for creating eBooks that allows you to create books in ePub format in an extremely easy and intuitive way, as if you were editing a document in Word. It fully supports the EPUB 2 standard specification and includes various viewing modes for the worksheet.
It includes the spell checker, various advanced search functions, import documents and images into projects that are under development and much more. It's free, open source, and available for both Windows and Mac.
To download Sigil on your computer, go to the software download page and select the link Sigil-x.x.x-Windows-Setup.exe (if you are using Windows) or Sigil-x.x.x-Mac-Package.dmg (if you are using a Mac).
When the download is complete, if you are using Windows open the .exe file obtained and first press on Run and then Si. Then press on Next, select the voice I accept the agreement and click again on Next four consecutive times. Then complete the setup by first pressing on install and then Finish. To start the program, double-click its shortcut on the desktop.
If you are using a Mac, api the .dmg package you just downloaded and drag the Sigil icon into the folder Applications macOS then right click on it and choose apri per due volte I followed.
You can then start creating your ePubs by typing the texts of the same part in the center of the software window. To make changes to the text formatting, style etc., use the buttons on the toolbar at the top.
Instead, you can organize the contents using the navigator located on the left, while on the right you can find the table of all the contents that make up the eBook.
The menus located at the top of the window and the related items allow you to export your eBook in the desired format (ePub or other), save the project, insert the cover and perform various other operations.
ePUB DRM Removal (Windows/Mac)
Almost always, eBooks purchased from online stores are protected by DRM, this means that they cannot be copied or played on devices other than those “blessed” by the distribution house. ePUB DRM Removal is a program that allows you to deal with things quickly and easily, allowing unlimited reading on devices such as iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Sony eBook Reader, Android phones, Kobo, Nook, etc.
It is very effective and easy to use, although not as infallible as all programs of this genre. It works on both Windows and Mac operating systems but unfortunately it is not free. Anyway, you can download the free trial version and use it at no cost for 30 days (as I did to write this step).
To download it to your computer, connect to the program's website and press the button Download Windows Version (if you are using Windows) or on that Download Mac version (if you are using a Mac).
When the download is complete, if you are using a PC, extract the ZIP archive you just obtained in any Windows location and start the .msi file contained within it. Then click on Run, its Next twice in a row, come on install, its Si and Finish. Then open the program by double clicking on the shortcut you just added to the desktop.
If, on the other hand, what you are using is a Mac, extract the ZIP archive you just downloaded to a location of your choice on macOS. Then open the .dmg package obtained and drag the ePUB DRM Removal icon onto the folder Applications via the Finder displayed. Then right click on it and select apri per due volte di row.
Now that you see the program window on the screen, indicate your willingness to start the free trial of the program and then drag the ePub file you are interested in to act in the center of the screen. Alternatively, press the button Add ebooks at the top left and select the file "manually".
It therefore indicates the folder for the output file by losing on the button Browse ... at the bottom right and presses the button Convert Now!, to kick off the procedure.
At the end of the process, in correspondence with the item Work Progrress: that at the bottom you will see a green bar appear and you can immediately access your "unprotected" ePub by pressing the button Open adjacent. And here it is!
Mobipocket Reader Desktop (Windows)
Mobipocket Reader Desktop is one of the best ePub programs available for free for Windows, which allows you to organize all your eBooks in a convenient digital library. The software also allows you to read books in ePub format on your computer and create documents of this type with extreme simplicity.
Although its interface has not been translated into Italian, it turns out to be a very easy software to use even by less experienced users. Unfortunately development is no longer supported but the program continues to run without problems.
To use it, first connect to the download page on the Softonic website and click on the button Download free top right. Then press the button Download optionsor in the new page displayed, in order to start the download of the program on the computer.
When the download is complete, open the .msi file you just obtained and press on Run. Click on Next, select the voice I Agree and click to anchor your Next twice, then on Si and Close, but will conclude the setup.
Then start Mobipocket Reader Desktop by double clicking on its shortcut on the desktop. Then you can start using it by adding new eBooks to your personal library via the button Import which is on top. All the books you add to the library will be visible (by type, genre and author) in the section eBooks of the program, accessible from the left side of the window.
To read a particular book, double-click on its cover. To scroll through the pages, use the directional arrows on the keyboard or the mouse wheel. If you then wish to add annotations, click on the button Annotate, which is always located at the top of the program window.
If you want, you can also browse your books in full screen by pressing the button Fullscreen which is on top. The buttons that you find in the upper right part of the screen allow you to adjust the zoom, the font type and to search within the text.
And if you have a supported device, you can also send your digital books to it by pressing the button Send located at the top and then selecting the target device.
ePub Metadata Editor (Windows)
As is well known, e-books in ePub format include a series of metadata that allow programs like Caliber and devices like eBook Reader to display the title, author, year of publication and other important information about the book you are reading. Precisely for this reason, in an article focused on what are the best programs for ePub it is practically impossible not to mention the name of ePub Metadata Editor.
It is in fact a small no-cost software specific for Windows that allows you to edit the metadata of eBooks in ePub format in a very easy and fast way, allowing you to change everything down to the smallest details, including the book cover.
To use it, first connect to the relevant download page on the Softpedia website, then press the button Download which is at the top left and on the link External mirror 1 in the window you see appear, in order to start the software download.
When the download is complete, open the .exe file you just obtained and click on Run and Si. Select the voice I accept the agreement and click on the button Next four times, come on install and finally presses on again Next and Finish.
Now that you see the program window on your desktop, click on the button Open located at the top left and select the ePub file saved on your computer in relation to which you want to go to act.
Once the book has been loaded, you can modify all the data relating to it using the various fields on the screen. You can change the title, the author, the description, the date of publication, the genre, the identification code and so on.
If you want, you can also command the execution of specific operations in batch, by clicking on the button with the arrow that you find on the right and by selecting the operations you intend to carry out, check the relevant boxes. Still from the same section of the program window, you can perform further advanced operations by pressing the buttons at the bottom right.
Once the changes are completed, click on the button Save which is on top. If you want, you can first preview the book by pressing the button View EPUB which always stays high, pressing on View TOC you can view only the subdivisions.
EPUB to MOBI (Windows)
Another among the programs for ePub that I want to tell you is EPUB to MOBI. As can be seen in a very natural way from its name, it is a free software that allows you to convert ePub eBooks into the Mobi format of the Kindle, without frills and in the most effective and rapid way possible.
It is one of the best free solutions in the category and allows you to operate on dozens of files simultaneously. Try it now and you will see that you will not regret it!
To use it, connected to the download page of the program and presses the button Download, in order to immediately start downloading them to your computer.
When the download is complete, open the .exe file obtained and click on Run and Si. Then press on Next, select the voice I accept the agreement and click to anchor your Next four times, then on install and finally presses on Finish.
Now that you see the program window on the desktop, press the item Fillet at the top left and select add Files (to add the various ePubs individually) or add Folder (to add an entire folder containing digital books).
Click once again on the item Fillet, select the option Convert from the menu that appears, indicate the output location and that's it. Easier than that?