Range of ebook formats is fairly wide and is not limited to FB2 and DjVu. Electronic books are often saved in the ePub format. If you have an electronic "reader", it is likely to open a book in this format. But how to open ePub on the computer?

ePub is an abbreviation Electroniс Publication. This open format was developed by IDPF (International forum on digital publishing). The ePub format is used for documents in which the text is the most important part. In addition to the actual text in HTML, XHTML or PDF format, the ePub file can contain a description of the publication in XML, graphics (bitmap and vector), embedded fonts, styles, etc. How can I open an ePub if I do not have an e-book at hand?

There are a number of free programs for Windows that will allow you to open ePub on PC. One such program is Adobe Digital Editions. This free program, developed by Adobe Systems, is used to read and manage e-books in the formats ePub, PDF and XHTML. Read books are downloaded to the program library. It supports the selection of text, creating notes and bookmarks, selecting the font size, searching the text, printing the necessary fragments of text, navigating through the pages.

You can also open the ePub with a free program CoolReader. In addition to ePub, this program supports a number of other ebook formats, and graphic formats. The software supports the contents of the book, tables and CSS in the ePub files. There are different viewing modes (page or scroll the display one or two pages in landscape mode, full screen browsing, page turn). Supports bookmarks, text selection, text search, cross-references, hyperlinks, footnotes, automatic hyphenation.

Open ePub and program FBReader. It is a free cross-platform application for reading e-books supports the most popular formats. About this program we already told in our article, "a Free program for reading FB2 books." so to dwell on it will not. By the way, in the same article you can read more about two programs for reading electronic books that can open ePub Calibre and STDU Viewer. Even on Windows you can use the following applications. AlReader, Emerson, ICE Book Reader, Lexcycle Stanza, Lucidor, Mobipocket Reader, Talking Clipboard.

But how to open ePub if you use an operating system other than Windows? Each operating system has its own program that allows you to read ebooks in this format. Here are some of them:

  • For Android. Aldiko, Bookmate, FBReaderJ, Foliant, WordPlayer, Moon Reader
  • For Linux. Calibre, CoolReader, Emerson, FBReader, Lucidor, Okular
  • For Mac OS X. Adobe Digital Editions, BookReader, Calibre, Emerson, Lexcycle Stanza, Lucidor
  • For iOS. Bookmate, exLibris, iBooks, Lexcycle Stanza (for iPhone), sReader (for iPhone), Bluefire Reader;
  • For mobile platforms. AlReader (Windows Mobile, Windows CE), Foliant (J2ME), Bookmate (Symbian), FBReader (PDA's), Freda (Windows Mobile), Mobipocket Reader (Windows Mobile, Symbian, BlackBerry), Okular (Maemo).

If you use Mozilla Firefox (regardless of operating system), you can open the ePub directly in the browser, but you need to install special addition — EPUBReader. It is installed the same way as any other add-on for Firefox. Addition allows you to create a personal library, access to which does not depend on the connection to the Internet. You will be able to read books in ePub format via a browser. The add-on supports page navigation, text selection, font size change, text search, bookmarks and notes. You can send a piece of text to a friend or print it.

As you can see, to open ePub can be in many programs, regardless of what device or operating system you are using. And the final choice of the program is a matter of taste and convenience .