Best Free eBook Readers and Managers (Top 16)
Do you think that hard copy of books, magazines or even newspapers should be replaced by ebooks and e-zines? Would you agree with it for the sake of saving more trees? With the rising of iPad, Kindle and other reading devices, many people believe that printed books will soon be obsolete. It’s just a matter of time.
Today we have compiled a list of free e-Book readers and managers for your computer or laptop. If you know of any that’s worth to share with us, kindly mention it in the comment box below.
Adobe Digital Editions
Adobe Digital Editions software offers an engaging way to view and manage eBooks and other digital publications. Use it to download and purchase digital content, which can be read both online and offline. Transfer copy-protected eBooks from your personal computer to other computers or devices. Organize your eBooks into a custom library and annotate pages. Digital Editions also supports industry-standard eBook formats, including PDF/A and EPUB.
Kindle reading app lets you read more than 950,000 Kindle books on your computer. No Kindle required. It has Whispersync technology that syncs your last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across various devices.
The Barnes & Noble Nook is a brand of electronic-book readers based on the Android platform. It also has computer version that is available on Windows and Mac. With Nook, you can shop more than 2 million titles from hot new releases to bestsellers, automatically sync your last page and bookmarks to other devices, and add notes, highlights and bookmarks to other devices.
Sony Reader Library (or formally eBook Library and Sony Connect) is iTunes-like software used to manage book, music and image content on the Sony Reader. It enables purchases from The Reader Store from Sony. With the latest Reader Library, you can shop thousands of ebook titles, read ebooks on your PC or Mac with adjustable text and two-page view, search inside your collection of ebooks as well as borrow books from your library (library card required).
Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a cornucopia of features divided into the following main categories:
- Library Management
- E-book conversion
- Syncing to e-book reader devices
- Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form
- Comprehensive e-book viewer
- Content server for online access to your book collection
The Kobo Desktop Application lets you read, build a digital library and shop for eBooks on your computer or laptop. All you have to do is download the desktop application and install it on your computer. It supports both Windows and Macintosh operating systems. Once you’ve installed the application, you can shop for eBooks through the desktop Store, or you can open an eBook and start reading it through your desktop library.
FBReader is another e-book reader for various platforms including Linux, Windows, FreeBSD, and various Linux-based mobile devices. It provides a variety of features such as direct reading from tar, zip, gzip and bzip2 archives, automatic library building and language encoding detection, embedded images support, footnotes/hyperlinks support, position indicator and more.
Vitalsource Bookshelf claimed to be the most advanced e-book software in the world. You get three-way access to your books: download, online, and mobile. Notes and highlights automatically stay in sync no matter where you make them. The best-known higher education textbooks, study guides, classics, and more are now available through Bookshelf.
eReader Pro is an award-winning application used to read, manage and organize your eReader.com eBooks on your computer and/or laptop. It allows you to read and manage your ebooks, add bookmarks, navigate your ebooks easily and search for words in your book.
KooBits presents everything you need to create, publish and market ebooks, as well as digital bookshelf software to shelve and read ebooks.
Blio is another free eReading application that presents ebooks just like the printed version, in full color, and with all of the features you’d want from an eReader.
Many more e-reader software applications are available for specific devices. A comprehensive list of e-reader software programs can be found here at Wiki.mobileread.com.