Ebooks provide one of the most convenient ways to read on digital devices like Kindle, mobile phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, etc. The popularity of Kindles proves that for many of us, these clever bits of tech have actually replaced regular books.
Ebooks are mostly available in PDF, ePub and Mobi format. While Windows supports PDF files, it doesn’t natively support the ePub format, but ebook readers can fix that for you. Here are some of the best ebook readers you can find on Windows 10.
1. Kindle for PC
Not the most obscure suggestion, but the fact remains that the free official Kindle app for Windows reflects the eReader’s stylish design, intuitive interfaces and convenient syncing across multiple platforms. A big part of the Kindle app’s appeal is that you can bring up your notes, libraries and continue reading between multiple devices.
I’m a big fan of Kindle flashcards which let you highlight and automatically save words you’re not familiar with, then test yourself. During these times of remote work and study, the digital textbooks are a welcome feature, and there’s plenty of customization in terms of backgrounds, font types, even fonts designed to make reading easier for dyslexic folk.
If you just want to access your Kindle library through your browser, then you should read our intro and guide on Kindle Cloud Reader.
2. Calibre Ebook Reader
Calibre Ebook Reader is one of the best ebook management tools that lets you easily read and organize your ebooks. The good thing about Calibre is that it is portable and cross-platform compatible, so you can use it on Windows, Linux, and macOS.
As well as being a solid eBook reader, Calibre’s real specialty is converting and managing your ebook collection. It does great things, like pull in book covers, publish dates and other information from the Internet, offering quite possibly the most elegant way to manage your eBook library offline.
If you’re interested in Calibre, see our guide on how to use it.
3. Sumatra Reader
Sumatra is a popular, free, lightweight, and portable PDF and ebook reader for Windows 10. Apart from the regular ebook format .epub, Sumatra also supports a variety of other file formats like PDF, MOBI, CHM, XPS, DjVu, CBZ and CBR. Being a simple application, the user interface itself is pretty minimal.
However, the Sumatra reader lacks some advanced features, like bookmarking, highlighting, etc., which most users take for granted when reading ebooks. That being said, Sumatra is a great choice if you are looking for a capable and lightweight application that just works.
4. Icecream Ebook Reader
Icecream Ebook Reader is a dedicated ebook reader for your Windows desktop. Along with the ebook formats like .epub and .mobi, Icecream also supports other popular formats like FB2, PDF, etc. The free version of the app is pretty limited but lets you track your reading progress, add bookmarks, categorize ebooks, take notes on certain sections of the ebook, change the font size and type, etc. Moreover, being a win32 application, you can install it on almost any Windows version from Vista and up.
If you are a regular ebook reader, do give Icecream Ebook Reader a try and see if it fits your needs.
5. OverDrive for Ebooks and Audiobooks (Windows 10 App)
OverDrive is yet another popular ebook reader for Windows 10. OverDrive is a modern app with all the necessary features like bookmarking, ability to change the font type and size, the ability to maintain a library of ebooks, three pre-defined color schemes to suit different lighting conditions, etc.
Apart from reading regular ebooks, OverDrive can also act as a capable audiobook reader with necessary features like the ability to forward and rewind, add bookmarks, increase the reading speed, etc. If you maintain a collection of ebooks and audiobooks, OverDrive may be the application for you.
Do comment below if you think we missed any of your favorite ebook readers for Windows. You can also see our list of Kindle Unlimited alternatives, which will grant you access to vast book libraries for small subscription fees. Also see our list of sites where you can buy ebooks.