The Best Ebook Reader for PC: 6 Apps Compared
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Most people probably read ebooks on their tablet or a dedicated e-reader; it’s more convenient than whipping your laptop out every time you want to read a few pages.

However, there are times when a reliable ebooks reader for Windows is essential, for example, if you need to use an ebook for reference on a school project or if your main reader’s battery dies while traveling.

When the time comes, you need to make sure you have one of the best ebook readers for PC. Keep reading to discover our top six picks.

1. Kindle

kindle pc ereader app

Just as Kindle is one of the best e-readers for Android The 7 Best Ebook Readers for Android You Should Try The 7 Best Ebook Readers for Android You Should Try These best ebook readers for Android let you read most formats on almost any device anywhere you go, with powerful features you'll love. Read More , so too is it among the leading e-readers for PC (there’s a Mac version as well if you’re interested).

As you’d expect, use the Kindle app to sign into your Amazon account, and all your Amazon ebooks will instantly appear. Be aware that you need to manually download the books onto your machine by clicking on their thumbnails if you want to do some reading while you’re offline.

Prime Reading and Kindle Unlimited subscribers will also be able to use the Kindle PC app to access their books.

And if you’re not an Amazon subscriber, don’t worry. You can still use the Kindle app to open other ebooks on your computer. Unlike the Kindle e-readers, the Kindle PC app will even let you open ebooks in the EPUB format.

Download: Kindle for PC (Free)

2. Calibre

calibre ebook reader

If you’re a bookworm, Calibre is a must-have app. It is perhaps best described as iTunes for ebooks.

The app lets you manage your library, edit books’ metadata, convert ebooks into different formats, and—most importantly for the purposes of this article—read ebooks using the built-in reader.

Indeed, if you’re looking for a multi-purpose app for all your ebook needs, you really don’t need to look anywhere else.

If we had to criticize anything about Calibre’s e-reader, it would be the design. It’s just not as slick as some of the other ebook readers for PC.

However, despite the dated looks, from a functional standpoint, Calibre is great and offers some terrific plugins for book lovers The 10 Best Calibre Plugins for Ebook Lovers The 10 Best Calibre Plugins for Ebook Lovers Here are the best Calibre plugins all ebook lovers should be using, and explain what they do and how they work. Read More . The e-reader’s tools include adjustable font size, bookmarking, a reference mode, and a full-screen mode.

Download: Calibre (Free)

3. Icecream Ebook Reader

Another ebook reader for PC that’s been around for a long time is Icecream Ebook Reader.

If the design is important to you, the most recent iteration of the app is significantly better than Calibre. The in-app icons resemble the rest of the Windows operating system, almost giving you the impression that you’re using a native app.

Some of Icecream Ebook Reader’s most important features include a night mode for less eye strain when it’s dark, bookmarks, and even a book mode which displays pages side-by-side on your screen.

The app also comes with a library feature, extensive search features, translation tools, and a way to annotate ebooks with your own thoughts and musings.

It supports EPUB, MOBI, FB2, PDF, CBR, CBZ, and TXT.

Extra features, such as custom library categories, metadata editing, and the ability to copy text are only available in the $19.95 Pro version.

Download: Icecream Ebook Reader (Free, premium version available)

4. Freda

freda ebook reader

If you’ve still not found your ideal ebook reader for PC, you should try Freda.

The free e-reader app is available on both Windows and Android, so if you frequently use both operating systems and you’d like a seamless ebook experience across all your platforms, it’s definitely worth installing.

Freda supports five different ebook formats: EPUB, MOBI, FB2, HTML, and TXT. EPUBs will only work if they are DRM-free. The app does not offer any way to remove existing DRM from your ebooks How to Remove the DRM on Every Ebook You Own How to Remove the DRM on Every Ebook You Own No one likes DRM. We all understand why it exists, but that doesn't mean we're ready to embrace it. Therefore, this article explains how to remove the DRM from every eBook you own. Read More .

The app’s other features include integration with your Calibre book library, support for OneDrive and Dropbox, the ability to highlight and annotate your books, and fully customizable controls, fonts, and colors.

The app can also sync with ebook repos on the web such as Gutenberg, Smashwords, and Feedbooks.

If you use the app on Windows and Android, your reading progress will be synced across all your devices.

Download: Freda (Free)

5. Bibliovore

bibliovore ebook reader

Bibliovore is a well-designed ebook reader that’s been developed with touch-screen laptops in mind. There are large buttons and several gesture controls which combine to make in-app navigation a breeze.

The app’s key features include:

  • Personalized bookmarks.
  • A night reading mode to help prevent eye strain.
  • Multiple themes, including white, sepia, and dark.
  • The ability to manually group multiple books into a series.
  • Customizable fonts and text size.
  • Advanced search tools.
  • Support for EPUB and PDF books.

Bibliovore can sync your reading progress across all your devices where you have the app installed. It includes both a landscape and portrait reading mode and can display two pages side-by-side for a book-like experience.

Download: Bibliovore (Free)

6. Bookviser Reader

bookviser ebook reader

The last popular ebook reader for PCs on our list is Bookviser Reader. It supports three file formats: EPUB, TXT, and FB2.

(Note: Check out our article on the different ebook formats The Different Ebook Formats Explained: EPUB, MOBI, AZW, IBA, and More The Different Ebook Formats Explained: EPUB, MOBI, AZW, IBA, and More In this article we look at all of the common ebook formats, explain their pros and cons, and tell you which ebook readers support them. Read More if you’d like more information about their respective differences.)

Bookviser Reader is highly customizable. Not only can you adjust the font type and size, but you can also change the margins, line spacing, page-turning animations, color themes, and on-screen indicators like the battery, time, page number, and reading progress bar.

You can also set up two different themes for day and night reading, import books from OneDrive, look up word definitions, make annotations, and highlight text.

The Bookviser Reader app is free to download and use and is ad-free.

Download: Bookviser Reader (Free)

Which Is Your Favorite Ebook Reader for PC?

The e-readers for PCs that we have reviewed in this article should be more than enough for most bookworms to find something that meets their needs.

But we’d love to hear what you think, so make sure you let us know about your favorite ebook readers in the comments below.

And if you would like to learn more, check out our article how to read ebooks on a phone or tablet How to Check Out and Read Library Ebooks on Your Phone or Tablet How to Check Out and Read Library Ebooks on Your Phone or Tablet If your library offers ebooks, this app provides an easy way to search for and check out ebooks right on your mobile device. Read More and our list of sites that offer free ebooks 5 Sites With Lots of Completely Free Ebooks That Don't Suck 5 Sites With Lots of Completely Free Ebooks That Don't Suck If you know where to look, you can snag free ebooks to read online, download to your computer, or transfer to your Kindle. Read More .

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  1. Nadine
    April 25, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    I've tried them all but I'll stick to Book Bazaar Reader (available in Windows Store)!

  2. gazoo
    April 13, 2019 at 6:55 am

    I think we need to deprecate the term PC as it relates to Windows-only computers. It's vague and confusing - given the number of OS variants in so many different hardware form factors.

    Windows is transitioning into a cloud, subscription-based system with always-on tendrils (via "telemetry") to the outside world. The term Personal Computer now feels like a misnomer and it's use... arcane when applied to an always connected device. It does little to help users understand the systems they're working on.

    I'd argue that Linux is the leading viable PC standard despite it's server-based underpinnings. Most others are in a transitioning form; heading toward terminals or kiosks: with increasingly less local support. Call them Windows or ChromeOS or macOS (as it transitions to ARM with iOS code) or Android with Bubbles... just don't called them "Personal" anymore.

    The PC, as we once understood is, is being slowly killed off. We should acknowledge this.

  3. Anonymous
    December 7, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Another Calibre alternative to recommend, Epubor Ultimate eBook Converter.

    Just because it's much more easier to use than Calibre especially when removing DRM.

    • Justin Pot
      December 7, 2015 at 2:36 pm

      $60, though, just so people know before searching.

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  6. Richard Wallis
    December 9, 2011 at 3:39 am

    Hi Justin,

    Thanks for mentioning MagicScroll again.

    Just wanted to let everyone know that I launched a new version on Tuesday, so it may not be as polished as usual.  There are a few features missing at the moment but they should reappear over the next few days.

    The new version of MagicScroll is still very simple but there are a couple of improvements: 

    MagicScroll no longer needs an internet connection on Chrome, Safari and Firefox.  If you add a book from your harddrive it'll process it fully clientside and add it to your library.

    Books should load significantly faster and scrolling now adapts to the amount of text under the line, so you're able to read for longer without touching the keyboard.

    I'm still working on Android, iPad and iPhone, so users may have a bit of trouble with those platforms for a couple of days.  They should be fully functional early next week.

    Anyway thanks again for the mention, if anyone wants to get in touch for any reason, or if you notice a bug, please email me at support at magicscroll.net and I'll do my best to help out.

    Kind Regards
    Richard Wallis
    (Developer MagicScroll.net)

  7. Ibrahim
    December 8, 2011 at 6:28 pm

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    • jhpot
      December 9, 2011 at 7:26 am

      Sometimes stuff gets up before the moderators can handle it. It's very challenging to balance giving people the ability to comment while also keeping out the crap. We're getting better at it all the time, though!

  8. Paul Baughman
    December 8, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I miss read the title. I thought you were reviewing ebook readers. *is disappointed.

    • jhpot
      December 9, 2011 at 7:29 am

      Sometime in the future, perhaps...

      • Nelly
        May 10, 2012 at 3:25 am

        Yeah, I can sell the ebook for whatever I want (well, 99 cents and above; they only let puiershlbs set the price for free). But with the physical book, since it's print on demand they print it out each time it's ordered it costs Amazon a certain price to do that. So you can only lower the print book so much.

  9. Sergey
    December 8, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Strange list. Named "6 Best Desktop eBook Readers..." but most of the readers are online (and not specifically desctop) and too...general. Trere are no special book-reading software like ICE Book reader ( http://www.ice-graphics.com/ICEReader/IndexE.html ) and so on.

    • jhpot
      December 9, 2011 at 7:35 am

      For better or for worse, I tend to focus on cross-platform software. I'll look into Ice, though; seems cool.

  10. Sais
    December 8, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Kindle is my favourite because I can sync with desktop and Android phone. 

    • jhpot
      December 9, 2011 at 7:36 am

      Kobo and Nook both do this too!

  11. Cell Travis
    December 8, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I've been using the Mobipocket ebook reader on my desktop for the past 6 months and have found it to be quite good in terms of a flexible desktop reader. I've also tried the EPUB reader add-on for Firefox but overall, I've come to like the .mobi format more.

    • jhpot
      December 9, 2011 at 7:36 am

      I find it's a lot easier to find EPUB files than MOBI, and I like open formats, but your point is well taken.

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