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Old 10-27-2011, 07:43 AM   #1
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Is there a simple ePub reader for PC?

Hi there

I'm looking for a reader that will do just that - allow me to open and read ePub files on my PC (XP). The ones I've tried, for example Sony and Calibre want to manage my files, whjich involves making unnecessary copies of stuff I've already downloaded to my computer.

Is there something that will do what, say, Adobe reader does for pdf, and just open an ePub file when I click on it, let me read it, then close without changing anything?

Many thanks
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Old 10-27-2011, 07:46 AM   #2
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You could try the windows version of FBReader http://www.fbreader.org/win32/

There's also a Firefox-Plugin for Epubs I think.

Another option is Azardi http://azardi.infogridpacific.com/html/

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Old 10-27-2011, 08:43 AM   #3
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I use Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) as a simple ePub reader. I have it associated with the Windows "Open" command for the ePub extension so that it opens as the default app when I double-click on an ePub.

For that matter, you can use calibre's reader (ebook-viewer.exe) the same way, totally bypassing calibre's library management functions.
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Old 10-27-2011, 07:18 PM   #4
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+1 on the Adobe Digital Editions. It's a free download and it works.
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Old 10-27-2011, 08:35 PM   #5
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The simplest is the plug-in for Firefox. I don't know if it makes file copies though.
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Old 10-28-2011, 11:41 AM   #6
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I use Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) as a simple ePub reader. I have it associated with the Windows "Open" command for the ePub extension so that it opens as the default app when I double-click on an ePub.
That's what I use too.

By the way, what icon is associated with your .epub files? Previously I had none, oh, and that's a feature of ADE....

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Old 10-28-2011, 05:08 PM   #7
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By the way, what icon is associated with your .epub files?...
I use this one:
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Old 10-31-2011, 11:39 AM   #8
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Thanks for your help. I had tried associating ePub with Calibre, but hadn't noticed that the reader is a separate .exe, and that you can use it and bypass all the library management stuff. Using ADE works too. I didn't try the other options, two is enough! Great response to my first query!
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Old 04-09-2013, 03:49 PM   #9
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Thanks for your help. I had tried associating ePub with Calibre, but hadn't noticed that the reader is a separate .exe, and that you can use it and bypass all the library management stuff. Using ADE works too. I didn't try the other options, two is enough! Great response to my first query!

I discovered today that another, simple way to bypass the Calibre library management functions is to go to "all programs", look for the Calibre drop down, and select the E-book viewer.
(This is on an XP machine).


Having said that, while Calibre is great, and FBReader is also very good at what it does, I was wondering if there were any other stand-alone programs (not browser add-ons) that did similar things.
(I'm afraid I don't like the look and feel of Adobe DE at all).

I've been having font problems of different kinds with both Calibre and FBReader, while reading some German books in EPUB format. While Calibre read most of the books fine, for one of them, for some reason, it couldn't handle the umlauts.

So I tried the same book in FBReader, and it handled the umlauts fine (and for all the other German books I had). But it insisted on reading them with a non-serif font, and when I tried changing it, it didn't seem to want to do it (though I tried several). I could change fonts with FBReader's "about" information, no problem.

I notice that the development effort for FBReader is going into mobile devices, which is fair enough, but it does mean the desktop support (for Windows anyway) has fallen way behind.
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Old 04-09-2013, 04:39 PM   #10
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You might try Cool Reader. There are many choices for eBook readers on windows. We have them covered in our wiki. http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/E-book_software#Windows

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Old 04-09-2013, 07:27 PM   #11
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You might try Cool Reader. There are many choices for eBook readers on windows. We have them covered in our wiki. http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/E-book_software#Windows

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Many thanks Dale!


The field is evidently a lot wider than I thought (I'm glad to discover).

Cheers,
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:17 PM   #12
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Many thanks Dale!


The field is evidently a lot wider than I thought (I'm glad to discover).

Cheers,
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I'm impressed already with coolreader3. Very simple but very effective. A few more fonts wouldn't hurt, but it does the job (& no problems with umlauts, etc), and is very lightweight.


Thanks again for the tip.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:50 AM   #13
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The simplest is the plug-in for Firefox. I don't know if it makes file copies though.
Yes it does. It has its own bookshelf manager and that is where it keeps the copy.
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Ironically, the only thing I've found that truly does what you describe -- treat ePUBs like PDFs and not include any annoying "library" functionality -- is a PDF reader, Sumatra PDF, which also supports ePUBs. As an added bonus, it comes in a "portable" version, a standalone executable.

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Old 02-11-2014, 10:02 AM   #15
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Oh, it's right here, please just try PC ePub Reader
http://epingsoft.com/epubreader/
standalone executable, totally free.
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