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The best Epub reader apps for Windows laptops

2019-05-11

Modern laptop computers are light and relatively battery-friendly devices that can be used, among other things, for reading ebooks. Windows computers don’t come with a pre-installed ebook reader application, but you have to download and install one yourself. Here are the best Epub book reading apps for Windows 10.

First, a reminder: two file formats, EPUB and Kindle, are common in ebooks. Epub is the universal standard that is compatible with practically all devices and apps, except for the Amazon Kindle. Bookstores, like Google Play, Barnes&Noble, Kobo, Tolino, and many more have all their ebooks in Epub format.

Ebooks purchased from the Amazon Store are formatted for Kindle, and can’t usually be opened in Epub apps (there are exceptions to this). The Kindle reader app can be downloaded here. Yet another document file format is Adobe PDF that requires a dedicated PDF Viewer/Reader app (some Epub apps can open PDF files, too).

Now, let’s take a look at the best reading applications for Windows 10 that can open Epub ebooks. A safe place to download Windows apps is the Microsoft Store that you can find when you open the Start menu (bottom-left corner) on your PC, and scroll the list on the left until you can click Microsoft Store.
Fread ebook reader app on Windows 10 PC

Five free Epub reader applications for Windows

Cover – Comic Reader
The name says it all. Cover reading app has been designed for image-heavy ebooks, like comics and manga. It handles its primary function really well. Cover reader can open Epub books as well.

Freda
Freda is a popular ebook reader application that comes with plenty of functionality. It is, however, easy to get started with the app because it has been linked to ebook repositories that provide free and public domain works. So, you can instantly download a book, open it, and start reading while exploring Freda’s features (don’t get lost, though, there are plenty of settings to tweak if you want). It looks like Freda has been designed for touch screen devices, but it works fine on an ordinary Windows laptop. If you happen to have a 2-in-1 foldable laptop with touch screen, try Freda on it.

Kobo
Kobo is an ebookstore that also markets highly ranked e-reader devices for Epub books. Kobo provides reading apps for mobile devices and PCs that let you download books from the store and read them in the app. Kobo’s Windows 10 reader application has a clean, simple layout and it is easy to use, but it has just enough features to allow you to finetune your personal reading settings. It is possible to upload Epub books you have on your PC to the Kobo reader. These imported books are stored on your Kobo account for access on other devices as well.
Kobo epub reader on Windows 10 laptop
Overdrive
If your library provides ebooks, Overdrive may be the system that operates in the background and manages the loans. This is the ebook reader app for you if you borrow ebooks from your library.

Storytel
Audiobook and ebook subscription service Storytel has developed applications for mobile devices and PCs. The best thing with Storytel is that it has both ebooks and audiobooks in the same catalog. You can always choose if you want to listen or read a book. Storytel is rapidly expanding to new countries, but doesn’t yet cover all markets of the world. Scribd is another book subscription service that has both ebooks and audiobooks, but on a Windows PC, books must be accessed in a browser, not in an app.

These Epub reader apps fulfill a function as well

Adobe Digital Editions is not among the best Epub reading apps, but some bookstores may require it is used to access purchased ebooks. This has to do with the copy-protection (DRM) mechanism the bookstore may have embedded in an ebook.

Microsoft Edge web app can open Epub books directly in the browser. No add-ons, plugins, or extension are required.

If you have an Apple MacBook laptop with a fairly recent operating system version, the Apple Books reading application is already installed on your computer. It is one of the best Epub reader apps, and I have never needed another reading app on a MacBook or iPad.
freda epub reader app settings on Windows 10Don’t get lost in Freda’s settings.

Ebook news digest: respect privacy when photographing, blogging tools, news editors set free

2017-05-21

News on ebooks, photography, writing and ereaders

Woman reading an ebook on an ereader, photo by wolfg
Know Your Travel Photography Rights
Wanderness

The title of this excellent post should be something like “How to Respect Privacy Laws when Photographing Overseas”. Every aspiring street photographer and traveler with a camera should read this.

Tools I use for Writing, Publishing & Blogging
Write & Publish like a Pro

These are professional tools for a blogger who is running a blog business. Backup is priority number 1.

How to buy and read ebooks in Edge as part of the Windows 10 Creators Update
PC World

Microsoft Windows 10 features a store where you can purchase apps, games, movies and music. Ebooks haven’t been available so far, but they will become into the store soon. Windows 10 developer version already includes the new store with ebooks, so it is safe to assume that it will happen.

Gvido dual-screen e-ink music sheet gets an unbelievable price tag
Slashgear

A dedicated device for musicians: dual-screen E ink device. Only in Japan, and the price tag may suit for the famous artists only.

The Lighter Side of Finland (6th Edition)
Russell Snyder

If you want to learn something useful and be amused while doing so, The Lighter Side of Finland is for you, especially, if you are interested in the Nordic culture or have travel plans for Scandinavia.

New York Times will offer buyouts to editors in push to transform editing
Poynter

The New York Times is one of the few successful news organizations that has managed to convince readers to pay for digital news. Nonetheless, the old business structures will have to go as the newspaper is preparing a new way to edit news articles. When plenty of experienced editors are let go, we expect some of them are going to establish new startups and independent publishing companies.

Travel Photography Tips and Techniques
Picture Correct

Tip number 10 is very important for everyone who is shooting to document a destination, for instance, in order to write an article or a travel guidebook. Also, when documenting, you must take photos of subjects you may not like or don’t see as very photogenic. You may need it later when you write.

Onyx is launching an E Ink notebook (and several eReaders)
Lilliputing

This is strictly in the rumors category: Onyx may launch a laptop with E ink display. It is called the Onyx Boox Typewriter. Well, let’s wait and see. An intriguing idea, though.


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Ebook news digest: writing tips, movie industry shows example, the business of writing

2016-11-01

Ebook news digest November 1, 2016

tavira, a non-digital nomad in a park
Is Writing For Free Ever OK? There’s A Fine Line Between Exposure And Exploitation (Bustle)

Today, it is easier to publish a book or an article than ever before. Tomorrow, it is going to be even easier than today. Ebook publishers, online news and magazines, blogs, self-publishing services and social media provide everyone a channel to publish. Naturally, a channel is more prestigious than other one. That’s when it gets complicated. If you want to publish in a respected channel, you have to know what you are doing.

How the Film Industry Could Change Book Publishing (Digital Book World)

Digital media is profoundly changing book business – only the pace of change is the difficult factor that no one can predict. As the article argues, the world of books has been slower to adopt new technologies than music or movie businesses. Still, book subscription services and audiobook services are something new in publishing. Lessons from movie industry could benefit book publishing because movie studios have finetuned release timing to perfection in order to maximize revenues from one product.

Here’s Why You Never Get Around To Writing That Book (Huffington Post)

If you have never written a book, you probably think that you can’t do it. Either your writing isn’t good enough, or there is too much work, or no one is interested in the result. In her article Cheryl Muir says: “So if there is a story burning inside of you, write it.” We believe writing is a skill that can be learned and the more you write, the better you get.

Windows 10 Tutorials ebook available for free through Nov. 3 (Windows Central)

Especially those PC users who start using Windows 10 right after Windows 7, may be surprised how different everything is. The desktop is different, the menus, the toolbars … well, everything. Windows 10 is a major overhaul of the Windows operating system, but for the better. Apple Mac OSX (MacOS Sierra) users can only envy the modern new Windows. Even writers will eventually move to new Windows (unless they are stuck with a Mac or Linux computer). A free Windows 10 ebook tutorial is available for download until November 3rd via a link in the article.

How to write a cover letter people will actually read (The New York Times)

The article discusses cover letters written specifically for job applications, but the tips are valid for any letter, report, message that you want the recipient read and perhaps re-read. Although templates are available for any type of letters, and it is vital to know what elements a good message must include, the thing is to be noticed. And it requires personal touch.