eBook Reader Software
eBooks are experiencing a surge of interest from book lovers, publishers, tech companies and online booksellers. Every week or two there's a new device on the market, hoping to capture market share. The market is becoming crowded and is likely to be even more crowded before things settle down. In the meantime, we want to provide you with the widest possible range of eBooks that can be read on the widest range of devices and computers.
Adobe Digital Editions
Adobe Digital Editions is a popular free ebook reader software that allows users to read ePUB and PDF files, as well as Adobe Flash (SWF).
In addition, it's compatible with most eBook readers except Kindle, and is required to transfer DRM-protected eBooks borrowed from libraeries and some eBook reader devices that don't have their own dedicated software.
The reading view consists of a navigation pane to view bookmarks, annotations, and a table of contents. You can hide the navigation menu and view the book in wide screen.
There are four levels of font size with ePUB eBooks and four different display types for PDF files, double-page, single page, fit-to-width view, and custom fit view from 87-919%.
Kindle Apps For PC, Mac, Android, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry
In an effort to keep on top of the eBook market, Amazon has released several Kindle apps for different devices that are free eBook reader programs that allows people in over 100 countries to download eBooks from the Kindle Store to read.
Kindle eBooks can now be read on all Kindle devices, iPad, iPhone, Android, iPod touch, Blackberry, PC and Mac. Kindle Apps synchronize bookmarks and the last page read across all these devices using Amazon’s Whispersync technology. However, Kindle newspapers, magazines, and blogs are currently not available for all these free eBook reader programs.
- Provides access to the Kindle Book Store with up to 750,000 eBooks available for immediate download (book rights vary by country).
- Read the beginning of any book for free before buying.
- Add notes and highlights, and automatically syncs them across all devices registered.
- Change background color to white, black, sepia.
- Adjust brightness.
- Full page view.
- Download free eBooks.
- Read books in full color including children’s books, cookbooks, textbooks, graphic novels, etc.
- 10 adjustable font sizes.
- Adjustable line width.
- Add unprotected MOBI and PRC files to the folder to view.
- Syncs last page read over all registered devices.
- View notes and highlights marked from other devices.
- Compatible with Windows 7. You can Zoom with a pinch of your fingers and turn pages by swiping a finger across the screen.
Sony Reader Library
Sony's eBook Library software supports all the same files as Sony Readers: BBeB (.lrf and .lrx), PDF, EPUB, TXT, RTF, DOC (converts to RTF for transfer to Reader or memory card), MP3, AAC, JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF.
Mac support is now available, and apps for iPhone and Android.
With the Sony Reader Library you can import files or download them directly from the online store. The eBook Store has over 150,000 titles for sale, with classics starting at $1.99 and new release and bestseller eBooks for $9.99. Sony also offers 1,000,000 free public domain books through Google. And there are some RSS feeds as well.
With Sony's free eBook reader software you can transfer and synchronize content to a Sony Reader by plugging in the device with a USB cable and dragging eBooks to the Reader in the menu pane or by saving the eBooks to a memory card. But most people prefer to use Calibre instead.
Barnes and Noble Nook Apps
The Barnes and Noble Nook software is a free eBook reader application that works with the following devices: PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Blackberry, and Nook. It also come installed on a number of 3rd-party eBook readers such as the Pandigital Novel.
The program grants access to B&N's online book store for downloading eBooks. After signing up an account with an email address and credit card, you can download free classics and purchase new eBooks. Bestsellers and new releases typically cost $9.99.
The software is required to read B&N's eBooks, and you can side-load other DRM-free ePUB eBooks.
- Access B&N's ebook store and download from a mobile device's browser.
- Lend eBooks.
- Read samples of ebooks before buying.
- Download free eBooks.
- Bookmark, note-taking, and highlighting features.
- Adjustable font sizes and margins.
- Portrait and landscape modes.
- Mobile devices can look up words in the dictionary, Wikipedia, and Google.
Mobipocket Reader supports MOBI and PRC ebooks, as well as unencrypted PDB files. The free eBook reader software is available on a variety of platforms: Windows PC, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Palm OS, Symbian OS, and several dedicated ebook readers like BeBook, Cybook, and iLiad.
Mobipocket software allows users to manage and organize eBooks, RSS feeds, and self-published eDocs on their computer. You can also sync content to mobile reading devices. Owned by Amazon, Mobipocket has over 40,000 titles available for download.
Mobipocket offers several features. You can modify font size and type, change the reading view to paperback page size, full-width display, 2 or 3 column display, as well as optimal display. You can annotate, highlight, bookmark any part of any eBook and even create custom hyperlinks between different eBooks. There is also a dictionary look-up feature and a wide selection of electronic dictionaries to choose from.