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This page contains eBook Reading software. There are also pages on Book authoring software, eBook conversion software, Bible study software, Personal Library management, and EBook reading for children software.

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[edit] eBook software

There is a wide variety of eBook software available on a wide variety of formats. The most popular formats for commercial eBooks include PDF, MOBI, LIT, and eReader roughly in that order. (ePUB is a new emerging standard format.) Click for more information on eBook formats. If you add dedicated eBook Readers then you would have to add BBeB, the Sony eBook format and Amazon AZW to the list of popular formats.

[edit] PalmOS

PalmOS document formats A few notes about documents on Palm devices. All of the programs below except the PDF readers can read PalmDOC files and maybe other formats.

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader for PalmOS: This is a version of the Adobe Reader (Acrobat) written for PalmOS. Despite being written by Adobe, some features of PDF files are unavailable.
  • CSpotRun An early Palm "doc" file viewer
  • Deep Reader: A Palm "doc" file reader for PalmOS PDAs. Abandoned by the author and no longer developed.
  • eReader: eReader eBook reading software that was supplied with a number of Palm devices.
  • iSilo: A shareware PalmOS viewer for offline HTML files.
  • LionDoc A Palm doc and zText file viewer, based on CSpotRun code.
  • MobiPocket Reader: A PalmOS reader for documents in MobiPocket format and Palm doc files.
  • Palm Fiction A free, open source reader for PalmDOC, FB2, zTXT, plain ASCII text, and RTF files.
  • PalmPDF A free, open source PDF viewer for Palm OS5 devices, based on a port of the XPDF library.
  • Plucker: A free, open source offline viewer for HTML on PalmOS PDAs.
  • ReadThemAll: A free, open source reader with an innovative scrolling method.
  • TealDoc: A commercial reader from TealSoft.
  • Tome Raider: features database like access with in an eBook reader.
  • uBook: A simple, lean but powerful eBook Reader. Also uBookLite.
  • WeaselReader: A free, open source reader for Palm "DOC" and zTXT files, originally written to view Project Gutenberg etexts.

[edit] WebOS

Palm Pre and HP TouchPad use WebOS, that features multitasking.

[edit] Windows

In alphabetical order. There are also Portable Apps for this platform that can be installed on a portable memory USB device or memory card.

[edit] Windows Mobile

Covers Windows Phone 7, Windows CE, Pocket PC and Windows Smartphone.

[edit] Windows phone

This is the phone equivalent of Windows 8. There is also a Windows phone 7.

  • Bible
  • Amazon Kindle
  • Dictionary.com
  • Audible - Audiobooks
  • Wikipedia
  • Advanced English Dictionary Free
  • Wattpad
  • Bible On The Go
  • Dictionary
  • MoHoo Reader
  • Bookviser
  • OverDrive Media Console
  • Biblia
  • Ebook Reader
  • Manga Reader
  • Quran Phone
  • Phree Book Reader

For more see the Windows phone store

[edit] Windows 8 Apps

Windows 8 follows the lead of other Tablets and provides dedicated eBook reading apps that can be launched from the START screen. These are normally available in PRO (32 and 64) and RT versions. Windows readers from earlier OS versions will likely work on all but the RT version but may not support touch screen or other advanced features.

  • Freda is now available for this Windows variant. Store
  • Kindle: A full Kindle reader for Windows with Touch screen support. Store
  • Book HD: an ePub and PDF reader. Store
  • Fiction Book Lite: A lightweight reader that Reads FB2, ePub Store
  • eBook Library: App to manage your eBook Library. Store
  • Vibe Reader: A universal reader. Store
  • BookVisor: Feature rich reader for ePub and FB2 Store
  • DL Reader: For Publishers and eBook Store operators. Supports ePub and PDF. Store
  • Fiction Book Reader: For FB2 and ePub. Store
  • Blio Books: Reads Blio books. Store
  • Book Bazaar: Reads FB2, ePub, PDF, MOBI, and TXT. Can direct download from Internet locations. Store
  • Adobe Reader Touch edition for reading PDF on a touch screen. Store
  • Overdrive Media Console: Checkout eBooks and audio media from your local library. Store
  • ePub Reader 8: ePub reader for non-DRM. Store
  • EPubReader: Download eBooks from various sources Store

Plus many more including self executing books. Search for eBook or Book.

[edit] Linux

[edit] MacOS X

[edit] iPhone and iPad

These readers work on iPhone and iPod Touch and/or iPad. Note that some can use eBook formats available from several sources while some can only work with eBooks obtained specifically for the application. Not all of these applications will work on the iPad. Some iPhone applications will need FullForce installed to use the full screen resolution.

  • Annotater: is available from the Apple store. It reads PDF documents and allows annotation.
  • AppEngines, LLC: sells eBooks with the application built-in.
  • Bluefire Reader: supports Adobe eBook DRM for ePUB and PDF, including B&N and library DRM. iPad and iPhone apps.
  • Books.app: First eBook Reader for the iPhone.
  • Book Troupe: lets you store your ePUB collection in Dropbox or Box, and supports social annotation (also available for Android)
  • BookZ HD. BookZ was one of the oldest ereader available on the iPhone--it is now available for the iPad. The app offers a reading experience similar to iBooks. It loads TXT files and allows adding additional Stardict dictionaries making it useful for reading other languages.
  • CBD Reader: Christian Book Reader supports purchases from ChristianBook.com (even free ones) which can be downloaded directly from the Reader. The same books can be downloaded to multiple platforms using ADE.
  • DL Reader: supports Adobe eBook DRM for ePUB and PDF, including Barnes & Noble and library lending. iPad and iPhone apps.
  • eBook Search App: - Download free books from major catalogs to iBooks, Kindle, Nook, or your favorite eBook reader app. Available on iTunes app store.
  • eBook Search PRO App - Download free books from major catalogs to iBooks, Kindle, Nook, or your favorite eBook reader app. Available on iTunes app store.
  • Eucalyptus: designed to read like a book with 20,000 eBooks available.
  • Enhanced-editions: Custom application for iPhone.
  • eReader: Ebook reading software from Fictionwise.
  • Files: general document reader (doc, rtf, txt etc), with excellent support for PDF.
  • Gitden Reader is an ePub 3 compliant eBook reader for iOS and Android OS.
  • Good Reader: from Goodiware, excellent support for large PDF documents (including annotation), also plays other media files (like movies), allows organization in folders, password protection, etc.
  • Google Books: read ebooks in your Google Books Library.
  • iBooks: comes with iPad and provides ePub and PDF support
  • iFlow Reader: ePUB (Adobe DRM) reader, with highlighting, annotation, bookmarks, Facebook sharing, dictionary lookup.
  • iPhone Bookshelf: eBook Reader for the iPhone and iPOD touch. Reads several formats.
  • iSilo: eBook reader will roots in PalmOS.
  • Kindle Reader: Share eBooks between the Amazon Kindle and your iPhone.
  • Kobobooks: free eBook app for the iPhone. Sample, purchase and read content from the Kobo store.
  • Legends: An eBook Reader from ZappTek with eBooks are available though the iTunes store.
  • Libris: eBook reader that can download books from several on-line sources and transfer from a Mac or PC using Libris Desktop. Reads several popular formats.
  • Mantano Reader: Supports PDF and ePub including Adobe DRM
  • Martview: Social Reading on a iPad that reads proprietary MART files. There is a converter to create Mart files that can be uploaded to the site.
  • Marvin: Marvin is a highly customisable eBook reader with Artificial Intelligence that lets you discover more about your books, its characters, places, and anything related. Has Dropbox support, specialty fonts for Dyslexic users and can build summaries of your books.
  • MegaReader: 1.8 Million Free Books. Highly customizable. ePub, OPDS, and Calibre support. From Inkstone Software, the maker of QuickReader. [1].
  • MobileReader: Free iPhone app to read online news, articles as well as books and documents in big letters on a small screen. [2].
  • Nook Study from Barnes and Noble is an eBook Reader for ePUB. It supports ADE and BN DRM books and provides special organization features for students.
  • Ouiivo Reader: The latest eReader for iPhone & iPod Touch. Very nice UI.
  • Papers synchronizes with Papers on the Mac. Specifically meant for reading research papers.
  • QuickReader: The Speed Reading eBook Reader. Super customizable. Touch free reading. ePub, OPDS, and Stanza-format catalog support. Download books from Calibre, Feedbooks, Internet Archive, Project Gutenberg, Baen Free Library, Smashwords, and others. iPad version coming soon. Demo Video.
  • Readdle: for Online Reading.
  • Readmill: Readmill is a unique eBook reader for iPad and iPhone that lets you read, share and discover great books. Sign up and download today. Highlight passages while you read, and share them with your friends and followers.
  • ShuBook: very similar to Stanza, though its origins with Chinese language show for English users. Compatible with Calibre's and similar sharing methods.
  • Snapplify Reader:eReader by Snapplify, supports ePUB, PDF, HTML5, and foreign language (right to left reading incl.) Enabled with notes, highlighting, bookmarks, page sharing and dictionary lookup. Suited for multiple users and synchronizes all data with the cloud.
  • Text On Phone: for Online Reading
  • Textreader: reads many eBook formats.
  • Wattpad: is a Java app that can retrieve and read eBooks. These are uploaded to the site by writers or PD text.
  • Yong iReader: Work on any mobile devices. Has built-in dictionary for iphone users.
  • Txtr: allows reading of Adobe DRM ePubs.
  • uBooks: Reads ePub, HTML, FB2, and TXT

[edit] Android

These readers work on devices running the Android OS. General purpose eReaders do not support DRM unless noted.

Booksellers eReaders

  • Books
    • Cost: Free
    • Formats supported: epub PDF
    • Online catalogs: Google books
    • Note: Only works with google books not side loading personal books. Basic reading client with excellent sync abilities
  • UB Reader
    • Cost: Free
    • Formats supported: EPUB DRM, EPUB FREE
    • Online catalogs: UB Store www.ubreader.com
  • CBD Reader
    • Cost: Free
    • Formats supported: epub
    • Online catalogs: http://www.Christianbook.com
    • Note: Christian Book Reader supports purchases from ChristianBook.com (even free ones) which can be downloaded directly from the Reader. The same books can be downloaded to multiple platforms using ADE.
  • eReader (Not in Android Market)
    • Cost: Free
    • Formats supported: pdb
    • Online catalogs: eReader.com, Fictionwise
    • Notes: bookmarks, highlights, notes, dictionary look-up when a compatible dictionary is installed.
  • Kindle for Android
    • Cost: Free
    • Formats supported: azw, mobi (DRM-free), topaz
    • Online catalogs: Amazon
  • Kobo eReading Apps
    • Cost: Free
    • Formats supported: ePub, Kepub
    • Online catalogs: Kobobooks
  • nook for Android
    • Cost: Free
    • Formats supported: ePub (B&N DRM, DRM-free), pdb(eReader with DRM)
    • Online catalogs: B&N
  • Reader by Sony
    • Cost: Free
    • Formats supported: ePub, PDF
    • Online catalogs: Sony

General Purpose eReaders

  • AEPReader
    • Cost: Free
    • Formats supported: txt, pdb (PalmDoc), prc/mobi (html, epub)
    • Online catalogs: Unknown
  • Aldiko
    • Cost: Free with $2.99 "premium" edition available
    • Formats supported: ePub (Adobe and B&N DRM, DRM-free), PDF (Adobe DRM, DRM-free)
    • Online catalogs: feedbooks, O'Reilly, All Romance, Smashwords
  • Bluefire Reader
    • Cost: Free
    • Formats supported: ePub (with DRM) and PDF
    • Online catalogs: Multiple sites (NO ODPS support)
    • Notes: Claims to handle about every ePub you can throw at it as well as PDF files. It supports Adobe DRM for ePub which allows books purchased or downloaded from multiple online sites to be read.
  • Books WordPlayer
    • Cost: Free
    • Formats supported: ePub
    • Online catalogs: ODPS support
    • Notes: Supports text-to-speech, Calibre integration
  • Book Troupe
    • Cost: Free
    • Formats supported: ePub
    • Online catalogs: None
    • Notes: lets you store your ePUB collection in Dropbox or Box, and supports social annotation (also available for iPhone and iPad)
  • Compact Reader
    • Cost: Free
    • Formats supported: txt, html, ePub, umd, zip
    • Online catalogs: None
  • Cool Reader
    • Cost: Free
    • Formats supported: chm, ePub, fb2, rtf, txt/tcr, doc, html, pdb, prc, mobi, pml
    • Online catalogs: None
  • DL Reader
    • Cost: Free
    • Formats supported: ePub (Adobe and Barnes & Noble DRM, DRM-free), library lending, Google Books, PDF (Adobe DRM, DRM-free)
    • Online catalogs: User defined
  • FBReader
    • Cost: Free
    • Formats supported: ePub, oeb, fb2(.zip), mobi, doc
    • Online catalogs: Supports any ODPS catalog.
  • Gecko Reader Lite
    • Cost: Free
    • Formats supported: txt
    • Online catalogs: None

General Purpose eReaders (cont)
  • Gutenberg eReader
    • Cost: Free
    • Formats supported: txt
    • Online catalogs: Gutenberg
  • Hiku Reader
    • Cost: €0.98
    • Formats supported: ePub
    • Online catalogs: None
  • iReader
    • Cost: Free with $1.99 premium version
    • Formats supported: txt, chm, umd, pdb, (Paid supports DRM-free mobi & DRM ereader)
    • Online catalogs: none
  • iSilo
    • Cost: $19.99
    • Formats supported: iSilo (DRM), pdb (PalmDoc), txt
    • Online catalogs: Unknown
  • Laputa Book Reader
    • Cost: Free
    • Formats supported: Unknown
    • Online catalogs:Gutenberg, Manybooks
  • Libris Lite
    • Cost: Free
    • Formats supported: Uknown
    • Online catalogs: Uknown
  • Mantano Reader
    • Cost: $7 (7 days free trial version available trial)
    • Formats supported: ePub (Adobe DRM, DRM-free), PDF (Adobe DRM, DRM-free)
    • Online catalogs: Feedbooks, ebooksgratuits, Barnes &Noble, FNAC, eBook (NL), Google books
  • Moon+ Reader
    • Cost: free
    • Formats supported: txt, html, epub, umd, fb2, chm, zip or OPDS
    • Online catalogs: (Any OPDS format) Gutenberg, Manybooks, Feedbooks, Sucang, PragPub, webfactional, Bean Free Library
    • Key Features:: Dictionary(ColorDict, Fora, etc,..., Annotation, Share, Export/Import Annotations.
  • Moon+ Reader Pro
    • Cost: £2.99 / US is approx. $5
    • Formats supported: txt, html, epub, umd, fb2, chm, zip or OPDS
    • Online catalogs: (Any OPDS format) Gutenberg, Manybooks, Feedbooks, Sucang, PragPub, webfactional, Bean Free Library
    • Key Features:: Dictionary(ColorDict, Fora, etc,..., Annotation, Text-to-Speech(TTS), Share, Export/Import Annotations.
  • MultiReader
    • Cost: €3.50
    • Formats supported: pdf, ePub, txt, doc, rtf, ppt
    • Online catalogs: Gutenberg
  • Nightbook
    • Cost: Free (with £0.99 premium version)
    • Formats supported: txt
    • Online catalogs: Uknown
  • OverDrive Media Console
    • Cost: Free
    • Formats supported: ePub (Adobe DRM, DRM-free)
    • Online catalogs: Lending Libraries powered by OverDrive
  • PalmBookReader
    • Cost: Free
    • Formats supported: txt, pdb (PalmDoc)
    • Online catalogs: None
  • Reveal Reader
    • Cost: Free
    • Formats supported: ybk, oeb
    • Online catalogs: YanceyWare, Gutenberg, Mormon/Bible/Christian downloads.
  • Snapplify Reader: Advanced with Academic Tools
    • Cost: Free
    • Formats supported: ePub, PDF, HTML5
    • Online catalogs: Multiple, opens any PDF or ePUB file
  • Sony Reader App: A good reader for testing ADE based ePub books.
    • Cost: Free
    • Formats supported: ePub
  • UltraReader
    • Cost: $2.99
    • Formats supported: txt
    • Online catalogs: None
  • Wattpad
    • Cost: Free
    • Formats supported: Uknown
    • Online catalogs:Wattpad
  • Wordoholic Reader
    • Cost: Free
    • Formats supported: ePub, fb2, txt
    • Online catalogs: feedbooks
  • Soc.io eReader
    • Cost: Free
    • Formats supported: epub
    • Online catalogs: Soc.io Mall eBooks
    • Note: Works for Android tablets and smartphones (2.x and up). Key Features: Bookmarking; 4 reading modes; Highlighting text; Search text on Google, Wikipedia; In-book search; Table of contents navigation, Share eBooks on social networks, On-device eBook discovery etc.

[edit] BlackBerry

  • eFile software: This is a free part of eOffice that reads PDFs, DOCs and TXTs
  • iSilo: now supports BlackBerry.
  • eReader: Ebook reading software from Fictionwise.
  • Kobobooks: free eBook app for the BlackBerry. Sample, purchase and read content from the Kobo store.

[edit] Symbian OS

  • QReader: Freeware, high quality reader for Symbian OS (Series 60 3rd Edition).
  • mobipocket: eBook reader for some PDAs, phones and desktop operating systems (Series 60 3rd Edition and older).
  • ZXReader: Reads TXT and FB2 files which can be zipped to save space.
  • Albite READER: Works with EPUB, TXT and XHTML files. Includes many features.
  • FBReader http://fbreader.org/symbian Works with ePub, fb2, TXT, Mobipocket (DRM-ed and/or files compressed with secret algorithm of Mobipocket are not supported)

[edit] Cell phones

Most most modern Cell Phones support Java standard for mobile applications (J2ME).

  • Albite READER A free and open source reader for Java Mobile that supports EPUB books.
  • AnyView free ebook reader for J2ME phones.
  • Foliant is a library-reader for mobile phones with support for Java. Its main function is to organize your collection of books and comfortable reading. It supports TXT and FB2 formats and has Unicode capability.
  • Libris: An eBook reader for Java MIDP 2.0 phones.
  • Mjfacetoolkit: A free, high quality reader for any Java (J2ME MIDP 2) phone.
  • MobiBook: A free, open source J2ME reader.
  • MoBook: A free, open source J2ME reader for TXT books without book size restrictions.
  • Mobipocket Reader 6.0 for java phones
  • ReadManiac: A free, open source, high quality reader for any Java (J2ME MIDP 2) phone.
  • MTextReader: Text file (.txt) reader for Java-enabled cellphones, with touchscreen support.
  • Tequilacat BookReader Excellent bookreader with touchscreen support.
  • tx2ph: This is a WAP-based reader that can read TXTs, PDFs. Works with any Internet-connected mobile device, including BlackBerries and Palms.
  • Unyverse: Read Wikipedia and any RSS news Feed on any Java (J2ME MIDP 2) phone (freeware).
  • Wattpad: is a Java app that can retrieve and read eBooks. These are uploaded to the site by writers or PD text.
  • Arabic READER A free arabic EPUB reader for Java (J2ME MIDP) phone built on top of Albite READER.

[edit] Nintendo DS

There are several more listed on the Nintendo DS page.

  • DSbible is a Bible reading program for the Nintendo. Includes a Bible.

[edit] Sony PSP

  • Bookr is a document reader for the Sony PSP (Play Station Portable) with native PDF rendering. An updated version with DJVU support is also available.
  • PSPKVM is an emulator java software for a Sony PSP (Play Station Portable), can be used to read epub with Albite READER 2.1 (No-Touch Version) in psp. Another java viewer for EPUBS is Foliant 0.7 BETA 3.
  • PS3mediaserver can be used to read CBRs with a Playstation 3 on your TV.

[edit] Web based reading

Some sites can be used to read eBooks using your Web Browser either from web locations or via upload. Some sites include a viewer specifically for eBooks only on that site and are not listed here.

  • http://ibisreader.com/ is a HTML5 ePub reader that works on all devices that support a HTML5 browser. All books are stored in the cloud, but can be downloaded.
  • http://www.docspal.com offers a free online viewer that supports many types of documents and eBooks like PDF, ePub, DJVU, CHM, MOBI, FB2, LIT, ODT, DOC and others.
  • Bookworm is an online site for storing and reading EPUB books.
  • Google Docs Viewer is a web based viewer that can view several document types including DOC and .DOCX, .XLS and .XLSX, .PPT and .PPTX, PDF, .PAGES, .AI, .PSD, .TIFF, .DXF, .SVG, .EPS and .PS, .TTF, .XPS, .ZIP and .RAR. It is automatically used for GMAIL to view attachments.
  • http://bookfusion.com/ is a cloud based reader with library management and annotation features. You can change devices and pick up where you left off. It uses your Web Browser to display the eBooks. EBooks can be uploaded to a public area or a private area. Anything uploaded to the public area can be used by BookFusion in anyway they see fit. You can also read but not download items from the public area.
  • AZARDI has an online version designed to allow publishers to offer samples or licensed viewing.

[edit] Downloading

These products use your web browser for viewing and downloading eBooks.

[edit] Others

  • ePaperFlip's PDF to eBook creator - It allows to create eBooks with real page turning effect in minutes without installing any software. These eBooks work on all platforms including mobile phones, tablets, MAC, Android, iOS and all.
  • Zune ebook creator is a image creator that works from eBook formats to provide eReading capability on the Zune and even digital frames or any image viewer.
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