The Best EPUB reader for Windows?
“What can I test this EPUB file with on my Windows computer?”
It’s a dreaded question for many ebook creators. While Mac users now have iBooks to push their clients to, Windows is stuck without a great EPUB3 reader. And nothing is worse than a client sending you a huge list of problems with their title that is actually just a list of rendering bugs from the reader app that you have no control over.
With that in mind, here’s a few decent readers to suggest to your clients using PCs.
BlueFire recently released a Windows reader. BlueFire has been a leader on the Readium team and it has put a good effort into its first Windows release.
It’s a bit of a cheat, but it might be the best solution for Windows Users. Readium’s open source EPUB3 reader renders a large subset of WPUB3, and every client should be able to access Chrome (hopefully!).
The latest version of ADE is much improved over its previous version. It now supports a large subset of EPUB3. In my experiences, however, ADE is a real mess when it comes to titles with images in them. If you have a pure text title it might be worth a spin, though.
Hey, it’s not an EPUB reader, but if you know the book works well in KF8 it may be beneficial to have your client review it in the Windows version of Kindle Reader. It’s also good to remind your client that Kindle has a huge share of the market and is far more likely to be read there than a number of other readers in this list.
Yes, Calibre exists for Windows. It’s a great tool if you need to do some conversions but I would never recommend it as a reader—and definitely not for a client who wants to test a title.
Have any other recommendations for PC Users? I’ll gladly update this post with personal recommendations from our readers.
(Thanks to Laura Brady, Tina Henderson, and Jorge Hernández Valiñani for their contributions to this post.)