What is EPUB file? How to read EPUB files on your phone, computer


The EPUB file format (abbreviated for Electronic Publication) is an ebook format ending with .epub. You can download EPUB files and read them on your smartphone, tablet, ebook reader or computer. This free ebook standard supports more ebook readers than other file formats. EPUB 3.1 is the latest version of EPUB. It supports embedded audio and video.

How to open EPUB file

Most ebook reader applications like the B & N Nook, Kobo eReader, and the Apple iBook app can open EPUB files. EBUB files must be converted before being used on the Amazon Kindle.

EPUB files can also be opened on your computer with some free programs, such as Caliber, Adobe Digital Editions, iBooks, EPUB File Reader, Stanza Desktop, Okular, Sumatra PDF and more.

Many iPhone and Android applications also allow viewing of EPUB files. There is even an add on Firefox (EPUBReader) and Chrome (Simple EPUB Reader) application that allows you to read EPUB files in the browser like other documents.

Google Play Books is another way you can open an EPUB file by uploading an EPUB file to your Google account and viewing it through a web application.

Because the EPUB file is structured like a ZIP file, you can rename the EPUB ebook, replace the .epub with a .zip, and then open the file with your favorite file compression program like the free 7-Zip tool. Inside, you’ll see the contents of the EPUB ebook in HTML format, as well as the images and styles used to create the EPUB file. The EPUB file format supports embedded files such as GIF, PNG, JPG and SVG.

Note: Some EPUB files are DRM-protected, meaning they can only be opened on certain licensed devices to view the book. If you can not open the ebook using the programs above, you should see the book is protected in the air, to take measures to open it appropriately.

How to convert EPUB files

Since most computers do not have the default program for opening EPUB files, so to view this file we have to convert it and here are the ways to convert the EPUB file.

  • Caliber is the leading program to convert EPUB files to other formats. It converts most other e-book formats, including formats compatible with the Amazon Kindle. Some supported conversions include EPUB to FB2, HTML, LIT, LRF, MOBI, PDF, PDB, RTF, TXT, and SNB.
  • Using Online eBook Converter (ebook.online-convert.com) is another way to quickly convert EPUB files from one format to another such as AZW, TCR, etc. The website also has an EPUB converter so you can Convert other file types into this format, such as converting PDFs to EPUB format. This is a super simple way to create ebooks from your original source file.
  • Zamzar.com is an online EPUB conversion tool that can not be missed. You can use the website to convert EPUB files to PDF, TXT, FB2 and other similar text formats.

You can try to convert the EPUB file by opening the file with one of the eReaders and choose to save or export it in another format, although this is not as effective as using a Caliber or an online converter.