In order to read an eBook, you need to download a small piece of free software known as an eBook reader. EBooks come in different formats and each format has its own reader software. The format (.epub, .mobi, pdf, etc.) of eBook you select will depend upon your operating system (Windows, Mac, Android, etc.) and whether you would like to read on a hand held device (smartphone, tablet, etc.) or on your personal computer.
There are three categories of eBook readers available for download. These can be downloaded free (in most cases). Upgrades are purchased at a price.
- EBook readers for portable devices
The readers I personally use are FBReader and FReader (Full Reader). Both are multi-functional e-readers. They also come with plugins for TTS (text-to-speech), pdf, etc. Premium versions are not free. Search Play Store for the e-reader of your choice. The reason I prefer the two mentioned e-readers, is because they read both .epub and .mobi-formats. These formats are read by almost all devices. For iPhones and iPads you can use iBooks that comes pre-installed with them.
- EBook readers for PCs
For PCs running the Windows operating system I would suggest Adobe Digital Editions for .epub-files and Kindle Previewer for .mobi-files and also other Kindle format files. These e-reader are also freely downloadable from their respective websites.
- EBook readers for Mac
Every Mac comes with iBooks installed. This program is an e-reader. You can also drag-and-drop PDFs to iTunes from your Mac, so if you’ve got a great book that isn’t in ePub format, you can still read it in iBooks.