Reading e-books will give you access to thousands of books that you may have difficulty finding or acquiring with physical books. You can carry all your eBooks around using an eBook reader like Amazon Kindle, NOOK, or Kobo, making it easier for you to read anytime you want.
Now, you can also open and read your eBooks on Windows 10 PC. Some eBook files have the EPUB extension when you save it on your device. An EPUB or electronic publication, is a file in the Open eBook format that uses the “.epub” file extension.
The ebook file format is supported by many e-readers and various apps are available on mobile phones or tablets. Computers also support epubs with programs and apps designed specifically to open such file format. If you want to read your epub eBooks using a bigger screen and on your Windows 10 laptop or desktop computer, it is possible to do it in several ways.
Steps to Open and Read eBook Files in EPUB File Format on Windows 10 Computer
The EPUB ebook file extension is not natively supported in Windows 10. It is impossible to easily open it on PC without installing a third-party app or converting the file to a supported format like PDF.
To read EPUB files on PC, you will need to use an ePub app, your browser, or convert the file to make it readable on your computer. Below you will find several methods that you can try to read epub files on Windows 10.
Method #1 – Use your Browser to Read EPUB Files on PC
If you have a Google account, you can access Google Play Books. It is part of Google Play that allows you to shop for ebooks and add them to your account. From there, you can save it under My books and read it anytime.
Google Play Books also allow you to Upload EPUB files from your computer to your own personal library.
- On your browser, go to https://play.google.com/books.
- Select My Books.
- Click Upload files.
- You can drag your files to start upload or click Select files from your device. If you saved the EPUB files on your Google Drive, click My Drive and upload your ebook.
Use Browser Extensions to Open EPUB Files on Windows 10
Another way is to download a browser extension for your Google Chrome or Firefox. Go to Chrome Web Store or Firefox Browser Add-ons and download your browser extension.
Some examples of browser extension to read EPUB files are:
- ePUB Reader for Google Chrome
- EPUBReader for Firefox
- Simple EPUB Reader
Method #2 – Install Third-Party Apps to Open EPUB Files
Fortunately, there are third-party apps that you can install on your Windows 10 computer to read EPUB eBooks. Some examples of the best and topnotch third-party ebook reader apps on PC are:
- Kindle for PC
- Calibre Ebook Reader
- Adobe Digital Editions
- Barnes & Noble Nook
- Kobo Books Desktop App
- Icecream EPUB Reader
To download and install the ebook reader apps on Windows 10 PC, simply go to the Microsoft Store and follow this guide.
- Navigate to the Apps tab.
- Search for the eBook Reader app that you want to download.
- Click Get.
- After installing, open the app and upload the EPUB file that you want to read.
Method #3 – Convert EPUB File to PDF or Rename EPUB to a ZIP File
If you have a PDF converter tool like Calibre, you can also convert your EPUB file to PDF so that it is easily readable in Windows ecosystem. After converting, you can now open the PDF file on your Windows 10 PC. Follow the instructions on your specific PDF file converter to do the process.
Renaming and changing the epub file extension to .zip will also allow you to open and read your eBook in Windows 10.
- Right-click on your EPUB file and select Rename.
- Change the .epub to .zip and hit Enter.
- Then, use 7-Zip, WinZip, or WinRAR to extract the content of the compressed file into an HTML format.
Do you have other ways to read EPUB file formats on Windows 10? Please share your thoughts down in the comment section.