Best epub reader on Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by andy8, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. andy8 macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2009

    I have been searching for a good and stable epub reader for Mac. Currently, I've got "Kitabu" and "Ehon" applications installed.

    After experimenting a little, I found out that both applications are unstable and for reasons unknown, isn't able to open all the epub ebooks I have. I am sure my epub files are not corrupted.

    I am really interested to know if the Mac platform does have a stable and brilliant epub reader.

    THANKS !
  2. Stooby Mcdoobie macrumors 6502a

    Stooby Mcdoobie

    Jun 26, 2012
    Nook for Mac is a good one. You have to create an account (free), but it will let you load up your existing ePubs as long as they're DRM-free.
  3. Partron22 macrumors 68020


    Apr 13, 2011
    Notably, a Macintosh is not an iOS device.

    I use calibre reader. It works well for non-DRM stuff, and the price is right.
  4. quasinormal macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2007
    Sydney, Australia.
    The ebook management program, calibre, will read epubs. It tends to updated each week. I use it like iTunes for my Kobo Touch ereader.

    It's a bit bloated, but generally works ok.

    Edit- As Partron22 said
  5. Stooby Mcdoobie macrumors 6502a

    Stooby Mcdoobie

    Jun 26, 2012
    You don't say... :rolleyes:

    I guess I'm just a little confused by what you're trying to get at, as none of that contradicts my post.

    DRM-free = no DRM

    No DRM means the files would work in the Nook reader app. Obviously this rules out Apple's ePubs because they are not DRM-free.
  6. Partron22 macrumors 68020


    Apr 13, 2011
    ePubs from Apple store are generally not readable on a Mac.
    That's a handy thing to know before you go freighting up on Mac programming guides from Apple, or any other book for that matter. For whatever reason, Apple has decided we ought'nt be able to read their books on our Macs.
  7. Stooby Mcdoobie macrumors 6502a

    Stooby Mcdoobie

    Jun 26, 2012
    Okay, I see where you're coming from now. I guess I could've been more clear in my initial post, but I was referring to his collection in general - not just what he's purchased (if he has) from Apple. I didn't know they couldn't be read on a Mac at all, though (for some reason I thought iTunes had an eBook reader built in).
  8. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Inside iTunes if you do a Get Info on a book then it'll either say "Protected" or "Purchased" in the Kind field. "Purchased" files should be regular epubs. Obviously with "Protected" you'd need to remove the DRM before you could read them on a computer.

    I don't know how to tell the DRM status prior to purchase.
  9. nho11 macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2012
  10. osiris24x macrumors member


    Mar 11, 2007
    There's also Readium, a Chrome extension ePub reader. Nice interface and works great. It's absurd that iTunes doesn't let you read eBooks on the Mac.
  11. jahala macrumors regular


    Feb 7, 2008
    I used to use FBreader, but it wants to make an library of your books. I have been using Stanza for years now. I can just open a non-protected epub file and read it. I have tried a lot of the other alternatives and always end up coming back to Stanza.

    That said, I am not satisfied with Stanza at all. I wish there were better ebook applications available for the mac. In fact, I have basically stopped reading ebooks on my mac. I read them on my iPhone now.
  12. trustever macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2013
  13. lorcar macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2013
    any update on this? which program would you suggest for a 15 retina mac book pro?
  14. macmini27 macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2012
    I am using an app called as Clearview

    Description: Easy-to-use tabbed style ebook reader, equipped with library shelf, supports popular ebook formats as PDF, EPUB (DRM free), CHM, and MOBI. You can make annotations, insert bookmarks, and do searching freely.

    I am using this app for approx 6 months, while i am happy with reading epub and mobi file, chm is still buggy. The best part is annotation, however i am searching for exporting these annotations to nvAlt
  15. hammao macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2013
    Try Adobe Digital Editions it will do exactly what you want and read the protected files....
  16. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
    OS X Mavericks will ship with an ePub reader. I bet it will be pretty good.
  17. GreenDolphin macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2013
  18. NILOFER macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2012
    e-book reader

    try Borders


    Try Borders for e-pub reader;)
  19. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    While I do 90% of my reading in iBooks on the iPad; it would be nice to be able to read on my MBP. I have Kindle for OSX right now, and rarely use it, but I'm really looking forward to Mavericks for iBooks on OSX. That's a big feature for me.

    I do hope they make a way to better organize your books, right now I have too many books and they are kind of a mess.
  20. onekerato macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2011
    Exactly... but iBooks on Mavericks GM feels very laggy so far :( It has the collections feature from iBooks for iOS, but iCloud sync for EPUBs doesn't seem to work across iOS and Mac iBooks apps. Moreover, the risk of losing your annotations is quite high since it keeps all annotations from all EPUBs together in one database. I've had EPUBs and annotations vanish into the great unknown.

    Hopefully, Apple will figure it out soon.
  21. tdream macrumors 65816

    Jan 15, 2009
  22. onekerato macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2011
    Ahem... I would like to correct myself. I've been reading "The Emperor of Maladies: A Biography of Cancer" - fascinating book BTW - on iBooks for Mac, and the highlighting shortcut using "hold down CMD & drag" is brilliant. EPUB rendering is excellent, and iBooks doesn't feel laggy anymore. Combined with speedy offline dictation in OS X Mavericks, it's the best EPUB reading experience so far.

    I also liked BookReader but highlighting/note-taking requires a right-click in that app, which gets frustrating quickly. BookReader makes it very convenient to export your notes & highlights while iBooks has a nice UI for reviewing your notes within the app.

    I'm still wary of iCloud sync for annotations (the EPUB itself, not purchased from the store, doesn't seem to sync via iCloud) so I intend to test reading/annotating on multiple Macs only after the 0.1 update to iBooks.
  23. onekerato macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2011
    I evaluated the current set of features in iBooks, BookReader and Clearview - three excellent EPUB readers on Mac OS X, and these are my conclusions:

    * For technical books, where you're likely to make lots of notes, BookReader is the only reliable way to export annotations (for example to make your notes searchable in Evernote).
    * For novels and general nonfiction, iBooks for Mac allows you to continue reading across your Macs and iOS devices which likely outweighs the need to export annotations.
    * If Clearview can fix it's EPUB text rendering and notes export bugs, it would be a better choice than BookReader for technical books.

    Full pros & cons analysis here:
  24. Ritmo macrumors member


    Mar 27, 2009
    All these apps seem to create a copy of the books or some kind of cache. So is there any app that will just open the epub file without filling my hard drive?
  25. onekerato macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2011
    I'm using Murasaki app for opening EPUBs directly (it doesn't import them into a Library.) Available on Mac App Store. It's priced at $8.


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