How do I open an epub file

What is an EPUB file (and how do I open one)?

A file with the epub file extension is a popular file format for storing eBooks and other types of content. EPUB, short for Electronic Publication, was named the official standard of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) in September 2007.

What is an EPUB file?

EPUB files can contain words, images, style sheets, fonts, metadata, and tables of contents. They are considered to be layout-independent, which means that the screen size has no influence on the formatting. EPUB files can display content on screens that are only 3.5 inches. This, and the fact that it is a freely available standard, is why a majority of eReaders support EPUB files.

How do I open one?

Because of their widespread use, more hardware eReaders support EPUB files than any other eBook file format. You can open an EPUB file using one of the many free programs like Caliber or Stanza Desktop, whether you're using a Kobo, Barnes & Noble Nook, or even a desktop. The notable exception here is Kindle. You cannot read an EPUB file directly on a Kindle, but there are ways to convert an EPUB file to a file that the Kindle can use.

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iPhone and Android devices come pre-installed with their own applications for opening eBooks - iBooks and Google Play. If you're trying to open one on your desktop, you probably need a third-party application.

If you're using Windows 10, Microsoft Edge can display EPUB files natively. If Edge isn't already set up as the default program to process EPUB files, right-click the file, point to the Open With menu, and then click the Microsoft Edge option.

Edge will then open a new tab that will display your book in the format it uses for Reader view.

Of course, Edge isn't going to give you the best reading experience possible. We still recommend using Caliber, which can open any number of eBook formats.

How do I convert one?

Just like any other file format you might need special software to convert EPUB to another format. When you try to change the extension, you might see a corrupted and unusable file.

Unless you're using Kindle, which uses a proprietary file format, your eReader likely already supports EPUB, and all you need to do is open the file on your eReader or smartphone device. However, you can use an EPUB file on your Kindle. You just have to convert it first.

We recommend Caliber again for this. Not only does it let you open and view eBooks, but it also has a powerful tool that allows you to convert your file to one of 16 different formats, including the MOBI format, which your Kindle can open.

If you don't feel like downloading third-party software, or you only have a book or two to convert and don't want to bother, some websites can do the conversion for you.

Some free online file conversion sites include DocsPal, Convertio, ConvertFiles, and Zamzar. All of these features work just fine, although DocsPal is probably the easiest to use.

Just visit one of these websites, upload your file (s), choose the format you want to convert to, and the website will do the rest! Some require you to enter a valid email address in order to receive the file via email after the conversion is complete.

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