Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I would prefer a good and free solution for reading epub books on OS X.

It looks that by default OS X is not able to open epub books.

share|improve this question
possible duplicate of Is there a practical ePub book reader program for Mac OS X? – Mark Feb 3 '13 at 19:57
up vote 12 down vote accepted


ePubRead Firefox Addon

Crossplatform Sony book reader

Mac OS X Port of FBReader

Adobe Digital Editions

share|improve this answer
Great list. It's just too bad that Adobe Digital Editions is so horrid. – Philip Regan Apr 22 '11 at 20:12
Yeah, considering adobe should be peerless for digital media, and yet reader and DE are garbage. – ConstantineK Apr 22 '11 at 21:02
Calibre doesn't seem to show the content of epub books – Dmitri Zaitsev May 7 '15 at 4:32

Stanza is a very good epub reader for OSX that is free.

share|improve this answer
Down vote, link doesnt work! – sorin Jul 10 '12 at 18:38
Stanza was the best ereader but Amazon bought it and they don't want a epub reader – Mark Feb 3 '13 at 19:53

Scarlett in the Mac App Store.

share|improve this answer

I use Calibre on my desktop machines; it's very feature rich and can convert to and from .epub so you can use it with most of the "specialty" readers. You can even "tweak" your books to fix minor typos and oddities from conversions. I don't think that is up to the normal Mac usability, but it does work.

I've also used the Kobo reader to read various epubs; it has some nicer page layout than Calibre and allows comments and highlighting that is pretty unique to Kobo. I'll admit I haven't used it on Mac, but I think it's great on Windows and Android. I'm pretty sure it's Stanza on my iPad, though.


share|improve this answer might be a bit full featured but will do the job.

share|improve this answer

Bookle is a native epub viewer for OS X, but its development seems to have stopped at a kind of a beta stage. It doesn't support searching, and I didn't really like the full screen mode or the library model.

I have used calibre's ebook-convert to convert some epub files to plain text:

/Applications/ input.epub output.txt
share|improve this answer

Amazon Kindle for Mac works quite well. You can download it directly from Amazon, or get it via the Mac App Store.

share|improve this answer
This reads .mobi files not .epub – Mark Apr 22 '11 at 18:21
Bah, I forgot that I had to convert them using Calibre. – Dave DeLong Apr 22 '11 at 18:45

Convert the EPUB into PDF for free. They email you the converted file in 2 minutes. Nothing to download, no trial, no partial download with a lure to buy the real deal.
Real deal.

You're welcome.

share|improve this answer
Are you in some way affiliated? We need to know that. – Alex Jul 10 '13 at 8:11
and reading epubs is much better than pdfs as you the user can change the font and the word wrap – Mark Jul 10 '13 at 10:22

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.