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.



ePubRead Firefox Addon

Crossplatform Sony book reader

Mac OS X Port of FBReader

Adobe Digital Editions

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    Great list. It's just too bad that Adobe Digital Editions is so horrid. – Philip Regan Apr 22 '11 at 20:12
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    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.

  • 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 – user151019 Feb 3 '13 at 19:53

Scarlett in the Mac App Store.



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.



http://calibre-ebook.com/ might be a bit full featured but will do the job.


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/calibre.app/Contents/MacOS/ebook-convert input.epub output.txt

Other alternatives:

E-Book Preview, http://macbookreader.com/wp/bookviewer (v.5.7 is the last full-featured free version) Bookreader Free, http://macbookreader.com/wp/ (there's also a paid version) Kitabu, www.kitabu.me Clearview, Canoe Software (App Store)

Stanza was freeware, copies are still lurking on the Internets.


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

  • This reads .mobi files not .epub – user151019 Apr 22 '11 at 18:21
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    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.

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    Are you in some way affiliated? We need to know that. – Alex Jul 10 '13 at 8:11
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    and reading epubs is much better than pdfs as you the user can change the font and the word wrap – user151019 Jul 10 '13 at 10:22

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