Why Ehon is a great free epub book reader for OS X

I think I have a new favorite ebook reader for OS X. That, my friends, is Ehon. It’s meant to be a digital comic book reader and it’s a good one, too, able to open comics in CBR and CBZ formats.

Ehon is great for reading digital comic books. It’s also a fantastic ebook reader that supports epub.

But Ehon also supports epub files and there are a number of reasons why it makes a great ebook reader.

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The best free ebook readers for iOS

There are many great, free ebook readers for iOS. This is the bookshelf of the Apple’s iBooks app. (Photo from Apple.com)

Stanza seems to be running again since its “demise” about a year ago. Good thing, too, as it gives you more choices in reading books on iOS, though development on the app seems to be frozen up to now.

There are, of course, many ebook readers on the iOS app store for the iPhone, the iPod Touch, and the iPad, including Apple’s very own iBooks app.

The following are some of the best, free ebook readers for iOS. Note that while the apps are free, many books need to be purchased from an ebook seller. Free books are available online on Project Gutenberg and other websites.

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Read CBR and CBZ (digital comics) using Ehon, free for OS X Mountain Lion

Looking for a free comic book reader for OS X Mountain Lion?

Ehon

Ehon comic reader. Image from Ehon website.

Ehon is a free and easy to use comic book reader and manager from Kaiju Software. As a digital comic book reader, Ehon supports the following file formats:

  • epub
  • PDF
  • CBR/RAR
  • CBZ/ZIP
  • image folders

Download Ehon on the Mac App Store here:

Ehon - Kaiju Software

The minimum system requirements are as follows:

  • Intel-based Macs
  • OS X 10.6.6 or later (for Ehon’s Mac App Store version), which means it can be installed on Snow Leopard, Lion, and Mountain Lion

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Download PDF to Epub Converter, Free for a Limited Time

Qixingshi Technology is offering it’s PDF to epub converter, called PDF T Epub Converter, as a free download on the Mac App Store.

The PDF to Epub Converter from Qixinshi Technology is free for a limited time on the Mac App Store.

The app is available for free for a limited time only. Regular price is USD 39.99 on the App Store for OS X. It is available for free until February 26, 2012.

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How to Read Epubs Using Adobe Digital Edition

Adobe Digital Editions is one of my favorite ebook readers for Mac OS X. It can read books in epub format and it is completely free.

Reading becomes easy using scrolling on your mouse or trackpad. You can set font sizes easily and add bookmarks.

Once you have it installed and setup, you can use it to open and read digital books in epub format, even many epubs that are digitally protected by DRM.

Read epubs using Adobe Digital Editions

So how do you open epubs using Adobe Digital Editions?

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What to Do When Launching Adobe Digital Editions for the First Time

Adobe Digital Editions is a great ebook reader for Mac OS X. Not only does it support epubs, it can also handle PDFs and a “reflow-centric XHTML-based format.”

Adobe Digital Editions can be used to read epubs, PDFs, and XHTML.

For readers, they can also take advantage of Adobe Digital Edition’s support for lending and borrowing. Publishers like it because it supports DRM-protected content and allows for text markup features.

It’s a free download for Mac OS X and Windows.

When you install Adobe Digital Editions, you’ll be asked to go through a set up process when you launch it the first time. Read more for a step-by-step how-to on setting up Adobe Digital Editions.

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Download and Install Adobe Digital Editions to Read Epubs on Mac OS X

With Stanza Desktop practically dead, we have one less epub reader for Mac OS X. There’s Calibre, which is an ebook reader and ebook library manager. It is also a powerful app for converting ebooks to and from various formats.

Adobe has its own ebook reader, called Adobe Digital Editions, for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. It supports PDF, XHTML, and epub files. Adobe Digital Editions can be used to read books protected by Digital Rights Management or DRM.

Read more after the jump.

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Top Three Free Epub Readers for Mac OS X

Well I’ve written and ranted before about free epub readers for Mac OS X. There are few such apps and those that are available seem to me to be limited as ebook readers. While I’d love to repeat and expound on my complaints, right now, I’d like to present you with a small list of epub readers I’ve found for Mac OS X.

Those looking for an epub reader for Mac OS X might want to try one of the free apps mentioned below.

Read more after the jump.

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Free Epub Book Readers for Mac OS X

It’s convenient to have books to read on the iPod Touch. The iPod Touch is portable and capable of storing thousands of ebooks. Ebook reader apps tend to offer options to adjust the screen brightness, font faces and font sizes, and text and background colors. A good ebook reader app could let you bookmark pages, take notes, and look up definition of words without leaving the app.

I switched to the iBooks app on my iPod Touch after the Stanza app became unusable after I updated to iOS version 5 on the iPod Touch.

What happened to Stanza? It appears Stanza was bought by Amazon and has since died from neglect. Read and find out how and why: Amazon Killed Stanza.

Since Stanza’s death on iOS, I’ve been using Apple’s iBooks app. I disliked iBooks app at first because, compared to Stanza on iOS, iBooks felt sluggish. But the app has since grown on me.

Page 1 of Henry David Thoreau's "Economy" on the iBooks. Apple's iBooks is a great app for reading books on iOS. But how do you read epubs on Mac OS X?

Despite the portability and other conveniences of reading books on an iPod, when I get home, I still wish I could read my book on a bigger screen. Is there a way to read ebooks on Mac OS X?

Read what apps I’ve found for reading epubs on Mac OS X after the jump.

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