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E-readers for Computers

Errors often creep in when a book is converted to the various ebook formats, sometimes changing your formatting and making your book look unprofessional and an absolute mess in some cases. It’s therefore important to view your ebook in all the digital formats once the conversions have been done.

Not everyone owns an e-reader, and those who do cannot always read all available formats on theirs. Below is a list of e-readers for computers, compliments of YA fantasy author, Alphya Cing.

Basic EPUB reader for Firefox
This is a Firefox extension that, once installed, allows you to view EPUB files without the need for file downloads or additional software. Instead of the usual ‘save’ box that pops up when downloading an EPUB file, EPUBReader makes the necessary adjustments and displays the file on your computer. Note that this extension does not recognise imbedded fonts.

Nook reader
This allows you to read Nook books on your PC.

Adobe Digital Editions
This software enables you to purchase, download and read digital content like ebooks.

Kindle for PC
For Windows 7, Vista and XP.

Kindle Previewer
Kindle Previewer, unlike ‘Kindle for PC’ or ‘Kindle for Mac’, enables you to see your .mobi files exactly the way they will appear on the various Kindle devices, such as Fire or DX. If you’re building ebooks for upload to Amazon, it’s advisable to download Kindle Previewer and KindleGen, which is a command line tool for building or converting ebooks, recommended for authors and publishers who are familiar with HTML.


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