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valiha ([personal profile] valiha) wrote in [community profile] ebooks2013-10-26 01:04 am
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Windows 8 desktop ebook reader

I need help with finding a good epub reader for my Windows 8. I have Adobe Digital Editions installed, but I hate the way text is displayed - the font is horrible, I have no words so I'm adding a screencap. Is there a good standalone desktop program I can use to read my fic on my laptop? I mostly use my tablet, but sometimes I find I need to take a break from the work I'm doing and want to read a fic. Help!

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[personal profile] elf 2013-10-26 01:53 am (UTC)(link)
I use EPUBReader in Firefox. (And sometimes Sigil. But that doesn't count; Sigil's display for reading is awful.)
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[personal profile] amalthia 2013-10-26 05:26 am (UTC)(link)
I user the Sony Reader software to read epub on my computer.
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[personal profile] amalthia 2013-10-26 08:12 pm (UTC)(link)
You know I'm not sure how that feature works. I normally navigate to the story on my computer and double click the ebook to open it. I haven't actually used the import feature. I am curious now as to what would happen?
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[personal profile] amalthia 2013-10-27 06:48 am (UTC)(link)
Geographic restrictions never fail to annoy me as well. I live in Alaska and there are many stores that refuse to ship to Alaska. :( Right now Sony won't even sell the PRS-T3 to United States customers.
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[personal profile] amalthia 2013-10-27 06:49 am (UTC)(link)
P.S. Thanks for letting me know what happens when you clicked on import folder.
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[personal profile] amalthia 2013-10-27 08:01 pm (UTC)(link)
I follow the fanfiction downloader plugin thread at the Mobile Read forums all the time! :) It's pretty much the first place I go when I have a ebook related question that is rather technical in nature.
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[personal profile] doeeyedbecky 2013-10-26 05:38 am (UTC)(link)
Seems like the sizing is off... have you tried increasing the page size to 125% or 150%?
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[personal profile] doeeyedbecky 2013-10-26 08:03 pm (UTC)(link)
Well, I see how that would be an issue.

Amazon's Send to Kindle program will convert EPUB books to their proprietary format for viewing/reading in one of their varying apps (Kindle for Android, Kindle for PC, Cloud reader, etc).

Google Books has an option to upload EPUB books to their servers and read them in a browser window.

Not sure if either of these are options you want to look at. I personally use the Kindle family of software... I have used Kindle Cloud Reader, but mainly I use Kindle for Android. I like the software (even it it WON'T update, but that's a Play Store issue) and the Send to Kindle program does work, as I've done this with a few ARC books I've received directly from the author.
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[personal profile] doeeyedbecky 2013-10-26 11:49 pm (UTC)(link)
I honestly have NO clue about NOOK. LOL
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[personal profile] butterflydreaming 2013-10-28 03:52 am (UTC)(link)
I use Nook for fanfic off A03. It works well.
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[personal profile] doeeyedbecky 2013-10-26 08:11 pm (UTC)(link)
There is also NOOK for Windows 8...

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/nook-for-windows-8/379003757

From my understanding, NOOK allows EPUB books.
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[personal profile] syderia 2013-10-26 06:58 am (UTC)(link)
I second both Calibre and EPUBReader.
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[personal profile] alyknight 2013-10-26 05:53 pm (UTC)(link)
Other alternatives : FBReader which is quite old or if you actually don't want to install anything new, portable version of Sumatra Reader,
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[personal profile] grackle 2013-10-26 11:52 pm (UTC)(link)
I use FBreader, it's available for most platforms.
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[personal profile] grackle 2013-10-27 12:36 am (UTC)(link)
Yay! It opens mobi files too, generally, although it might not be listed that way. You can always try and see.
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[personal profile] kate_nepveu 2013-10-27 07:16 pm (UTC)(link)
It seems like you're set, but for anyone finding this later with the same question, Cool Reader also has a desktop version.