E-Reader’s Guide to Reading Software for #ebookweek

The easiest way to start reading e-books is to try it on free software on your computer before you go out and get a device. This gives you a chance to learn which software you like best, how you like to see your books, and what features are required for the type of reading you do. So I’m listing the ones I’ve tried and providing a link to the download page. They’re all free.

Mobipocket Reader — Reads mobipocket books only either encrypted or DRM free, easy to set up, also creator program available for converting your books.

Barnes and Noble eReader Software — available for your PC, Blackberry, iPod Touch/iPhone, or MAC

Adobe Digital Editions – Reads pdf and epub files.

FB Reader – If you need a reader for a Linux/Windows and Sart Q devices. As far as I know this is the only e-reader to run on Linux

Kindle for PC — The cool thing about the Kindle store is that there are always new, excellent books availabe for free. There seem to be new ones every week. If you run Kinde software you can download great selections to add to your e-libray.

Microsoft Reader — This is the reader I started with and if you’re trying to read on  Windows Mobile it might be the easiest to get to work.


  • Cathy M

    I have a Sony reader and use Adobe Digital Editions now almost exclusively. Plus I organize everything on the Calibre software that converts pdf files to the Sony's, lft files.

  • Beth C.

    I currently only use Adobe, but now that I finally broke down and got an Amazon account, I'll be getting Kincle for the pc, for the freebies if nothing else.

  • char

    I've got mobipocket,microsoft and kindle for pc installed,but I like the kindle for pc best.you never know what amazon is going to offer for free.I've found some interesting free books there.

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