Ebook Software and Formats

This section covers software designed to help readers view electronic books on electronic readers, computers, smartphones, tablets and other devices.

See Also:
Electronic Reading Devices

ePub: ePub is a standard ebook format with the .epub extension. It was approved by the International Digital Publishing Forum in 2010. The current version is ePub 3.1. It is an XML-based distribution format standard for digital publications and books.

Acrobat eBook Reader: Acrobat eBook Reader 2.1 is free ebook reading software that includes Adobe CoolType font rendering technology, a two-page layout feature and an interactive dictionary.

Apple iBooks: Apple has developed software for its iPhone and iPad devices that lets you read ebooks. The software can also be used on Macs. Your ebook library is stored in the cloud so it can accessed from multiple devices. The software works with Apple's iBooks Store.

Amazon Kindle Software: Amazon's Kindle reading software is available for multiple devices. This includes the Kindle for PC and Kindle for MAC. They also have apps available for iOS, Android and more.

Microsoft Reader
Microsoft Reader is designed to make the on-screen reading experience as close as possible to reading a printed book, while adding bookmarking capabilities and access to content and storage of a personal library. Microsoft Reader uses ClearType font technology. It can be downloadable for free from the website.

Palm Reader
The Palm Reader, from Palm Digital Media, is ebook reading software for handheld computers using Palm OS software or WinCE software. The regular Palm Reader is available as a free download. The Palm Reader Pro is also available which includes extra font support, a built-in dictionary, and other tools for $9.95.

More Ebook Software

This List contains links to software designed to help readers view electronic books on electronic readers, smartphones and tablets. This section also includes ebook compilers and software for creating electronic books.

Open Ebook Forum

Adobe PDF Merchant



EBX Working Group


Icecream Ebook Reader


Microsoft Reader

Adobe Acrobat Webbuy

Summerwood LunchBook

Hyper Maker






ZDNet Downloads Create Ebooks




Ebook Compilers

Here is a list of ebook software technology and ebook compilers.

Adobe Acrobat 5.0: Amazon Product Page
Download.com PDF Software Downloads
EBX Working Group
Open Ebook Forum
Open eBook Specification FAQ
Open eBook Validator
SoftSeek: Adobe PDF Utilities
ZDNet Downloads for Creating Ebooks
ZDNET PDF Software Downloads