Download and install a dedicated EPUB reader, such as Caliber or Sumatra PDF, to read EPUB on Windows 10. Alternatively, use a browser extension in Google Chrome or Firefox to read EPUB in your browser.
Microsoft’s new Chromium-based Edge browser stops supporting EPUB eBook files. You’ll need a third-party EPUB reader app to view EPUB files on Windows 10, and we’ve got some great free options to choose from.
What happened to EPUB books in Microsoft Edge?
It was always a bit strange that Microsoft Edge supported ebooks in EPUB format. Why did Edge support eBooks when Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, and Internet Explorer didn’t?
EPUB support was clearly a strategic decision for Microsoft: Microsoft sold eBooks in the Microsoft Store app, and those eBooks were available to read in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. If that sounds strange to you, well, it was. So few people bought eBooks from Microsoft that the company was happy to refund everyone and remove eBooks altogether in July 2019.
Now that Microsoft has given up selling eBooks, the company clearly sees no point in implementing support for EPUB files in the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser. After installing the new Edge, you won’t be able to open EPUB files in Windows 10 until you install an app that supports them.
EPUB readers we recommend for Windows 10
Microsoft recommends downloading an EPUB app from the Microsoft Store. Of course, most of the great Windows apps out there aren’t available for download in the built-in Windows 10 Store. That includes EPUB readers.
Do you want a solid EPUB viewer for Windows? There are quite a few options out there. Here are some we like:
Caliber is a powerful, free and open source eBook management application. Includes eBook reader support for EPUB files and other popular eBook formats. You’ll also find an eBook collection manager, editing features, and more. Caliber is a great app, but it’s feature-rich and you might want something a little simpler.
Sumatra PDF is pretty much the opposite. It is a small and light reading application. Sumatra PDF works with EPUB and MOBI e-books, as well as PDF, XPS files, and even comics in CBZ and CBR formats. Sumatra can even be used in “portable” mode, so you can put it on a USB drive or cloud storage folder and run it on computers without installing it first.
If you prefer to read EPUB files in your browser, you can try a browser extension. Install EPUBReader from the Chrome Web Store, and EPUB files will open as PDFs right in your browser when you click on them on the web. You can also open EPUB files from your computer in your browser, just like you can use your browser as your PDF reader.
The new Microsoft Edge is based on Google Chrome, so you could also install EPUBReader on Edge. There is a way to install extensions from the Chrome Web Store in Microsoft Edge.
Over time, more extensions should appear on the Microsoft Edge Addons website, making this trick less necessary.
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