EPUB stands for Electronic Publication, and it is one of the most popular eBook formats. ePub files are probably popular because their content can be read on small screens without interfering with the layout. This makes the files very easy to view or read even when they contain features such as images.
If you have an eReader device like Nook or iPad or you have a tablet, then you can be sure to have an easy time viewing your files. You can look at instructions or go ahead and download the eBook files to the iPad. If you have no access to the mentioned devices, you still can enjoy a view of the files using your computer, but this might require that you download and also install additional software.
Standard ePub Files opening on PC – To open standard files which are files without fixed layout, you are advised to install Adobe Digital Editions, or you can install a Readium app for Google Chrome.
Fixed layout ePub Files are opening on PC or Mac – For the fixed layout ePub files opening, you should install Readium App for Google Chrome.
Opening on a Mac – If you have a new desktop or Mac laptop, it might have Apple’s iBooks app that is pre-installed. It will make your work easier because it automatically opens any given ePub filed whether it is fixed layout or standard file you have downloaded; this means that you won’t need additional software or downloads to view the ePub files.
How to View an ePub file on your computer
Before anything, it is very important to remember that Adobe Digital Editions is very different from Adobe Reader. You, therefore, won’t manage to open the files using Adobe Reader.
ADE, Adobe Digital Editions is a free program for Mac and Windows, and you use it to open as well as view your standard ePub files. You can however not use this program to see fixed layout files of Mobi files. It is a program that requires downloading and installing and a few steps are involved in the process, and they are highlighted below. They are based on Windows 7 PC, but similar to other systems.
Step 1 – Download then install ADE
- Start by visiting adobe.com/ca/products/digital-editions/download.html
- Choose your relevant download for Mac version or Windows
- After the file has downloaded, double-click it to launch the installer
- You might get a security warning at this point. Click on Run or the approval message that you get
- Accept License Agreement before then clicking on the Next button
- If you have a need to change installation options, you can do it from this screen, or you can just choose to continue with the installation by clicking on the Next button
- The installation display will show a completion message, and you can go ahead and click the Close button to finish the process.
- You will get a Thank You message, and the only thing left for you to do to click on Done.
- At this point, the program will start to run after a short while congratulating you and telling you the installation has been completed. You can then use the File › Add to Library menu command to add the desired ePub files to the Bookshelf.
- This process should automatically add an icon on the desktop and you can double click on it when you want to start this program at a later time. If you do not want to use the desktop icon, then you can still click on the Windows or the Start button on the bottom left corner of the screen then click on Adobe Digital Editions. You can also search for the program using the search box in case it is not displayed on the list.
Step 2 – Save ePub files to the computer
Now that you are through with the installation of the Adobe digital editions, you can go ahead and download your ePub files to the computer. Any file you download will come with a .epub extension just after the file name. The file is received as an email attachment, but in cases where the file is too large for the email attachment, a Dropbox link is usually sent to make it possible for you to download the file from here. The ePub file needs to be downloaded from the email attachment or the Dropbox link on the computer. Important to note when downloading is where the files get downloaded to on your computer to give you an easy tracing it. Usually saving it in the documents folder or on the desktop can be a great option. If you do no pay attention to where the file is directed to, you might have a tedious, time locating it and you might need to go back to downloading again if you do not know how to trace the downloaded file. Avoid this by ensuring you know the exact location of the file.
Step 3 – Open the file using ADE
The last step of viewing your file on the computer is to open the ePub file or files using the Adobe Digital Editions. If the program is not open already, click on the desktop icon containing the program you might need to follow the steps again to start the program.
On the program use File › add to library menu commands so as to locate and eventually open the right ePub file depending on where you saved it on the computer. On your Bookshelf, the book should appear after which you can open it. To do this, simply double click on its cover. Navigating around the books should be an easy task to do using the arrows that are strategically placed on the bottom part of the screen.
If you are a first timer with the installation and opening of the program, you can use the Getting Started Guide offered by Adobe to have an easy time working with the program.