E-books have been in the market for a long time now. You can download a variety of eBook readers for reading these soft copies of books. Over the years, eBook readers have gained a lot of sophistication. The users can opt for a variety of eBook readers today, with device-specific features for optimum readability. People willing to enjoy a hassle-free experience in reading the eBooks must get the right software on their device. Today, people read eBooks mostly on mobile devices, besides tabs, computers, laptops and dedicated eBook readers. When you get these eBook readers, make sure to download the latest version to enjoy the full range of features.

Different types of ebook readers

Types of eBook readers

Here, are the most popular e-reader devices that you can choose from.

Desktop applications

One of the extensively used desktop applications among the list of e-readers is Adobe Digital Editions. The text is available in the ePUB format in these devices. This is a free software and you can get the best support for reading books in ePUB format, using this program. This is the only eBook reader supporting the table of contents in ePUB format.


Apple has been successful with its iPad, which supports eBooks and various ipad ebook formats, apart from performing other activities. This is a sophisticated device, and the users can download the Apple iBooks app from the Apple App store. This allows them to read the eBooks in ePUB format on these devices. Apart from this, you can download the Kobo and Kindle apps on your iPad. The users can get access to Kobo eBook store and Amazon Kindle store to download the desired books.

The Kindle app comes preinstalled in Samsung Galaxy. You can download the Kobo and Nook apps on your tablet.

The Kindle app is also present in the HP tablet, which gives you access to low-priced books in its store.



This is a popular eBook reader from Amazon, which enables 3G or wireless access to the users, to the Amazon Kindle store. They can download the eBooks directly to the computer or mobile device. The e-ink screen reduces the strain on the eyes and delivers a long battery life to the devices. This reader supports a wide range of formats, including PDF files, .txt documents, and files in .prc and .mobi formats.

The Sony Reader

The Sony Reader is among the first successful hardware e-book readers and has been upgraded over the years. It offers a wide range of support for eBooks. The users can read eBooks in PDF and ePUB formats through this device just like an ePUB reader. It comes with a good touchscreen and the users can get the e-Ink reading experience on this device.

Barnes & Noble Nook

This is the earliest eBook reader supported on Android devices. The users can get this software in two versions. These are the Nook and Nook Color. It comes with the e-Ink technology, which reduces the strain on the eyes. The software supports ePUB books, but the users will not be able to read PDF or Word files on this device.

Kobo eReader

The Kobo eReader is a popular software and allows the readers to download eBooks from its store. It supports eBooks in ePub format and you can install the app on various devices. The program can be run on iPad, iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Palm Pre and also comes in a desktop version.

 Mobile eReaders

When it comes to e-readers for mobile phones, the iPhone from Apple supports eBooks, and the users can download the Stanza reader for free from the Apple App Store. In iPhones, the Kindle app supports .mobi (Kindle)and .prc formats.


Android users can read books in ePub format through the Aldiko eReader. This software is compatible with PDF, text and other formats, including the non-DRM ePUB format. You can use a free software called Calibre to convert these formats into the ePUB version and read them.


In mobile phones, the readers can read the documents through various software, including Kobo, eReader Pro, Microsoft Reader and other applications.

Internet-based eBook readers


Bookworm is open source ebook reader software and is compatible with the ePUB table of contents. You should keep in mind that it needs good internet connectivity and allows a good CSS and HTML display.

There are a lot of companies offering eBook conversion services and several others are there that have come up with eBook readers compatible to a variety of formats. Mobile eBooks have gained immense popularity among the readers. You can customize these eBook readers for your device, according to the technical specifications.