As you know, starting from Windows 8, you can install apps which are specifically designed for it – just like a smartphone. This exclusive application store brings many advantages, and some really useful apps, like eBook Readers, for your computer/laptop. When you read an eBook, you need something much more than just a “software” which is able to open PDF or EPUB files. That’s why I’ve listed the 6 best eBook reader for Windows 8 here – with everything you need for a convenient and stress-free reading experience.
Reading a book on screen is very different from reading a printed physical book. While reading an eBook, you need to adjust the font, color, background, etc. to get a stress-free and comfortable experience. Thus, you need an app which provides all that, with maximum features. Though not much apps are available on Windows Store at the moment, but as time goes by, there will be more options to choose from.
It’s quite new and not so popular, but we can expect it to get better in future. Though, currently it doesn’t have much books available for users and all of them are classics. So if you’re looking for something with latest releases, Alexandra Reader is not for you. All the books available in the app are absolutely free, so you won’t need to buy anything – neither the app nor eBooks. The UI (user-interface) is decent, with many customization options, like font size, background color, text color, etc. Thus you can expect a stress-free reading, if you choose what’s right for your eyes.
It has live tile support too, but that’s not helpful. It only shows the available books on live-tile. When you open Alexandra Reader, it shows the available books along with the books you recently read, and a progress bar on each of them shows how much you’ve read a particular eBook. Unfortunately, you can’t add your own eBooks. The choice is limited to the books shown in the app only. Therefore, if you don’t want to read the listed titles, it’s an absolute waste for you (until new titles are added).
Our ratings: 2.5 out of 5
If you only want to read your own eBooks, which you already have on your hard-disk, you should consider this app. Book HD is able to open txt and epub eBook formats. If you have lots of eBooks and it’s hard to manage all of them, this app is useful for that too. You can create bookcases, and group the books accordingly. While reading, you can take advantage of night mode and control font size to reduce stress. If kids or someone else also uses the app, you can protect your eBooks with password so they don’t make any unwanted changes. Book HD can also sync your books using SkyDrive, so you can access them from anywhere, on any device.
Our ratings: 3 out of 5
BookReader supports only DRM free epub and .txt (text files) eBooks. DRM protected eBooks, like Kindle, iTunes, etc. are not supported by this app. Though the reading experience is really good, and it also has a few unique features. You can pin your favorite books, or books you’re currently reading to start for quick access. Unlike Alexandra Reader, the live-tile shows progress of reading. Reading layout can be customized using the options provided. You can change the orientation to landscape or portrait, increase or decrease font size, and manage the column-style interface. The eBooks’ scrolling is horizontal, like windows 8 start screen. And yes, it has night-mode too.
Our ratings: 3 out of 5
You might be already aware of Kindle app. It’s a cross-platform eBook application, available for iOS, Android, Windows, and many other platforms. It has many great features, huge eBooks library, and amazing reading experience. You can access over 1 million Kindle books on Amazon Kindle book store, but unlike the apps we mentioned above, not all of them are free. Though, if you own more than one device running Kindle app, you’ll need to buy the books only once. Whispersync automatically syncs your eBooks across all your devices.
Reading layout is easily customizable according to your requirements, and while reading you can highlight any words/paragraph to take notes, add bookmarks, check word definition, or listen to correct pronunciation. For instant access to your favorite books, it lets you pin them to Windows start screen.
Our ratings: 4 out of 5
It’s another popular and similar to Kindle app for Windows 8. With Kobo you get access to over 3 million eBooks, out of which over 1 million are free. It provides a beautiful reading experience with many options to customize the reading layout. You can change settings from some standard, like font size, to exciting themes and page layout. Like most eBook readers, your books are safe on the cloud storage.
Our ratings: 4 out of 5
Adobe Reader has unofficially become a standard eBook reader, mainly because it’s free and can open many file formats including PDF. It’s recommended by many people not only for reading eBooks, but for many other things like, filling forms, reading documents, etc. It also provides two reading modes, continuous and single-page. Continuous mode is recommended for convenient reading.
Our ratings: 3.5 out of 5
These are the best eReader apps available for Windows 8 at the moment. Of course, there will be some additions as more developers will submit their applications to Windows Store, and we’ll update this list if anything better comes up.
Which is the best eBook reader according to you? Post your ratings in comments section below.