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Is there an EPUB reader for Mac?

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Calibre is also a solution. Moreover, it allows converting PDF to ePub and Metadata management.

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The built in e-book reader is quite capable, and it's a good piece of software to have installed because you can push your library in any direction you want and have the books converted on the fly to whatever target device you need it on. –  tovare Aug 2 '10 at 1:16
    
Calibre appears to be intended more as a library tool to aid in downloading content on a computer to an ebook reader. That said, it has a well done flash overview that is worth looking at. I've decided to download it and see how I like it even though I don't have an ebook reader. –  irrational John Aug 20 '10 at 0:32
    
Calibre is great for library management and conversion. Its visually unappealing and a little unpolished compared to some of the commercial software out there, but it makes up for it in being free/open source and can be highly customized. It can act as a reader for a ton of formats, but again, its a bit ugly. Hopefully, some developers with better design experience can clean it up. –  Keltari Sep 14 '11 at 4:58
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An excellent overview of ePub readers and editors can be found here:

http://www.jedisaber.com/eBooks/Readers.shtml

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@Fgblanch: This should be the accepted answer! –  Aufwind Feb 21 '12 at 23:53
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EPUBReader is an EPUB reader add-on for Firefox.

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You can use the ebook reader Stanza.

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I'm enjoying Kitabu which is free on the mac app store. –  sj26 Mar 7 '12 at 5:14
    
I just tried Kitabu, but it won't open the DRM free EPUB books I just bought. –  Mark Thalman May 22 '12 at 14:14
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Hate to resurrect a long "dead" question but Stanza is no longer available. –  shaneknysh Aug 8 '12 at 3:07
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I've tried a few and in my opinion Adobe Digital Editions sucks the least.

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Yes.. UI is good and very clear.. Really nice to use.. I recommend over stanza and calibre for read only purpose... –  rohan-patel Sep 20 '12 at 18:40
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You can also use the Nook reader. Drag the epub file onto the app to open it (double clicking won't work). It's nicer than any of the others I've tried.

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Nook for Mac doesn't appear to load ebooks if you don't sign up for an account first. –  Clinton Blackmore Feb 9 '12 at 22:51
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You can use the Kindle app if you convert it. Use the official Amazon converter, KindleGen:

KindleGen is a command line tool which enables publishers to work in an automated environment with a variety of source content including HTML, XHTML or EPUB. KindleGen converts this source content to a single file which supports both KF8 and Mobi formats enabling publishers to create great-looking books that work on all Kindle devices and apps.

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Kitabu (app store, facebook) is simple and effective epub only reader. It is fairly stripped down but has enough features to be useful.

Here is the reading interface, using two columns (it has the option for 1, 2 or 3)

main interface

And a view with one column and the table of contents.

table of contents

You can change the font, font size, choose a background color. It also has a "library" that stores all the books you open up.

The only issue I've had is that sometimes it fails to recognize an epub.

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Reader Store is an ebook reader from Sony that is available on the Mac and the PC. It views EPUB files.

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Tidbits spec'd a $10 reader called Bookle, now on the App store. Reviews are mixed, but the most trustworthy ones are more positive.

No search and library management is limited. Most reviewers who have tried alternativers are more favorable.

Of course it only works with non-DRMd ePub documents.

http://www.stairways.com/main/bookle

A commenter above noted Kitabu, which is currently free on the app store. Free apps worry me, apparently their business model is tied to an upcoming cloud service:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kitabu/242717922467492

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