How to open an ePUB file on a PC or laptop using Adobe Digital Editions – Part One

Once we have converted your book to eBook formats we will email you the files to review. This provides you with an opportunity to see the book as an eBook and to check for any final changes that may be needed.

eReaders and tabletsIf you have a tablet or eReader device such as an iPad or Nook that is usually a good way to view the files. View instructions for downloading eBook files onto your iPad.

If you do not have access to one of these devices you can still view the files on your computer although you will probably need to download and install additional (free) software.

Opening REFLOWABLE ePUB files on a PC or Mac

To open reflowable/standard ePUB files (not fixed-layout) we recommend you install either Adobe Digital Editions or the Readium app for Google Chrome. Instructions are below.

Opening FIXED-LAYOUT ePUB files on a PC or Mac

To open fixed-layout ePUB files we recommend you install the Readium app for Google Chrome.

Mac owner?

Mac Owner?
If you have fairly new Mac laptop or desktop it may well have Apple’s iBooks app pre-installed. This will automatically open any ePUB files (standard or fixed-layout) that you download, so you will not need to download any additional software for viewing ePUB files.

Viewing an ePUB file on a computer using Adobe Digital Editions


Adobe Digital Editions is NOT THE SAME as Adobe Reader. You will NOT be able to open an ePUB using Adobe Reader.

Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) is a free program for both Windows and Mac that you can use to open and view standard ePUB files. You cannot use ADE for reviewing fixed-layout ePUB files or Mobi files.

To use ADE you must download and install it. There are quite a few steps involved and these are detailed in Parts Two to Four. The instructions are based on a Windows 7 PC but the steps should be similar for most systems.

Continue to Part Two: Download and install Adobe Digital Editions »