How to open an ePUB file on a PC or laptop using Readium

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 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 STANDARD ePUB files on a PC or Mac

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

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 (instructions below).

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 Readium

Readium is an add-on that can be installed in the Google Chrome web browser to view ePUB files.

Before you can use Readium you must have installed Google Chrome. There are full details on how to install Google Chrome here:

  • Readium can be used for viewing both standard and fixed-layout ePUB files.
  • Readium will not open a Mobi file.

To use Readium you must download and add it Google Chrome. There are quite a few steps involved and these are detailed below. The instructions are based on a Windows 7 PC but the steps should be similar for most systems.

Part 1: Download and install Readium.

1. Open Google Chrome and click the Apps icon in the top left corner or type chrome://apps/ in the address bar.

Use Readium to open ePUB

2. Click the ‘Store’ icon.

Installing Readium


3.  Type ‘Readium’ in the search box and hit return.

How to use Readium

4. Readium should appear at the top of the search results. Click the ‘+ FREE’ button and then ‘Add’ to confirm the new app.

How to add Readium

5. A new Apps tab will appear and this will now show the Readium logo. Click on this to open Readium.

Readium walkthrough


6. When Readium opens it will look like this and prompt you to add a new ePUB file to your library.

Opening Readium

7.  At this point the installation is complete.  Whenever you need to open Readium just open Google Chrome, click the Apps icon in the top left of the screen and then the Readium icon.

Part 2: Save your ePUB file to your computer.

1. Download the ePUB file to your computer.  The file will have a .epub extension after the file name and would have been sent to you as an email attachment, or if the file was too large for email, you would have been sent a Dropbox link to download the file from. You will need to download the ePUB file from the email attachment or Dropbox link to your computer. Make sure you know where the ePUB file downloads to on your computer (your Desktop or Documents folder may be a good place).

Part 3: Open the ePUB file using Readium

1. If Readium is not already open  follow step 7 above to start the app.

2. Within Readium click the ‘+’ add to library button in the top right of the screen (see above image). A pop-up box will appear, click the first ‘Choose file’ button next to the ‘From Local File:’ label and locate your ePUB file which you saved in Part 2 above. Then click ‘Open’.

Open a file using Readium

3. You should see a message that Readium is importing your file and this may take a few moments depending upon the file size. Once it is done your book will appear in your library. Click the cover to open the book.

4. You can show or hide the Table of Contents by clicking the icon at the top of the screen and you can navigate through the pages by clicking the arrows at the sides of the screen or by using the left or right arrows on the keyboard.