Did you just finish downloading your favorite eBook and found out that your Android device cannot open it because it doesn’t support EPUB files? Are you tired of reading your books in PDF format and prefer reading eBooks in the EPUB file format? Do you have a collection of EPUB books on your PC that you would like to read on your Android device?
Authors who create their own novels or nonfiction books and folks who purchase these works will find it much easier to view the content on multiple devices by using the EPUB format.
Using this guide, you’ll learn how to open EPUB files on Android, without converting them into a PDF file format.
Method 1: Google Play Books
Google Play Books is possibly the most effective and reliable method of opening EPUB files on your Android device as the feature comes officially from Google. Like Google Music, the books section at the Play Store has become quite popular and the official Google Play Books app lets you read eBooks on your Android device. A new update of the app came a couple of months back and brought in some new features, including the ability to upload your own personal eBooks and the support for EPUB files.
Download and install Google Play Books on your Android device. You can download the app through the Google Play button below.
If you want to upload the EPUB files from your PC, open the Google Play Books website on your PC and click on the Uploads button on the left. In the Uploads windows, click on the Upload files button.
Click on the Select files from your computer button to upload the EPUB files stored on your PC. Alternatively, you can drag and drop the EPUB files in the Upload window. The upload process might take a while, depending on the size of the EPUB files and once the upload process is complete, a short Processing time will follow.
If you have already uploaded your EPUB files using your PC, then proceed to Step 5. Go to the directory where your eBook file is saved on your Android device using any file manager and tap on the EPUB file. In the Complete action using popup, select Upload to Play Books. The ePub file will start uploading. It might take a minute with larger files. You can also upload the EPUB file directly from an email.
Tap on the Read Now tab to see all the eBooks currently on your Google account.
Tap on the eBook that you want to read and the app will open its built-in eBook reader. That’s it! You can now enjoy your EPUB files on your Android device. All the uploaded eBooks will be saved for online reading, meaning that you can only read it while connected to the internet.
In order to store your eBooks offline, simply tap on the Pin icon next to each book. After the eBook is downloaded on your device, you can read it without an internet connection.
Method 2: Aldiko Book Reader
Aldiko Book Reader is one of of the most popular eBook apps available on the Google Play Store and the app was most Android users’ primary option for reading EPUB files before the Google Play Books app started supporting EPUB files. Receiving over 19 million downloads, Aldiko Book reader supports eBooks from public libraries, EPUB files, PDF files and Adobe DRM encrypted books. Therefore, if you also have books in several different formats, then this might be the perfect option. Aside from that, Aldiko Book Reader also has several additional features and is fully customizable.
Download and install Aldiko Book Reader on your Android device. You can download it through the Google Play button below.
If the EPUB files are saved on your Android device, copy them to the eBooks/Import folder. After installing the app, this folder should automatically be created but if it does not, then you can manually create it. If you have the EPUB files stored on your PC, copy the files to the same directory on your phone using a micro USB cable.
Open the Aldiko Book Reader app on your Android device, tap on the Menu key and click on Import. Tap on the Import button on the Import Books popup window. Tap on OK in the Confirm Import popup. All the files in the eBooks/Import directory should be uploaded and an Import Completed popup should appear.
Go to the Library tab. Your imported books will be available in the Book Shelf.
Select the eBook that you want to read by tapping on it and Aldiko will open the built-in reader. You can use the control bar at the bottom to edit things like orientation, margins and brightness.
EPUB files are getting quite popular in the eBooks world, as they provide an additional benefit over traditional PDF files. Even though there aren’t many apps available on the Google Play store for opening these EPUB files, the methods mentioned above should work fine on most Android devices. Google Play Books is possibly the perfect option as it is reliable and you can directly upload the eBook files from different devices. However, if you want more customization and advanced features, then Aldiko Book Reader is a suitable option. Some authors or business people might even be interested in scanning hardcopy documents and later converting them into EPUB files. Whichever method on how to open EPUB files on Android you choose, make sure that you follow all the instructions correctly and feel free to shoot any questions below.