9 Best Cross-Platform eBook Readers

People have moved on from traditional books to eBooks. Although reading an eBook is far more comfortable and convenient than a paperback, it has its own set of prerequisites. For traditional reading, you only need a book in hand. To read an eBook, you need more than just an eBook. You either require a dedicated eReader or a reading app on your mobile device. eReading applications work only on specific operating systems that it is designed for. And that is why you need a cross-platform eBook reader.

eReading applications are designed to be run on different devices. But there are some which might run only on one particular operating system. In order to avoid switching applications and re-organizing the eBook collection, readers must opt for a cross-platform eBook application which will accept most types of file formats and can run on more than one operating system.

Listed below are some of the best cross-platform eBook readers.

1. Kitaboo:

Kitaboo is an interactive eBook reader app. It is compatible with Windows, Android and iOS operating systems. Students can download the eBook and read them anytime on their devices with its offline reading feature. This application accepts most of the file formats. Kitaboo has an autoplay option which will open the book and read aloud page by page. You can make notes, bookmark pages, highlight texts, etc. Kitaboo reading platform also supports video, audio and images to provide an interactive learning experience to the readers.

Related: Devices and Operating Systems that support the Kitaboo Reader

2. Lucidor:

Lucidor mainly runs on GNU/Linux and Windows platforms. This reader application supports e-books in the ePUB file format and catalogs in the OPDS format. It is a free app which allows you to read and manage your eBooks with ease. You can browse the OPDS catalogs on the internet and download books online. This tool also converts the web feeds and web pages into ePUB eBooks. You can customize this app as per your liking. It lets you highlight and adjust your texts, search words within the content. Lucidor lets you open multiple eBooks at once with the help of its tabbed interface.

3. FBReader:

FBReader (Favourite Book Reader) app is a cross-platform eBook reader available for iOS, iPhone and Android, Linux, Windows, and Mac OS. It allows you to read your eBooks on a desktop as well as handheld reading devices. This application supports most of the eBook formats, such as ePUB, Mobi, FB2, RTF and more. One of its main features is synchronization. FBReader allows students to sync their eBooks and bookmarks across multiple devices and platforms. This app is localized for 29 different languages. You can even read comic books with plugin support if you are using the free application. If you opt for a premium edition, there’s built-in support available for PDFs and comics. You can access popular dictionaries like ColorDict, SlovoEd, Fora, etc. to look up words.

4. Cool Reader:

Cool Reader is an open source eBook reader software that runs on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and Android devices. It supports a range of eBook file formats such as ePUB, CHM, PDB, MOBI, HTML, FB2, TXT, RTF, DOC, TCR. It has a fully customizable palette, allowing you to change the look and feel of the eBook as per your preference. The cool reader has an auto-scroll feature which will automatically turn your page for you. Other features include bookmark system, text adjustments, text to speech and night mode option.

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