ePub authoring tools and readers

Links to ePub authoring tools and readers

Elias Constantopedos
ePub Books
19 June 2019

There are a large number of tools that can be used to read, create, and edit ePubs. These include both open source options (available to the public for use and modification) and commercial products.


Open source:

  • Readium: ePub reader available for Google Chrome. Available on iOS and Android. https://readium.org/

Free & Commercial:

  • Adobe Digital Editions: Industry leading software that allows a user to import text from common document formats, create both reflowable and fixed ePubs, and create a print book that can be simultaneously export in an eBook format. Available on Windows and Mac. https://www.adobe.com/solutions/ebook/digital-editions.html
  • Aldiko: eBook reader for Android and iOS. http://www.aldiko.com
  • Apple Books: eBook reading and store application by Apple for its iOS and macOS operating systems and devices
  • Google Play Books: eBook digital distribution service operated by Google and available on the web, Android, and iOS. https://play.google.com/books
  • Kitaboo: Web based ePub reading application, cloud library and authoring tool. https://kitaboo.com/
  • Vital Source Bookshelf: Leading platform for distributing, accessing, consuming, and engaging with digital textbooks and course materials on the web. https://bookshelf.vitalsource.com/#/user/signin
  • Active Textbook: ePub reader and publisher that allows users to turn their PDF and ePub documents into interactive eBooks enriched. Runs on all devices and platforms. https://activetextbook.com/
  • Benetec Bookshare: eBook library that includes customizable eBooks for people with reading barriers. https://www.bookshare.org/cms/



Open source:

  • eXeLearning: Educational resource creator that can export to ePub formats. Available on Windows, Mac, and Linux http://exelearning.net
  • Calibre: Contains an eBook reader, integrated editor, and library manager. Available on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Requires knowledge of HTML and CSS to effectively use. https://calibre-ebook.com/
  • Sigil: Free software program for creating and editing ePub files across Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux platforms. Knowledge of HTML and CSS is required to properly use this software. https://sigil-ebook.com/
  • Tobi: Tobi is an authoring tool geared towards re-purposing published material. It allows users to add audio narration to a text-only document, to synchronize a podcast with a structured script, or to review and improve an existing Digital Talking Book. To create text from scratch, we recommend popular editors such as Microsoft Word or Open Office, which can both produce DTBook markup thanks to their respective Save as DAISY add-ins. More information is available in the Tobi project area. Support for EPUB 3 has been added. Review Tobi User Guide and articles on DAISYpedia.

Free & Commercial:


DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) is a technical standard and method for creating audiobooks as a complete substitute for visual books, servicing those with print disabilities including impaired vision, blindness, and dyslexia. DAISY books are also more advanced than standard audiobooks, incorporating features such as synchronized text to speech and more sophisticated embedding of content such as images.

You can view more information about DAISY books here: http://www.daisy.org/daisypedia/daisy-digital-talking-book

Daisy Authoring Tools: http://www.daisy.org/tools/production