Do I need to install software in order to read an ebook?

Answer: No.

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You need to install a free ebook reader app in order to read commercially published ebooks

Actually, no, you don’t

Read online without downloading anything

Once you’ve acquired an ebook from eBooks.com, you can just start reading inside your web browser, using our online reader. To use the online reader, just click the “Read now” button next to the book cover in your eBooks.com bookshelf.

Download the whole book

But if you’d prefer to to download the whole book it is necessary to install a small, free app. This is true if you download an ebook from us or from any other major ebook retailer.

The software is free.

If you want to download an ebook, here’s the software you need to install first:

For iPhone, iPad or Android device (Ebook Reader app)

For PC or Mac (Adobe Digital Editions)

For Kindle Fire (Ebook Reader app)


The story is a little more complex. Some of our publishers distribute their ebooks without encryption (“DRM-free”). For those ebooks, you don’t need special software. You can just download a normal PDF or epub file. But those publishers are the exception. Read more about DRM-free ebooks.

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