Reading ePub files on the mac

macOS and Mac Apps

I have a friend who needs to read his ePub textbooks on the mac. Two Questions about this:
1. I know ePub books read in iBooks, but I’m finding navigating the text clunky. The up and down arrows go from page to page, it seems, and not line by line, so I’m having to use the trackpad rotor on the navigation setting to do that. I don’t have much experience with iBooks, and my friend even less so. Is there an easier way to navigate the text?
2. What are the options for accessible ePub readers for the mac other than iBooks?




Submitted by Keenan on Sunday, August 6, 2017

Hi, I haven't had the time to really play around with this but if I'm remembering correctly the app speech central can read ePub files. Another possible solution could be learning Ally. They offer free accounts to students and it worked great for me. If you have any questions about that please feel free to email me at

Submitted by Erion on Sunday, August 6, 2017

Indeed, Speech Central can. It can generate audio files, but it is also VoiceOver accessible, so the text is visible, in case you wish to know how to spell something in particular.
There is also an option to read continuously via the system voice. Highly recommended.

Submitted by Halison Junior… on Friday, January 5, 2018

The Speech Center is really the best option for reading EPUB. I'm enjoying the program a lot and would recommend it highly. I hope only small improvements in some types of indexes with levels, to stay more organized navigation. But of all that I have tested, and I have done this a lot, I believe that this is the best.