Kathleen Colburn, Product Manager

Introducing the new Read&Write ePub Reader

If you’ve been using Read&Write for Google Chrome, you might already know how to open an ePub book in your Google Drive with Read&Write. I'm pleased to let you know that from today, you’ll start seeing a new and improved ePub experience including the same Read&Write toolbar you’re accustomed to seeing in Docs, Slides and PDFs. Just right-click on an ePub in your Drive, and choose “Open with Read&Write for Google Chrome” to check it out.


Image showing some features of Read&Write with a purple background

Today we have debuted a brand new ePub Reader for Read&Write for Google Chrome. The new ePub Reader provides even more ways to access, read and interact with ePubs whether you are using G Suite or Office 365. For those unfamiliar, “ePub” is short for electronic publication and is an e-book standard used by publishers across the globe. Many books purchased or accessed online come in an ePub format, and Read&Write provides a seamless way to view them with the support of literacy tools to help with reading and comprehension.

A new and improved experience

If you’ve been using Read&Write for Google Chrome, you may already be familiar with how to open an ePub book in your Google Drive with Read&Write. Today you’ll start seeing a new and improved ePub experience including the same Read&Write toolbar you’re accustomed to seeing in Docs, Slides and PDFs. Just right-click on an ePub in your Drive, and choose “Open with Read&Write for Google Chrome” to check it out.

gif showing Read&Write's epub reader working

But that’s not all! The new ePub Reader is also an app that can open local ePubs from your computer or Chromebook. So if you’ve got ePubs saved on your device, you can now read those with Read&Write too. And for Office 365 users, this adds ePub support to your Read&Write experience as well - just download your ePub from OneDrive first, or make sure you can access your OneDrive through File Explorer.

To open an ePub from your device, just go to epub.texthelp.com and follow the prompts to install the ePub Reader app. For Windows and Mac users, this will add the Texthelp ePub Reader to your desktop. And for Chrome users, this installs it as an app in Chrome. Now when you open the ePub Reader app, click the “Choose File” button in the top right corner and select an ePub from your device. It will open up in a new window with your Read&Write tools at the top, and with that you’re ready to get reading.

Check out the video below for a detailed look at how Texthelp’s new ePub Reader works:



The new ePub Reader provides all Read&Write for Google Chrome users with a new and improved  way to work with ePubs. And keep an eye out for the ePub Reader to also make its way to the Read&Write for Windows toolbar as well in the coming months.

If you’re already using Read&Write for Google Chrome, just make sure you’re on the latest version of the extension and then head to epub.texthelp.com to check it out now! And if you haven’t used Read&Write, grab it from the Chrome Store to see what it’s all about.

And as always, let us know what you think in the comments below.

Comments

Stacey Banks 2/27/2020 9:24:46 PM
Already missing the bookmark and push pin features in the old ePUB reader!

Deena Kimmel 2/28/2020 3:23:32 PM
Hi Stacey - Thank you for your feedback. We will share it with our developers!

c_h2 2/19/2020 8:46:17 PM
I am really excited to see how this will work with epub! Can't wait for the features to hit the full desktop versions of Read&Write as well.

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