LIT File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a LIT file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .LIT files.

What is a LIT file?

Files that contain the .lit file extension store electronic books that have been saved in the Microsoft LIT file format. The LIT file format is used by the Microsoft Reader software application and was originally released by Microsoft in August of 2000.

Microsoft Reader is a free application that users can run to read eBooks on devices that run on the Windows operating system. LIT files contain the actual contents of the digital book as well as book's digital rights information. This information limits the number of systems that each digital book can be read on, protecting the eBooks copyright rights.

How to open LIT files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension LIT for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different LIT openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension LIT

While we know of one file format using the .LIT file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .LIT file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of LIT files. Remember, different programs may use LIT files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Microsoft ReaderMicrosoft ReaderUser submitted
calibre - E-book managementcalibre - E-book managementUser submitted
E-book viewerE-book viewerUser submitted
iTunesiTunesUser submitted
MIKE ZeroMIKE ZeroUser submitted
ABC Amber LIT ConverterABC Amber LIT ConverterUser submitted
FBReaderFBReaderUser submitted
StanzaStanzaUser submitted
Multi-EditMulti-EditUser submitted
Universal ExtractorUniversal ExtractorUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with LIT-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with LIT-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!