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UncleBaldie


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PostPosted: Wed 30 Dec 2009, 22:37    Post subject:  eBook readers for Linux  

Hi all,
I have been checking out the ebook readers available for linux.

One that I came across is ThoutReader.
It is a Java program, and runs quite nicely on Puppy.

Only trouble is, the company - oSoft.com - seems to have disappeared.
Anyone know what happened to them ?

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PostPosted: Thu 31 Dec 2009, 07:36    Post subject:  

I just googled & it's available on sourceforge here.
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UncleBaldie


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PostPosted: Fri 01 Jan 2010, 20:18    Post subject:  

@ muggins,

Thanks for the link. It seems like a nice program, but unless the Creator program is available, to convert ebooks into Thout format, it is not really much use. And I can't seem to find ThoutCreator anywhere
That's why I wondered what had happened to the company, and whether anyone else had taken over this reader.

Looks like this program is a dead 'un....ah well, back to FBReader (which is a cracking program, BTW !)

It's just seems that all the ebook programs I've looked at only display text, apart from the title page. Or is it that sites`only produce ebooks in text only ?

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DMcCunney

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PostPosted: Sun 03 Jan 2010, 13:01    Post subject: Re: eBook readers for Linux  

UncleBaldie wrote:
Hi all,
I have been checking out the ebook readers available for linux.

One that I came across is ThoutReader.

What format are the ebooks in?

The best option I'm aware of for Linux is FBReader, from http://www.fbreader.org/

FBReader supports ePub, fb2 (default standard for Russian txts) Mobipocket, Plucker, plain text and an assortment of other things.

ePub is used by the Sony Reader and Barnes and Noble nook ebook readers, and may become the standrd format for ebooks. Specs for the format are here: http://www.idpf.org/specs.htm

Mobipocket is the format used by the Amazon Kindle (Amazon owns Mobipocket), and a view app is avaialble for a number of platforms. It's essentially an encapsulated dubdet of HTML. Mobi is here: http://www.mobipocket.com/en/HomePage/default.asp?Language=EN

Plucker format was a big win for me, Plucker is an offline HTML reasder for Palm OS devices. The Plucker desktop that creates files viewable on the handheld is is cross-platform, written in Python, and available for Windows, Mac OS/X, and Linux. I have about 3,00 volumes in Plucker format and it was lovely to be able to read then under Puppy. (I have all the Gnu Linux HOW-TOs in Plucker format, for example.) Plucker is here: http://www.plkr.org/

Note that if DRM is involved, all bets are off. FBReader can't read secure books purchased from a commercial site.

With FBReader and a PDF viewer, you've covered most of the ebook bases.

There is a Puppy port of FBReader 0.12.1 posted elswhere in the forums.
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technosaurus


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PostPosted: Mon 04 Jan 2010, 00:28    Post subject:  

I just compiled and packaged 2 different versions of FBReader.

liblinebreak and the fbreader zlibrary (not libz) are compiled in statically for reduced size and increased speed

I also optimized the png files, and created symlinks to duplicates, optimized the build for size and switched the theme a bit

The "en" version has non-english files removed
fbreader_en-0.12.1-i486.pet
Description  English FBReader
pet

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Filename  fbreader_en-0.12.1-i486.pet 
Filesize  611.68 KB 
Downloaded  2126 Time(s) 
fbreader-0.12.1-i486.pet
Description  Full FBReader
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Filesize  1.29 MB 
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DMcCunney

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PostPosted: Mon 04 Jan 2010, 23:46    Post subject:  

technosaurus wrote:
I just compiled and packaged 2 different versions of FBReader.

liblinebreak and the fbreader zlibrary (not libz) are compiled in statically for reduced size and increased speed

I also optimized the png files, and created symlinks to duplicates, optimized the build for size and switched the theme a bit

The "en" version has non-english files removed

Thank you!

I also just found another option - Cool Reader. http://coolreader.org/e-index.htm

Cool Reader v2 was Windows specific. CoolReader 3 is open source, and there's a DEB file of v3.14 available on SourceForge. The homepage says it supports .txt, .doc, .html, .fb2 or .rtf formats, but the 3.X version also handles ePub.

It might be nice to have it in the Puppy toolbox, too.
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DMcCunney

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PostPosted: Tue 05 Jan 2010, 11:52    Post subject:  

technosaurus wrote:
I just compiled and packaged 2 different versions of FBReader.

liblinebreak and the fbreader zlibrary (not libz) are compiled in statically for reduced size and increased speed

I also optimized the png files, and created symlinks to duplicates, optimized the build for size and switched the theme a bit

The "en" version has non-english files removed

Hmmm. Your en version installed fine, by FBReader fails to invoke, complaining about a missing libsqlite depencency. Another version of FBReader 0.12.1 posted here works fine.

(E wasn't aware FBReader used SQLite for anything and would need that library, but I haven't looked at the source.)
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PostPosted: Tue 05 Jan 2010, 12:03    Post subject:  

Please post the error along with puppy version you are running. sqlite should already be installed on all puppies though. (compiled in 4.3.1)

also see if all dependencies are found
Code:
ldd FBReader


here is the fix for Quirky003 (for others change "libsqlite3.so.0.8.6" to whatever yours is)
Code:
ln -s /usr/lib/libsqlite3.so.0.8.6 /usr/lib/libsqlite3-3.6.12.so.0

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PostPosted: Wed 06 Jan 2010, 15:41    Post subject:  

technosaurus wrote:
Please post the error along with puppy version you are running. sqlite should already be installed on all puppies though. (compiled in 4.3.1)

I'm running Puppy 4.12. I'll get around to updating to another version soon.

The specific error I get is "fbreader: error while loading shared libraries: libsqlite3-3.6.12.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory.

Quote:
also see if all dependencies are found
Code:
ldd FBReader

The missing piece is the libsqlite mentioned above.

Quote:
here is the fix for Quirky003 (for others change "libsqlite3.so.0.8.6" to whatever yours is)
Code:
ln -s /usr/lib/libsqlite3.so.0.8.6 /usr/lib/libsqlite3-3.6.12.so.0

Yep. That fixes it. Thanks!
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PostPosted: Tue 15 Nov 2011, 18:17    Post subject:  

Bravo technosaurus, this is a wonderful .pet.
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Marcos Santos

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PostPosted: Fri 03 Feb 2012, 11:00    Post subject:  

Thanks so much, works fine to me.
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ndujoe1

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PostPosted: Sat 04 Feb 2012, 20:59    Post subject: Ebook reader options  

I have downloaded Calibre, even though it is a conversion program you can read the Epub and mobi books within the program.
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PostPosted: Sat 03 Mar 2012, 18:44    Post subject:  

I think calibre is really the cat's meow. Amazing piece of application software. You hardly even need a manual. I have started to use it to load my NOOK with epub, and I've converted from quite a few other formats. And, yes, it functions as a reader also.

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PostPosted: Fri 30 Aug 2013, 16:08    Post subject:  

Hi. Sorry this is old but I installed and get this error:

# fbreader
fbreader: error while loading shared libraries: libsqlite3-3.6.12.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory


I have slacko 5.6

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PostPosted: Fri 30 Aug 2013, 19:04    Post subject: eBook Readers for LInux  

You have to install the Qt library from the Slacko repository.
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