Monday, 3 December 2012

Centos 6/RHEL install FBReader Ebook Reader

FBReader is a lightweight cross platform Ebook reader written by Nikolay Pultsin, originally for the Sharp Zaurus platform but now supporting multiple operating systems, including Android, Blackberry, OSX and others. Features include Network Library, Book Preview, White on Black, Text Search and more. It is not as well equipped as Calibre and doesn't have the Ebook publishing capability but is still a very useful Ebook program, especially if you are looking for one with a small footprint. 
Below are some of the features of FBReader.

  • It is a multi-platform e-book reader. Free for use, sources are available under the GPL.
  • Supports popular e-book formats like ePub, fb2, mobi, html, plain text, and a lot of other formats.
  • Provides access to popular network libraries that contain a large set of e-books. Download books for free or for a fee. Add your own catalog.
  • It is highly customizable. Choose colors, fonts, page turning animations, etc to make reading as convenient as you want.
Installing is easy as long as you have the Epel repo enabled, so go to the repositories page if you haven't, and scroll down to third party repos.
    Once Epel is installed, a simple command (--enablerepo=epel flag if not permanently done so)

    $ sudo yum -y install fbreader-gtk

    will bring the required dependencies and install FBReader for you.

    To run it you need the first letters in upper case as in

    $ FBReader

    The Adventures of Sylvia Scarlett - Ebook

    A useful lightweight addition to your Centos/RHEL desktop.

    For other Operating Systems see the FBReader website

    For a more advanced reader see Calibre.

    Fluxbox users see Fluxbox key bindings for more information.