FBReader 3.1, the upcoming major update

FBReader 3.1 for Android is currently in the beta status. As for today (29th of April 2021), the latest version is 3.1 beta 35. The final release expected later in 2021. However, you can join beta testing right now.

How to install FBReader Free 3.1 (beta)

The simplest way is to join the beta track on Google Play. New updates are installed automatically. Alternatively, you can download the package directly from this site.

After the release, FBReader 3.1 will also be available on Huawei AppGallery.

How to install FBReader Premium 3.1 (beta)

If you are a user of paid FBReader Premium, join the beta track. If not, you can purchase FBReader Premium on Google Play, and join the beta track immediately. You pay once; this is not a subscription.

If there is no Google Play store on your Android device, you can download the package from this site. If your device runs Google Play or Huawei AppGallery, you will be prompted to purchase the license during the first run. Unfortunately, Huawei store link does not work at the moment. The purchase via AppGallery will be available after the 3.1 release.

If both Google Play Services and Huawei AppGallery are not installed on your device or if your device is an Onyx e-ink reader, you can run the 3.1 for free.

The bad news is that if you have paid via Google Play, and switched to a pure Huawei device, you have to pay again. We reserve the right to add more stores to this scheme in the future.

A note about plugins

An important note. If you use format plugins with FBReader, you have to switch to beta tracks for the plugins too. Here are the links for DjVu, PDF, and Comics.

Features table

Feature Edition Status
Dark and light themes Both Implemented, beta quality
Special themes for e-ink devices Both Implemented, beta quality
Full support of screens with notches Both Implemented
New library view, replaces old view and the bookshelf Both Implemented, beta quality
Merged local and network libraries Both To be implemented before 3.1 release
Better LitRes integration Both To be implemented before 3.1 release
Transparent cloud synchronization (like one in the iOS version) Both To be implemented before 3.1 release
PDF: password-protected files support Premium Implemented
Text-to-speech for PDFs Premium To be implemented before 3.1 release
Downloadable fonts Both To be implemented before 3.1 release
Some DRM support (details to be revealed soon) Both Planned for FBReader 3.2
PDF: reflow Both Planned for FBReader 3.2
Better dictionary integration Premium Planned for FBReader 3.2
Goodreads integration Both Planned for FBReader 3.2
Audiobooks Premium Planned for FBReader 3.2