FBReader for Linux

In December 2021, after years of development suspension, we released FBReader 2.0 for Linux. Although the app includes most iOS and Android reader features, this is not a port of the mobile version. It is designed especially for desktop/laptop computers.

FBReader 2.0 is free of charge but not open-source. Currently, it is available in two formats:

Packages for other popular distros might come shortly.

Current version: 2.0.1, published 2nd May 2023

The table shows the status of the most significant features in the latest version.

Supported formatsePub, fb2, fb2.zip, mobi, rtf, MS doc, plain text, cbz
Not supported formatscbr, cb7, pdf, djvu, docx
Book reading, styles, hyperlinks, hyphenationsFully implemented
Page header and footerFully implemented, is customisable
Page turning/text scrollingSpacebar and right arrow keys turn the page forward; the left arrow key turns back. Mouse-click on the right/left margins turns ahead/back. The mouse wheel, as well as up and down arrows, scroll line-by-line
Multi-book (multi-window) modeFully implemented
Two-column modeFully implemented. The text switches to two-column mode automatically. You can tune the logic in the “Columns & Margins” preferences section
Text selectionImplemented, excluding automatic text scrolling when user selects end of the page
Table of contentsFully implemented
BookmarksImplemented: adding, removing, style selection, navigation over the bookmarks list; adding/editing/removing styles; to be implemented: text editing
Language selectionAutomatic language/encoding detection only; there is no way to fix a detection error manually
Advanced text navigationClick on the page footer navigates over the text; undo/redo buttons allow to jump back. The position stack persists between runs
Dark themeFully implemented; on Linux, you have to switch it manually in the window menu (three dots in the upper top corner)

All titles listFully implemented
Lists of recently added/opened booksFully implemented
Books by authorFully implemented
Books by seriesFully implemented
Books by tagsNot implemented yet
Custom shelvesNot implemented yet
Book downloadFully implemented
Book meta info dialogueFully implemented
Book deletionFully implemented
Multiple book selection, group operationsNot implemented yet

BrowsingImplemented, some OPDS features are still under development
Book downloadingFully implemented
Navigation historyImplemented, not persists between runs
BookmarksFully implemented
SearchImplemented, needs some improvements in multi-catalogue search
Built-in cataloguesProject Gutenberg and Smashwords Online Catalogue
Adding of custom OPDS cataloguesFully implemented
Network authorisationImplemented for some catalogues

Titles list from serverFully implemented
Uploading new books to the serverFully implemented
Deleting booksFully implemented
A way to force upload a recently deleted bookNot implemented yet
PositionsFully implemented
BookmarksFully implemented
Custom shelvesNot implemented yet
Network catalogues list, library bookmarksNot implemented yet

Preferences dialogueImplemented; some minor pages and options are still missing
Settings export/importFully implemented
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