Install Cool Reader 3 in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

Last updated: October 3, 2015

install cool reader 3 ubuntu 14.04

This simple tutorial is going to show you how to install Cool Reader 3, the best reader for e-books, in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr.

CoolReader is a fast and small cross-platform XML/CSS based E-Book reader for desktops and handheld devices. It reads books in formats FB2, TXT, RTF, DOC, TCR, HTML, EPUB, CHM, PDB, MOBI. It works on Win32, Linux, Android. Ported on some eInk based devices.

Cool Reader 3 in Ubuntu 14.04

The developer provides the most recent build of this app for Ubuntu users in his PPA. So far, the PPA supports Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.04 and Ubuntu 10.04. Also, there’s a great review about Cool Reader on the maintainer’s blog.

Install CoolReader 3:

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the command below to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:vovansrnd/coolreader

After that, do update and install the app:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install cr3

That’s it. If you don’t want to add the PPA, download & install the .deb package from launchpad page.

UPDATE: The PPA repository is not updated for Ubuntu 15.04 and higher. But the 14.04 binary will work on higher Ubuntu editions without problems. Select download below package:

  • “cr3_3.1.2.3-39_amd64.deb” for 64-bit OS
  • “cr3_3.1.2.3-39_i386.deb” for 32-bit OS

From this page and then click to install via Software Center.


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4 responses to Install Cool Reader 3 in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

  1. Thanks for use my repository.

    After install cr3:

    wget -O/home/`whoami`/.cr3/cr3.ini
    ln -s /usr/share/cr3/backgrounds/ /home/`whoami`/.cr3/backgrounds

    and read my review

  2. Hi vovans, your ppa doesn’t seem to work anymore. :(
    apt-get update returns HTTP 404 when trying to download ppa index.

  3. Yup, repo is dead now. Too bad.

  4. Not the first time i use one of your tutorial! Great work! Thanks for your help Jim