Archives For November 30, 1999

Folicate, the modern ebook reader, released version 3.1.0 with new features support.

It’s a free open-source reader written in JavaScript, and uses GTK4 plus LibAdwaita for its modern user interface, that works in most Linux Desktop and mobile devices such as PinePhone.

Folicate can open local ebook in EPUB, Mobipocket, Kindle, FB2, CBZ, and PDF file formats. It supports online digital libraries such as Feedbooks, Internet Archive, Manybook, Project Gutenberg, Standard Ebooks,

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Modern GTK3 eBook reader Foliate 2.2.0 was released today with many great new features. Here’s how to install it via PPA in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.10, and Ubuntu 20.04.

Foliate 2.2.0 is a new major release that features:

  • New library tab:
    • showing recent books and reading progress.
    • Search books by metadata
    • E-book discovery with OPDS
  • New eBook format support:
    • FictionBook (.fb2,
    • Comic book archive (.cbr, .cbz, .cbt, .cb7)
    • Plain text (.txt)
    • Unpacked EPUB files
  • Improved layout, text-to-speech, image viewer, annotations.
  • Important security fix. Recommend to “Allow Unsafe Content” for old version.
  • Support for StarDict dictionaries.
  • And many other features, see release note for more details.

How to Install Foliate 2.2.0 in Ubuntu:

The software is available to install either via Snap package (in Ubuntu Software) or Flatpak package, both run in sandbox.

For those prefer Ubuntu .deb package, run following commands one by one to install it via the PPA repository.

1.) Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:apandada1/foliate

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2.) Then refresh package cache and install the eBook reader:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install foliate

NOTE if you’ve installed an old version via the .deb package downloaded from github release page, remove it first due to different package name by running command:

sudo apt remove com.github.johnfactotum.foliate


To remove the PPA repository, open Software & Updates utility and navigate to Other Software tab.

To remove Foliate ebook reader, simply run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove foliate

GTK+ eBook Reader Foliate 2.0.0 Released!

Last updated: April 8, 2020

Modern new GTK eBook reader Foliate 2.0.0 was released a few days ago with great new features and improvements.

Foliate 2.0.0 features new selection popover, redesigned interface which works better with smaller screen. The headerbar and progress bar now auto-hide.

Other changes include:

  • E-reader style navigation.
  • A new location popover (Ctrl + L).
  • A new traditional menubar, which may be displayed depending on the desktop environment
  • Ability to zoom in and zoom out.
  • Continuous scrolling layout.
  • New built-in themes.
  • Ability to select text across pages.
  • Option to use a traditional titlebar and menubar
  • And much more other changes. See the release note.

How to Install Foliate 2.0.0 in Ubuntu:

The software offers native Ubuntu .deb package available to download at the link below:

Grab the package, then either double-click to install it, or open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/com.github.johnfactotum.foliate_*.deb

Once installed, launch the software from your system application menu and enjoy!

(Optional) To remove the software, simply run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove --auto-remove foliate

Foliate is also available via Flatpak and Snap (both runs in sandbox) which can be directly installed from Ubuntu Software.

Foliate is an open-source GTK eBook viewer built with GJS and Epub.js. It offers a simple and modern user interface, and features:

  • View EPUB files in two-page view or scrolled view
  • Customize font, line-spacing, margins, and brightness
  • Light, sepia, dark, and invert mode, or add your own custom themes
  • Reading progress slider with chapter marks
  • Bookmarks and annotations
  • Quick dictionary lookup with Wiktionary, Wikipedia, and dictd, or translate text with Google Translate
  • Touchpad gestures—use two-finger swipe to turn the page
  • Basic text-to-speech support with eSpeak NG and Festival

To install foliate ebook reader in Ubuntu 18.04 and higher:

The software offers Ubuntu .deb package, com.github.johnfactotum.foliate_1.4.0_all.deb at the moment, which is available to download at the release page:

Grab the package, then either double-click to install it, or open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/com.github.johnfactotum.foliate_*.deb

Once installed, launch the software from your system application menu and enjoy!

(Optional) To remove the software, simply run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove --auto-remove foliate

For those who prefer the Flatpak package, Foliate is also available in Flathub repository.

Bookworm is a simple eBook reader with a modern user interface. It’s so far supports EPUB, PDF, MOBI, CBR, and CBZ file formats.

Bookworm ebook reader so far features:

  • Toggle between a grid view and a list view for the library.
  • An info button provides “Contents”, “Bookmarks”, and “Search Results” in three tabs.
  • Dark theme, cache support.
  • Keyboard shortcuts to navigate pages, change font size, enter/exist full screen.
  • And see its web page for more.

How to Install Bookworm in Ubuntu:

The ebook reader has an official PPA repository for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, and derivatives.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching it from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bookworm-team/bookworm

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. (For ubuntu 16.04 only) While Bookworm was originally designed for Elementary OS. Ubuntu 16.04 needs following PPA to install the libgranite3 library:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/stable

3. Finally check updates and install Bookworm as well as all its dependencies via commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install bookworm

4. And remove the dependency PPA after all:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:elementary-os/stable


To remove Bookworm ebook reader, run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove bookworm

And remove the PPA via “Software & Updates” utility, under Other Software tab.