FBReader is an e-book reader
, Microsoft Windows
, and other platforms.
It was originally written for the Sharp Zaurus
and currently runs on many other mobile device
s, like the Nokia Internet Tablet
s, as well as desktop computer
s. A preview of FBReaderJ (the Java
port) for Google Android
was released on April 13, 2008.
Supported formats include EPUB
, and plain-text.
It was formerly free software
under the GPL
, but since 2015 (v2.7) is proprietary software.
Nikolay Pultsin wrote the first FBReader; the tool was released for the Sharp Zaurus
in January 2005, a Maemo
port was added in December 2005 for the Nokia 770
. FBReader has since had binary packages released for many mobile-device platforms and for most major personal computer operating systems.
The FBReader name with the FB
prefix comes from FictionBook
, an e-book format popular in Russia, the country of FBReader's author.
The original FBReader was written in C++; however, in 2007 a fork called FBReaderJ was created, which was written in Java. As the Android platform became available in the following years, this fork became the codebase for the Android software application, while the C++ codebase remained in use for other platforms.
In 2015 the software for all platforms became closed-source: the old open-source code hasn't been updated since. The Android app was split into Free and Premium versions, both closed-source, with the Premium version adding integrated support for PDF
and for machine translation
For easy cross-platform
compiling, FBReader uses zlibrary, a cross-platform interface library. It allows recompiling for many platforms while disregarding the GUI-toolkit
* support Multiple book tar
* encoding detection
* generates contents table.
* Embedded images
* Position indicator (substitutes for page number).
* library building
* Most Recent Book
* last read positions for all previously opened books
* List of last opened books.
* Automatic hyphenations
* Text search.
* Full-screen mode.
* Screen rotation by 90, 180 and 270 degrees.
**To activate text to speech on the Android
platform, install a TTS plugin
File format support
FBReader supports the following file formats:
: all the main features except the tables. CSS support is not complete.
: does not support most of ePub 3 specific features
: opens non-encrypted *.mobi files. DRM-protected files are not supported.
* FB 2.0
: fully supported
* FB 2.1
: lacks support of tables
: limited, sufficient support
* Plain text : supported, might not correctly split text into paragraphs.
: subset of RTF
) : subset of DOC
**Android: via separate plugin with third-party library
**Other platforms: not supported
**Android: via separate plugin
**Other platforms: not supported
**Android: not supported at this moment
**Other platforms: “absolute positioning” commands may be interpreted or ignored
*DAISY 3 : added to Go Read for Bookshare
on Google Play
(a fork of FBReaderJ by Benetech
* Microsoft Windows
* BlackBerry 10
* Mac OS X
* mobile Linux
** Sharp Zaurus with Qtopia-based ROMs, pdaXrom or OpenZaurus ROM.
** Archos PMA430.
** Siemens Simpad with Opensimpad 0.9.0/Opie ROM.
Nokia Internet tablets
** Pepper Pad 3.
** Motorola E680i/A780 smartphones.
** Digital Reader 1000 and Digital Reader DR800SG
** Hanlin eReader
** ''Openinkpot'' - OS replacement for Hanlin eReader and ''Hanvon N516''
** Pocketbook - E Ink e-book readers
** SmartQ 5 and ''SmartQ 7''
* Comparison of e-book readers
* Comparison of e-book formats
* Comparison of Android e-reader software
* Comparison of iOS e-reader software
Category:Linux text-related software
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Category:Free software programmed in Java (programming language)
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