An electronic book (commonly abbreviated e-book) is a text and image-based publication which can be read on a computer or other digital devices such as an e-book reader.
Digital books are well established. Project Gutenberg, an online library of books that can be downloaded free of charge, has been expanding its collection since 1971. Almost its entire library consists of books that are available in the public domain, although there are a few copyright texts which are also included.
The popularity of digital e-books has been accelerated by a number of dedicated portable e-book readers. The various Amazon Kindle are extremely popular devices which have enabled readers to conveniently access a huge library of books, magazines and newspapers on the move. What is particularly noteworthy is that Linux is the operating system that runs the devices.
However, Linux is also an attractive way of reading e-books on a desktop computer or notebook. Linux has a good range of open source software which helps users to organize their e-book collection, catch up on a novel, or even to create and publish their own e-book.
This article showcases the best graphical eBook readers. We only feature free and open source software here. Here’s our recommendations captured in a legendary LinuxLinks chart.
Let’s explore the 11 GUI ebook readers at hand. For each application we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshots, together with links to relevant resources.
|GUI eBook readers
|e-book library management application with excellent feature set
|Simple and modern GTK eBook viewer. It's beautifully designed
|All-in-one ebook reader
|Versatile document viewer for a wide variety of file formats
|Makes it simple to access free literature
|Qt based e-book reader
|Simple, focused e-book reader
|ebook reader and library management app
|Fork of the CoolReader project
|Cross-platform XML/CSS based eBook reader
|Basic ebook reader
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