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FBReader on Maemo
Stable release / April 21, 2014; 14 months ago (2014-04-21)
Preview release 2.0 beta 14 / November 23, 2013; 18 months ago (2013-11-23)
Written in C++, Java
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in Multilingual
Type e-book reader
License GPL (free software)
Website fbreader.org

FBReader is a free and open source e-book reader for Linux, Microsoft Windows, and other platforms.

It was originally written for the Sharp Zaurus and currently runs on many other mobile devices, like the Nokia Internet Tablets, as well as desktop computers. A preview of FBReaderJ (the Java port) for Google Android was released on April 13, 2008.

Supported formats include EPUB, FictionBook, HTML, plucker, PalmDoc, zTxt, TCR, CHM, RTF, OEB, mobipocket (mobi) without DRM, and plain-text.[1]

A desktop version of FBreader

DAISY 3 format support was added to a fork of FBReaderJ for Android distributed by Benetech as Go Read for Bookshare on Google Play.


FBReader was originally 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 most major personal computer (PC) operating systems.[2] The FBReader name with the FB prefix comes from FictionBook, an e-book format which is popular in Russia, the country of FBReader's author.[3]


For easy cross-platform compiling, FBReader uses zlibrary, a cross-platform interface library. It allows recompiling for many platforms while disregarding the GUI-toolkit used.

Nikolay Pultsin[edit]

epub reading on Linux[edit]

essential for epub reading on Linux, only other choice is CoolReader for non-KDE

  • FBReader & CoolReader are more android focused.

reading on handhelds[edit]


External links[edit]

Category:Linux text-related software Category:Embedded Linux Category:Free multimedia software Category:Free software programmed in C++ Category:Free software programmed in Java (programming language) Category:EPUB readers Category:Free and open-source Android software