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What software can I use to view .epub documents?

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possible duplicate of: Ebook Reader Software –  BuZZ-dEE Oct 26 '12 at 12:21

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You can use calibre software for viewing .epub documents.

To install calibre from terminal:

sudo apt-get install calibre

Or click the icon below.

calibre Install calibre


If you don't want to launch the full calibre client just to view your ebook files you can add a .desktop launcher to calibre's inbuilt ebook viewer:

  1. Create a new .desktop file in ~/.local/share/applications:

    gedit ~/.local/share/applications/calibre-ebook-viewer.desktop
    
  2. Copy and paste the following passage into the file:

    #!/usr/bin/env xdg-open
    
    [Desktop Entry]
    Version=1.0
    Type=Application
    Terminal=false
    Icon=calibre
    Exec=ebook-viewer
    Name=Calibre Ebook Viewer
    Comment=Display .epub files and other ebook formats
    MimeType=application/x-mobipocket-ebook;application/epub+zip;
    StartupWMClass=calibre-ebook-viewer
    
  3. Save the file. You should now be able to launch Calibre's inbuilt ebook viewer both from the dash and through the right click "Open with" menu.

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calibre is amazing. You can import just about any format and convert it to just about any other. Great for downloading magazines, viewing books, and pushing to your favorite ebook reader. –  csgeek Nov 22 '10 at 15:07
    
Yes, well, providing it outputs properly. Tried doing an ePub to RTF translation the other day (I am a huge fan of Gentium Book Basic, so I try to retypeset all my books) and had OO complain the file was corrupt. –  Samizdata Nov 24 '10 at 12:33
    
Today got my first epub file. Did not know this format existed. –  Luis Alvarado Mar 1 '12 at 12:49
    
Calibre is great for managing epub books, for syncing them to your ereader (and much better than the Sony software), but in my experience the built in reader is slow. The firefox addon mentioned in the other answer works a lot better. –  SPRBRN Apr 4 at 15:00
    
The icon doesn't display in 14.04. Everything else works fine (.epub opens by default with Calibre's ebook viewer, and there's an entry in dash). The only problem is that it doesn't have an icon in dash nor in Open With ... Can you fix this icon issue? Thanks. –  becko Oct 20 at 14:01

I recommend fbreader. Small, fast, single key page turning. Quite pleasant.

fbreader Install fbreader

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Decent app, a bit buggy, but it works. –  HDave Aug 19 '12 at 15:26
    
Opens for me epub documents that "calibre" couldn't. $ sudo apt-get install fbreader –  leticia Oct 12 '13 at 1:32

Another useful option, try this in Firefox; https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/45281/, a fairly good extension for the Firefox web browser that lets you read .epubs from the browser, especially good since on Ubuntu you are likely to be using Firefox and it is usually kept open when you are using your computer.

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Really neat, thanks a lot! –  legends2k Sep 8 '12 at 9:03
    
Super! Fast and I like the fact that it's just another tab in the browser. –  SPRBRN Apr 4 at 14:57

I prefer Okular, a document viewer made for KDE. It has features including bookmarks and highlighting.

It's available in the main ubuntu repository and can be installed on a plain vanilla Ubuntu installation; kubuntu is not required.

To be able open epubs with okular, you must also install the okular-extra-backends package.

    sudo apt-get install okular okular-extra-backends 
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Coolreader 3 http://sourceforge.net/projects/crengine/ one or two pages, bookmarks, memory last reading pages, settings background, fonts, fonts color. Settings avilable only for root, but save for user. PPA https://launchpad.net/~vovansrnd/+archive/ubuntu/coolreader

Editor fb2 http://fb2edit.lintest.ru

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