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what's the best ebook reader? Calibre looks and feels like shit.

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If you're on Linux, check out Foliate.

    https://johnfactotum.github.io/foliate/

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      it looks good but it breaks my theming because of gtk4

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Just buy a Kindle.

        >muh theming
        Just use it, homosexual.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Try Arianna then:
        https://apps.kde.org/arianna/
        It's a decent alternative to Foliate.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      oh, hey, I remember that. something about it pissed me off so I didn't bother using it
      I forgot what it was

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >gtk
      man i sure love having a dozen different file pickers, each one more broken than the previous

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The only good EPUB reader. It's also much better now, after they abandoned epub.js and switched to their own renderer. Besides, it's literally the only reader that supports comics in EPUB format correctly with two-page spreads. Also flawless vertical text support and it doesn't modify the original files when opening them, unlike Calibre.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      One of the reasons I dual boot

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        dumb moron
        https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wsl/tutorials/gui-apps

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I dual boot OS X and Linux you moron

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >I dual boot OS X and Linux

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          it's shit and I have other uses that wsl can't handle because it's shit.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I tried this, it's very slow and clunky, and glitched out a bunch. Also I don't like contaminating my system with gtk4 csd bullshit.
      Sadly linux has nothing that can compare to iBooks.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >GTK
      Dropped.

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    https://github.com/ttu-ttu/ebook-reader

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      looks cool but I want something I can use without internet

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah it's not a standalone application. To run it offline, you would probably need a web server like XAMPP.

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What the frick did you just say about my program?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I'm sorry sar.... but it really needs a ui overhaul. It's a pain to look at and customize.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        क्या आप ऐप का उपयोग किताबें पढ़ने या यूजर इंटरफ़ेस को देखने के लिए करते हैं?

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Read but I have a pretty big collection and trying to configure things on calibre sucks because of the ui and a ton of meaningless options. It also just flat out looks bad, I at least want a ui that looks like something from the past decade.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Is Kovid Goyal the only Indian who can actually program and knows what hes doing?
      >Calibre
      >kitty
      >has an actual real degree

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        No because Calibre breaks all the fricking time, it’s jeetware like everything else produced by subhuman subcons

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          werks on my machine

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        calibre is shitware and only useful for the dedrm addon.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Googled how to uninstall this streetshitter's garbage and this is the first thing that showed up. Lol.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        this pajeet piece of shit stopped supporting intel macs. what a Black person

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I can find where is the problem with what he said.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Googled how to uninstall this streetshitter's garbage and this is the first thing that showed up. Lol.

      Is Kovid Goyal the only Indian who can actually program and knows what hes doing?
      >Calibre
      >kitty
      >has an actual real degree

      >covid goy

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    mupdf is the best ebook reader.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Okular , obviously

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      what about arianna, isn't that what kde has for books?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Joe has not arrested a single opponent.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Now of course not, it was the entire mob of Democrats trying to bust trump.
        You're right. In fact, Joe Biden doesn't do anything at all. He is just a mere puppet. As all the democratic presidents before him.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          DT has been a money launderer for the russian mob since the '80s.
          About time to leave him in the dungeon.
          DDTCIYCDTT

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >As all the democratic presidents before him.
          >he thinks it's only the democrat ones.jpg

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      t. lock her up repeater mad someone else did it first

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Replace Biden with Putin and the picture makes sense.

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    https://github.com/nota-lang/bene
    https://nota-lang.github.io/bene/

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2021): Waterproof, long battery life, sharp E Ink display.

    >Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Kids: Kid-friendly version.

    >Apple iPad (10th Generation, 2022): Multipurpose device.

    >Onyx Boox Note Air 3 C: Best for color display.

    >Amazon Kindle (2022 Release): Most affordable Kindle.

    >Amazon Kindle Scribe: Best for taking notes.

    >Kobo Clara 2E: Best for library books.

    >Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight 4: Best Nook overall.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Paperwhite is awful. The touchscreen might've been okay if they designed the UI right, but they crammed exit in the top right as if it was for a mouse. Ads on the home page too. Kindles from a decade ago are better.

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >what's the best ebook reader?
    best at what? it opens the files, what the frick else do you want? i swear you morons are moronic
    >Calibre looks and feels like shit.
    so use something else, what's the problem?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Illiterate ESL rage
      Why are thirdies like this?

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >can't answer a single question
        why are morons like this?

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Because your questions are based on an illiterate reading of the OP. I guess I would be perpetually butthurt if I lived in a third world shithole too.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >still didn't answer any question

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Do you cum when your dad fists you?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >so use something else, what's the problem?
      the problem is that he doesn't know what to use, which is why he is asking which is the best
      >best at what? it opens the files, what the frick else do you want? i swear you morons are moronic
      the best all rounder presumably, for looks, speed, weight, syncing features, if you just want something that opens epubs and you don't care abotu anything else, ok, but there are other variables too
      if you think an epub reader should just open files, you should hate calibre, it does tonnes of shit beyond that and I need almost none of it

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >the problem is that he doesn't know what to use,
        so use a few and see which is the best for you
        >which is why he is asking which is the best
        again, the best at what? that's totally subjective
        >the best all rounder presumably, for looks, speed, weight, syncing features,
        so try it for yourself, this is all subjective based on the person as you JUST stated.

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The best ebook reader is whatever comes on your ebook reader-specific hardware.

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Sioyek is pretty good

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      *Soijak

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    SumatraPDF

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    window: sumatra pdf(older version not new because of changes to epub rendering library)
    Lunix: Lector or Bookworm
    Android: Readera or Librera

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      can confirm readera FRICKS

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      What sumatra version should i go with?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        69

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    less

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Any cool open source app for android for ebook reading?

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You mean ebook reader program? For me, it's Microsoft Edge since it has a Pride flag in it.

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Glad someone made another thread about this, tried out all the suggestions I got in my thread the other day and still haven't found a better viewer/annotater than Edge.

    PDF-XChange comes the closest but isn't so great for reading and can't double highlight.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      For PDFs Zotero is usable.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Zotero
        Thank you because this genuinely seems useful, but not the kind of thing I'm looking for. I was trying to find a PDF reader with a good highlighter.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          It has a tabbed PDF reader with text and area based highlight as well baked in. I use it primarily as a reader and manager second. They don't really advertise the PDF side of things for some reason.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          It has a tabbed PDF reader with text and area based highlight as well baked in. I use it primarily as a reader and manager second. They don't really advertise the PDF side of things for some reason.

          https://www.zotero.org/support/pdf_reader

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            It has a tabbed PDF reader with text and area based highlight as well baked in. I use it primarily as a reader and manager second. They don't really advertise the PDF side of things for some reason.

            >https://www.zotero.org/support/pdf_reader
            God bless you, anon. It'll take me some time to figure out how to fully use it but this is exactly what I was looking for, snap-to-grid highlighting and being able to deepen the highlights.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            No problem anon, enjoy your readings.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Anon wtf are you reading, some gender studies bs? don't tell me you got 200k in debt for this. lol.

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    ebooks are simple zips with html files why does it take ages to open?

  18. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    For me, it's IceCream reader

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous
  19. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    A physical one.

  20. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Koreader

  21. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    There isn't anything (especially for Windows) which isn't either
    >bloated
    >ugly
    >doesn't support dark theme
    >doesn't have some weird usability issue
    This is why I still use Calibre reader.
    However, I'm still working on find a proper font which is readable. Trying to replicate my mobile view because even when using a large screen it's easier for eyes to have about a paragraph or two (i.e. mimicing old newspaper layouts which were very narrow).
    This current font (Adobe Garamond) is not that good for readability.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      From my experience, converting the epub into pdf is better, making it more readable and well-structured.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I'll be more interested in PDF format when it can do reflowable like epub can. Trying to see the preformatted pages on anything aside from printed paper is a complete PIA.
        Until then, I take PDFs, strip them to TXT files, and make epubs out of them so I can read them on a tablet.
        Plus, I can't stand adobe.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Indeed, if you wish to customize, ePub is preferable. Although I don't mind the format as long as my ebook viewer can interpret it and it's well-organized and legible. Ultimately, my goal is to extract the data from the ebook, not the ebook itself. While I do desire a satisfactory experience, anything beyond that is not crucial. Our ancestors were accustomed to reading "subpar" books compared to today's standards, but what remains significant then as it does now is the information within those books, not the "material" they're printed on.

          >I can't stand adobe.
          Frick adobe.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I'm going the complete opposite direction.
            I'll pull texts in whatever garbled format I can find them, clean them up, make a cover and an epub, then stick that on my tablet to be read, later.
            I find a lot of "ebooks" that can be grabbed are in really poor shape, or are in PDF format that won't reflow and so isn't comfortable to read. So I installed Calibre on my main pc and use it to clean ebooks up; the reader on Calibre imho is just to check the book before I call the work done.
            Really more of a hobby than anything. Still takes less time than dealing with the library. Next project is The Master and Margarita. Found PDF version and ripped to text. Need to finish the formatting, and perhaps link up all the endnotes.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I sorted my shit out, I always avoid using the calibre main software and only use the reader- using a plugin to strip out embedded fonts from epubs (novels of course) worked.
        If the epub has embedded fonts the reader software won't do shit.

        >font
        try Bookerly

        Thanks.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >font
      try Bookerly

  22. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Koreader on your ereader of choice

  23. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    This is how I manage everything.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      What is COPS & Calibre Web?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        COPS presents the directory containing your Calibre library as a standard 'feed' that reader apps can connect to and browse through. This means that, instead of having to connect to Calibre to download books to your phone and then use a reader app to read them, your reader app can 'connect to network library' using the feed that COPS presents, to browse, download, and then read your ebooks.

        Calibre-web is basically Calibre, with the same management and file conversion capabilities, but in a web interface instead of an OS application. It's useful for reading the contents of your Calibre library on a computer that doesn't have a reader app of its own. It's also slightly more user-friendly than Calibre for fiddling with book metadata - adding 'read' tags, and so on.

        So, in my workflow, Calibre, COPS and Calibre-web all live in Docker containers on my NAS - when I come across a book or PDF to add, I open up Calibre to add it to the library. Then, I'll use FBReader on my phone to download a copy to my Android; and if I want to read on my desktop, I'll open up Calibre-web in a browser. It doesn't keep the reading progress in sync, but I'm not bothered by that.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >Calibre-web is basically Calibre, with the same management and file conversion capabilities, but in a web interface instead of an OS application.
          How different is this from the 'portable' version that's available on Mr. Goyal's website?

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Calibre-web performs the exact same functions as Calibre, so it doesn't do anything different with your ebooks. However, it's a slightly nicer interface - in my opinion - for browsing through your library and reading ebooks, and tweaking the metadata as needed (e.g. marking books as read).

            Calibre-web also supports multiple user accounts, with user permissions - so, with a little thought, you can have one user for viewing your Western literature and one user for viewing your My Little Pony fanfiction, or whatever, even though they are all in the same Calibre database.

            It's a little like using Plex (or Jellyfin, or Emby, or...) to watch your TV shows, rather than just opening them in VLC or whatever.

            Quite a wonderful arrangement you've got there, Anon. Happy reading! Also, is the FBreader good? Have you tried Readera for your phone?

            Honestly, I think I only tried FBReader based on a recommendation from someone here ... and I don't see a need to change. If Readera works for you then that's great, they all do the same thing in the end.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I use Calibre-web to. Works extremely well. Remote into it from anywhere. I also use Kvaita and Plex. Run all from a Truenas Scale server.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Quite a wonderful arrangement you've got there, Anon. Happy reading! Also, is the FBreader good? Have you tried Readera for your phone?

  24. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I've been using a 4th gen Kindle from 2011 for 13 years but now the charger port is stuffed, the battery lasts only a few hours, and the screen has some dead pixels, so I'm looking to upgrade. I read solely from a vast library of pirated mobi files that I sideload from my PC. My least favourite thing is that it still uses a micro USB cord to charge/sideload instead of the USB-C cords I have littered around the house.

    What should I swap to for a modern e-reader? Value is a concern but I really want to know what's best rather than picking up another 4th gen for $40. It looks like Kindles only got USB-C in 2022, but I'm concerned that they might not be able to read Mobi anymore, and that they may have annoying anti-piracy measures. I don't know anything about non-Kindles.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Just read on your OLED phone and or computer.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I can't read off my phone, it strains my eyes

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Which app? I'm always

        COPS presents the directory containing your Calibre library as a standard 'feed' that reader apps can connect to and browse through. This means that, instead of having to connect to Calibre to download books to your phone and then use a reader app to read them, your reader app can 'connect to network library' using the feed that COPS presents, to browse, download, and then read your ebooks.

        Calibre-web is basically Calibre, with the same management and file conversion capabilities, but in a web interface instead of an OS application. It's useful for reading the contents of your Calibre library on a computer that doesn't have a reader app of its own. It's also slightly more user-friendly than Calibre for fiddling with book metadata - adding 'read' tags, and so on.

        So, in my workflow, Calibre, COPS and Calibre-web all live in Docker containers on my NAS - when I come across a book or PDF to add, I open up Calibre to add it to the library. Then, I'll use FBReader on my phone to download a copy to my Android; and if I want to read on my desktop, I'll open up Calibre-web in a browser. It doesn't keep the reading progress in sync, but I'm not bothered by that.

        torn between Readera and KOreader, but KOreader sucks on small vertical phones.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Readera Premium mod apk. One app to rule them all!

  25. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I tried out kavita way back, when i found calibre bloaty and file structure weird. Now i just use koreader on koba clara hd.

  26. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Assume you're joking. Calibre is an epub tool, not a reader, you fricking mong.
    Try moon reader if on Android.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Calibre comes with an epub reader.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        it's not very good, though. being generous, it is 'functional'

  27. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Just fricking use Zathura (or literally any "good" pdf viewer). If you want an ebook library just fricking store them in a folder and separate them by categories (if you want) also in folders.

  28. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Get yourself a boox device. I have the boox note air 3 b/w and have been impressed so far. It is large enough that I can read a scanned PDF of a book with ease but still of a reasonable size that i can carry it to work for use during lunch.
    FYI the b/w note air does not have the super refresh technology but that does mean you get better battery life. I use mine a few hours a day and can easily last a week without issue.

  29. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >reader
    isn't calibre more about organizing your collection and handling the metadata? you can use any reader you want.

    i host my collection via calibre-web and mostly just read in the browser or moonreader+ (because OPDS support) on android.

  30. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If you use Calibre to read ebooks you're fricking moronic, it's an ereader library manager first and foremost

  31. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Anybody know how to break the DRM from Amazon books?

  32. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    PC (you can change background/text colors iirc):

    Sumatra
    Adobe Editions

    Android:

    Librera FD (Android on f-droid.org)

  33. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Plato on Kobo

  34. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    none of you Black folk know what calibre is used for, well i don't except cumskin people to read actual books

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous
  35. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    cat your_shitty_book.pdf
    :^)

  36. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous
    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Facts

  37. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What about one that has speed reading features? 2 lines, 450 words per minute.

  38. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Calibre is a library manager

  39. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    why Emacs of course

  40. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Any reader, calibre is some other failed bullshit library manager type thing. Just keep it installed in case you ever need to use its command line tools to convert books to kindle format or some shit, which you can do from the command line without opening that fricking 1972 Ford Ranchero of an e-reader.

  41. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Browser + file manager for PDFs. All other filetypes are bloat.

  42. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What's the best way to bulk rename a bunch of pirated ebooks with various moronic filenames into one coherent standard (e.g. Lastname, Firstname - Title or something)?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Calibre does this automatically. Also look up the “polish ebooks” feature that updates the embedded metadata to be not moronic.

  43. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >silently modifies your files by default
    Kovid is such a stupid programmer. I had to go and delete all his calibre_bookmarks.txt dung droppings from my books manually

  44. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    you don't use calibre to read, jesus christ.

  45. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Ask this exact question eight years ago
    >Get told to just keep using it or read it on firefox
    >Now this
    I hate you homosexuals so much

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >eight years ago
      do you think maybe a few things have changed since then?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah, everything got worse.

  46. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The builtin Apple one is good, it can handle anything I throw at it from libgen. Foliate crashes a lot, at least the old version does, I recently updated but the new version looks bad, and it doesn't page using the space bar.

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