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Bookworm

A simple, focused eBook reader


Read the books you love without having to worry about different format complexities like epub, pdf, mobi, cbr, etc.

Features


The current version of Bookworm (v0.9) supports eBooks in the following file formats

  1. EPUB
  2. PDF
  3. MOBI
  4. CBR
  5. CBZ

These are the views for library management and reading in Bookworm

1. Toggle between a grid view and a list view for the library. Editing the book metadata is possible in both views however the list view allows sorting of metadata. Filtering is possible using the search bar in the library view.

2. An easy, simple layout to read books irrespective of the ebook format (epub, pdf, cbr, mobi, etc). A preference menu [] allows essential adjustments for text zoom in/out, margin increase/decrease and line width increase/decrease. Bookworm comes with three reading profiles of light, sepia and dark. Multiple pages of the book can be bookmarked [ ]. Full screen mode is supported on right click or with the shortcut F11.

 

3. The info button [] provides the following tabbed information:

  1. Contents: A table of contents to easily jump to a chapter
  2. Bookmarks: The clickable list of bookmarks to jump to a bookmarked page of the book
  3. Search Results: A clickable list of lines contaning the search phrase found in the book
  4. Annotations: A clickable list of all annotations added for the book

4. The preference button [] on the header bar provides further customization options:

  1. Enable Night Mode: Turn on Dark Theme
  2. Enable Cache: Preserve the contents extracted from eBook for faster subsequent reading
  3. Library View at start: Always show the library view when Bookworm is opened
  4. Customize font: Choose font family from available fonts on the system and font size
  5. Customize reading profile: The text and background color for all three reading profiles can be customized
  6. Auto load books: Multiple folders can be added (and removed) to automatically add supported eBooks into the library

Bookworm has the following shortcuts

Location Shortcut Function
Anywhere Ctrl + Q Close Bookworm
Anywhere Ctrl + F Focus the Search Bar
Library View Ctrl + V Switching between Grid View and List View
Reading View Ctrl + L Return back to Library View from Reading View
Reading View Left and Right Arrow Previous and Next page navigation
Reading View Ctrl + '-' Decrease Font Size
Reading View Ctrl + Shift + '+' Increase Font Size
Reading View F11 Enter Full Screen
Reading View Esc Exit Full Screen
Reading View Ctrl + D Add/Remove Bookmark

Install


Bookworm is currently developed for Elementary OS but the roadmap is to make it distro agnostic in the future

If you are using Elementary OS then Bookworm is available on Appcenter for installation
Get it on AppCenter

 

Bookworm is available as a PPA for Ubuntu (16.04 upwards) and other Ubuntu based systems. Open Terminal and run the following comands for installation

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bookworm-team/bookworm
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install bookworm

If you want to build Bookworm from source on Ubuntu/Debian, open terminal and execute the following commands

sudo apt build-dep granite-demo
sudo apt install libgranite-dev valac libwebkit2gtk-4.0-37 libwebkit2gtk-4.0-dev libsqlite3-dev poppler-utils libpoppler-glib-dev git
git clone https://github.com/babluboy/bookworm.git
cd bookworm
mkdir build && cd build
cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr ../
make
sudo make install

 

Use this link to install Bookworm on openSUSE
openSUSE package for Bookworm

 

If you want to build Bookworm from source on Fedora, open terminal and execute the following commands

sudo dnf install cmake gcc-c++ vala
sudo dnf install gtk3-devel libgee-devel granite-devel
sudo dnf install webkitgtk4-devel sqlite-devel poppler-glib-devel
git clone https://github.com/babluboy/bookworm.git
cd bookworm
mkdir build && cd build
cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr ../
make
sudo make install

 

If you have Flatpak on your system, then install Bookworm as a Flatpak application by running the following command in terminal

 flatpak install --from https://flathub.org/repo/appstream/com.github.babluboy.bookworm.flatpakref

Contribute


Bookworm uses Weblate translation. You can contribute by translating Bookworm to your favourite languages and make the user experience better. Use the badge below to navigate to the Weblate site for simple browser based translation.

Translation status

Bookworm is open source on GitHub. If you can find your way around in Vala, GTK and WebKit then Pull Requests are welcome. Otherwise you can raise an issue for a feature request.

...Or you can buy me a coffee to keep me hacking away at Bookworm