Tuesday, March 20, 2012

View and Edit *.epub files in Xubuntu

I use two programs to view ePub files: FBReader and calibre. Bellow you'll find a brief description of each one of them and instructions to installed them. If you're just looking for a simple and light program to view ePub files, my suggestion is to choose FBReader.

None of the announced applications support editing of ePub files, so I also suggest a third application, sigil.



FBReader is an e-book reader for Linux/Windows XP PDA/UMPC/desktop computer. It not only supports ePub file format, but for instance it can also be used to open chm and rtf files.

A file can be opened in FBReader using the file manager. An other way of opening files is using the built-in library management system; FBReader looks for supported files in directories listed in the Book Path option.

Install FBReader

Open a terminal window and run:

sudo apt-get install fbreader

Once installed you can find it in the Applications Menu's Office group, as "E-book reader".


Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application.

Besides providing an e-book reader, calibre also offers a library management system, e-book conversion, e-book syncing to devices, download news and convert it into e-book format and a content server to access you e-book collection online.

Install Calibre

Open a terminal window and run:

sudo apt-get install calibre



Sigil is a multi-platform EPUB WYSIWYG ebook editor.

Install Sigil

Go to http://code.google.com/p/sigil/downloads/list and download the appropriate (x86/x64) *.bin.

Open a terminal window, change current directory to the above download's destination and then run:

chmod +x Sigil-*Setup.bin
sudo ./Sigil-*Setup.bin

Next the setup dialog will open, just click OK/Next/Yes to install accepting the defaults (sigil will be installed in /opt/sigil).

Uninstall Sigil

Open a terminal window and run:

cd /opt/sigil
sudo ./uninstall



1 comment:

  1. This was actually extremely helpful for me. Thanks Wilson. --Signed SilverT on Your Boyfriend's Dick