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Do you want to read free eBooks and eTexts? Free as in freedom? Many of them are published under a free license, e.g. Creative Commons, GPL. Here you may find some links to free eBooks, which you may read on your Linux PDA, Linux TabletPC or Linux laptop or some eBook reader. Not much yet but I hope it works as a start. There are links to tips, tricks and HOWTOs for format conversions between different eBook formats, too.

Free eBooks and eTexts

Free AudioBooks

Free eBook Readers

Simultaneous Stanza Reader(http://code.google.com/p/stanzareader/) speaks text files aloud and displays the text stanza-after-stanza simultaneously in a high contrast, large font window. Although this reader is meant to assist those with visual impairments, it can be used by anyone. It allows one to read a book while doing something else or sitting in a comfortable chair across the room. It is written for MAC OS X in Applescript Studio - applescript and xcode.

Plucker(http://plkr.org/) is an offline web and eBook viewer for Palm OS(tm) based handheld devices and PDAs that comes with Unix, Linux tools and conduits, and Windows and Mac OSX conduits that let you decide exactly what part of the web that you want to view on your PDA.

OpieReader(http://www.timwentford.uklinux.net/) is a port to the Zaurus PDA of TWReader an EText reader for the Agenda PDA. Plucker format is especially nice to view via OpieReader and has a lot of tool support including AvantGo-like offline webbrowsing capabilities which are fully supported by OpieReader.

REBComm(http://mlug.missouri.edu/~igor/rebcomm.php) is a commandline program for GNU/Linux that lets the user upload and download files from the RCA eBook REB1100 reader device through a USB connection. It aims to provide much of the same functionality as the eBook Librarian software in Windows. It can be used to send user-generated content to the device.

DocReader by Chris Wong is an eBook reader (for Palm DOC format) and more. There is a port for the SHARP Zaurus(http://newted.dyndns.org/users/weyer/z/) available.

JustReader(http://justreader.sourceforge.net/) is just another reader for Linux PDAs.

At the Weasel reader(http://gutenpalm.sourceforge.net/) page you find also a detailed survey of text conversion tools.

GutenFlash(http://toykeeper.net/programs/flash/) is a streaming text reader, based on the concept of Rapid Serial Visual Presentation. The idea is to display a few words at a time, very quickly, in a very large font. Playback speed ranges from 20 to 2000 words per minute, including extra pauses to accommodate punctuation.

kio_reb(http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=11446) is a KIO Slave providing access to Nuvomedia's Rocket eBook.

FBReader(http://www.fbreader.org/) is an e-book reader. It currently works on the Sharp Zaurus, Siemens Simpad with Opensimpad ROM, Nokia 770/N800 Internet Tablet, Archos PMA430, Motorola E680i/A780/A1200 smartphones, PepperPad 3, Asus Eee PC, IRex iLiad, UMPC, and Linux/Windows XP/FreeBSD desktop computers. It supports several e-book formats: plucker, palmdoc, zTXT, HTML, CHM, fb2, TCR (psion text), OEB, OpenReader, RTF, non-DRM'ed Mobipocket, and plain text.

FBReaderJ(http://www.fbreader.org/FBReaderJ/) is an e-book reader for the Android platform. It is a clone of the FBReader book reader written in Java. FBReaderJ supports several e-book formats: oeb, epub, fb2. In future releases the list will be extended to support the same formats as the original FBReader. Direct reading from zip, tar and gzip archives is supported.

Project Gutenberg supplies a large number of free electronic texts. The JBook(http://jbook.sourceforge.net/) project lets users retrieve, read, and bookmark electronic texts, primarily from Project Gutenberg but eventually from other sources.

rwdgutenberg(http://rubyforge.org/projects/rwdapplications/) is a book reading tool. It can find text files, build lists of text files, auto read texts, has context sensitive help, and can submit bug reports with one click. Additional applets can be downloaded. It includes the rwdtinker framework, and should not require any other downloads. It only requires that Ruby be installed, and should work on all platforms.

GutenPy(http://gutenpy.sourceforge.net/) makes it easier to find and read books from Project Gutenberg. It has handy bookmarking, line numbering, and word definition lookups. Its catalog browser can use simple or complex regular expression filters for title, author, and subject, and allows you to create a booklist of wanted items that can be saved and downloaded later.

Kiwix(http://www.kiwix.org/index.php/Main_Page) is an offline reader for Web contents based on the ZIM file format. It uses the Mozilla framework and integrates a full-text search engine. For example, this software allows you to read Wikipedia offline.

Free AudioBook Readers

k a b o o k

k a b o o k(http://kabook.sourceforge.net/) KDE Audiobook mp3 player. GUI mode and console mode for dyslectic, blind and visually impaired. Festival text to speech reads index links to the mp3. Take notes when paused and read them with festival TTS Audio Education, Manage Streaming Recordings, edit MP3.


Freedaisy(http://freedaisy.sourceforge.net/) is a free implementation of Daisy book standard for allowing MP3 files to be indexed using (X)HTML and SMIL. Daisy is frequently used by visually impaired users, so they can listen to audio books with chapters.


AudioBookBinder(http://gonzo.kiev.ua/projects/audiobookbinder/) is a simple command line utility that converts a collection of audio files to m4b format (iTunes/iPod audiobook format).

Free Java eBook Tools

Mobile Bookshelf

Mobile Bookshelf(http://bookshelf.sourceforge.net/en/index.html) converts text files to MIDlets (Java programs that can be run on mobile phone), making it possible to read your favourite books on your handset.

Tequilacat Book Reader

Tequilacat book reader(http://tequilacat.nm.ru/dev/br/index-en.html) is a free Java midlet allowing to read books on any Java enabled mobile phone or PDA. See this page for links to other free book readers, too.


ReadManiac(http://www.deep-shadows.com/hax/ReadManiac.htm) is a midlet that lets you read large text files on the Siemens SL45i, SL42i, S55, S57, M50, M55, C55, C60, MC60, SL55, CF62, M65, S65, SL65, C65, C65V/CV65 and CX65 phones, Nokia series 40 and series 60 phones, and practically all other JAVA-enabled phones. Midlet has dedicated search engine for searching books in internet. Midlet download these books directly to phone's memory. Once installed, it becomes library in the pocket. See this page for many links to other free book readers, too.

RSS Reader MIDlet

RSS Reader MIDlet(http://www.brothas.net/rssr/) is an RSS feed reader for handhelds that can run Java MIDlets. It uses RMS (persistent storage) for offline reading. It is MIDP 1.0 CLDC 1.0 compliant and requires about 256kb memory to work well.


eKitaab(http://ebookmanager.sourceforge.net/) is an eBook Catalog Manager to manage large collections of ebooks. eKitaab is not an eBook reader. eKitaab displays a list of all books you have, with their titles, authors, descriptions, and photos of the book covers. It also shows if you have read that book before or not. eKitaab downloads all this information from the Internet, based on the ISBN of the book, or by searching by author or title.


ZhuaShuShell(http://sourceforge.net/projects/zhuashushell/) is a set of scripts to crawl a collection of online e-books (in HTML format) from certain Chinese e-book sites and save the data to your local machine formatted as a single text book.


WordFlashReader(http://wordflashreader.sourceforge.net/) is a Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP) program useful to anyone who has an electronic text or book they wish to read. This program works with text files, HTML files, and PDF files. WordFlashReader works by flashing each word of the text sequentially on the screen (pausing for punctuation). Not only is this way of reading off of a computer screen more comfortable on the eyes than the normal method, but also after a little practice you may discover that you can read at multiple times the speed you normally do.

Conversion Software


calibre(http://calibre.kovidgoyal.net/) is a one stop solution to all your e-book needs. It is free, open source and cross-platform in design and works well on Linux, OS X and Windows. calibre is meant to be a complete e-library solution and thus includes library management, format conversion, news feeds to ebook conversion, as well as e-book reader sync features and an integrated e-book viewer.


Lucidor(http://lucidor.org/lucidor/) is a program for reading and handling e-books. It supports e-books in the EPUB file format and catalogs in the OPDS format.


PDFRead(http://pdfread.sourceforge.net/) is a tool for converting PDF and DJVU documents for reading on eBook devices. It does this by creating an image out of each page, enhancing the image, and then collating the images in a device-specific format.


JPluck(http://jpluck.sourceforge.net/) converts web sites to Plucker documents for offline reading using the Plucker Viewer for Palm OS devices or the Opie-Reader for the SHARP Zaurus PDA . With JPluck on your desktop and the reader on your handheld you can carry the web in the palm of your hand! JPluck is a Java application and runs on all platforms where Java 1.4.1 is available: Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP, Linux, Mac OS X and Solaris.


How to convert documents under Linux to read them as eBook on the Palm Pilot PDA(http://www.handhirn.de/linux/ebooks.php) (in German).


GutenMark(http://www.sandroid.org/GutenMark/) is a command-line tool for automatically creating high-quality HTML or LaTeX markup from Project Gutenberg etexts. There is also a graphical front-end called GUItenMark that greatly simplifies usage for casual users. Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux are each directly supported, limited iPhone support is also possible. In combination with other freely-available conversion tools GutenMark aims to convert Project Gutenberg etexts into publication-quality Postscript or PDF, for print-on-demand applications.


OpenInkpot(http://openinkpot.org/) is a free and open-source Linux distribution for eink-based devices.


agenda2pdf(https://inigo.katxi.org/devel/agenda2pdf/) is a program that generates a book agenda file in the PDF format. You can choose among different sections. Each section can have PDF links to other parts of the agenda. It was created for use with an iLiad eBook reader.


gPDFText(http://sourceforge.net/projects/gpdftext/) is a text editor that opens PDF documents for ebook readers, converts the text contents into plain ASCII text, restores the original paragraphs, and removes unwanted line breaks to allow easier zooming on the reader.


How to Scan a Book?

See this instructions(http://www.proportionalreading.com/scan.html) .


How to convert documents under Linux to read them as eBook on the Palm Pilot PDA(http://www.handhirn.de/linux/ebooks.php) (in German).

eBook Readers (Hardware Survey)

Amazon Kindle(http://blog.rlove.org/2007/11/kindle-powered-by-linux.html)  NEW  Linux 
Amazon Kindle 2(http://hackaday.com/2009/09/03/ubuntu-9-04-on-kindle-2/)  NEW  Ubuntu 9.04 
Foxit eSlick(http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS8442724020.html)  NEW  Linux 
Foxit eSlick FE-01(http://www.linux-community.de/Internal/Artikel/Print-Artikel/LinuxUser/2009/07)  NEW  LinuxGerman
Jinke Hanlin V3 (aka LBook V3, DigiBook, WalkBook, BeBook, IBook, et.al)(http://www.linux-magazin.de/Online-Artikel/Openinkpot-eine-freie-Linux-Distribution-fuer-E-Book-Reader)  NEW  OpenInkPotGerman
Sony Librie(http://www.mynetcologne.de/~nc-bergme2/librie_de.htm)  NEW  DebianGerman
Sony Librie(http://www.mynetcologne.de/~nc-bergme2/librie.htm)  NEW  Debian 
Sony Librie(http://www.sven.de/librie/Main/HomePage)  NEW  Linux 
Sony PRS-500(http://raiden.net/?cat=2&aid=184)  NEW  Linux 
Sony PRS-505(http://arstechnica.com/reviews/hardware/sony-reader-review.ars)  NEW  Linux 
Sony PRS-505(http://www.linux-magazin.de/content/view/full/37055)  NEW  LinuxGerman
Sony PRS-505(http://www.linux-community.de/Internal/Artikel/Print-Artikel/LinuxUser/2009/07)  NEW  LinuxGerman
Sony PRS-505(http://www.kruedewagen.de/wiki/index.php/Sony_Reader_PRS-505)  NEW  LinuxGerman

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