Leaf shape The Linux e-book reader has been updated to support more book formats, including comic files, new library views (including e-book discovery), and various other improvements.
Foliate is a free and open source GTK e-book reader for Linux. The e-book reader is built using GJS and Epub.js, allowing users to view the e-book files they read in multiple layouts: single column, two columns or continuous scrolling.
Most importantly, it has a reading progress slider with progress bar markers, bookmarks and annotations, customizable fonts, line spacing, markers and brightness, custom themes, keyboard shortcuts and touchpad gestures, as well as opening footnotes and find The pop-up window in the word function (using Wiktionary, Wikipedia, etc.). The app also includes basic text-to-speech support using eSpeak NG and Festival.
|Read manga in Foliate 2.2.0|
The latest Foliate 2.2.0 adds support for new book formats, including FictionBook (.fb2, .fb2.zip), comic book archives (.cbr, .cbz, .cbt, .cb7), plain text (.txt) and The EPUB file is not packaged.
Previously, the application only supported EPUB (.epub, .epub3), Kindle (.azw, .azw3) and Mobipocket (.mobi) e-book formats.
I want to point out here that I tried to open comic books with Foliate 2.0 installed from Flatpack and DEB, and Flatpak can open comics, but DEB failed.
|Leaf library view|
The new version also provides a library view that displays recent books and their reading progress in a grid or list view. You can also search for books through the metadata in the new library. The library view has another important new feature: e-book discovery. This is done by using OPDS (Open Publication Distribution System), which is a joint format of electronic publications based on Atom and HTTP. OPDS specification partners include Internet Archive, O’Reilly Media, Feedbooks, OLPC, etc.
|Leaf eBook Discovery (Catalogue)|
Therefore, you can now browse and download free eBooks using the new eBook discovery feature in Foliate. This can be done by opening a new library (available in the hamburger menu) and then switching to the “Catalog” tab.
For sources that support this information, such as Feedbooks (already available in Foliate), you can browse books by category (such as new releases, staff selections, bestsellers, etc.). You can also add a new OPDS directory URL to Foliate.
This new eBook discovery feature still lacks certain features, such as paging and search. Other changes in Foliate 2.2.0 are worth mentioning:
- The app can now use Tracker to track file location
- Now it uses libhandy to provide a better experience on small screens
- Option to set the maximum page width
- When the page width is wider, the “auto” layout will now show four columns
- Improved image viewer with new shortcuts and the ability to rotate and reverse images
- Choose to disable the image viewer, or open the image when double-clicking, middle or right-clicking
- Improved text-to-speech configuration UI
- Ability to set text-to-speech voice according to the language of the book
- Import comments from JSON
- Search notes
- Now the order of the notes is the same as the order in the book
- The WebKit process is now sandboxed
- Improved support for vertical and right-to-left books
- Support for StarDict dictionary (requires new optional dependency sdcv)
- Fixed the auto-hide title bar under certain themes
The latest Foliate can be installed from the following locations FlatHub with Snapshot storage. Although the application is warehouse For many Linux distributions, it has not been updated to the latest version in most cases. You can also create leaf shape From source.
There is also a Foliate 2.2 DEB package (and PPA) available for download on the application homepage (scroll down until you enter the “Get Foliate” section), which should run on Ubuntu and be a Linux-based distribution (Such as Linux Mint, Pop)! _OS, basic OS, Zorin OS, etc. I just tested it on Ubuntu 20.04 (and didn’t encounter any problems).