Bookworm, the eBook reader that every book devourer should have installed

Bookworm When Daniel Foré created elementary OS, one of the things he had in mind was to create a Linux-based operating system that looked a lot like macOS. Anyone who has tried it will have realized that it has succeeded: its interface is simple and visually appealing, something to which applications that have been created with the operating system that the Pantheon graphical environment has made famous contribute. One of these applications is a Bookworm which is very reminiscent of Apple Books that until recently was known as iBooks,

Bookworm is a eBook reader, but it also has library functions. This means that not only can we read the electronic books with this app, but they will also be stored and ordered as you can see in the screenshot that heads this article. If the book has a cover that the software can detect, what we will see will be as if we were in a bookstore. If the cover does not exist or cannot be detected, Bookworm will create a generic one with the title of the book.

Bookworm, from elementary OS to your Linux PC

Right now, Bookworm is on version v.1.1.2 and is compatible with these formats:

  • EPUB.
  • PDF.
  • MOBI.
  • FB2.
  • CBR.
  • CBZ.

Bookworm offers us all the configuration functions that we could want, such as changing the size of the text, change font (even load ours), control line spacing and margins, annotate or dark mode.

Reading view

If you are interested in trying it, there is a flatpak package en this link and in this other link there is the version for openSUSE. It is also available from repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bookworm-team/bookworm
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install com.github.babluboy.bookworm

Its developer says that using the above repository we can find dependency problems, now or in the future, in which case he recommends installing the elementary OS repository with this command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/stable

Bookworm is a great option for reading e-books but (joke mode) it has a major flaw: it is not useful for reading Linux Addicts ... unless the articles are exported to PDF, but that would be material for another article.

Related article:
Lucidor: a cross-platform e-book reader

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