Explore your e-reader options with Foliate

Tutorial – Foliate

Article from Issue 229/2019

The Foliate ebook reader can be comprehensively customized to suit your needs, including bookmarking, translation, and read aloud features.

About 10 years ago, "Shock your parents – read a book" was a slogan at German libraries. It didn't help much: Book publishers are still battling stagnation. Nevertheless, there is still some reading going on, although now it focuses more on ebooks and less on printed material. It's not without reason that Amazon regularly offers new versions of its Kindle ebook reader.

To read ebooks, you do not necessarily need a special device. The package sources of the current Linux distributions contain numerous software-based ebook readers. In addition to a read mode, they often offer additional functions such as bookmark management, annotations, or a translation tool.

This repertoire is also offered by the still very young Foliate [1] ebook reader. It is based on the modern GTK3 framework and harmonizes perfectly with the Gnome desktop. In addition, it offers many setting options, which already makes the application a good alternative to classics like Calibre.


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