book reader with book store

Bug #1183708 reported by swizzle on 2013-05-24
This bug affects 6 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
elementary OS

Bug Description

elementary should have a really good book reader. Evince is not bad but the UI is really ugly.
Evince or ePDFView could be used as a backend and an elementary UI could be created on top of it.
Furthermore adding a book store would be awesome.

Sandor Odor (sandor-t) wrote :

A Calibre Fork or a new app using Calibre's API may be the answer since Calibre has a good API so it can be used in other apps. Problem is, Calibre is written in Python. I thought for about writting a cover-view UI plugin for Calibre, but an Elementary Ebook and PDF App would be really nice.

Cameron Norman (cameronnemo) wrote :

I agree with this, as I have not been able to read .epub files in evince. I didn't realize evince didn't have this functionality.

Hmm, Calibre might have a good API but like you said it's written in Python.
Yes, Evince currently doesn't have this functionality but it seems to be on their plans though.

Daniel Fore (danrabbit) on 2013-06-06
Changed in elementaryos:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Cody Garver (codygarver) on 2013-09-20
Changed in elementaryos:
status: New → Triaged
ITPROJECTS (itprojects) wrote :


Daniel Fore (danrabbit) wrote :

We should look into GNOME Books for Loki

Changed in elementaryos:
milestone: none → loki-beta1
Aneurin Hall (aneurin-hall) wrote :

IMO book stores (and in-app purchasing) are lame and bloat, over complicate applications, and make for a security headache.

not to mention that for the good of the FLOSS ecosystem people should be going for drm free files and formats anyway.

I agree that the Books application for reading .epub (and possibly .mobi) files could be a very useful addition to the elementary OS, but I have to also agree that having a separate book store could be too complicated to implement and manage properly.

Daniel Fore (danrabbit) on 2015-11-03
Changed in elementaryos:
milestone: loki-beta1 → none
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