support EPUB format

Bug #241736 reported by David Prieto on 2008-06-20
This bug affects 47 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Won't Fix
evince (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: evince

1) lsb_release -rd
Description: Ubuntu Vivid Vervet (development branch)
Release: 15.04

2) apt-cache policy evince
  Installed: 3.14.1-0ubuntu1
  Candidate: 3.14.1-0ubuntu1
  Version table:
 *** 3.14.1-0ubuntu1 0
        500 vivid/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

3) What is expected to happen is when one attempts to open an epub file via evince, it does so successfully.

4) What happens instead with the example attachment is evince notes:
File type electronic book document (application/epub+zip) is not supported

WORKAROUND: Use okular with okular-extra-backends.

apt-cache policy okular okular-extra-backends
  Installed: 4:4.13.3-0ubuntu0.1
  Candidate: 4:4.13.3-0ubuntu0.1
  Version table:
 *** 4:4.13.3-0ubuntu0.1 0
        500 trusty-updates/universe amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     4:4.13.0-0ubuntu1 0
        500 trusty/universe amd64 Packages
  Installed: 4:4.13.3-0ubuntu0.1
  Candidate: 4:4.13.3-0ubuntu0.1
  Version table:
 *** 4:4.13.3-0ubuntu0.1 0
        500 trusty-updates/universe amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     4:4.13.0-0ubuntu1 0
        500 trusty/universe amd64 Packages

WORKAROUND: Use fbreader.
apt-cache policy fbreader
  Installed: 0.12.10dfsg-9.1
  Candidate: 0.12.10dfsg-9.1
  Version table:
 *** 0.12.10dfsg-9.1 0
        500 vivid/universe amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

Thanks for your bug report. This bug has been reported to the developers of the software. You can track it and make comments here:

Changed in evince:
assignee: nobody → desktop-bugs
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Triaged
Changed in evince:
status: Unknown → New
Changed in evince:
status: New → Confirmed
wjs (wj-suetholz) wrote :

FBReader processes epub format, as well as Calibre. I have run FBReader in ubuntu.

Norman Hooper (kaapstorm) wrote :

In Kubuntu 9.10, KDE's document viewer, Okular, has ePub support. You should be able to install it in Ubuntu 9.10 with "sudo apt-get install okular".

Adobe Digital Editions has the best support for CSS in ePubs that I have seen. Okular does not seem to have support for ePub CSS, which doesn't affect readability; it just means that if the ePub creator has used alternative fonts, etc., that styling will be ignored. And Okular is certainly a lot prettier than FBReader.

You could also consider using Bookworm, which is an online ePub reader ... ... and works perfectly in Firefox, Chromium and Epiphany.

Changed in evince:
importance: Unknown → Wishlist

Any advance on this bug guys?

H3g3m0n (h3g3m0n) wrote :

Still no epub support in 10.10 :(

For some reason, there has been marked resistance in Brainstorm for supporting the epub format for reasons I cannot discern. Epub is a very popular free and open digital book format. It makes no sense for Ubuntu not to support it by default.

Mike (mike-fdb) wrote :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rgibert/ebook
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sigil

Sultan Rahi (sultanrahi) wrote :

Fbreader, Sigil or and Calibre can read epub but are not automatically installed (and are not using GTK libraries but I am not sure that it is a problem). And, except for Fbreader that is not really pretty, they are a bit too big to be used as simple readers (it's like using Gimp to view a picture).
It will be a good idea to have it as a plugin in Evince as it is a kind of universal reader installed by default.

There is also the possibility to use an add-on in a browser but it's not really a convenient solution.

Javier Lorenzana (skqr) wrote :

Evince *should* suport epub. Having a handful of apps, clearly labeled, to handle out-of-the-box all of the most popular content formats is one of the best selling points for Ubuntu in my experience.

I read the Ubuntu Brainstorm idea turn down - the approver showed very poor judgement.

Okular supports epub because it is expected of it. Evince is already years behind Okular. Let's hop a little closer.

Kip Warner (kip) wrote :

Totally agree with Javier.

PauLoX (paulox) wrote :

Please add ePub format support to Evince.


Corbin (ravetcofx) wrote :

Hi, I am working on adding Epub/Mobi/ODT/Others to Evince 3.6.1

I will work to port this to modern version of evince and MATE's Atril

Ferk (ferkiwi) wrote :

That's awesome! Thank you Corbin, this is great news.
I really thought this feature was never gonna make it, it has been more than 6 years!

Finog (finog) wrote :

Keep at it, Corbin, this would be a great feature to have!

Example epub file from Bug Description URL.

description: updated
Changed in evince (Ubuntu):
assignee: Ubuntu Desktop Bugs (desktop-bugs) → nobody
description: updated
description: updated

And nine years later still no support for ebook. That's what I call active development. Seriously guys, is really that difficult to simply implement a new format??? In NINE YEARS???

Changed in evince:
status: Confirmed → Won't Fix
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