Flatpak App of the Week: Foliate – Modern Simple eBook Viewer

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This week’s “Flatpak App of the Week” is Foliate, a powerful, open-source, and modern e-book viewing software created by John Factotum for GNU/Linux distributions.

Written in GTK, Foliate is an excellent ebook viewer/reader software with many great features. Although its interface may seem simple, make no mistake because Foliate comes with plenty of options and nifty tools that go beyond just reading ebooks.

The Foliate user interface has two main views, Library and Catalogs. While in the Catalogs section you will be able to browse and download free ebooks from some well-known sources, the Library view is where you will find all the ebooks you have downloaded through the app or opened manually with information. on reading progress.

The app offers single-column, two-column, or continuous-scrolling layouts for reading ebooks, support for right-to-left (RTL) and vertical text, automatic hyphenation, as well as a skeuomorphic mode that mimics the appearance of a real world ebook reader device with an e-ink screen.

Supported ebook formats include EPUB, Kindle, Mobipocket, FictionBook, as well as comic book archive formats. The app also supports OPDS feeds if you want to get books online.

As mentioned earlier, there are many exciting new features for all your eBook reading and management needs. For example, you can search for text or paragraphs in an entire ebook, you can zoom and rotate images, you can open footnotes in popovers, you can turn pages with a two-swipe gesture fingers or you can open several books at the same time. time.

The app also offers a ToC (Table of Contents) menu or sidebar, progress slider with chapter marks, support for adjusting fonts, line spacing and margins, support for support for color and brightness customization, auto-hiding of mouse cursor and playback controls, playback of time estimates, bookmarks, as well as annotations with the ability to search and export them as plain text, HTML, Markdown or other formats.

Some of the nifty tools Foliate offers for those who want more than reading include the ability to look up words in Wiktionary, Wikipedia, or offline DICT and StarDict dictionaries, translate passages with Google Translate, and support for speech synthesis via eSpeak NG, Festival or other TTS engines.

If you are looking for the perfect ebook reader software for your GNU/Linux desktop, look no further because Foliate is a very good application that comes as a Flatpak which means you can easily install on any GNU/Linux distribution of flat hub.

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