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FBReader Is Brilliant eBook Reader, Manager, & Downloader

FBReader is a dead-simple all-in-one desktop and mobile eBook reader that we missed out while compiling the top 4 eBook readers list. What makes it remarkably outstanding is an option to download eBooks quickly under creative commons license and also a build-in library to create a short collection of your favorite books.

Before you begin, head over to the preferences and point the library to the book path directory where all your eBooks are residing. It supports plenty of formats, such as, ePub, fb2, plucker, Mobipocket, oeb, OpenReader, ztxt, rtf, pdf, djvu, odt, iSilo, and many others.


To download books, head over to the Network Library by clicking the network library icon(books+globe icon) give on top and start browsing the public domain books. It has all the popular books including, Pride and Prejudice, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The War of the Worlds, and many others.

Network Library

In case you don’t find the book you are looking for, the advanced search will help. Enter a keyword and it will show the desired results instantly. To download a book, hit the small download link(which is given below each book).

Download book

The downloaded books will be saved to the library, the default path is C:\Users\{Username}\Books but can be changed from the Preferences.

To read a certain book, click the Library icon and the list of books available will be displayed. Click any book to open it in FBReader. You can always download the books from 3rd party sites and copy them to the library folder. Once done, they will be added to the FBReader Library.

FBReader main

Apart from the basic general features, it includes plenty of outstanding features, such as an ability to read directly from archives, automatic library building and language coding, support for embedded images and footnotes/hyperlinks, position indicator and ability to generate contents table, show the list of last open books, search for any text, full-screen mode, screen rotation by 90, 180, and 270 degrees, and much more.

It has desktop versions for both Windows and Linux. There is an Android app as well which looks brilliant if you ask me. The Android app is named FBReaderJ has a separate set of developers working to improve it.





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The amount of activity in this not-so-popularly-known app is quite outstanding. The developers plan to include Dictionary integration, Automatic scrolling, Bookmarks, Tables support, and support for more eBook formats in future versions.

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