Readium Epub3 App Released for Windows, MacOS, Linux

Readium Epub3 App Released for Windows, MacOS, Linux e-Reading Software

After five long years of arduous development, the official industry standard Epub reading app has finally been released as a desktop app.

Initially released in February 2012, Readium was supposed to become the core component for all third-party ebook apps. Alas, it took so long to develop Readium that by the time it was ready for public use, most developers had come up with their own simpler solutions. And according to a couple developers I know, the Readium code was so complex and proved so difficult to check for errors when compiled that it wasn't worth the hassle.

As a result, over the course of 5 years Readium had only been officially released as a Chrome web app. (Bluefire, the ebook developers who wrote most of the Readium code, also used Readium in their Cloudshelf app.)

But now, thanks to EDR Lab, an alpha version of Readium for Windows, Linux, and macOS has been released:

One year ago, the European Digital Reading Lab started working on an important missing piece in the set of reading systems developed by Readium: a desktop application. Students use intensively their PC or Mac to access textbooks; visually impaired people commonly use a PC with a “screen reader” application to access any type of publication; and more generically, many ebook readers in public libraries, at work or at home, would like to access EPUB files on there desktop computer. But there was no good open-source EPUB reading application for them.

With the financial help of EDRLab founding members, and especially the help of the French CNL (Centre National du Livre), we started prototyping around a new kind of reading app, which could be deployed on the three main desktop operating systems, i.e Windows 10, MacOS and Linux.

The source-code of this application would be given to the Readium Foundation with a liberal license, so that everybody can customize the application for its specific usages.

You can download the apps on GitHub.

I have tried it. It is very much an alpha release.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

3 Comments

  1. Darryl28 March, 2018

    Is it complete with the magnificent “Readium LCP DRM’ which they were talking about some time ago. If so, count me out. Even without this, my question is why do we need Readium after all this time?

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    1. Nate Hoffelder28 March, 2018

      I can’t tell; the app doesn’t work very well, and even if it did I don’t know where I could get an ebook with that DRM.

      Reply
  2. […] couple weeks ago EDR Lab released the first alpha version of its app for Windows, macOS, and Linux, and now I can report that similar apps have been released for Android and […]

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