OT: command line epub reader?

Steve Holmes steve at holmesgrown.com
Mon Oct 19 05:47:48 EDT 2015

Personally I love having the rich navigation offered by most epub
readers. I would much rather not convert to plain text files. I'm not
aware of any Linux readers that can read epubs directly and be
accessible too. What I end up doing most times is just take the epub
books and read them with Voice Dream reader on my iOS devices but that
ain't Linux:).

On Mon, Oct 05, 2015 at 10:51:17PM -0400, Kirk Reiser wrote:
> Well, that really depends more on how the original document was set up
> than the conversion. The ebook-convert script has options to keep or
> throwaway any type of formatting the document contains. There's no
> reason a text file can't contain any information you wish to keep.
> On Mon, 5 Oct 2015, Tom Fowle wrote:
> >Willem and Kirk,
> >thanks both will check out these possibilities.
> >
> >Possible disadvantage of text is you probably loose markup if any E.G. pages
> >chapters etc.  Maybe html in some cases.
> >TNX&73
> >tom Fowle WA6ivg
> >
> >On Mon, Oct 05, 2015 at 07:25:07AM +0200, Willem van der Walt wrote:
> >>Hi,
> >>There is ebook-speaker by Jos Lemens which would read some epub
> >>books directly.
> >>The way I would prefer at the moment, is to install calibre and use
> >>its command-line program called ebook-convert to convert the epub
> >>into some format you like, like .txt or html.
> >>Then there is the cainteoir program which do read epub, but the
> >>player is currently more of a demonstrator of the functionallity of
> >>the cainteoir library than a player that  one would use on a daily
> >>basis.
> >>Cainteoir can be used to extract the text from epub as well.
> >>HTH, Willem
> >>
> >>
> >>On Sun, 4 Oct 2015, Tom Fowle wrote:
> >>
> >>>Hi folks
> >>>Is there a command line reader for .epub books?Did a net search and didn't
> >>>find anything promising but maybe missed something great?
> >>>thanks
> >>>tom Fowle
> >>>
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