[Sugar-devel] Support for EPUB with Read in sugar-jhbuild?

Sayamindu Dasgupta sayamindu at gmail.com
Mon Apr 26 16:06:43 EDT 2010

On Sun, Apr 25, 2010 at 10:20 PM, Bernie Innocenti <bernie at codewiz.org> wrote:
> On Sat, 2010-04-24 at 22:21 -0500, James Simmons wrote:
>> 1). How do I get Read as delivered by sugar-jhbuld to work with EPUBs?
>> 2). Does Read support EPUBs on SoaS right now?  If not, what are our
>> future plans regarding EPUB support?
> The only Linux reader that supports EPUB seems to be KDE's Okular,
> through libepub (ebook-tools). Moreover, Okular does not seem to
> dynamically reflow the text, which was the only useful feature EPUB had
> over PDF.
> Anyway, if we *do* support it, does it have to be in Read? Can't we have
> one activity per file format instead? It may be simpler from a
> maintenance and UI design PoV. Besides, EPUB resembles more HTML than
> PDF.

Read supports EPUB if the right dependencies are installed. However,
for OLPC 8.2.x builds, one has to use FBReader Activity
(http://dev.laptop.org/~sayamindu/FBReader-4.xo is the latest
version). It's an ugly hack, but it works.

Sayamindu Dasgupta

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