Foliate 1.5.0 arrives to add support for Amazon Kindle, among others

Foliate-1.5.0EReaders and tablets changed the way we consume books, albeit only in part. Sometimes we read a book on a tablet or an electronic reader, those small devices that display text on screens without backlighting that can store thousands of books and protect our eyes at the same time. Logically, to be able to use an eReader (or tablet), we first have to buy the device and not all of us can afford the expense, which is why there is software such as foliate, a desktop book reader for Linux.

John Factotum originally released Foliate to be an EPUB file reader. Now, after the update to v1.5.0, the reader has included support for other formats, among which are the formats compatible with Amazon Kindle: .azw and .azw3. Support has also been included for another Amazon format, the .mobi that the company launched in April 2005. Of course, we must bear in mind that the previous formats are paid, so we will have to buy them or we will have problems with the DRM protection that include.

Foliate 1.5.0 supports .mobi, .azw and .azw3 files

Other new features included in Foliate 1.5.0 are:

  • Possibility of making annotations to export them to HTML, plain text or JSON.
  • Introduces basic support for exporting text to speech using eSpeak NG and Festival.

For some users, the biggest problem with using Foliate is that only officially offered as a Flatpak package. Ubuntu and most of its derivatives arrive without support for this type of package, but we can activate it by following this tutorial. Once activated, we can now search for "foliate" in the Software Center or click on this link. The developer also offers a DEB package that we can download from here!, but it won't update like the Flatpak package will.


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  1.   Opti said

    Very good article, but I think they should change the name of the program, between "Foliarte" and Fuck you "there are almost no differences. Greetings

  2.   Joel said

    This program is charming, small, simple and fast… in short, how software should be. I had problems installing Caliber to read the epubes that I download from time to time, and reading them on a smartphone I can't always.