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How to Install the Best Ebook Reader “Bookworm” on Ubuntu

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Bookworm is a simple ebook reader with a very sleek and modern user interface. It supports all sort of modern file format like pdf, epub, mobi etc. Though it’s initially developed for Elementary OS but now also available for Ubuntu and other derivatives via PPA.

Important Features

  • Easily manages the books through Library management.
  • Readers can either grid view or list view from the ebook Library.
  • Book metadata editing is also possible.
  • Search bar offers filtering options.
  • Supports major ebook format like epub, pdf, cbr, mobi, etc.
  • Text zoom in/out, margin increase/decrease is possible through “A” preference menu.
  • Comes with three versatile reading profile like light, sepia and dark.
  • Offers bookmarking facility.
  • It provides no of shortcuts which help to manage the books and comfortable reading experience.

two page view
Image Credit – babluboy.github.io/bookworm/

Dark Mode Reading View
Image Credit – babluboy.github.io/bookworm/

Bookworm Reading View
Image Credit – babluboy.github.io/bookworm/

Library List View
Image Credit – babluboy.github.io/bookworm/

How to Install Bookworm

This ebook reader has an official PPA repository for Ubuntu and derivatives.

  • Open the Terminal and run the following command to add the PPA
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bookworm-team/bookworm
  • You have to run the following command if your system is Ubuntu 16.04 to add the PPA to install the additional library libgranite3
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/stable
  • Finally, install this ebook reader by running the below command.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install bookworm
  • Now Remove the dependency PPA.
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:elementary-os/stable

Elementary OS

You can install it through system AppCenter


If you want to revert back or uninstall the software, run the following command.

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove bookworm

Build it from the source

You can build this software from source with the required dependent packages, Open the Terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T and run the following command into it.

sudo apt build-dep granite-demo
sudo apt install libgranite-dev valac libwebkit2gtk-4.0-37 libwebkit2gtk-4.0-dev libsqlite3-dev poppler-utils libpoppler-glib-dev git
git clone https://github.com/babluboy/bookworm.git
cd bookworm
mkdir build && cd build
sudo make install

You can find the Best ebook reader “Bookworm” on Github

All the information and images are collected from the official site.


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