Console E-book Readers


Fbless Рncurses based  fb2, zip, gzip or bzip2 file reader, ebook format which is very popular in Russia, but you can find plenty book in other languages (or you can use Calibre for conversion). FictionBook is an open XML-based e-book format, the FictionBook format does not specify the appearance of a document; instead, it describes its structure. For example, there are special tags for epigraphs, verses and quotations. All the e-book metadata, such as the author name, title, and publisher, is also present in the e-book file. Hence the format is convenient for automatic processing, indexing, and e-book collection management. This also allows automatic conversion into other formats. The usage is simple:

fbless [-h] [-v] [-a] [-t {down,up,page-down,page-up,fifo}] [-i sec.]
              [-g %] [-e] [-c file]

fb2 console reader

positional arguments:
  file                  fb2, zip, gzip or bzip2 file

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -v, --version         show program's version number and exit
  -a, --autoscroll      enable auto-scroll
  -t {down,up,page-down,page-up,fifo}, --scroll_type {down,up,page-down,page-up,fifo}
                        auto-scroll type (down, up, page-down, page-up, fifo)
  -i sec., --interval sec.
                        auto-scroll time interval
  -g %, --goto %        go to the offset (in percent)
  -e, --edit            open in the editor
  -c file, --config file
                        use the specified configuration file

Some other e-book related apps: Calibre (reader, converter and manager), FBReader, Sigil (epub editor), Book Manager (simple e-book manager app supporting basic collection management and tabbed document viewing), Fb2edit, Jutoh (e-book creator), Le TeXtallion (easy-to-use tool for publishing prose, literature, poetry in html, pdf or epub, and using txt2tags as a back end), eCub (a simple to use epub and MobiPocket e-book creator), Jebooker (e-book management software which can be merged with an existing e-book folder structure. It provides a user interface that allows to search or change the e-book meta data. Jeboorker supports epub, cbr, cbz and pdf documents without DRM), PdfMasher (tool to convert pdf articles (newspaper, academic) to mobi or epub documents)….

If you know any other console ncurses based ebook reader leave a message.


Dosage – Console webcomics manager and archiver


Dosage is simple console web comics manager and archiver, designed to keep a local copy of specific web comics and other picture-based content such as Picture of the Day sites. With the dosage command line script you can get the latest strip of a web comic, or catch-up to the last strip downloaded, or download a strip for a particular date/index (if the web comic’s site layout allows this). Usage is simple, when installed run:

$ dosage –list

to view list of available comics (at this time around 3000). The list is also available here. To download comic first go to desired folder where you want comics to download and run:

$ dosage <name of the comic>

then Dosage will create subfolder named Comics , where all your downloaded comics will be. And for daily synchronisation you just need to run:

$ dosage @

and that’s about all you must know.

Enjoy your daily laugh.