FB2 (FictionBook) - one of the most popularformats of electronic books. If you have an electronic "reader", then problems with reading books in this format should not arise - modern readers support FB2. But how to read a book in this format on a computer? What are the free programs for reading FB2 books?
The FB2 format is so popular because the book,stored in this format, contains not only text, but also information about its structure, illustrations and cover, information about the author and publication. Special programs for reading FB2 books allow you to take advantage of all the benefits of this format, including organize books by creating your own virtual library.
There are free programs for reading FB2, written for different operating systems. We will dwell in greater detail on those programs that are designed for Windows (although many of them are cross-platform).
One of the most famous programs - FBReader. There are versions for different platforms, includingWindows (XP, Vista, 7), now actively developed version for Android. In addition to the FB2 format, the program also supports ePub, PalmDoc, TXT, zTXT, TCR formats. Formats RTF, CHM and HTML are partially supported (tables are not displayed). It supports the opening of book files from the tar, gzip, bzip2 and ZIP archives. DjVu and PDF formats are not supported.
The program supports a number of the most commonencodings, and also hyperlinks. There are options such as storing the last open book, a test search, a list of the most recently opened files, a full-screen mode, a screen rotation of 90, 180 and 270 degrees. There is a possibility to control the text formatting. FBReader allows you to create virtual libraries with the possibility of grouping books into thematic sections, which makes it easier to find the necessary book.
Another popular free cross-platform program that allows you to read books in FB2 format is called Caliber. In fact, Caliber is not just a "reader", but an entire electronic library. The program has a database: When you add a book to the database, all information about the publication is added there, from the title and the author to the publisher and the release date. It is possible to obtain information about the book from the Internet with the help of ISBN (international standard book number).
When you install Caliber, you install the E-book viewer application. Here it is used for readingelectronic books in FB2 format. Caliber also supports a number of other e-book formats, but not all of them open in the E-book viewer (that is, you can add them to the library, and you will need to install other programs for reading). But with FB2, there should not be any difficulties. Also in the program is built-in converter, which allows you to convert to FB2 e-books stored in other formats.
Another free (for non-commercial use) program for reading electronic books, including, including the FB2 format, is called STDU Viewer. It is popular because of its smallsize and "omnivorous": in addition to FB2, the program supports DjVu, PDF, XPS, CBR / CBZ, TCR, a number of graphic formats. However, there is no support for some fairly common formats: ePub, DOC, HTML, CHM.
Also there are free programs for reading FB2, written for other platforms. So, the appendix Okular is intended for viewing documents from the environment of the KDE desktop. PyBookReader It is intended for GNU / Linux, FreeBSD and other systems that support automatic scrolling. TequilaCat Book Reader Is a Java application for mobile phones that reproduces FB2 in a simplified form. And the program FReader written for HP Touchpad running webOS.
As you can see, there are various programs for reading FB2 books, so to choose is from what.