Using openSUSE 11.3 (64-bit), KDE environment. I am very, very new and inexperienced with Linux…
I would like to download and read some e-books using my desktop PC. I poked around the Internet with Google and found several recommendations for an e-book reader called Calibre. So I found it in the openSUSE repository and installed v. 0.6.53-3.3.1 using YaST2.
But the darned thing does not seem to work – I click on the icon and nothing happens!!
> Open a console and type in the command see if there are any errors
> reported. If so post them back here.
> My guess is the program name is calibre but if that does not work
> right click the menu icon at the bottom of your screen and select edit
> then see how the program is called from the menu.
> Note Linux is case sensitive so case counts in names.
there have been on-and-off issues with calibre from openSUSE repos. some
python progress indicator, if i remember correctly, comes with a slightly
higher version no. in openSUSE than calibre expects. there has been a bug
report re. this, at one time it has been fixed, and later it has been
at the moment i’m using calibre installed from it’s home page, http://calibre-ebook.com/download_linux . there’s a python script that
installs the latest version, by default under /opt, which works well.
unfortunately they don’t provide an un-installer, means if one wants to
remove the app. later one has to go thru’ the installer log and manually
delete whatever links and/or libraries that have been installed outside
the /opt/calibre directory.
the advantage is that one can manually update calibre to the newer and
slightly improved versions that come out frequently, using the same script.
Thanks for your reply.
This is the output from Konsole. It’s all Greek to me…
Traceback (most recent call last):
File “/usr/bin/calibre”, line 18, in <module>
from calibre.gui2.main import main
File “/usr/lib64/calibre/calibre/gui2/init.py”, line 18, in <module>
from calibre.ebooks.metadata.meta import get_metadata, metadata_from_formats
File “/usr/lib64/calibre/calibre/ebooks/metadata/meta.py”, line 11, in
from calibre.customize.ui import get_file_type_metadata,
File “/usr/lib64/calibre/calibre/customize/ui.py”, line 12, in <module>
from calibre.customize.builtins import plugins as builtin_plugins
File “/usr/lib64/calibre/calibre/customize/builtins.py”, line 406, in <module>
from calibre.ebooks.pdb.input import PDBInput
File “/usr/lib64/calibre/calibre/ebooks/pdb/init.py”, line 24, in <module>
from calibre.ebooks.pdb.palmdoc.writer import Writer as palmdoc_writer
File “/usr/lib64/calibre/calibre/ebooks/pdb/palmdoc/writer.py”, line 15, in
from calibre.ebooks.txt.txtml import TXTMLizer
File “/usr/lib64/calibre/calibre/ebooks/txt/txtml.py”, line 17, in <module>
from calibre.ebooks.oeb.stylizer import Stylizer
File “/usr/lib64/calibre/calibre/ebooks/oeb/stylizer.py”, line 19, in <module>
from cssutils.css import CSSStyleRule, CSSPageRule, CSSStyleDeclaration,
ImportError: cannot import name CSSValueList
Hmmmm… I don’t like the idea of installing something that does not also include an unistaller. I am too inexperienced to manually uninstall a program if it turns out that I do not like it.
Does anyone have a recommendation for an e-book reader that can handle most of the major file formats and installs seamlessly under openSUSE via YaST2?
> Hmmmm… I don’t like the idea of installing something that does not
> also include an unistaller. I am too inexperienced to manually
> uninstall a program if it turns out that I do not like it.
> Does anyone have a recommendation for an e-book reader that can handle
> most of the major file formats and installs seamlessly under openSUSE
> via YaST2?
i don’t like the missing uninstaller either, but the other ebook readers
i’m aware of don’t read M$ .lit format. for actual reading i mostly use
FBReader from the Education/ repo
(http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Education/ ), after using
calibre to convert .lit files. it’s less obtrusive, has a nice inbuilt
library, but doesn’t do M$ .lit. there are other programs to decode .lit
files, but none as convenient as calibre.
> reo_sam;2293990 Wrote:
>> what are the file types of the various ebooks you have?
> Right now, I have some .epub and .mobi files that I would like to read
> BUT I am looking for a reader that handles most of the e-books’ file
> formats as I will probably run into them in the future.
FBReader, which i mentioned earlier, reads these formats, and many others.
it doesn’t handle .pdf (for which okular is fine), or .lit, which no
opensource reader i’m aware of understands, except calibre.