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FBReader on Maemo
2.8.11 / June 28, 2018
2.0.13 beta 13 / November 23, 2013
|Written in||C++, Java|
closed-source (after 2015)|
GPL (before 2015)
It was originally written for the Sharp Zaurus and currently runs on many other mobile devices, like the Nokia Internet Tablets, as well as desktop computers. A preview of FBReaderJ (the Java port) for Google Android was released on April 13, 2008.
Nikolay Pultsin wrote the first FBReader; the tool was released for the Sharp Zaurus in January 2005, a Maemo port was added[by whom?] in December 2005 for the Nokia 770. FBReader has since had binary packages released for many mobile-device platforms and for most major personal computer operating systems. The FBReader name with the FB prefix comes from FictionBook, an e-book format popular in Russia, the country of FBReader's author.
The original FBReader was written in C++; however, in 2007 a fork called FBReaderJ was created[by whom?], which was written in Java. As the Android platform became available in the following years, this fork became the codebase for the Android software application, while the C++ codebase remained in use for other platforms.
In 2015 the software for all platforms became closed-source: the old open-source code hasn't been updated since, Android "app" was split into Free and Premium versions, both closed-source.
FBReader supports the following file formats: