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Is there any such thing as a libre e-reader? Looking for a alternative.

@rgggn
not 100% libre but better alternatives...

Kobo
Pocketbook

@tootbrute @rgggn

I second Kobo, I have one myself!

Very configurable and lets you read epubs from other sources :)

@rgggn
Search for boox. They come in all sizes. But not in FLOSS philosophy

@srinicame @rgggn boox are by far the current best ereader. Don't consider one better than the next in terms of foss. I use them offline so I'm at least not tracked.

@Jason_Dodd
And they support all the formats on the planet. You can install other readers from the Play Store
@rgggn

@rgggn

It's not libre, but I would recommend Kobo as the "least worst" alternative.

It's very easy to sideload anything, the devices are nice to use and the built-in store has some DRM-free books available (though it's mostly DRM stuff).

For more technically-minded people there are also various projects giving Kobos totally libre unofficial firmware.

@switchingsocial @rgggn kindle those all that too, no? I use calibre to side load all the time, and there's quite a lot drm free stuff too.

@ton @rgggn

Fair enough.

The original post was asking for alternatives to Kindle though :)

@rgggn Tolino uses OSS only, I am not sure about the F though. Also there might be an exception for the stuff opening DRM-infested pdfs.
But it runs on android, so you can root it [1](german article, but nice syntax so it should be machine-translatable with a reasonable quality).
If it's in budget I'd recommend the vision 4 HD model for its support for redshift-like behaviour. (Also I can't judge about the rest since I only ever had a vision 4 HD in my hands.)

[1]: allesebook.de/anleitung/anleit

@rgggn not libre nor open source, but may be considered : bookeen.com (:

@rgggn older Kobo's have some alternate completely libre firmwares floating around on github. (sans wifi firmware blobs) Their not entirely feature complete, but good enough for simple eReading.

@trashHeap
This is what I have figured out as well. I picked up a cheap used Kobo Aura to attempt installing the Foss firmware replacement github.com/lgeek/okreader
It is all open source except for the eink driver code.
@rgggn

@kelbot @rgggn I've had some unfortunate luck getting okreader to work with WiFi on the Kobo Glo.

github.com/lgeek/okreader/issu

Between that and tripping over a few PDFs and ePubs that crash the koreader build it ship with Ive switched back to the proprietary firmware, but using a hostfile hack to block all the tracking services on the device.

Hoping to try again with future releases.

@rgggn I've heard other people with the same concern mention the Booq Cervantes: store.bq.com/en/ereaders/cerva
It's the only open source e-book, as far as I'm aware.

@rgggn Nope, which is why I think @Purism should seriously consider making one.

@rgggn I have a Tolino. Not libre, but at least they don't force you to use any cloud service. I have mine in flight mode all the time. updates are downloadable as files, which you can upload via usb or wifi mytolino.com/

@rgggn
The Spanish electronics company BQ has an e reader called the Cervantes. Firmware is open source. github.com/bq/cervantes

#bq #cervantes #opensource

Many interesting & informative answers. Thanks everyone!

@rgggn you can run non-kindle software on older kindles

duokan is a thing, also
fread.ink/

and i'm working on making my own setup for my kindle that allows ereader stuff but also opens up the linux system underneath

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