PDB book reader

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Icon by Nokius, thank you :)

This is a simple PDB books reader.

It will create Books (or localized equivalent - Böcker in Swedish, Knihy in Czech) directory in your home directory, where you should place your pdb books. Then in app you can choose book from pull down menu. It will try to detect encoding - the detection is pretty accurate, but sometimes make mistakes (e.g. with windows-1250), so when the book is opened, you can change encoding manually.

This app will also install txt2pdbdoc and uchardet, which are both command line tools.

You can change the color scheme to contrast mode (black text on white background) or to standard theme colors.

The progress of the book is of course saved.

Contains Czech, Swedish, German, Hungarian and English translation.

If you want to translate to your language, you can here:


Application versions: 
File harbour-pdb-reader-0.9b-1.armv7hl.rpm47.81 KB26/12/2015 - 19:44
File harbour-pdb-reader-0.9b-2.armv7hl.rpm68.7 KB26/12/2015 - 22:58
File harbour-pdb-reader-0.9b-3.armv7hl.rpm68.85 KB27/12/2015 - 16:21
File harbour-pdb-reader-0.9.1b-1.armv7hl.rpm69.51 KB27/12/2015 - 16:51
File harbour-pdb-reader-0.9.2b-1.armv7hl.rpm70.72 KB27/12/2015 - 21:09
File harbour-pdb-reader-0.9.3-1.armv7hl.rpm72.16 KB04/01/2016 - 00:41
File harbour-pdb-reader-0.9.4-1.armv7hl.rpm72.22 KB04/01/2016 - 21:24
File harbour-pdb-reader-0.9.5-1.armv7hl.rpm72.49 KB27/01/2016 - 20:51
File harbour-pdb-reader-0.9.5-2.armv7hl.rpm73.68 KB11/03/2016 - 16:49
File harbour-pdb-reader-0.9.5-3.armv7hl.rpm74.84 KB24/03/2016 - 15:10
File harbour-pdb-reader-0.9.6-1.armv7hl.rpm75.49 KB14/06/2016 - 14:52


Added support for txt format


Added hungarian localization (thanks Headarias)


Added german localization (thanks Alex217)


When you do a long press on right side of screen, you can now see your progress in the book.


Updated Swedish translation.


Fixed bug with Previous button and bug when reaching end of file.


Added Swedish localization (thanks eson). Also if you previously had unlocalized (English) version and switched to localized version (e.g. Swedish), it moves books from original Books folder to new folder (e.g. Böcker) and deletes original Books folder.


Added about page with option to clear book database in case of errors.


Fixed bug with opening books when filenames contain whitespaces


Added icon by Nokius


alemandaris's picture

Hi, I have problem to install your app (Sailfish

I'm getting the following error: repo-not-available

File ./core/armv7hl/pkconfig-0.27.1-1.1.3.armv7hl.rmp not found on medium "https://releases.jolla.com/releases/latest/jolla/armv7hl"

Can I somehow avoid looking for this file that seem to not exist?


Rikudou_Sennin's picture

Try refreshing your repositories. If you have terminal, you can use pkcon refresh.

alemandaris's picture

Thanks for quick reply. pkcon refresh helped (I also had to correct my ssu settings).

Thanks for the app.

Rikudou_Sennin's picture

I'm glad it works :)

eson's picture

Where can I find a free PDB file to test this app? I've tried online converting a few other ebook formats, but none of them works.

Rikudou_Sennin's picture

Hello, it may be due to a bug the app had - the filename could not contain whitespaces. Now it is fixed, so try to download newer version or remove whitespaces from your book filename.

eson's picture

No, that was not the problem. I didn't have any whitespaces in filenames, and they still don't work. I can't even see the books, so that I can choose one.

My test book is working fine with Calibre.



Rikudou_Sennin's picture

Do you have it in Books directory? It's in home directory (/home/nemo), full path is /home/nemo/Books if you have it in English.

eson's picture

Yes, I do.

Rikudou_Sennin's picture

And do they contain .pdb in filenane?

eson's picture


Rikudou_Sennin's picture

If you don't see it in Choose book menu, there are two things that can cause it: the file is not in /home/nemo/Books or the file does not have .pdb suffix.

eson's picture

Well, there must be a third cause, because your criteria is fully met.  ;)


Rikudou_Sennin's picture

And it does not even show up in list? None of them? Can you send me the books?

Rikudou_Sennin's picture

And you have it english localization?

eson's picture

Here's a file...

file removed...

The aim was to test the Swedish language file, so book reader currently has Swedish gui. The book is also Swedish.

eson's picture

Hmm... It's working fine when I skip the Swedish localization. Not what I expected.

Rikudou_Sennin's picture

The folder name should be localized too, so in Swedish it should be folder Böcker.

eson's picture

Thanks, now I understand, and new version works great!  :)

Rikudou_Sennin's picture

Superb :) And thanks for localization, by the way :)

Nokius's picture

Hi Dominik,


may one is as u like :)



Rikudou_Sennin's picture

Thank you very much :)