One of the nice things about Pocketbook’s ebook readers is they are open to install alternative reading apps.
Pocketbooks run a Linux-based operating system so they can’t install Android apps, but they can install a few apps that works alongside the built-in reading software, including KOReader.
KOReader is a popular reading app that’s available for Android and several dedicated reading devices, such as Kobos and jailbroken Kindles.
I installed KOReader on the Pocketbook Color to try it out, and while it does work to some extent, it’s definitely buggier on the Pocketbook than it was the last time I installed it on a Kobo. Sometimes it freezes up and won’t respond, and color content is not displaying properly, even though it says color is enabled in the settings menu, but I haven’t had much time to mess with it yet.
However, one thing I do like with KOReader is the ability to use inverted mode for white text on a black background, something the default software lacks. It helps hide the color filter layer that’s visible on E Ink’s new color screens.
If you want to try KOReader on a Pocketbook ereader, there’s a set of installation directions over at GitHub. Here’s what I did:
1. Plug the Pocketbook ereader into a computer with the USB cable and select PC Link mode on the Pocketbook.
2. Download a Pocketbook version of KOReader from their latest releases page. Make sure to download a version labeled koreader-pocketbook.
3. Extract the downloaded file on your computer and then transfer the koreader folder and koreader.app files located within the applications folder to the applications folder on your Pocketbook. Apparently it isn’t necessary to transfer the system folder, as the directions at GitHub don’t mention it.
4. Safely eject the Pocketbook from your computer and restart the device (I don’t know if it matters but it seems like a good idea).
Now you can access KOReader from the app section on the Pocketbook. If you haven’t used KOReader before there’s a learning curve, but you can find a number of tutorials at GitHub. Here’s their getting started guide and a tips and tricks guide.