Are there any privacy and security friendly e-book readers?

Any tips on how to make Kindle, Kobo more private would be appreciated as well.

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You can use most (if not all) of these devices totally offline and manually load books via software like Calibre (An open source ebook management suite)

Kobo’s are generally going to be better off regarding openness to file formats. One of my friends recently recommended PocketBook as well if you wanted to explore another option.

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I already use Calibre as I am a stingy student and Aeroplane mode to save battery. Nice to hear these habits are good for privacy indirectly.
Thanks for the PocketBook recommendation Henry!
Thanks for everything you do. Coming across your channel was a blessing!

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I’m using a Kindle Paperwhite, you can use it without every connecting it to the internet.

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I prefer KOReader. You can install it on mobile devices and a lot of e-ink devices. I use it on my Kindle Touch (the original, hella old one) and it is not bad. Could be better but the benefits outweigh the disadvantages (mostly that you can’t use KOReader with Calibre, so you need to turn KOReader off when loading books and what not and some stability issues but I blame them on the device being very old).

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yes! doing the same.

wow! I just looked it up and it looks amazing. Will install 100%. Thanks!!

I have been happily using LibreraReader on my Android tablet for a few years now. I have been super happy with it, but I just might try KOReader. The features seem interesting, I would say. Thank you for the suggestion.

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Michael Bazzell goes at length about the Boox products in one of his podcasts, and I like products by Epubor for un-DRM’ing stuff (for the time being I use their Audible Converter to save my audiobooks since I stopped using Audible). I saw a post on Reddit about how Epubor is good for converting Kindle books to epub or mobi for use with any reader.

All these things I mention aren’t free, but I’ll probably own a Boox e-reader one day so I don’t have to carry tons of paperbacks when I travel, while not being tracked by Amazon. Sadly, many great e-books I want are only available via Amazon so I’d get them, download and convert, and offline transfer to another e-reader. If you never turn WiFi on your Kindle, it could be the same effect without having to remove DRM. However, who’s to say when an updated “AZW” format will require a certain update to your Kindle, which will then upload all activity that you’ve done on it.

LibreraReader seems like a cool option but development is kind of frozen right now, plus I don’t like reading on my phone.

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Great suggestions.

There are new updates somewhat regularly. There are both Google Play and F-Droid versions. For privacy, I suggest the F-Droid version which does not connect to the internet. The reason I recommended LibreraReader in the first place is that it is just a (in my opinion) great e-book reader application which, if you use the F-Droid version (read the description on F-Droid), is also conveniently offline (of course, then the syncing functions does not work). Therefore, private and secure (unless you want to talk about protecting your book locally on your device).

Fair enough. I read on my tablet with LibreraReader, but I can understand that using only your phone would not make for a comfortable reading experience.

Yeah, LibreraReader is super useful, I use it for the conflictive .cbr format, which I had problems finding an Open Source tool to read them and LibreraReader was the most useful reader I could find for those type of files.

Pocketbook.

  • their os is based on linux
  • requires no accounts
  • supports all major book formats
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