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Coolreader Ebook Reader User-defined Settings and Linux Mint

Post by Etoja » Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:31 pm

Took me some time to find a solution, so I would like to share, it might help some folks.
I am running Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon 64bit.
I love to preview and sometimes read some epub ebooks on the screen using Coolreader. I think it is the best ereader program under Windows: one can easily change the background and font to default. I usually put some dull greenish background and Century Shoolbook font. Under Windows it works well.
However when trying to run Coolreader under Linux Mint the user’s setting are not saved at all. Next time you open it - oops! - you are facing the initial white eye-hurting background and ugly font... Pretty annoying... I guess it is a bug in the program which Mr. Lopatin never fixed and unlikely to be fixed ( I hope I am wrong).

THE WAY TO FIX IT IS TO OPEN THE COOLREADER AS A ROOT JUST ONCE, THEN SETTING UP ALL FAVOURITE OPTIONS, BACKGROUNDS AND FONTS and next time you open it you will enjoy your preferred backround and font!

HOWEVER.. By default Linux Mint doesn’t give you administrative rights... You think you are an administrator, a proud root... But not really... It is quite understandable and laudable - the great guys developing Mint do care about our safety and the safety of your system.
So, to do this little funny manipulation with the little bugger called Coolreader, we need to get some real administrative rights first - even if for a very short span.
To do that I started terminal (ctrl+alt+t) and typed there the following:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/apps
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install open-as-administrator

The Terminal will install all the necessary scripts.
After that type the following in the terminal:

nautilus -q

This will restart the nautius (the browser which is called Windows in MS Windows.)
Now when you right click on a folder in the context menu there should be a line saying “Open as root”.
(The advice was found on NOOBSLAB.COM. And it worked well. According to what they say it will work under Ubuntu as well.)
However, as far as I could see no option was available on any link to a program. So, what to do?
I just dragged and dropped my “War and Peace” epub into an empty folder. Then I right-clicked on that folder and ran “Open as root” menu option. After that I just opened the book inside of that folder and changed my default setting to slightly greenish-grey background and Century Schoolbook L font.. Next time I opened it all my settings were there! I tried to drag the book out of the folder, opened it and my settings still were there.
Thus, in order to save Coolreader settings permanently we have to open it only once AS A ROOT and and save the settings for the later use with all the ebooks. However if you want to change the settings again and make them permanent again you have to repeat that “Folder Open as Root” operation.
Shame about the bug, otherwise Coolreader is a very good e-reader. Hope this might help some folks. :)

P.S. In order to get rid of the Root option, it is enough to type the following in the terminal:
sudo apt-get remove open-as-administrator

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Re: Coolreader Ebook Reader User-defined Settings and Linux Mint

Post by Etoja » Wed May 11, 2016 11:53 am

After all that time my Coolreader is still performing with no problems. :)

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Re: Coolreader Ebook Reader User-defined Settings and Linux Mint

Post by phd21 » Wed May 11, 2016 4:11 pm

Hi "Etoja",

Thanks for posting that for people.

FYI: There is a superb e-book reader, and e-book library management, program called "Calibre" available that you or anyone else can easily install and use from the Synaptic Package Manager (SPM).

Scrub DRM off Kindle Ebooks with Calibre ... th-Calibre

Calibre DRM Removal Plugins
on Step2 click the web link to download the plug-in.

How to remove ebook DRM with Calibre ... re-1291960

Calibre - index of various plug-ins

Hope this helps ...
Phd21: Mint KDE 18.3 & 19, 64-bit Awesome OS, Ancient Dell OptiPlex 780 Core2Duo E8400 3GHz,4gb Ram,256gb SDD, Video: Intel 4 Graphics, DVD Lightscribe. Why I use KDE?:

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