Original Readium SDK

This is the original project of the Readium Foundation, a community in which EDRLab plays a large part since its creation in 2015. It is split is two parts, ReadiumJS and Readium SDK.

What is ReadiumJS?

ReadiumJS is a JavaScript library (readium-js) and viewer (readium-js-viewer, also known as CloudReader) for EPUB 3 rendering, optimized for use on websites in browser-based “cloud” readers. Using ReadiumJS does not require any server-side infrastructure or browser plug-ins.

ReadiumJS shares common JS modules (readium-shared-js) with the Readium SDK which targets native apps.

A Readium Chrome Application has also been built from ReadiumJS. It is still available on the Chrome Web Store in December 2019. It is one of the most full-featured EPUB 3 Reading Systems available, but Google has decided to deprecate all Chrome Applications, therefore it will stop running on Chrome someday. It is now replaced by Thorium Reader.

Readium JS will be replaced from 2020 by Readium Web.

The source code for both the Chrome Application and the CloudReader is available under a BSD-type open source license. It can be downloaded from the Readium Github and modified to suit specific needs.

More information about ReadiumJS can be found on the Readium documentation website.

What is Readium SDK?

Readium SDK is a compact, performant EPUB 3 rendering engine optimized for use in native apps for tablets and other devices. The project is written in cross-platform C++ and JavaScript code, and is designed to be combined with platform-specific glue code and a modern browser rendering engine to instantiate an ePub3-compliant rendering engine within a platform-native Reading System application

It comes along with iOS and Android testing wrappers, called “launchers”.

Since 2018 and version 0.30, the project is released with a BSD-type license, which allows the use of the SDK in both open and closed-source for free.

The SDK has been included in several reading applications on iOS and Android; a partial listing is found here.

What is the development status of Readium SDK & JS?

The release history is maintained on the Readium documentation website.

Since March 2018, the stable version of Readium (both SDK and JS) is 0.30.

The project is now mature and stable, it is not maintained anymore by the Readium community which concentrates on Readium Mobile, Readium Desktop and Readium Web instead. 

Other Readium projects

Readium Mobile

The reference iOS and an Android open-source reading toolkit.

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Readium LCP

The vendor-neutral and interoperableDigital Rights Management technology, embeddable in any reading application based on the Readium SDK.

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