Thorium Reader is the EPUB reader of choice for Windows 10, MacOS and Linux.
This EDRLab application is in constant development and aims at becoming a reference for accessing EPUB 3 publications in reflow or fixed layout format, visual narratives (DiViNa), audiobooks and even LCP protected PDF documents.
Huge efforts are made to get Thorium Reader highly accessible for visually impaired and dyslexic people.
This application is free, with no ads and no leaks of private data.
Why developing Thorium Reader?
Until now there was no modern EPUB 3 compliant reading application usable on Windows 10, OSX and Linux, properly accessible for print disabled people, with a good support for the LCP DRM and capable of browsing OPDS catalogs.
EDRLab decided to build such an application and release it for free, in order to provide users a great way to enjoy on a large screen EPUB publications, comics / manga / bandes dessinées, audiobooks, LCP protected PDF documents.
Print disabled people now benefit from an EPUB 3 reading app which supports screen readers like Jaws and NVDA on Windows, Voice Over on Mac.
Thorium Reader is based on the set of open-source chrome-less modules, a toolkit named Readium Desktop. Thorium Reader and Readium Desktop both rely on Electron.js, node.js and typescript, which efficient cross-platform technologies. Thorium is further developed using React components based on HTML 5/CSS 3.
Thorium Reader v1.1 has been released
… in December 2019 and this new version is fully LCP compliant. This means that people can use it to read commercial and library ebooks on the large screen of a Windows 10 PC, a Mac or a Linux PC.
Thorium v1.1 also features many accessibility improvements. Other improvements are still necessary, and we’ll release an enhanced version before the next CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in the US in March 2020, where the tool will be presented by Daniel Weck with the support of the DAISY Consortium.
Other improvements of Thorium v1.1 are the support of MathML via the MathJax library, a better support of OPDS v2, the support of the Authentication for OPDS mechanism and a preview support of the brand new “automatic LCP key retrieval” feature. The latter means that users can authenticate on a portal Thorium while browsing an OPDS catalog, and can then load and read LCP protected publications without having to enter the passphrase even once.
Here are links to:
- The Windows 10 version of Thorium Reader on the Windows Store.
- The MacOS version of Thorium Reader on the Readium Github platform.
- The Linux (.deb) version of Thorium Reader on the Readium Github platform.
Nightly builds of the Windows 10, MacOS and Linux versions can be downloaded from the Readium Github platform.
More specifically, here is the MacOS version.