How To Install Epub Reader on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Install Epub Reader on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Epub Reader on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, epub (Electronic Publications) is an open-book standard for reading documents on computers and mobile devices. Epub book’s format is a popular format as it adjusts its font size to the device display. In other words, the Epub format is responsive. Since the default Document Viewer is unable to read ePub, we need to use another application specifically for this purpose. If you ask any experienced Linux user about eBook readers, his/her answer will be Calibre.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Epub Reader on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • You’ll need an active internet connection to download Calibre and its dependencies.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Epub Reader on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Step 1. Before embarking on the Calibre installation journey, it’s crucial to ensure your Ubuntu system is up to date. Open the Terminal and execute the following commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Installing Calibre on Linux Ubuntu.

Install Calibre on Ubuntu 16.04, and run the following command below:

sudo apt-get install calibre

Step 3. Accessing Epub Reader on Ubuntu.

Once installed, Calibre can be started from Unity Dash. For first-time users, it will ask you to configure Calibre. Simply select the default options are you are ready to use the software.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed the epub reader. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Calibre epub reader on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS  (Xenial Xerus) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Calibre website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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