Newbie to linux

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Thu Dec 13 14:36:36 UTC 2018

Hello Mike,

if what you want is listen to the ebook, just get the application ebook-speaker.

Its usage is very simple, just type in mate-terminal:
ebook-speaker <bookname>.epub
Maybe in Ubuntu the command has a capital B like this:
eBook-speaker <bookname>.epub

Caveat: the applications (re)write at each start the file ~/.eBook-speaker.xml
with your TTS settings, including a "fallback" command using espeak, that is
supposed to include your current language as a two letters code like en or fr.
But currently only the LC_ALL environment variable is looked at.
So to actually hear the book you should set LC_ALL in the command.
for instance type:
LC_ALL=en_US.utf8 ebook-speaker <bookname>.epub
or if the command name includes a capital B:
LC_ALL=en_US.utf8 eBook-speaker <bookname>.epub

Didier Spaier
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On 13/12/2018 06:42, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> Hello List:
> I am a brand new user of linux. I read over the rules and see that we are to read through the archaives.
> My question is how current is the information on those archaives?
> I am running Ubuntu Mate. My questions are simple for now at least.
> I was wondering if there was a epub book reader and what tyupe of applications most people on the list use.
> Also if there is anywhere I could read to learn and see what applications are accessible with Orca.
> Any help or comments would be sincerely appreciated.
> it is frustrating as a new user and not knowing where to turn for assistance.
> Sincerely,
> Mike Maslo
> Sent from my iPad
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