Finally, after years, the PlayStation Vita has a decent book/comic reader that can read normal files and functions exactly as you’d expect! Thanks to developer ‘pathway27’, you may now use the Vita’s great OLED screen (if you have a Fat model) to read all the books and comics/manga you want.
What is Bookr Mod Vita?
Back in March of 2017, Bookr Mod Vita 0.1 was released as GekiHEN contest entry. Unfortunately, version 0.1 didn’t do much as it only opened TXT files but fortunately, the developer has decided to work further on it and the result is pretty awesome to say the least!
The UI is exactly like that of the PSP version that this homebrew is based upon!
First of all, this is a work in progress build so not everything works but the basics function correctly. This is what’s currently working:
The reader can handle PDF, CBZ, ePub, FB2 and HTML files thanks to muPDF
Basic controls, such as changing pages and whatnot, work fine
The UI itself is intact and mostly functioning.
You can now read all the manga you want on your PSVita! (or PSTV if you like reading on a huge display for whatever reason)
On the flip side, some things such as rotation, zooming and bookmarks aren’t working but it is important to keep in mind that this is a version 0.2.1 release of something that’s not easy to port!
Some Testing of Bookr Mod Vita
I tested the following with Bookr Mod Vita:
An ePub version of “The Heart of the Matter”. This rendered well.
A PDF version of ‘C Primer Plus’ which displayed without issues.
A CBZ version of Angel Beats Volume 1 that was about 100MB in size. Rendering was flawless
A PDF version of the first volume of ‘Kaichou Wa Maid-sama!’. This also displayed without any issues.
Large CBZ files also render properly so you can enjoy high quality manga on your Vita. Thanks to SD2Vita, storage is cheap so you can store whole volumes of manga!
To get this homebrew, simply download it from the link below and install the VPK on your PSVita through VitaShell. Right now, it isn’t available on VitaDB but it’ll probably be there soon so that you could install it directly on your Vita!
If you have any issues, report them to ‘pathway27’ on the GitHub link below!
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