How to Add Dictionaries to Likebook

The Boyue Likebook is a fantastic and reasonably priced Android-based e-reader that appeals to individuals who do not want to be tied to a single ecosystem. Its openness makes it straightforward for users to not just install their preferred reader apps, but to also add their preferred fonts and dictionaries, which will be the focus of this guide.


Likebook supports StarDict dictionary files, which are typically represented by the following files:

  • ifo – an info file
  • dict/ – a data file
  • idx – an index file
  • syn – a synonyms file

Download a StarDict Dictionary

  1. You can find a decent number of free StarDict dictionaries here.
  2. For this example, we will use the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary that can be found here.
  3. Download the file. You will end up with a tar.bz2 file, which is basically the dictionary in a compressed form.
  4. Use your favourite extraction tool to extract the dictionary from the tar.bz2 file.
  5. You’ll be presented with a folder containing three/four files with the extension types listed above.
  6. In this case, you’ll end up with a folder called stardict-oald-2.4.2

Transfer to Likebook

  1. Connect your Likebook to your computer using the provided USB-C cable.
  2. You should see a folder called dict on your Likebook drive.
  3. Create one if it doesn’t already exist.
  4. Copy the stardict-oald-2.4.2 folder, and paste it in the dict folder.

Use the Dictionary

  1. On your Likebook, open the Dictionary app.
  2. Search for a word. You will be shown results from the default dictionary.
  3. Swipe right on the results to switch to the next dictionary, which in this case would be our newly added Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary.
  4. To make the newly added dictionary the default dictionary on your device, tap the “A-Z” icon on the top-right corner of your display, and move the dictionary to the top of the list.
  5. As you can see in the screenshot below, dictionary prompts in the default reader app (Library) default to the newly added Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary.
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