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  1. let us buy Bookle direct.

    I refuse to use App Store-only software as I feel it cheats developers. You'd get the whole $9.99 vs only $7.99

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    • Option to override publisher formatting

      Currently, publishers can set their own styles in the book, and Bookle will prefer those over whatever font I have set. (For example, I have one that uses something like Helvetica or Arial, even though I have Bookle set to Georgia.) I'd like an option that, when turned on, overrides the publisher's choice of typeface, margins (the same book does not get 1.0.5's new margins), and line spacing.

      5 votes
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      • Add support for managing (or at least reading from) the iTunes Books library.

        Since it's already got all my epubs (unencrypted) and pdfs along with their metadata like current page / bookmarks (I assume because of the sync between my iPad and my iPhone) it would be a killer feature to utilize rather than creating a separate book library. Perhaps Bookle could support both libraries side by side for those whole like having multiple libraries. Thanks! Chris

        4 votes
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        • Bookle as Preview for EPUB format in OS X

          It would be awesome if Bookle (or BookleViewer) were to quickly preview a selected EPUB file in OS X. So, when a user browses a directory of EPUB files and selects a file, not only would the real cover be displayed (or whatever the first page would contain), but it would also be possible to flip pages.

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          • Include the menu bar item for entering or exiting full screen

            (Or at least make ⌃⌘F toggle full screen.)

            2 votes
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            • Keep the width of the source list when resizing windows and toggling full screen

              In most applications the width of source lists isn't proportional to the width of windows. The source list often becomes too wide after entering full screen.

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              • Add context menus to the library section of the source list

                I guess displaying the list of books on the source list is more or less a temporary measure, but in the meanwhile there could be context menu items for at least removing books and revealing them in the Application Support folder.

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                • Hide Library and TOC

                  The TOC and especially the Library are clutter while reading.

                  Unlike iTunes, where choosing a new file every few minutes is the norm, a user will typically spend several hours on one file when reading. And jumping between chapters randomly is also not typical usage. (I believe users who do that are using reference books, and they wouldn't be doing that with Bookle because its lack of search makes it entirely unsuited to that purpose.)

                  It should be possible to hide the Library and TOC. There's as good as zero benefit to having them constantly visible, and they are distractions.

                  23 votes
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                  • Add vi editor-like navigation keys

                    Given the very simple navigation requirements while reading, how about using the vi movement keys for scrolling through the text while reading and navigating back and forth to the Library / Table of Contents panel and the book content display. So:

                    j - Scrolls down through book, either a line or page at a time
                    k - Scrolls up
                    h - Moves to the Library / TOC panel
                    l - Moves to the book content.

                    Granted that breaks the single keystroke search in the Library / TOC panel which may be popular (?), although I would think changing how the…

                    4 votes
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                    • Make it easier to remove books from library

                      I just had to do some cleanup of my Bookle library and only then did I realize how difficult it is to remove multiple items from the library. Please (1) add a way to do it with the keyboard, (2) a way to select and remove multiple items and possibly (3) a way to right-click with the mouse to remove one or more items.

                      9 votes
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                      • Search for text

                        I would like to be able to search for text with the book as a minimum. A global search across the whole library would also be useful as an option when trying to find all books that contain the search word or phrase.

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                        • Fullscreen mode like Byword/WriteRoom etc.

                          While the fullscreen mode in Bookle probably works just fine on a tiny MacBook Air screen, it's awful on a large monitor, with a wall of text 16" or more wide.

                          Bookle should take a leaf out of Byword's book and recognise that fullscreen is more about hiding the distraction of other apps than getting as much text onto the screen as possible.

                          The text should be ~800px wide, against a subdued background, and the library should be hidden. There's no reason to see the library while you're reading a book, anyway: it's just a distraction. And it's confusing because…

                          4 votes
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                          • Bookmarks would be nice to track where I left off in reading.

                            Similar to my Kindle. Actually on the Kindle, when I close a book, it re-opens to where I was when I left.

                            49 votes
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                            • Sync a Bookle library between multiple Macs

                              It would be nice to be able to sync Bookle's library between multiple Macs, so the user doesn't have to add books to multiple copies of Bookle manually.

                              51 votes
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                              • epub 3 support

                                To be able to view inline video files that are contained in an ePub. Plus all the other bells and whistles that ePub 3 support.

                                17 votes
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                                • Provide a Reader mode similar to Safari

                                  Safari's distraction free "Reader" mode graying out the background and just providing a view of the content is very nice. Bookle could potentially do something similar (without switching to full screen mode, and preferably via a keyboard shortcut) where the right side display of the book content was focused for reading with everything else on the monitor grayed out in the background. Ideally that would work one monitor in a dual monitor configuration leaving the other monitor operating normally, or even optionally having the 2nd monitor grayed out for "fully" focused reading.

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                                  • Create a full-featured library interface

                                    The list of titles in Bookle is currently static; all you can do is add and delete them. In a future version, we're envisioning an interface more like iTunes, where there are multiple columns displaying the various metadata for each book: title, author, date added, size, and so on. You'd be able to sort the list by any of the columns, which would help with much larger libraries.

                                    120 votes
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                                    • Cloud Storage!

                                      Hi,

                                      I would like to store my books in the cloud Dropbox, Box.net etc..., view them in searchable Bookshelf and list modes ala Delicious Library and iBooks and be able to download them one at a time.

                                      50 votes
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                                      • Sort the library ignoring "A", "An", "The" etc.

                                        So that "A Painted House" is sorted as "Painted House". You get the idea...

                                        38 votes
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                                        • Make the text display page oriented, like a book (iBook and Stanza do this).

                                          Rather than putting an entire chapter into the text object, display only one page of text, so that there is no scroll bar. Spacebar or Page Down will display the next page, Shift-Spacebar or Page Up will display the previous page. Allow swiping to change the page rather than change the chapter. Perhaps swipe up or swipe down can change the chapter.

                                          Currently the way things are, the last line of visible text might be only partially shown. When you display an entire page, don't allow for partially displayed lines in the last line of visible text.

                                          25 votes
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