calibre integration or plugin
I use calibre to integrate my ebooks, all formats (I don't always remember if it is a NookBook, a Kindle, or an epub from Baen or O'Reilly). I COULD do it now, but it appears to make YET ANOTHER COPY of the book. I already have one copy of iTunes and another in calibre
Tim Lahey commented
Adam, I use Calibre partly because it has library management features, but mostly because it integrates with iTunes. I can send a book to iTunes (without duplicating the book) and it will show up in iTunes for syncing to an iPad/iPhone. Plus, Calibre has a server so I can get books from my Mac directly on my iPad via Stanza/MegaReader.
I'd be happy if Bookle would just use my Calibre e-book directory, although I would like library management features just because I'd like better organization of the title list.
Thanks for sharing - that gives us ways to think about how to help Bookle integrate with other apps and unanticipated workflows.
The way I'm integrating Bookle and Calibre is to leave all the library functionality to Calibre. I've done the following:
- In Calibre open Preferences, Behaviour, then untick "use internal viewer" for ePub in the right hand column
- In Finder select an ePub book, press command-i to get "info" pane, set "Open With" to "Bookle" and press "Change all" directly underneath. Confirm all changes.
Now you can browse your Calibre library and when you find one you want to read just press "v" and it will open in Bookle.
You still have to delete that book from Bookle when you are done reading but it reduces the duplication to almost nothing.
I agree about Calibre's hideous user interface but it has a huge amount of functionality and duplicating that would seem to be a really huge effort and probably not what Bookle's core functionality is.
@Tim - just had a thought. Since Calibre is open source, it may be relatively easy for a future version of Bookle to import the Calibre library of EPUBs. It's on the list.
I never found that Calibre's conversion from EPUB to Mobi was worth using, at least with our Take Control books. The results were simply unreadable. Amazon's kindlegen didn't do things perfectly, but at least the results were usable. It's unlikely we'd want to take on the EPUB conversion tasks, but I could more easily imagine an included script or something that would drive kindlegen from within Bookle.
James Webster commented
Without wanting to be too harsh on Calibre... but given how hideous its UI is, it would be great if Bookle could just replace Calibre out right (i.e. support ePub to Kindle conversion)
Tim Lahey commented
I'd be happy if I could just point Bookle at my Calibre folder and have it get the ePubs from there. I'm not happy about having multiple copies of the same ePub since I don't have a lot of space on my laptop drive. I can have iTunes reference the ePubs in the Calibre directory, so I'd like Bookle to do the same.
How do you see Bookle integrating with Calibre, considering that it's basically trying to do the same kind of task, except with only EPUB? If you have ebooks in all those formats, Calibre is probably going to be your best bet for now.