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  1. Improve import

    The first thing I tried to do with Bookle was to drag 28 ePubs to the Library list in the Bookle window. This fails on 2 counts:
    - dragging to the library, expected functionality, does not work, instead you have to find a Bookle icon and drag to that; and dragging to the coverflow version of the icon doesn't work either.
    - Dragging multiple ePubs results in only one being imported.

    25 votes
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    • Allow a 2- or n-page-wide viewing mode

      that would flow text from one pane to the next on its right instead of making each chapter one scrollable pane. This is particularly useful for reference works (such as Take Control and O'Reilly pubs) when there are operations and/or code that you would like to keep on screen with their descriptions. It would also help maintain shorter lines for readability in full screen mode.

      25 votes
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      • pagination

        enable pagination as a reading option as well as scrolling

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        • Click and show file path in title bar

          I am used to right-clicking or CMD-clicking the title bar to jump out to the folder that contains the ebook. It is a standard interface item but is missing in Bookle.

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          • Add some alignment choices.

            Usually, these readers allow for a choice of left or right aligned, or centered, instead of only justified to both sides. At the very least, add left alignment. Having an uneven right margin may not look as good, but it helps a reader keep track of which line they're on.

            26 votes
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            • Display how much of a book I have read / actioned

              I'd like to see how much of a book I have read. Example implementation - a check box for each line item in the TOC, which the user checks after reading, and then a linear display representing what has been read / not read in the book. This would be useful when studying a subject. For books which have exercises or tutorials, it would also be useful to have a second set of markings to record whether you have "actioned" the section as well as reading it.

              24 votes
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              • 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

                20 votes
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                • iCloud support

                  Add Apple's iCloud support, so books can be read on a few Macs e.g.
                  to continue read on another Mac there I left on the first one.

                  15 votes
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                  • Add leading customization

                    Being able to set the line height and the spacing between paragraphs would improve legibility considerably.

                    17 votes
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                    • Add an interface for finding and downloading EPUBs from within Bookle

                      Since EPUBs are basically HTML and being view with WebKit, perhaps Bookle could implement a very simple Web browser that would display sites that make EPUBs available for download. Downloading an EPUB from within Bookle would add it directly to the library.

                      41 votes
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                      • Add DRM-free books which exists in the iTunes library

                        I already have some books in the iTunes library without DRM, some even relased by Apple http://itunes.apple.com/no/artist/apple-developer-publications/id409921415?l=nb&mt=11

                        It would be nice to be able to add or see those books directly.

                        15 votes
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                        • Add support for the .ibooks format created by iBooks Author

                          Apple's new iBooks Author program creates its document in a special .ibooks format that is essentially mangled (it doesn't validate) EPUB. Right now, Bookle can't display those files, but it might be possible to parse through the non-standard bits such that it could. How the interaction would work with interactive elements, I can't really say at this point, but if people are interested in this feature, we can put more effort into investigating what might be possible.

                          22 votes
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                          • Improve experience with Apple's built-in VoiceOver screen reader

                            It would be greatly appreciated if Bookle were made somewhat more accessible with Apple's built-in screen reader, VoiceOver. In particular, the current library interface is complicated and not as intuitive to use as it should be. Cursor tracking, which is Voiceover's default behavior, seems to cause no end of confusion when navigating.

                            17 votes
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                            • 11 votes
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                              • Let me rotate the entire screen (and hide the toolbar) for more comfortable reading on a MacBook Air

                                I like to read on my MacBook Air. With ComicBookLover, for instance, I can rotate the entire comic book 90 degrees so I can read a page that is taller than the screen. Would be handy to have this in Bookle as well.

                                8 votes
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                                • 20 votes
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                                  • Add a column view like Tofu app

                                    Makes reading much easier on wide screens

                                    3 votes
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                                      • annotation-option with sharing to the community oder syncing with readmill for "social reading" :-)

                                        Very useful would be a annotation-option with sharing to the community (like #kindle) - oder syncing with read mill for "social reading" :-)

                                        12 votes
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                                        • Allow people to change the text color

                                          For those who prefer light text on a dark background, it would be nice to make it so Bookle can change text color as well as background color.

                                          43 votes
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