I assumed everyone was using Calibre, but recent searches suggest that isn’t always the case

  • @lud@lemm.ee
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    133 months ago

    Honest question. Why host them? Finishing one book can take a while and they are incredibly small.

    I just use calibre and sync with my e reader and phone occasionally.

    • @LynneOfFlowers@midwest.social
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      53 months ago

      For me (I use Kavita) it’s because I want to be able to just pick up whatever device is in front of me at the moment and pick up the book where I last left off even if it was on another device

      • @lud@lemm.ee
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        33 months ago

        Syncing progress seems like a very good reason for hosting. I didn’t think of that.

        Thanks!

    • zeekaran
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      23 months ago

      Download whenever I feel like it. Share them.

    • Tenebris Nox
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      23 months ago

      I do the same thing. I’ve tried Kavita and Audiobookshelf and ended up just keeping the books on a network share and then accessing them through Calibre. I am sideloading to a Kindle though.

      • jjakc
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        3 months ago

        You can use calibre-web to send to your Kindle email. They will appear in the Kindle as “Documents”

    • @sabreW4K3OP
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      23 months ago

      Because I have a really cool library and it should all be kept in a centralised place

    • @pezhore@lemmy.ml
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      33 months ago

      This is the right answer. I have dockerized Calibre and Calibre-Web for initial intake, then use Calibre-Web’s OPDS feed with my Moon+ Android app for reading on my tablet/phone.

      Calibre handles type conversions, metadata sync, and file organization.

      Calibre-Web works well for browser reading on my PC.

    • @sabreW4K3OP
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      13 months ago

      Does it work for ePUBs too or just audio books?

      • @lemming741@lemmy.world
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        3 months ago

        Yup. It’s got built in browser based text reader and an audio player.

        FYI, readarr needs separate instances for audio and text. Wasn’t worth the hassle for me

  • @keyez@lemmy.world
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    53 months ago

    I use Kavita and KavitaEmail to organize and have a frontend for my books, and the latter to email them to my kindle if it’s not on there yet. My kavita container is stopped most of the time because I already know what I’m going to read next and just need it up to sync or send new books.

    Used to just have my library I exported from Amazon and ebooks com on a single folder on my NAS, kavita helped clean it up a bit.

    I also tried audiobookshelf but mostly for audiobooks and podcasts and didnt quite fit my workflow I already had and liked using kavita and Antennapod.

  • @thechadwick@lemmy.world
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    53 months ago

    Academics focused, but Zotero indexing a large cloud storage drive.

    Let’s things organized by subject, tag, author, title, or whatever else I want. Also keeps my notes all in one place. Huge huge proponent and it’s open source!

    • @sabreW4K3OP
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      23 months ago

      Never heard of Zotero before, it seems to be quite capable

  • bitwolf
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    23 months ago

    I tried Kavita but it didn’t have the features I needed. I ended up just throwing them on Nextcloud and using Nextcloud sync onto my reader (Box Air 3c)

    • @sabreW4K3OP
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      12 months ago

      What features did you need?

  • @falcon15500@lemmy.nine-hells.net
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    23 months ago

    I am using Calibre-Web mostly - but I have run into issues with thumbnail generation after my collection hit around 500000 books. I am just over 600000 now, but a large swathe don’t have thumbnails unless I do a manual metadata search. I should probably look for an alternative, but at this point I CBF.

    • @sabreW4K3OP
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      13 months ago

      Over half a million books? I’m so envious!

  • @jozza@lemmy.world
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    23 months ago

    I’m just here to lurk and see what others say, as I’ve used Calibre in the past and it didn’t really do the job I was hoping it would.

    • @Scrath@lemmy.dbzer0.com
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      3 months ago

      Same. My organization scheme heavily relies on calibres custom columns and export schemas though so it would be hard for me to switch anyway.

      The only 2 things I dislike about calibre are the lack of a server based version and the inability to assign a book to multiple series

    • @sabreW4K3OP
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      13 months ago

      Yeah, I just want something that looks good, can link works by authors and shared universes and can sync reading progress across devices.

    • @sabreW4K3OP
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      23 months ago

      Why lol? The library interface is great and it can manage multiple users. I haven’t used it for book hosting, but I am trying to keep an eye out

      • @rockhandle@lemm.ee
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        23 months ago

        I know, it’s just the fact that I use it for pretty much all of my media that I find kinda funny. Goes to show, it’s really an amazing program tho.

        • @sabreW4K3OP
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          13 months ago

          Yep, Jellyfin is super underrated.