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mhv260
08-16-2010, 12:46 AM
I thinks it would be great if CALIBRE could catalog audio and video books, besides all of the other features.

ThePage
02-12-2011, 06:36 PM
Am using it for all books, Electronic, Paper and Audio, although my Audios are stored in/with my Musicmatch Jukebox 9.0 (the later versions didn't allow of multiple music libraries, making things) cumbersome - I do only have 3 Audiobooks at this time, however.

Catlady
08-30-2014, 01:13 PM
Anyone have recommendations for apps to catalog audiobooks?

silverraven
08-30-2014, 06:26 PM
http://www.collectorz.com/book/
Not free, but I played around with the free trial version a few years ago. It was pretty cool.
And, I think there is a plug in for Calibre to handle audio books. I've never used it though.
S

koland
08-31-2014, 01:23 AM
Just use the Add Blank Book feature in calibre and enter your info ...

odiakkoh
08-31-2014, 05:50 AM
I just have an excel sheet. I don't bother inputting them in until they're listened to though. Cataloging freebies that I may never listen to doesn't appeal to me.

Catlady
08-31-2014, 09:46 AM
Thanks for the suggestions.

Silverraven, I took a look at the link and may try the trial, but it looks a little overwhelming.

Koland, I've only ever used Calibre to convert to epub--never tried any of the management features.

Odiakkoh, I'm using an Excel spreadsheet now. I was thinking of an app to save time--so I could just type in the ASIN to get the information (or scan a barcode for an audiobook CD). It would also give me a book summary, which would be useful.

I had started to use Book Catalogue (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.eleybourn.bookcatalogue&hl=en) for my paper books, and while it would work for audiobooks, the drawback is that it doesn't allow for a "Narrator" field. So I was hoping there might be something out there that's more customizable for audiobooks.

silverraven
08-31-2014, 10:58 AM
Thanks for the suggestions.

Silverraven, I took a look at the link and may try the trial, but it looks a little overwhelming.

Koland, I've only ever used Calibre to convert to epub--never tried any of the management features.

Odiakkoh, I'm using an Excel spreadsheet now. I was thinking of an app to save time--so I could just type in the ASIN to get the information (or scan a barcode for an audiobook CD). It would also give me a book summary, which would be useful.

I had started to use Book Catalogue (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.eleybourn.bookcatalogue&hl=en) for my paper books, and while it would work for audiobooks, the drawback is that it doesn't allow for a "Narrator" field. So I was hoping there might be something out there that's more customizable for audiobooks.

I thought the one I suggested had it to where you could just scan the bar code? Or it used to? Honestly, been years since I messed with. And I don't have a bar code scanner anyway. I just keep my books in folders according to author. If I need to print off a list I use
http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptdirprn.asp I know there is a way to print directory info from the command line but I don't know how, sorry. Maybe someone with more computer skills than I can tell us how. One thing I do like about the karenware is that you can choose how much info to print, a lot or a little. I don't know if that is possible through the command line??
S

Catlady
08-31-2014, 01:00 PM
I thought the one I suggested had it to where you could just scan the bar code? Or it used to? Honestly, been years since I messed with. And I don't have a bar code scanner anyway.

Well, I wouldn't be using that feature with the overwhelming majority of my audiobooks anyway, since they're downloads, not CDs. But I would like it to read ASINs, and it only mentioned ISBNs. I'll try it out next week when I have more time.

I just keep my books in folders according to author. If I need to print off a list I use
http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptdirprn.asp I know there is a way to print directory info from the command line but I don't know how, sorry. Maybe someone with more computer skills than I can tell us how. One thing I do like about the karenware is that you can choose how much info to print, a lot or a little. I don't know if that is possible through the command line??
S

I had asked several years back how to create a spreadsheet from a file list in this thread (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=120314). Seems like the Karenware is pretty much the same thing?

silverraven
08-31-2014, 01:27 PM
Seems like the Karenware is pretty much the same thing?
I don't know?? I haven't messed with it in a long time. When I was messing with it I needed a printed out list of all my music that was on my computer. For my mom, to actually put in a notebook. She is old school.
Sorry!!
S

Lynx-lynx
09-01-2014, 08:03 AM
Citavi (http://citavi.com/) is an excellent database program, that is free for individuals.

I've used the program for a few years and whilst it's aimed at the researcher, it can be used by anyone who wants to keep all their various data formats under the one roof so to speak.

So you can catalogue cd's, videos, books, records and whatever else you can think of.

DaleDe
09-01-2014, 12:29 PM
Citavi (http://citavi.com/) is an excellent database program, that is free for individuals.

I've used the program for a few years and whilst it's aimed at the researcher, it can be used by anyone who wants to keep all their various data formats under the one roof so to speak.

So you can catalogue cd's, videos, books, records and whatever else you can think of.

Doesn't seem free to me. On the web site personal use is $79. Free is only a sample with 100 entry limit.

Dale

Froide
09-01-2014, 12:37 PM
Just use the Add Blank Book feature in calibre and enter your info ...

I catalogue audiobooks in two places:

Calibre's Empty Book (https://www.google.com/search?q=calibre+empty+book&rlz=1C1SFXN_enUS499US499&oq=calibre+empty+book&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l3.2652j0j1&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=0&ie=UTF-8) feature (I think that's what koland was referring to)
MediaMonkey (http://www.mediamonkey.com/) - which syncs across all devices

Loosheesh
09-01-2014, 12:45 PM
I catalogue audiobooks in two places:

Calibre's Empty Book (https://www.google.com/search?q=calibre+empty+book&rlz=1C1SFXN_enUS499US499&oq=calibre+empty+book&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l3.2652j0j1&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=0&ie=UTF-8) feature (I think that's what koland was referring to)
MediaMonkey (http://www.mediamonkey.com/) - which syncs across all devices


Same here; works great for me.

Lynx-lynx
09-01-2014, 01:34 PM
Doesn't seem free to me. On the web site personal use is $79. Free is only a sample with 100 entry limit.

Dale

Student option.

DaleDe
09-01-2014, 01:44 PM
Student option. Ah, that only works if the university has a site license.

Dale

Lynx-lynx
09-01-2014, 03:21 PM
That's the option I use and I'm not attached to a school/uni. On the link page I gave it's the first option.

Catlady
09-01-2014, 03:36 PM
I'm totally confused by the Citavi site too. All I see for free is the version with the 100-item limit.

Lynx-lynx
09-01-2014, 08:38 PM
Okay, pardon my ignorant posts on what Citavi I've actually got. :eek: :o

Now that I'm on my pc I can see what's what.

I've definitely got the Citavi Free version, and from my reading of their Products page (http://www.citavi.com/en/products.html) I see that what they're saying about the Free version is that I can have 100 References.

Now I recall reading some time ago what 'references' actually means and will post when I re-find that info.

From memory the discussion goes along the lines of: a reference is not a project - but the number of references that a project can have. But I want to clarify that, because a reference could be the number of projects in total and nothing to do with references attached to it.

Anyway, it's suited my needs to date, but I don't have anywhere near 100 references. I use Calibre for all my ebooks, and just use Citavi for some of my reading projects.

Lynx-lynx
09-01-2014, 08:51 PM
With regard to the Free version of Citavi the 100 reference limitation is explained in the following Knowledge Base (http://service.citavi.com/KB/a138/11041-differences-between-citavi-free-pro-team-and-reader.aspx) answer:

Citavi Free has the complete functionality of Citavi Pro or Citavi Team, with one limitation: you cannot save if you have more than 100 references in all open projects. (For details see here.) Existing data will never be lost.

Just as in Citavi Pro/Team, you can create as many projects as you want. This means that if you have a single project, you can only save 100 references in it. If you work with multiple projects, you can only save if there are no more than 100 references in all the projects you have open at the same time.

Citavi Free will open larger projects as a reader, even multiple large projects at once.

If you have reached the 100 reference limit and need to add more references, you must upgrade to Citavi Pro or Citavi Team. You can purchase a license to Citavi Pro in our online store, which is then sent to you by email. You can then unlock Citavi Free into Citavi Pro or Citavi Team and resume working.

Article ID: 154, Created On: 11/18/2011, Modified: 11/25/2013

Here is a link to a Knowledge base discussion on the differences between the various products (http://service.citavi.com/KB/a138/11041-differences-between-citavi-free-pro-team-and-reader.aspx).

Hope that helps to clarify some of my thinking and errors :eek:

Lynx-lynx
09-01-2014, 09:04 PM
I catalogue audiobooks in two places:

Calibre's Empty Book (https://www.google.com/search?q=calibre+empty+book&rlz=1C1SFXN_enUS499US499&oq=calibre+empty+book&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l3.2652j0j1&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=0&ie=UTF-8) feature (I think that's what koland was referring to)
MediaMonkey (http://www.mediamonkey.com/) - which syncs across all devices


Thanks for the info re MediaMonkey. Which version do you use, the free or the Gold, which I see is currently selling for USD24.95?

It seems that the price is for a continuous licence, needing to be purchased only the once - which looks appealing.

I guess the best thing is though to try the free version and see what it does for me.

Edit
I've just noticed that instead of paying for the Gold version one can get it for free if they use something called TrialPay. Here's the link (http://www.trialpay.com/checkout/). There's a video that explains it.

Here's what they say:

How does this work?
Try or buy one offer from your preferred brands and get your favorite products—free. TrialPay uses money from the advertiser to pay for your product. It's that easy.

I'm going to pop this info up into the Discounts Forum (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2912748#post2912748) for info and discussion.

Froide
09-02-2014, 12:56 AM
Student option.

Not sure what software you're referring to. I have hundreds of files (ebooks, music, podcasts, ringtones) in my free MediaMonkey catalogue.

Lynx-lynx
09-02-2014, 01:13 AM
Not sure what software you're referring to. I have hundreds of files (ebooks, music, podcasts, ringtones) in my free MediaMonkey catalogue.

I was referring to Dale's comments. :)

Sweetpea
09-02-2014, 03:09 AM
I use Calibre for that. I made a custom column "Extra formats", in which I put "Audible", "Paper" and such things. If I don't have the ebook, I just add an empty book, otherwise I simply fill that one column.

Blossom
09-04-2014, 08:28 AM
Thanks for the info re MediaMonkey. Which version do you use, the free or the Gold, which I see is currently selling for USD24.95?

It seems that the price is for a continuous licence, needing to be purchased only the once - which looks appealing.

I guess the best thing is though to try the free version and see what it does for me.

Edit
I've just noticed that instead of paying for the Gold version one can get it for free if they use something called TrialPay. Here's the link (http://www.trialpay.com/checkout/). There's a video that explains it.

Here's what they say:



I'm going to pop this info up into the Discounts Forum (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2912748#post2912748) for info and discussion.

Trial Pay is part of Special Offers board on Swagbucks. I can't say they 100% of the time pay out. I have been ripped off a few times and you can't contact support too many times or they ban you. Do not give your Credit card info over. IF you do a free trial buy a prepaid card and only put a little on it enough to cover the trial. Trial Pay is known though to ban people who cancels the free trial. Real Player offer is known for this as a few others.

As for non Audible Audiobooks I use a Catalog program to keep track of the files and a empty Book part in Calibre.