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Old 03-09-2012, 03:19 PM   #1
kiwidude
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[Metadata Source Plugin] FictionDB

This plugin was requested on the Plugin Ideas sticky thread, and allows retrieving book metadata from the www.fictiondb.com website.

This website can have good descriptions for books and often excellent potential tags data with a range of genre, sub-genre, time period and tags information that can be optionally retrieved into your tags column (configure in the preferences for this plugin).

Note also that while the website supports multiple types of series (not only an author series but also multi-author and publisher series), this plugin will only retrieve for author series, and only if an order has been defined. This is due to the limitations of the calibre series column.

Main Features
  • Can retrieve title, author, comments, series, publisher, publication date, rating, tags and (small!) cover
  • Configure which of the genres, sub-genres, themes, time period and tags sections you want retrieved into your calibre tags column.
  • Also retrieves a FictionDB id, which can be used to directly jump to the page for a specific book from the book details pane (like Goodreads/ISBN etc).

Special Notes:
  • Requires Calibre 0.8 or later.

Installation Notes:
  • Download the attached zip file and install the plugin as described in the Introduction to plugins thread.
  • Note that this is not a GUI plugin so it is not intended/cannot be added to context menus/toolbars etc.

Paypal Donations:
  • If you find this or any of my other plugins useful please feel free to show your appreciation. I have spent many hundreds of unpaid hours in their development and support so any encouragement for me to continue is appreciated!

Version History:
Spoiler:

Version 1.0.6 - 02 Oct 2014
Updated for website changes

Version 1.0.5 - 29 Aug 2014
Bugfixes

Version 1.0.4 - 28 Jul 2014
Support for upcoming calibre 2.0

Version 1.0.3 - 26 Sep 2012
Do not double encode title/authors to ensure apostrophes are passed correctly

Version 1.0.2 - 03 Sep 2012
Updated for FictionDB website revamp
Add option for retrieving Themes section as tags (off by default)

Version 1.0.1 - 22 Mar 2012
Remove debug code incorrectly left in initial release

Version 1.0.0 - 09 Mar 2012
Initial release of plugin

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Last edited by kiwidude; 10-02-2014 at 03:08 PM. Reason: v1.0.6
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