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Old 01-04-2011, 08:46 PM   #1
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Cool Ibis Reader & Baen Free Library trick

Haha! I can't believe this worked.

If you use Ibis Reader, you will have seen the "Get Books" link. This allows you to view OPDS catalogs (lists of web-accessible ebooks). The Feedbooks catalogs are pre-installed, and some of you may have set up a Calibre/Dropbox OPDS catalog of your own library.

On a whim, I used the "Add Your Own Catalog" link to add the WebScription Stanza link,
Code:
http://www.webscription.net/stanza.aspx
It worked! I can access the Baen Free Library directly from Ibis Reader! In "Get Books" I click "Baen" (or whatever you named the OPDS link), then "Baen Free Library", then the "Read" button next to the book I want to add to my Ibis Reader library. Yay!

I don't think it's possible to log in to the Webscriptions "My Books" area and download any Webscriptions books you may have bought, but I think just accessing the Free Library catalog is a pretty neat trick.

Edit: When I use the URL
Code:
http://www.webscription.net/stanza.aspx?feed=free
I can bypass the general Webscriptions splash page with the defunct "My Books" link and go straight to the Free Library. This is a bit hack-y in nature, though, so don't blame me if your computer goes boom

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Old 01-08-2011, 10:31 AM   #2
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Thanks for posting the tip! If Baen updates their catalog to OPDS 1.0 instead of the old Stanza form, you'll also be able to see cover images.
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Is the "Add Your Own Catalog" link removed? I don't see it on the list after I have clicked "Get Books". There is only "Add book (download from URL)".
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Old 03-18-2011, 09:07 AM   #4
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Is the "Add Your Own Catalog" link removed? I don't see it on the list after I have clicked "Get Books". There is only "Add book (download from URL)".
I still see it at the bottom of my Get Books page.

I'm looking at it using it on a PC running Firefox, if that's any use to you.
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Old 03-18-2011, 04:21 PM   #5
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You can only add new catalogs while using a normal web browser (not a mobile device).

Once you add a catalog, you'll then see it available on the mobile version as well (this is a new feature).
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