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Old 11-04-2011, 07:32 PM   #676
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Micah, will you consider adding the usual suspects in terms of free sources, and give the option to add yer own (the latter at the very least). I'd like to see the Baen Free Library in there, as well as Munseys and Project Gutenberg. Those on top of Feedbooks would be a nice rounded selection. The capacity to add your own will also give those of us unable to access our books through calibre, the option to stick them online somewhere and access that way.

Can't help re the upgrade to iOS5, I didnt have the reader on board until after the upgrade when I was looking for a Stanza replacement.
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:10 PM   #677
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Micah, will you consider adding the usual suspects in terms of free sources, and give the option to add yer own (the latter at the very least). I'd like to see the Baen Free Library in there, as well as Munseys and Project Gutenberg. Those on top of Feedbooks would be a nice rounded selection. The capacity to add your own will also give those of us unable to access our books through calibre, the option to stick them online somewhere and access that way.

Can't help re the upgrade to iOS5, I didnt have the reader on board until after the upgrade when I was looking for a Stanza replacement.
Yes, supporting user added OPDS is a goal. We have had a vision where we could provide a search feature across all OPDS feeds so you could find out where the book you are looking for is available, and to do that we handle OPDS parsing on the server side rather than the client. So what you see in Get Books is an dynamically generated HTML5 app, reading binary data streams from our server that transforms the OPDS into binary Java Objects. OK, way too geeky, but long story short, supporting all OPDS feeds in the world is a bigger effort for us than it might sound. Working on it...

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Old 11-05-2011, 01:21 AM   #678
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... OK, way too geeky, but long story short, supporting all OPDS feeds in the world is a bigger effort for us than it might sound. Working on it...
Not too geeky, but tis is a gooid reason to go for user-added. i know which repositories I want to browse but might not always know which book or author I am in the mood for (today, tomorrow, whenever..) I've read a shedload of books over the past 55 years, and bought just as many in dead tree format, its nice to have them in e-form as well, but who the heck can remember every book ever read or contemplated. Thats why being able to search (a la that Ebook Search app) is not entirely helpful for me - my 50c
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Old 11-05-2011, 01:52 AM   #679
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Not too geeky, but tis is a gooid reason to go for user-added. i know which repositories I want to browse but might not always know which book or author I am in the mood for (today, tomorrow, whenever..) I've read a shedload of books over the past 55 years, and bought just as many in dead tree format, its nice to have them in e-form as well, but who the heck can remember every book ever read or contemplated. Thats why being able to search (a la that Ebook Search app) is not entirely helpful for me - my 50c
Our ambitions on book search go *way* beyond searching for a title, author - but I hear you. We complexified our approach, and that makes us slow. In that way it sucks. But some days, I just can't help shooting for the moon.
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Old 11-05-2011, 05:39 AM   #680
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Micah, I don't know if you have looked at the eBookS reader app, it looks identical to your app and it doesn't suffer the lack of response that your app does. Is it a forked development or what?
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I was working on the design for collections UI today. i think y'all will really like it. (I hope)
Silly question: could this address the indexing issues with large libraries (i.e., it would only process the current collection, or uncollected books, so if I had a bunch of small collections it would be more responsive)?
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Old 11-05-2011, 10:28 PM   #683
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Micah, I don't know if you have looked at the eBookS reader app, it looks identical to your app and it doesn't suffer the lack of response that your app does. Is it a forked development or what?
exact some code base. Go figure.
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Silly question: could this address the indexing issues with large libraries (i.e., it would only process the current collection, or uncollected books, so if I had a bunch of small collections it would be more responsive)?
Well, when you side load a bunch of files, it takes a long time to process them into the library. This wont' change (due to collections, plan to look at that issue separately).
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exact some code base. Go figure.
actually, now that I think of it, there are differences. We fixed the jailbroken issue for eBooks. There were major downsides to that fix, so we chose not to use it in Bluefire.
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Micah (and Bluefire team)... Thought you'd like to know that I have compared the rendering/layout of a particular book using most (if not all) of the apps being discussed here in the forum. ADE and Bluefire Reader were the absolute winners. No other app was even close. Centered text, scene breaks, drop caps (and other "strange" setups) were all handled best by BlueFire Reader. ... But then you knew that..... So I just wanted to say "Well done." (And ask for "Arial" in a future release.) Bluefire is now my reader!
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Micah, I don't know if you have looked at the eBookS reader app, it looks identical to your app and it doesn't suffer the lack of response that your app does. Is it a forked development or what?
eBookS quits every time you switch to a different app rather than remaining running in the Background. Interesting that it also solves the "lag" issue you were having.
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Micah (and Bluefire team)... Thought you'd like to know that I have compared the rendering/layout of a particular book using most (if not all) of the apps being discussed here in the forum. ADE and Bluefire Reader were the absolute winners. No other app was even close. Centered text, scene breaks, drop caps (and other "strange" setups) were all handled best by BlueFire Reader. ... But then you knew that..... So I just wanted to say "Well done." (And ask for "Arial" in a future release.) Bluefire is now my reader!
Thanks. And I will try to add Arial if possible in a future update.
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Well, when you side load a bunch of files, it takes a long time to process them into the library. This wont' change (due to collections, plan to look at that issue separately).
Even when I hadn't newly loaded books, it seemed like it took a while when the application (re)started to process the library when I had more than a handful at a time.
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Micah (and Bluefire team)... Thought you'd like to know that I have compared the rendering/layout of a particular book using most (if not all) of the apps being discussed here in the forum. ADE and Bluefire Reader were the absolute winners. No other app was even close. Centered text, scene breaks, drop caps (and other "strange" setups) were all handled best by BlueFire Reader. ... But then you knew that..... So I just wanted to say "Well done." (And ask for "Arial" in a future release.) Bluefire is now my reader!
If you get a chance to write a review on iTunes, that would be superdy duper cool of you.
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