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Old 01-01-2014, 10:58 AM   #1
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Question Access eBooks on a NAS (via Browser?)

I've been using Calibre locally on my Mac for some time. All OK.

I've just installed a Netgear ReadyNas 104 at home and moved a lot of content to it (e.g. my iTunes Media and films & photos etc.). I also want to be able to store my eBooks so that they are available to everyone on the network.

As a basic requirement I want someone to go to a folder from their Kindle's browser, navigate to a book and download it. I can do this at the moment but it's a laborious process navigating through all of the folders to find an author and then a particular book.

So my question is how best to set up my NAS to allow users to access the books. They do NOT need to access Calibre's Edit or manage books functions, just get at the books as in the way they can be using the content server. I just want to run this on the NAS without running the content server on a PC. If the content server can run on the NAS, that's fine (but how?).

As another method, I'm happy to manually update a version of the actual book files library to the NAS every so often from my Mac and have them accessible.

Is there a way of "auto generating" a browser accessible catalogue for users to access over my home network that would be easier to navigate or even search?

I've found this;
http://calibre2opds.com/read-the-doc...d-and-install/
but I'm rapidly getting out of my depth.


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Why not check out COPS : Calibre OPDS PHP Server?
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I've found this;
http://calibre2opds.com/read-the-doc...d-and-install/
but I'm rapidly getting out of my depth.
If you mention what you find confusing then perhaps I can clear things up (and possibly improve the documentation while at it).

Note that COPS which has been mentioned is also a viable alternative. However it does require you to be able to run PHP at the Web Server (NAS) end whereas calibre2opds just requires a basic passive web server able to serve up pre-generated pages. I am not sure which you will find more appropriate.
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Old 01-04-2014, 02:25 PM   #5
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Thumbs up Thanks guys...

Thanks for the replies,

I'll give COPS a whirl in the first instance and then maybe venture towards calibre2opds later.



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Should I install this in a folder above the normal access area on my ReadyNas? For example the ReadyNas allows me to install a WordPress app install but it does NOT appear in any of the shares so must be higher up the folder structure.

Will I need to use a ROOTSSH addon to allow me to access these "system" folders?

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I run Calibre on ubuntu which runs on a CHEAP headless android tv stick; and Calibre library is in my Buffalo NAS

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The problem is that calibre does not support networked drives, so if you got it to work, then but don't expect it to be easy or even possible to replicate that success.
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The problem is that calibre does not support networked drives, so if you got it to work, then but don't expect it to be easy or even possible to replicate that success.
Just mount my NAS drive as a ubuntu CIFS local drive; then Calibre can create its library on NAS.
My gum-sized Android TV stick (running Calibre) and my NAS (Calibre library on it) communicate with wifi.

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Just mount my NAS drive as a ubuntu CIFS local drive; then Calibre can create its library on NAS.
My gum-sized Android TV stick (running Calibre) and my NAS (Calibre library on it) communicate with wifi.
See this thread: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=222256

I'm not saying it can't be done; just that it is tricky, with no guarantees, and you should keep that in mind before assuming just because it works for you that it will work for others.

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I understand what you are saying. Just to let those who are seeking for the similar setup know this is one way of implementing it.
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