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Old 03-14-2009, 04:31 PM   #1
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Best OS X book management program for PRS-700

What are some good Mac OS X book management programs for the Sony PRS-700? I know there is Calibre but it doesn't deal with what Sony calls "Collections" which are essentially ways to categorise books into various labelling folders.

I don't find Calibre's book management system very elegant and a bit clumsy to manage large collections--no offence to Kovid who has put a lot of hard work into the program.
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Old 03-14-2009, 04:33 PM   #2
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I have a 505 with PS X and am using Calibre. You can do collections using the Tags feature.
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Old 03-14-2009, 04:37 PM   #3
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okay, thanks for the "tags" tip. I will try it out.
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Not only would I consider Calibre the best OS X management software for the 505, I think it is about the only software! Either way, I've found to be pretty good - at least as good as the eBook Library software from Sony. I like how the software automatically makes books marked as being in a series into a collection on the 505.
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Old 03-14-2009, 05:12 PM   #5
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I use Calibre right now as well. Beyond the collections thing - if you know a little about HTML or PDFs - you can actually make your own books with it as well. In that sense, I suppose it's at least one up on the Sony software for the PC - which I only use for DL from Sony.

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I don't really want to make my own books. I just wonder how one could effectively use calibre to manage a large library.
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I know there is Calibre but it doesn't deal with what Sony calls "Collections" which are essentially ways to categorise books into various labelling folders.
Actually calibre does support collections.

http://calibre.kovidgoyal.net/user_m...he-sony-reader

Clumsy in what way?

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I use Calibre to manage my collection (about 250 books). And, speaking from my personal experience - it is a bit clumsy - but, I also don't open very often; therefore, minor inconvenience.

The database table could have less padding - to see more entries on the screen at one time. IMHO the interface could be re-worked entirely to give an improved User-experience.

Collection (playlist) building could be improved by matching similar organization software users are familiar with (most music players iTunes/WMP for example). Although I do like that I can highlight all the books - and set the collection (except order) in one fell swoop.

That it recognizes duplicate adds (downloaded books added to list) - but doesn't recognize duplicates when uploading to device - messed me up once (doubled up all my books on my device).

Having said that, coming from the WebApp world - when someone mentions "clunky", it's usually an interface issue - and, interface is usually the last thing to really come together nicely. (Windows and MacOS weren't always as easy/nice to figure out.) And, it is the best free app I've seen for the Mac (in fact, of the couple I tried - it was the only that worked straight from DL).

The app has a lot of potential - and I definitely appreciate Kovid's work to date. And look forward to the future.

Cheers,
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