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Old 12-17-2012, 06:30 PM   #1
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Searching within entire eBook library

I have been using Evernote to capture my notes and thoughts and resources off of the web. I love how I can search within all these notes and resources instantly to find resources I might have forgotten about.

I found some magazines from a few years ago on Internet marketing. A lot of the articles are now useless because tools change, but many articles on things like niche markets, copywriting, etc. are still useful.

But a stack of magazines is a difficult library to search. I hit on the idea of getting a scanner and scanning a few of the best articles so I could search the text and this got me thinking.

I buy a lot of reference books for my business on things like time management, Internet marketing, and other business topics. I can open an ebook and search within it, but I can't search through my entire ebook library for keywords.

Does anyone know of a way to do this? I had a look at Calibre but it seemed to only search the titles and meta information, not within the ebooks.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:43 PM   #2
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:07 PM   #3
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A Kindle will search within all the books downloaded to it.
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:48 PM   #4
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Does anyone know of a way to do this? I had a look at Calibre but it seemed to only search the titles and meta information, not within the ebooks.
Turn the material into PDF and then use Acrobat Pro to create a single search catalog of all the docs.
http://www.fileinfo.com/extension/pdx
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:55 PM   #5
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Wouldn't the system software on your computer search the text of the ebook files if you restricted the search to the Calibre directory?
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Old 12-19-2012, 03:01 AM   #6
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Such searching software, to be universally applied across all books, would need to be able to decrypt the ones with DRM as it searches. I'm guessing that that's where most of the difficulty lies. The software would have to be able to handle all the various ebook formats, as well. I think it would be a major undertaking to do this properly. Because of the DRM support, open source solutions are not available, and you'd have to convince the ereader vendor to do all of the work.
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:37 AM   #7
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The Calibre plugin "Quality Check" has a "search epubs" option which searches within the text of all the epubs in your library. Seems to work quite well (though I've only run a few quick tests).
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:53 AM   #9
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The Calibre plugin "Quality Check" has a "search epubs" option which searches within the text of all the epubs in your library. Seems to work quite well (though I've only run a few quick tests).


Thank you, I've been looking for a way to do this for a while. I have a few quotes I've been searching for that have been annoying me with their elusiveness.
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Thank you, I've been looking for a way to do this for a while. I have a few quotes I've been searching for that have been annoying me with their elusiveness.
Ditto!
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