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Old 11-10-2006, 11:00 PM   #1
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eBook Management software

Here is a very nice book tracking application for Mac OS X:

http://books.aetherial.net/wordpress/

It is free and open software, runs VERY fast, and it is free (-:

It has the ability to auto-import books based on Amazon.com data, and you can attach files to the book entries.

The two features it is missing:

-Support for Sony Reader and Connect eBooks

-Auto-generation of RSS Feed PDF's (-:

Anyone want to get cracking? I would, but I am a Java man.
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Old 11-11-2006, 03:09 AM   #2
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I had a play with it the other day just to see if it did what I wanted. It doesn't.

Adding books to the library takes ages. Multiple file additions aren't possible if you want it done properly.

That said, it's not far off. It needs stripping down to lose the extraneous features and streamlining the features that are there but aren't currently the focus of the application.

Although not free, I think BookPedia might make a better starting point. I prefer it's familiar iTunes like interface and it has a lot of the features I would want in an application of this type. I'm messing with a demo of it at the minute just to get a feel for it. It has the same limitation of books in that items have to be added individually which is going to be a common theme among existing applications since none of them cater exclusively to ebook management.

More thoughts in a future post.....
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Old 11-11-2006, 03:55 AM   #3
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My choice of p-book management software is ReaderWare: http://www.readerware.com/
It's really easy to add books, I can download my catalog onto my Palm, I can add my own custom fields, and it has powerful search/sort capabilities. I don't know how it handles e-books, though. Do e-books get ISBNs?
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There are many tools that can convert or manage content, but none with the features that I really want.

I've done a bit of Java but we are talking about a fair bit of work.

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We are developing an integration utility to connect our ebook management software with Sony Reader. Could you please advise, what features are needed for such a tool, besides syncing the Reader folders with folders on hard drive?
Thanks, Jack
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Old 07-26-2009, 02:30 PM   #6
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Which is your ebook management software?

The most important feature would be the ability to read the meta data from the ebook, even DRM'ed books if possible. If I have to type in the info for each book, I probably won't use it.
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pwalker8, sorry for the delay, and thanks for your advice
Our software is Alfa Ebook Manager and it already can extract ebook metadata, but it's the universal feature not only for Sony Reader users. If you can advise any specific feature for Sony Reader book management, it will be great
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pwalker8, sorry for the delay, and thanks for your advice
Our software is Alfa Ebook Manager and it already can extract ebook metadata, but it's the universal feature not only for Sony Reader users. If you can advise any specific feature for Sony Reader book management, it will be great
Can you specify a certain format for AlfaEbook software to look for? I have many books in many different formats but use a Sony 505. I'd like to make a single simple list of books just in that format, or just in .lit format, etc. rather than have all the books formats together in one list. Can this be done with your software as it is?

(By the way, it looks like a very nice package already! )

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Ah, ok. You are a windows only program? Unfortunate.
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Can you specify a certain format for AlfaEbook software to look for?
it works with any ebook format, as it's an ebook management software, rather then ebook reading software

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I'd like to make a single simple list of books just in that format, or just in .lit format, etc. rather than have all the books formats together in one list. Can this be done with your software as it is?
Thanks for this note. It's very helpful. The software can't do it right now, but we certainly add a possibility to transform ebook formats

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(By the way, it looks like a very nice package already! )
Thanks again for your kind response
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:41 AM   #11
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We are developing an integration utility to connect our ebook management software with Sony Reader. Could you please advise, what features are needed for such a tool, besides syncing the Reader folders with folders on hard drive?
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Collection management, LRF/LRX pre-pagination, auto-sync that works well, works with the 500, 505, 700, 300, 600, and the ability to change the metadata.
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pwalker8, sorry for the delay, and thanks for your advice
Our software is Alfa Ebook Manager and it already can extract ebook metadata, but it's the universal feature not only for Sony Reader users. If you can advise any specific feature for Sony Reader book management, it will be great
Can the website actually have screen shots we can actually be able to read please?
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it works with any ebook format, as it's an ebook management software, rather then ebook reading software


Thanks for this note. It's very helpful. The software can't do it right now, but we certainly add a possibility to transform ebook formats
I guess I didn't make myself clear in my first post. I want to know if your software can discriminate between formats, not transform them. Right now my book collection contains books in all the various formats. I use a very good conversion program written by one of our members, called "Calibre." It does an excellent job of converting different formats into ones that my Sony 505 can use. However, it is not a management program.

I would be interested in your software if it can make a list of all my .pdf files, then another list of all my .lit files, another list of just my .txt files, etc. Can your software do this now? If not, would you be interested in adding this feature to it?
Thanks.

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Collection management, LRF/LRX pre-pagination, auto-sync that works well, works with the 500, 505, 700, 300, 600, and the ability to change the metadata.
thanks for this note, Jon

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Can the website actually have screen shots we can actually be able to read please?
there are a dozen of screenshots in the Features section.

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I would be interested in your software if it can make a list of all my .pdf files, then another list of all my .lit files, another list of just my .txt files, etc. Can your software do this now?
right now the software can scan any computer folder for ebook files and you can select the file type to search. for example first you can scan for .pdf files, then for .txt files and add them to the database separately. Then you can move each list to a separate folder. But the software can't filter ebooks by file type when they are already in the database. We will consider this feature for the next version.
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pwalker8, sorry for the delay, and thanks for your advice
Our software is Alfa Ebook Manager and it already can extract ebook metadata, but it's the universal feature not only for Sony Reader users. If you can advise any specific feature for Sony Reader book management, it will be great
Start with Mac support. Without that, your program is a complete non-starter for me.

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