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Old 06-13-2015, 07:02 PM   #37
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Join Date: May 2015
Location: Germany
Device: Kindle Paperwhite 1st gen, Moon+ Reader, CalibreBox Pro
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Originally Posted by Froide View Post
Anyone familiar with apps that:
  • Read one's Calibre library books/docs in the cloud, without having to download them to one's mobile device (like OverDrive does for library books)?
  • Manage audiobooks the way that Calibre + CalibreBox or Calibre+Calibre Companion manage ebooks?
  • Play one's audiobooks in the cloud, without having to download them to one's device?
First off, thank you for your kind review

Regarding apps that can open ebooks in the cloud: I am not familiar with any apps that can do so. Such a thing would require a server component that copies the books to a server to open them and then only transfer the part you are currently looking at in a slightly different format (whether if be in form of a website or part of an app). This would (over time) still amount in you downloading the whole book and probably be less feature-rich and more involved to develop than a local application on your phone/tablet. It would also require you to implicitly trust the developer with your files because of the "invisible" server component (which you kind of have to do with CalibreBox etc as well, but there you still have more/easier control as the credentials never leave your device and you kann kill/delete the app at any time).
Your best bet is to hope that Dropbox will implement support for ebook formats (as they have done with office formats before). This is because the reasons I listed before (as well as setting up a server being kind of expensive and the "threat" of dropbox implementing the same feature without need for third party sotware) make it rather improbable that someone will implement it third-party. That said, it is not impossible that someone will do so (or already has done it!).

For managing audiobooks like CalibreBox does ebooks you might want to look for a calibre equivalent for audiobooks and go from there or use a "music locker" or "cloud music storage" service like google play music and manage your audiobooks like albums with the author as the "artist" etc (which would be kind of a hack but may work).

For playing audiobooks without first downloading them or downloading a chapter at a time and then deleting them you could also (if you cannot find a dedicated service/app for that purpose) be satisfied with something like google play music, which has the option to stream music (or any audio files you add, really) without storing them (permanently) on your device. They will simply be cached and removed when you need space for the next one or other apps... The only audiobook apps I can think of which support something like what you want would be apps from services like audible, audiobooks.com or librivox, but those would require you to buy all your audiobooks from them, which is kind of restrictive (and stupid if you already have audiobooks....)

You might, however, like Overdrive (which lets you "borrow" ebooks from actual libraries). Or you could maybe find a developer somewhere on here who would be willing to write something like you want (or extend some existing app to work with cloud storage, like the local-only open-source Material Audiobook Player - https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ph1b.audiobook). Good Luck!
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