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Old 02-29-2024, 09:58 PM   #1
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Library management app for Boox Note Air 3 that plays nice with Calibre?

I recently upgraded to a Boox Note Air 3 (from a Kobo Aura One) and am not thrilled with the built-in Library app. I'm looking for a replacement app that can read Calibre metadata (proper title sort, series info, custom tags, etc.) and then use the built-in reader to open files for reading.

I've always preferred to use USB to sync my Calibre library directly to an e-reader, so cloud storage or remote sync isn't anything I'm looking to set up at this time (will eventually set up a Calibre server at home but it's not happening anytime soon.)

I tried out Calibre Sync but couldn't get it to recognize books I'd already transferred to the device using Calibre. The documentation I could find for it was pretty useless. Calibre Companion was recommended to me, but everything I've read online indicates it's a dead app and is pretty much broken after the last update.

I am pretty new to the Android ecosystem in general and the sheer amount of information I've come across googling the topic is a bit overwhelming. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to start?
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I use Calibre Companion, but I advise against buying it from the Play store - this version is broken; apart from that it is no longer supported.
But there is a version 5.4.3.3 floating around on the internet, in which the Cloud connection does not work because the login modalities have changed
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Sadly nothing Android seems to work as well as a Kobo for Calibre metadata (Title, author, collection, series, subtitle, publish info and comment/blurb). The old Sony PRS -x50 and PRS-Tx models are second best (Title, author, collection).

So I only read reflowable ebooks and small mono PDFs on the Kobo Sage and only use the 10.9″ Android for loans/apps (Libby, Borrowbox, Playbooks, Kindle, Kobo), PDFs (book scans, magasines, textbooks), colour, (all on Pocketbook app) notes (Nebo & Xodo) etc. I got the eink Android for Borrowbox app, which is what the County Library uses, but Borrowbox is only working on regular LCD Android (even same version) now.

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I recently upgraded to a Boox Note Air 3 (from a Kobo Aura One) and am not thrilled with the built-in Library app. I'm looking for a replacement app that can read Calibre metadata (proper title sort, series info, custom tags, etc.) and then use the built-in reader to open files for reading.

I've always preferred to use USB to sync my Calibre library directly to an e-reader, so cloud storage or remote sync isn't anything I'm looking to set up at this time (will eventually set up a Calibre server at home but it's not happening anytime soon.)

I tried out Calibre Sync but couldn't get it to recognize books I'd already transferred to the device using Calibre. The documentation I could find for it was pretty useless. Calibre Companion was recommended to me, but everything I've read online indicates it's a dead app and is pretty much broken after the last update.

I am pretty new to the Android ecosystem in general and the sheer amount of information I've come across googling the topic is a bit overwhelming. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to start?
Did you try BookFusion? We have a few users that use both Calibre and BookFusion on Boox devices.

PS: Founder at BookFusion. Please let me know if you have any feedback
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Did you try BookFusion? We have a few users that use both Calibre and BookFusion on Boox devices.
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There are good ereader apps at free, which can use Calibre.
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There are good ereader apps at free, which can use Calibre.

Do you mind giving some of the ones that work? I've not found any that sync collections/bookshelves or series from Calibre easily.
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