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Old 05-02-2024, 09:24 AM   #1
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How could I contact the owner of Calibre Companion? I want to buy & open source it.

I mean MultiPie Ltd., not Sam Cohen (though if you know how to get in touch with Sam, that could also be helpful). I do not have an enormous budget, but since I doubt MultiPie is making much money off of Calibre Companion at present, I'm hoping they will be open to selling it to me so I can take it open-source.

Currently existing alternatives (principally Calibre Sync) have equivalent or superior features but a worse user experience on e-ink. I am hoping that Calibre Companion can be developed into a e-ink-friendly library tool for devices like the Boox.
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Old 05-02-2024, 12:04 PM   #2
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I mean MultiPie Ltd., not Sam Cohen (though if you know how to get in touch with Sam, that could also be helpful). I do not have an enormous budget, but since I doubt MultiPie is making much money off of Calibre Companion at present, I'm hoping they will be open to selling it to me so I can take it open-source.

Currently existing alternatives (principally Calibre Sync) have equivalent or superior features but a worse user experience on e-ink. I am hoping that Calibre Companion can be developed into a e-ink-friendly library tool for devices like the Boox.
MultiPie doesn't have any rights to CC; they were sold to Sam Cohen. Only Sam can help you. There isn't anything MultiPie can do.

In this thread Sam expressed interest in selling CC. You could try private messaging him. You could also try contacting him through Google Play or the App Store.
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MultiPie doesn't have any rights to CC; they were sold to Sam Cohen. Only Sam can help you. There isn't anything MultiPie can do.

In this thread Sam expressed interest in selling CC. You could try private messaging him. You could also try contacting him through Google Play or the App Store.
I had thought that Sam was the original developer and he sold to MultiPie, who then abandoned it. His post about wanting to sell was 2021, and then the abandonment happened in 2022. Is that not how it went?
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MultiPie was the original developer. We sold it to Sam, who subsequently offered it for resale along with effectively abandoning it.

FWIW: my son did the iOS version and I did the Android version, starting in 2012.
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How would CC be able to be installed on an iOS device if it was made open source?
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MultiPie was the original developer. We sold it to Sam, who subsequently offered it for resale along with effectively abandoning it.

FWIW: my son did the iOS version and I did the Android version, starting in 2012.
Thank you for explaining. I will try to get in touch with Sam. He does not seem to be active on the site anymore or I would send him a message here. Thank you for all your work on Calibre Companion, by the way. It is still the best library management tool for e-ink Android devices.

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How would CC be able to be installed on an iOS device if it was made open source?
Not sure I understand your question. Boox e-ink devices are Android; Calibre Companion currently works on them. I just think there are some improvements that would make CC even better for e-ink devices.
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I tried at the time, I messaged and asked him for a price to do the same make it open source and get some Dev's to help maintain it and keep it updated - he never responded.

At this point I think if we want a new/modern app we need to just create it ourselves!
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How would CC be able to be installed on an iOS device if it was made open source?

Do you think there are no open source apps for iOS> If so, that turns out not to be the case.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...S_applications
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Do you think there are no open source apps for iOS> If so, that turns out not to be the case.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...S_applications
I think the issue is that iOS is not like Android. It would need re-written / ported.

Also the app might inherently be a bad idea.
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