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Old 09-20-2019, 12:54 PM   #76
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Search isn't working at all correctly for me either.

Not going to register at another forum. Keep the info here, where knowledgeable members already are, and can interact. There is a basis of trust here already
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Old 09-20-2019, 01:46 PM   #77
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Yeah, I already found that, but 116 pages is intimidating and it still doesn't say what OPDS or COPS stands for. Thanks anyway.
OPDS = Open Publication Distribution System

It's basically an RSS feed designed specifically for ebook distribution. It got its roots from Stanza catalogs, iirc.

For example, here's the OPDS catalog for Project Gutenberg.
http://m.gutenberg.org/ebooks.opds/

Calibre's built-in server has its own OPDS feed (I think it's at http://<your-ip>:<port>/opds).

For folks wanting something more lightweight than Calibre or easy to deploy on run-of-the-mill Apache/PHP online web hosting, there's COPS.
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Old 09-20-2019, 01:51 PM   #78
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Hi everyone,

Sorry you are so upset. This is a serious mistake that we are currently working on fixing. I'm doing my best. This new update was to get the codebase up to swift standards. I did not anticipate the issues with it deleting everything in everyone's library.

As for the crazy difference in prices. We were just running different pricing models to check out the differences in conversion rates.

The subscription model is best for the business as a whole and will incentivize the team to work on a lot of updates. Unfortunately, our first update was crap so I'm sure that left a bad taste in your mouth. If you do not wish to continue with the updates I completely understand. The change is going to be to $.99 per month. We have had a lot of community members add lots of great suggestions to the trello board which we plan to immplement. Hope you all stick around to see all the new (much better) updates.
One comment restore the old app as-is without any fixes for people who have already paid and release the new subscription version as a completely separate app (similar to what Infuse does).
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Old 09-20-2019, 01:54 PM   #79
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I'm new to IOS, but not CC on Android. Too bad a fine piece of software has been ruined by someone's greed. Obviously IOS CC is no longer an option to me - can someone direct me to where I can find out how to get ebooks from Calibre to Marvin?
I don't know what OPDS means.

Found out how, in case anyone else needs to know:
https://www.wikihow.com/Set-Up-Calib...nc-with-Marvin
Note, this hasn't worked since iOS 8 or 9, I believe.
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Old 09-20-2019, 01:57 PM   #80
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One comment restore the old app as-is without any fixes for people who have already paid and release the new subscription version as a completely separate app (similar to what Infuse does).
Good idea. The reviews aren't great to begin with in the Apple store, there are a few new 1 star reviews since this happened.

I rarely pay more than a couple of bucks for apps. $10 was a splurge...no way I'm paying more, especially considering this debacle.
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Old 09-20-2019, 03:05 PM   #81
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I rarely pay more than a couple of bucks for apps. $10 was a splurge...no way I'm paying more, especially considering this debacle.
I'm fine paying for apps. However, I prefer one-time expenditures and fixed fee upgrades/unlocks instead of recurring subscriptions to keep existing app usable. Still, I understand how the subscription model supports continued development.

I paid for CC on both Android and iOS. With the built-in OPDS, Dropbox and metadata support on Moon+ Reader Pro and Marvin, though, I've never really used CC. I'd be more inclined to pay a sub for Marvin if that means bug fixes/minor enhancements and support for newer devices (e.g. models with FaceID).
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Old 09-20-2019, 03:45 PM   #82
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Good idea. The reviews aren't great to begin with in the Apple store, there are a few new 1 star reviews since this happened.

I rarely pay more than a couple of bucks for apps. $10 was a splurge...no way I'm paying more, especially considering this debacle.
Yes, I understand that a lot of people feel that way, but that is an unsustainable business model for app developers who write apps that have a limited audience, such as CC or Marvin. So the choice becomes do you want abandonware because the developer doesn't make enough money to justify the effort, or do you want to pay for the app to be maintained and enhanced?

There are a handful of apps that I use regularly, such as CC and Marvin that I really want to see maintained. Other apps I'm not willing to do that with. It's a choice that consumers face.

Apple introduced the subscription model a few years ago because of this dynamic. Apps with larger audiences can go the ad supported route. Personally, for apps I use every day, I would rather go the subscription route rather than the ad route. Some apps offer an ad free subscription for that reason.
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Old 09-21-2019, 05:52 AM   #83
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Sam,

I am thoroughly disappointed in how this update was handled. The fact that you knew people’s libraries would be wiped out & still allowed the update to be released is inexcusable. You need to man up & take the blame...not pass it off on your team. I personally have no trust in anything you say now..

I wouldn’t mind paying a one-time fee for an upgrade, but I definitely will not pay a subscription for an app that I already paid for....especially considering how this fiasco was handled. I will find another way to handle my library now.

I might only be one customer, but from the looks of the App Store reviews There are others who are very upset with the way this was handled.

I wish you good luck in trying to earn back your customers trust...so far you haven’t done such a good job.
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OPDS = Open Publication Distribution System

It's basically an RSS feed designed specifically for ebook distribution. It got its roots from Stanza catalogs, iirc.

For example, here's the OPDS catalog for Project Gutenberg.
http://m.gutenberg.org/ebooks.opds/

Calibre's built-in server has its own OPDS feed (I think it's at http://<your-ip>:<port>/opds).

For folks wanting something more lightweight than Calibre or easy to deploy on run-of-the-mill Apache/PHP online web hosting, there's COPS.
ilovejedd, again you come through! Thanks so much.
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I have disabled auto update for that Android app (I also don't auto-update others that I rarely use. Why burn bandwidth )
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Yeah, I already found that, but 116 pages is intimidating and it still doesn't say what OPDS or COPS stands for. Thanks anyway.
COPS is Calibre OPDS (and HTML) PHP Server...
https://blog.slucas.fr/projects/cali...ds-php-server/


Looks like ilovejedd covered OPDS.
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https://blog.slucas.fr/projects/cali...ds-php-server/


Looks like ilovejedd covered OPDS.
Thanks so much to you both! Now I can research to my hearts content!
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Thanks so much to you both! Now I can research to my hearts content!
Calibre's content server is actually quite easy to use. I use it to import books to Marvin and other readers.
It may not be so well suited if you want to import really many books at a time.


Look at this from the Calibre manual: https://manual.calibre-ebook.com/server.html
Marvin has a "Get Books" part where you can specify among other things "OPDS auto or Calibre Server". If the content server is set up as described in the link then you can directly and very conveniently access your books in Calibre.

I stopped using CC when I discovered this.

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