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Old 10-08-2019, 02:18 PM   #1
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Can you install Calibre Portable onto Android Device?

So I know Calibre portable won't run on Android.

What I'd like to know, is can I install Calibre Portable onto the SD card on my android tablet, connect my tablet to a PC, and then run Calibre Portable on the PC (from the SD card on the tablet)?

Has anyone tried this?

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Old 10-08-2019, 03:18 PM   #2
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I don't see why not. If you device looks like a (flash) drive to the PC
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I'd be a tad concerned about calibre detecting the USB connected device as an Android device, and the confusion that might ensue doing a send to device or similar function.
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You might need to add the device to Preferences->Sharing->Ignore devices.

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Old 10-08-2019, 06:03 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies.

I use Calibre to manage my library, but use my Android tablet for reading.

So my process is to download books on my tablet, copy to a UCB C / USB 3.0 flash drive, move over to my laptop, import into my Calibre library which is on an external hard drive, export the epub's to a folder on the flash drive drive, then copy back to the book directory on my tablet. *whew*. But everything is well organized in subfolders by author. The laptop is from work, so I don't copy anything locally to it.

I had tried keeping the Calibre library on the flash drive, but suffered regular corruption of files swapping the flash drive between the tablet and the pc. At this point I think it was related to the unmounting algorithm used by ES File Explorer, which I no longer use. Solid Explorer uses the system manager to unmount flash drives, and the problem went away.

So I was thinking of going back to the flash drive. Then I thought, maybe I should cut out the flash drive middle-man. Which brought up the question of running Calibre Portable from the tablet.

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And if you use an android program to have the library synchronized. Example caliber companion or Calibrebox from the play store
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And if you use an android program to have the library synchronized. Example caliber companion or Calibrebox from the play store
So my tablet is wifi only, and my internet is slow & not as reliable as I'd like (public wifi at an apartment complex), and my library is large, and would take days to upload. And then, I guess I'm older and never really gotten comfortable with cloud storage. I don't trust big tech, both from a privacy standpoint, for data retention and also from an ownership standpoint. Local storage is mine. Cloud, I'm not so sure. Maybe because I didn't grow up with cloud storage.

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So my tablet is wifi only, and my internet is slow & not as reliable as I'd like (public wifi at an apartment complex), and my library is large, and would take days to upload. And then, I guess I'm older and never really gotten comfortable with cloud storage. I don't trust big tech, both from a privacy standpoint, for data retention and also from an ownership standpoint. Local storage is mine. Cloud, I'm not so sure. Maybe because I didn't grow up with cloud storage.

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No need for clouds, I've used JRT's Folder Synch to synch data from Windows (it does MacOS too) to Android phones/tablets, Resilio is another possibility.

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Old 10-09-2019, 12:59 PM   #9
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I use FolderSync for Android
https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...oldersync.lite

JRT's Folder Synch google app is missing from the store (email sent to author)
http://www.jrtstudio.com/cheetah-syn...-wireless-sync

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We actually ended support for our Folder Sync app a while back. That is why the page is no longer available in Google Play Store.

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