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Old 10-17-2020, 05:36 PM   #1
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Simple and easy way to get books from Calibre

I'm a long time Calibre user who never own any physical ebook readers until now .
Just got my Libra H2O from Prime Day, so far quite happy with it.
Played around and loaded couple of books from my laptop via USB, that's OK.
Then discovered this simple and easy way, love it! So I said to myself I have to share it... .

What do you need

Nothing! Of cause you have got a running Calibre somewhere on your home network already, WiFi accessible, and the Content Server service is running, and you knew its IP address and port.

How to connect

On your Libra which is WiFi connected to the same network as Calibre.
  • Touch More at the right-bottom of the screen
  • Touch Beta Features
  • Find WEB BROWSER and touch Start
    You will get the initial google page... ignore it but type in the IP address and port of the Calibre Content Server, something looks like this
    Code:
    http://192.168.0.1:8081
  • If the URL is correct, the library page is trying to load...but stuck since Libra's browser doesn't support JavaScript...no panic
    Calibre knows that... and tells you to try non_JavaScript version
  • Touch here... whala, all your books are there
  • Touch the book's type label to download the book to Libra
That's it!

Note:
  • The URL in the screenshot is just my settings, replace it with your own
  • This method is super convenient with Calibre runs with container on a headless server since there is no easy way to hook Libra up with the computer physically
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Old 10-17-2020, 09:15 PM   #2
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I prefer to simply plug my device in and send the books via Calibre.
That allows metadata to write to the database directly.

Calibre is great though. NiLuJe and davidfor here on the forums are both big contributors to the project.

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Old 10-17-2020, 09:49 PM   #3
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Seems like a lot of work compared to just connecting the Kobo via usb and telling Calibre to send the book(s) to it. Also, calibre displays which books are already on the Kobo, and it updates the series information (although you have to disconnect and reconnect the Kobo), and other stuff as well.
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Old 10-17-2020, 10:18 PM   #4
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I use the same process without Calibre to sideload my books wirelessly with FTP or an FTP app which works from phone.

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Old 10-17-2020, 10:46 PM   #5
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After initial connection, you can bookmark the link as Favorites or set it as Home page, so next time you can get there with just 1 or 2 touches...
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Old 10-17-2020, 11:20 PM   #6
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Heck. No need to even visit it once and bookmark. Just configure NickelMenu to open a browser with that URL.

For done time I'd used an calibre opds container on my qnap to serve up both my and my wife's libraries to opds compliant android cluents.

Now I've migrated to another solution using calibre-web in containers on my qnap. My router is configured to forward external traffic to the container, and I use freefilesync to monitor my calibre library on the PC and mirror it to the qnap.

I now have a solution I can access both at home and on the road from either a Kobo or Android opds client.
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Old 10-18-2020, 12:18 AM   #7
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As a fresh owner of Libra, I'm not ready to tinker the brand new device yet... As long as I can get my book on the device I'm OK. I used to read on my phone or tablet, hence I already have my library up there already.
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Seems like a lot of work compared to just connecting the Kobo via usb and telling Calibre to send the book(s) to it. Also, calibre displays which books are already on the Kobo, and it updates the series information (although you have to disconnect and reconnect the Kobo), and other stuff as well.
And is also the only charging my PW3, DXG, Keyboard and Kobo Libra get most of the time. I software disconnect and leave it charging while I work.
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