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5 fun ways to use Calibre’s custom fields
October 15, 2014 | 10:39 am

CalibreWhen Juli and I wrote last year about awesome ways to use the Calibre eBook program, one of the uses I described was using the custom field option to manage the Kobo's bookshelf feature. Now that I am back in Camp Kindle again, I did a little library cleanup over the weekend and removed the Kobo shelves. But I am still using the custom fields for other purposes. Here are 5 fun things you can do with a custom shelf. 1) View a timeline of your literary reading I have added a publication year custom field. I find that the publisher info...

Keeping it simple with Calibre
June 17, 2014 | 2:25 pm

CalibreAs a heavy user of the Calibre ebook library program, I have been interested to see my usage evolve over the years. I began with the premise---which I still maintain---that Calibre would be a digital bookshelf for me, the e-version of a physical shelf which one could browse and view. I like being able to turn on cover view and flick through the books! But I also see the advantages of the electronic filing system. You can sort the books by title, author or genre; you can filter the collection---only unread books, only five-star books, only kids books, however you want....

App Review: Google Play Books for Android
June 17, 2014 | 12:19 pm

Screenshot_2014-06-17-10-57-52I hadn’t paid much attention to Google Play Books before. I’d installed and even paid for readers like Aldiko and Moon+ (TeleRead review), and snagged a couple freeish ones like UB Reader, but Play Books just sat in my app drawer, unused, like most of the pack-in Google apps. But when I came across this Lifehacker piece calling it “the best e-reader for Android,” I figured it was worth trying out. And darned if I don’t by and large agree. Offering a simple and easy-to-use reading interface and cloud reading-position sync with all books, Google Play Books is...

Ars Technica exhaustively documents all Android versions
June 16, 2014 | 2:37 am

its-been-quite-a-journey1-980x439In the interest of documenting it for the historical record, Ars Technica has just posted an immense 40,000-word retrospective on all versions of Android to date, with as many screen shots and as much information as they can gather. It’s possibly the biggest article I’ve seen on their site, at 26 separate pages; Ars Technica premier subscribers can view it in single page form on the site or download a PDF. Those folks who don’t pay for a subscription may want to use an aggregator like Instapaper to view it in a more manageable form. It might even...

Holiday Searches That Led to TeleRead
December 26, 2013 | 4:26 pm

holiday searchesI admit it. I'm a geek, and I love using my Google Analytics app on my Nexus 7. I often check it multiple times a day to see how the site is doing and which stories are performing well. We didn't post many stories yesterday, but our site numbers were pretty good. I was curious to see which stories performed well. I thought it would be an interesting insight into what people were reading on Christmas Day. By the way, it wasn't the stories we posted yesterday. Those performed miserably. There were the (for us) usual suspects. The Streaming Amazon Instant Video...

Fanfiction.net blocks FLAG fanfic e-book converter, disallows copying and pasting
November 5, 2013 | 8:47 pm

fanfictionWe’ve run a couple of articles about useful apps that can turn fanfiction posted at popular online fanfiction repositories into e-books readable on portable devices. But lately, it seems that one of the most popular fanfiction repositories, Fanfiction.net, has taken issue with one of the more popular downloading tools, the Fanfiction Lightweight Automated Grabber (FLAG). FLAG admin Steven Gilberd posts an email exchange he had with Fanfic.net’s administrators. When he originally developed the tool in 2008, Gilberd asked for and received permission from Fanfiction.net to allow the tool to operate. However, Fanfiction.net has suddenly changed its tune, saying, “Please note it...

Double App Review: MegaReader and QuickReader for iOS
August 30, 2013 | 6:41 pm

I'm reviewing both of these apps together because they're so similar; there's just one feature difference between them. The developer was celebrating five million downloads and in honor of the occasion was offering free versions of the apps to bloggers. Lucky me! Anyway, at their heart, they are both e-reading apps. (Both are also available for iOS only.) Let's start with MegaReader. It has more features than most of the store reading apps (Kindle, Kobo, and Nook), but far fewer features than Marvin. That's either a good or bad thing, depending on the user. While I love Marvin, I can see its...

Calibre Reaches 1.0 Status
August 23, 2013 | 11:41 am

CalibreCalibre, the popular e-book manager, has finally reached 1.0 status. The news, announced on their blog yesterday, begins with an entertaining look at the genesis of Calibre seven years ago, and then enumerates the features that pushed it into 1.0 status:  A cover grid view  A faster database backend  Allowing images in the comment field  Enhanced conversion options  Virtual library partitions  Other small fixes and improvements I am thrilled with these new enchancements. As a loyal Calibre user, I want to thank Kovid Goyal and his team for all their hard work and congratulate them on their new 1.0 status. I also would like to remind people that...

For one author with bipolar disorder and PTSD, self-publishing was the ultimate therapy
August 20, 2013 | 4:14 pm

Roni Askey-DoranBy Roni Askey-Doran When I decided to write a book called "I'm Bipolar And I Know It," documenting my experiences with bipolar disorder and PTSD over four decades, I knew I would instantly be smeared with the unflattering “crazy” label by countless people who fear things they don't understand.  Taking seemingly insane risks, however, is not new to me. I've done that my whole life, from leaping off cliffs while attached to a flimsy piece of silk connected to bits of string in a sport known as paragliding, to publishing a satire magazine called Istanbullshit in the middle of an emerging Islamic democracy. In these...

Weekend Roundup: 7 literary hoaxes, 10 unreliable narrators, 7 Edinburgh book fest souvenirs, and more
August 18, 2013 | 11:53 am

hoaxesMy Edinburgh Book Festival Experience in 7 Souvenirs (Adam Marek) I just got back from three days at the Edinburgh International Book Festival where I was talking about The Stone Thrower at an event with Rodge Glass. It was my first time there and I was overwhelmed by the size of it. * * * 7 Sci-fi Literary and Journalistic Hoaxes that Readers Believed (io9) The idea of sophisticated life on the moon might seem absurd today, but when a story about lunary civilization appeared in newspapers in 1835, many wondered if it could be true. And that's hardly the only scifi story readers have found credible enough to believe. *...

Creating Chapter Breaks in Calibre from Word Docs
August 12, 2013 | 4:00 pm

Calibre Plugins Now that Calibre can convert Word documents into e-books, it's become even easier to create books with proper chapter breaks. I'd experimented with the "Edit ToC" feature in Calibre before, but I hadn't been able to get it to work quite right. Then over the weekend, as I was creating e-books from some fanfics I found on Livejournal, I figured it out. Cut and paste your text into a Word document and locate your chapter headings. Odds are they look like the highlighted text in the following screen shot: Highlight the text and click the "Heading Style" (where the red arrow is...

Marvin and Calibre: Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly (video)
July 16, 2013 | 10:35 am

Since I just received a shiny new iPad (fourth generation) as an early birthday present, I've been doing more reading in Marvin, which I reviewed earlier this year. There have been several updates since my initial review, and one of the things I noticed was a "Calibre Connector" in one of the menus. I did some searching and discovered that books can by synced to Marvin directly through Calibre, over a wired sync. Since Marvin has one of the best Dropbox integrations I've ever seen, I wouldn't suggest this for loading one or two books, but it's a great way to sync...