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Alternatives to Calibre
#1  Neefsck 05-25-2011, 01:33 AM
So, my ebook library is getting..large to say the least.
Calibre is an awesome application but the library is simply too large to for it to handle effectively.
Im getting poor response from it and what I'm really looking for is something that will do the following ;

-Automatically scan for new files/ebooks in a directory and add them to an existing db.
-Provide search functions (ie: Author, Title etc)
-Share the library out via some sort of web interface (I like being able to grab books remotely) In much the same way Calibre does.
-Provide as minimal software footprint as possible - Possibly without a graphical front end interface as this will be moved to a simple server sitting at the terminus of my connection.
I'd like to move this sort of thing *off* the desktop and onto the house server.

I realise I might be asking for something which doesn't exist, and to be honest, Im not even sure if this post belongs in this thread, but I thought I'd give it a try regardless. (My apologies if its been asked already, I checked, but couldn't see anything related)

Should I be looking at perhaps a different content management solution ?
Any Ideas ?
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#2  Manichean 05-25-2011, 02:18 AM
And you don't see a problem with asking for an alternative to Calibre on a forum dedicated to Calibre?
How big is your library if you're having performance problems, and which version of Calibre are you using? I've heard that some people have some 10.000 to 30.000 books with no problems, so I find it hard to believe you're having performance issues.
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#3  Neefsck 05-25-2011, 02:33 AM
Quote Manichean
And you don't see a problem with asking for an alternative to Calibre on a forum dedicated to Calibre?
Actually No.
I would think that its the first place to start given that the members / posters here should be able to at least tell me if I'm doing something wrong, or alternately provide feedback from their own experience.
In no way am I slighting Calibre, I am just saying that I dont think it's appropriate for my needs. Is that a problem ?

As for my library size - Its approximately 23K books totaling around 11Gig or so.
And yes - I am having performance options, my desktop isn't the newest model and it already runs several other services which also take up resources.
Hence my need for something that I can move to a server.
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#4  isaachummel 05-25-2011, 03:54 AM
Quote Manichean
And you don't see a problem with asking for an alternative to Calibre on a forum dedicated to Calibre?
At least he didn't ask where to find the latest version of Vim on an Emacs mailing list. Then he'd be in real trouble.
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#5  Dopedangel 05-25-2011, 04:28 AM
As long as he is not dissing the developers and just saying that calibre is not meeting his needs and is just inquiring about an alternative I don't see anything wrong with it.
Now about the OP nothing comes close to the things calibre is able to do and so no developer feels the effort to make something new would be good use of their time. As it opensource any developers that feel they want they just add to calibre.
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#6  chaley 05-25-2011, 06:01 AM
Quote Neefsck
-Automatically scan for new files/ebooks in a directory and add them to an existing db.
No ideas here. The problem is that the metadata is usually terrible, so automatic additions are seldom acceptable.
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-Provide search functions (ie: Author, Title etc)
-Share the library out via some sort of web interface (I like being able to grab books remotely) In much the same way Calibre does.
-Provide as minimal software footprint as possible - Possibly without a graphical front end interface as this will be moved to a simple server sitting at the terminus of my connection.
Calibre's content server does all of the above, including not having the graphical front end.

Many people use the GUI to add books and maintain the metadada, then use calibre's content server on a different machine to serve that information. This is the easiest method to set up. The principle difficulty is syncing the libraries between the machine running the GUI and the one running the server.

I do something similar, but not with calibre's content server. For various reasons I wrote a PHP-based calibre library content server that integrates into either Apache or IIS (I use Apache). I run the PHP server on a virtual server (run by linode, should anyone care). I use dropbox to sync my library to the virtual server; the content server uses the changes immediately. See this thread for more details.

I confess that I have never tried running my content server with a library of 25,000 books (I have 2500). Perhaps one of the other users has.
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#7  The Terminator 05-25-2011, 01:30 PM
Why the in the world would you have 23k books?
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#8  jgaiser 05-25-2011, 02:43 PM
Quote The Terminator
Why the hell would you have 23k books?
The real question is where you would *find* 23k ebooks. Legally.
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#9  susan_cassidy 05-25-2011, 02:55 PM
For me, it would be where would I find 23k books that I would want to read. I guess you could download everything from Gutenberg or something similar, but I'd never be interested in reading even 10% of that, probably.
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#10  alansplace 05-25-2011, 03:01 PM
Quote susan_cassidy
For me, it would be where would I find 23k books that I would want to read. I guess you could download everything from Gutenberg or something similar, but I'd never be interested in reading even 10% of that, probably.
yes, exactly!
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