Calibre - Feature proposal for server
#1  Mr. Nietzsche 08-21-2019, 06:01 AM
Hi guys,

I bought a E-Reader a couple of weeks ago - a Kobo Forma - and started to get myself interested how to manage all the stuff surrounding it. And of course I got hooked with Calibre. The software is more or less perfect and does everything I need - except allowing me to store the database and files on my server.

I use a central server for all my media files at home which is especially useful if you have several devices accessing the same data or if the other devices have little or only precious SSD local storage. But Calibre stubbornly declines to work with my mounted NFS share (of which I know is not supported). The current server functionality is also not quite that what I would desire.

So I want to ask, if there is any chance (or even plan) to provide Calibre with a client-server like functionality. What I mean by that, that there would be a server managing the library and you would connect using your local Calibre client running on an local machine. The 'Switch/create Library' menu would include a possibility to point calibre to a network address. And after connecting you would get the same experience as using a local library - except that everything would run on a server. That would be really an awesome feature.

#2  kovidgoyal 08-21-2019, 08:59 AM
No you are never going to be able to connect to the server with the GUI, but the server includes most functionality, you can add books, edit metadata, read books, etc from theserver itself. And at some point calibre will gain the ability to connect to a server as a device and manage books on it.

#3  stumped 08-21-2019, 09:48 AM
put a copy of your calibre library into dropbox, or similar
that can then be accessed [ browse, download... ] by various apps from multiple devices, and by multiple users
e.g. moon reader can directly browse dropbox folders once linked, or you can get free/cheap specialist apps like calibrebox

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