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Last Build Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:14:45 GMT

 



Add large files to calibre database

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:24:37 GMT

Hey there! Just migrated my calibre-server from calibre 2 to latest 3 and I noticed that I cannot directly add with "calibredb add" if I already have a running calibre-server. So I used http://127.0.0.1:8080/#ebooks and that worked except for by large CBR files. These give HTTP 413 (entitiy too large) during adding, so I bumped up --max-request-body-size=1024 but that doesn't fix things, I still get a 413. How can I add large files? - Nadya



Can I get metadata from cover image? The image is correct but all other data is wrong

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:05:34 GMT

Can I get metadata from cover image? The image is correct but all other data is wrong?



Use of GIT with epub contents/editing

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:44:12 GMT

Hi All, We (Sigil Developers) have had a number of requests to interface Sigil to a git repository for keeping version control for epub files. I personally do not use one but I am willing to take a shot at creating sample Sigil plugins that people could use to interface to git (or some other version control system). I am looking for feedback on what would make the most sense for the most Sigil users. Option A ---------- I am thinking of a sequence of 2 plugins: 1. An input plugin to extract/copy whatever is currently in master at a particular *local* repo and create an epub to load it in Sigil. If some other version is wanted the user would have to checkout that revision in the target repo via a commit number before running this plugin. 2. An output plugin to write and then commit to master the epub as it stands inside Sigil when invoked. To simplify things I would assume a local git repo (as represented by a path on the machine running Sigil) for all ebooks exists and that each ebook (as determined uniquely by the main uuid in the opf) would have its own directory inside that repo. The input plugin would have a preference for the path to the local repo, and it would parse the repo to create a list of the dc:title and main uuid for each subdirectory in the local repo and present a gui allowing the user to pick one for input. Similarly the output plugin would use the same path to the local repo (a shared preferences file?) and it would search for a match for the main uuid in the repo and copy all files to that directory and do the commit, or if the main uuid directory does not exist, create a new folder copy the files to it and init and commit it. OR Option B ---------- Ignore the repo itself and just create a generic output plugin that copies all ebook files to a target directory (you choose via a gui). And a generic input plugin that loads all files in a directory into an epub zip to input into Sigil? The user would then have to handle all git commits, branches, diffs etc themselves. Obviously: Option B would be a lot easier to implement and if it would do enough for most users who do version control, it can probably be done in an afternoon. Option A would be a lot harder as it will require a git repo structured in a manner Sigil would understand and would need to handle commits and diffs. And it would only work with a local git repo, other version control systems would not be supported. Which is better? Option B to get a quick and simple, repo-independent, folder input / output plugin or Option A the full blown git-only interface. Thanks for your feedback. KevinH



Search Speed

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:00:35 GMT

Has anyone tried some searches on the Glowlight 3 with a large library (> 500 books)? I am wondering how peppy it is. Bonus point if you did the searching in the 1 partition version. Did they upgrade the processor in this new model? I have more than 2000 books and others had mentioned using search as a way around the clunky shelf system. I just wondered if it would be painfully slow to use this approach.



Economist Recipe - anyone else experiencing problems?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:40:50 GMT

Hi... I'm unable to fetch the Economist today. The new issue is up & available on their site and I'm logged in. Here's a snippet from the conversion error: ... Python function terminated unexpectedly Could not find any articles, either the economist.com server is having trouble and you should try later or the website format has changed and the recipe needs to be updated. (Error Code: 1) Traceback (most recent call last): File "site.py", line 101, in main File "site.py", line 78, in run_entry_point File "site-packages\calibre\utils\ipc\worker.py", line 195, in main File "site-packages\calibre\gui2\convert\gui_conversion.py", line 26, in gui_convert File "site-packages\calibre\ebooks\conversion\plumber.py", line 1088, in run File "site-packages\calibre\customize\conversion.py", line 245, in __call__ File "site-packages\calibre\ebooks\conversion\plugins\recipe_input.py", line 119, in convert File "site-packages\calibre\web\feeds\news.py", line 1023, in download File "site-packages\calibre\web\feeds\news.py", line 1190, in build_index File "", line 162, in parse_index __builtin__.NoArticles: Could not find any articles, either the economist.com server is having trouble and you should try later or the website format has changed and the recipe needs to be updated.



Disappointing Ectaco Customer Service

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:36:57 GMT

Something everyone might wish to be aware of with the Customer Service US retailer for Onyx, Ectaco's. I purchased one of their Monte Cristo 3 devices, received it Tuesday (two days ago), and was unable to get it to connect to wifi. Hoping there was some trick to it, rather than its just being a defective unit, I called Ectaco's Tech support Tuesday morning. After a ~twenty minute discussion, the tech told me that he would need to do some research, and would call me back in about two hours. Not having heard anything back by yesterday afternoon, I called them again, and was told that I should be getting an email with in half an hour. This morning, having not received any such email, I called again. Up until this point, I was dissatisfied with the situation, but nothing more than that. The self-identified operator declined to actually connect me to the tech support folks, but did think it was a good idea to quiz me on the exact phone number I'd called (which I didn't know or have in front of me, because I used redial from my previous calls). He put me on hold, presumably to confer with the tech support folks himself, after which he returned with a suggestion from them that I set my router to 20MHz. I pointed out to him that nothing the 802.11 allowed for a 20MHz router setting, but rather 2.4 or 5 GHz. At which point he started to get kinda snippy. I was in the middle of explaining to him, firmly but not impolitely, that I was going to attempt to find anything at all in the router settings that related to 20MHz, and if I couldn't I was going to return the device when he just hung up on me. Now I'm actually more than just dissatisfied with the situation. Enough so, that I'm taking the unusual step (for me) of actually sharing the experience here. Turns out, after reading the email that they (finally) sent me (while I was on the phone with this operator guy) that what they were actually suggesting was to set my router's channel bandwidth to 20MHz (the default), and Operator Guy just didn't have the technical chops to even repeat it correctly. I figure if you insist on carry messages back and forth, rather than letting me talk to the tech folks themselves, you kinda let yourself in for some questions when you garble the messages to the point of incoherence. It further turns out that my router is, and always has been, set to the default channel bandwidth of 20MHz, 'cause I don't change default settings on routers just for kicks. As the device is apparently defective, I'm returning it. They did offer to give me a $50 refund to keep the device. Given that that's only about 20% of the original price (making it a massively overpriced non-networked reader), and that it still won't do what I need, the offer seemed kinda insulting. But that may be my annoyance with their tech support operator talking. I probably will still purchase another Onyx device after the Holidays, but I'm thinking it will not be from Ectaco.



Aura One rotating pages on its own when reading .cbz files

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:53:29 GMT

So I have a whole bunch of manga. Some pages are single pages, some are two-page spreads. I've rotated the two-page spreads so that they're in a portrait format, so that when I view them on my Kobo I can just turn the reader sideways, rather than having to rotate them there and then flip through three more rotations to get back to the right orientation for the next single page. However, when viewed on the Aura One, some of these pages are rotated back to a landscape orientation and squished to fit the width of the display! This doesn't happen with all of them however. Does anyone know what's up with this?



Show the failed books in the main book list No longer working after update

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:05:12 GMT

Hello: After updating to 3.13.0 the option "Show the failed books in the main book list after updating metadata" is no longer working for me even if clicked Calibre just ignores that I've checked the box and does note display the failed books. It used to work perfectly is it the update or I've changed something in the settings without knowing? :thanks:



EPUB page counts

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:56:09 GMT

Good day. I understand that, when reading EPUBs, a page is considered to be 1024 characters. I was wondering if there is a way to override this setting and make every screen be counted as a separate page. I know, I know ... when changing font sizes and devices this number of fictitious pages will also change, but it is good enough for my purposes. Thank you for your attention.



Aura H2O Should I buy Kobo Aura H20 or H2O2 for pdf?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:41:40 GMT

I am going to buy my first e-reader and I am set on either Kobo Aura H2O or the new H2O2. I read many pdfs and I am ok as long as I can install Koreader. But searching in the forum, there is yet no fix for Koreader in kobo aura H2O2. Will H2O2 get Koreader in near future or has there been any good improvement than the original H2O2 pdf reader? Thanks in advance. update - 1: I am also thinking that there is higher chance of permanently bricking in new H2O2 as there is no internal sd card while in H2O i could open and repair the image in microsd.



Other Fiction Kürnberger, Ferdinand: Der Amerika-Müde. V1 [German] 14.12.2017

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:26:49 GMT

*Ferdinand Kürnberger*s "*Der Amerika-Müde*" (1855, 504 Seiten) war ein Auftragswerk des Verlegers Meidinger, das der beständig unter Geldmangel leidende Autor anzunehmen gezwungen war, um sich aus einer aktuellen Finanznot zu befreien. Das Buch sollte nach dem Willen des Auftraggebers die weit verbreitete Amerikaverklärung konterkarieren, was Kürnberger auf parodistisch-satirische Weise zu erledigen suchte. Der Titel greift zurück auf Heines Wortschöpfung "europamüde"; Ernst Willkomm hatte sie 1838 mit seinem Roman "Die Europamüden" popularisiert. Kürnberger, der nie einen Fuß auf amerikanischen Boden gesetzt hat, benutzte zur Anregung die Erfahrungen des Dichters Nikolaus Lenau, mit dem man aber die Leitfigur Moorfeld keineswegs gleichsetzen darf. Bei dem Versuch, den überschwappenden Amerika-Hype auf Normalmaß zu reduzieren, schießt der Autor freilich weit übers Ziel hinaus. "Scheichsbeutel", der freilich selbst im Zielschießen noch Übungsbedarf hat, schreibt 2015 (in »blog.litteratur.ch«) mit einigem Recht: "Das liegt zum einen an den Übertreibungen Kürnbergers, die weitgehend undifferenziert alles Amerikanische in Bausch und Bogen verdammen (das geht so weit, dass selbst die Blumen in Ohio einen nur mediokren Geruch verströmen und die Natur insgesamt der Gleichförmigkeit und Langweiligkeit geziehen wird: Natur und Menschen passen sich aneinander an), noch mehr aber an der Tatsache, dass diesem Amerikabild ein völlig verklärtes Bild Europas und im speziellen Deutschlands gegenübergestellt wird. Das Verstiegene, Übertriebene könnte noch ästhetisch gerechtfertigt werden, wenn sich aber jemand an satirisch-ironischer Gesellschaftskritik versucht, gibt es nichts Schlimmeres, als die eigene Gesellschaft von dieser Kritik weitgehend auszunehmen. Und so wünscht Kürnberger offenbar, dass die Welt am deutschen Wesen genesen möge, deutsches Wesen, das da bedeutet: Ein hohes, künstlerisch-philosophisches Niveau, ebenso anspruchsvolle ethisch-moralische Normen, wirkliche Gleichheit und ein gerechtes juristisches System. Dies alles wird nun dem deutschen Sprachraum zugeschrieben und Amerika grundsätzlich abgesprochen: Dort besteht die Freiheit nur darin, den anderen zu übervorteilen, den Geldeswert über alles andere zu setzen und ein heuchlerisch-pervertiertes Christentum zu pflegen. Diese berechtigte Kritik wirkt durch die Glorifizierung des Deutschtums unaufrichtig. Und diese Glorifizierung kann eigentlich auch nicht durch die späte Bismarck-Begeisterung Kürnbergers erklärt werden, da der Roman 1855 erschien, zu einer Zeit, in der Kürnberger selbst noch wegen seiner Beteiligung an den revolutionären Umtrieben von 1848 auf der Flucht war. Kürnberger wusste also durchaus um die wenig anheimelnden Zustände in seinem Vaterland." »Scheichsbeutel« scheint hier anachronistisch die in den 1880er Jahren beginnende Deutschtümelei mit dem originären Patriotismus der 48er Generation zu verwechseln, der dem geflüchteten Revolutionär bei einer an sich leidigen Brotarbeit um so wehmütiger aus der Feder geflossen sein mag. Das hier in der Erstauflage von 1855 nach der fehlergeprüften digitalen Präsentation des Deutschen Text-Archivs wiedergegebene Werk enthält versteckte Seitenziffern (ggf. PN oder eMail).



Other Fiction Clauren, H.: Makk. V1 [German] 13.12.2017

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:05:54 GMT

*H. Clauren*, der von Wilhelm Hauff seinerzeit durch Parodie ("Der Mann im Mond", zu finden in dieser Gesamtausgabe (https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=225621)) bloßgestellte Unterhaltungsschriftsteller, der mit Werken wie "Mimili" dem Biedermeier-Bedürfnis nach versteckter Schlüpfrigkeit Rechnung trug, ist oft tatsächlich nicht besser als der ihm vorauseilende Ruf, aber bisweilen denn doch. So geht die Fama, dass Poes "Untergang des Hauses Usher (https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=38362)" u.a. von Claurens "Raubschloss (https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=216901)" angeregt wurde. - In *"Makk"* (1825, 240 Seiten. - Das Werk erschien als Erstausgabe, der Vorlage dieses eBooks, in der über lange Jahre überaus erfolgreichen Reihe "Scherz und Ernst".) dagegen werden wir, neben lustspielartigen Heiratsintrigen, wie sie zur biedermeierlichen Unterhaltungsliteratur hinzugehören, und den typisch Clauren’schen Schlüpfrigkeiten (samt "Rosenfinger", "Schwanenhals" und Alabasterbusen") auch verwundert Zeuge der Vorstellung einer ebenso pastoralen wie paternalen Utopie. Außerdem gibt es auch jede Menge satirische Seitenhiebe gegen die Verlogenheiten und Schrulligkeiten des Landadels, wobei die monarchisch-aristokratischen Verhältnisse an sich und die Rolle der offiziellen Religion von jeder Kritik ausgespart bleiben; vielmehr wird besonders die "allergrößte" Anhänglichkeit des Volkes an seine Herrscherhäuser geradezu als deutsche Tugend postuliert. Trotzdem liest sich das Ganze ohne Frage wie ein Loblied auf die Verbürgerlichung der Aristokratie, die gut daran täte, sich von überkommenen Standesvorurteilen zu verabschieden - eine Position, die Claurens bürgerliches Publikum zu schätzen wusste, zumal die Argumentation rings um den Begriff der "Ritterlichkeit" den verstockten Teil des Adels mit seinen eigenen Waffen schlägt. Eine besondere Rolle spielt bei diesem Thema auch die Besetzung von wichtigen Staatsämtern, die nach Auffassung des leistungs- und ergebnisorientierten Bürgertums nicht nach "zufälligen Vorzüge[n] der Geburt und des Ranges", sondern nach "wahre[r] persönliche[r] Verdienstlichkeit" (S. 210) erfolgen müsse - wofür der Text dann auch ein Beispiel liefert. - Man sieht: Clauren ist keineswegs lammfromm auf "bloße" Unterhaltung abonniert, sondern bezieht - trotz aller Betulichkeit - durchaus politisch Stellung. - Die Titel betrifft übrigens einen scheinbar tollwütigen Hund, der, außer dass er dem Geschehen eine entscheidende Wende verleiht - etwa im Sinne des Heyse’schen »Falken« -, sonst keine Rolle spielt. - Das Cover zeigt zweifelsfrei nicht diese Titelfigur … der Leser wird es vielleicht mit Julie identifizieren, gerne aber auch mit Aurora. Es handelt sich um einen Ausschnitt eines Bildes von E. F. Leybold aus der Entstehungszeit des Textes. Im html-Code sind Seitenzahlen versteckt (ggf. PN oder eMail).



Quick Question about book covers

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:36:44 GMT

Is there a way to make the book covers be included in the .db file? I would like to get rid of a buttload of redundant book files, but still want the "library" for metadata mining. Having the covers makes a huge difference. I know that if I just remove the books from the files (I have the ability to "flat view" all my folders) it would leave the covers, but I recall at one time or another being able to create an exact duplicate of a library from the json and db files - to the point that the library indicated the book format in the details.



Google Assistant Coming to Older Phones & Tablets

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:26:46 GMT

*The Google Assistant: coming to tablets and more Android phones (https://www.blog.google/products/assistant/google-assistant-coming-to-tablets-and-more-android-phones/)* ---Quote--- From phones to speakers to watches and more, the Google Assistant is already available across a number of devices and languages—and now, it’s coming to Android tablets running Android 7.0 Nougat and 6.0 Marshmallow and phones running 5.0 Lollipop. *The Google Assistant, now on Tablets* With the Assistant on tablets, you can you can get help throughout your day—set reminders, add to your shopping list (and see that same list on your phone later), control your smart devices like plugs and lights, ask about the weather and more. The Assistant on tablets will be rolling out over the coming week to users with the language set to English in the U.S. *Lollipop phones, introducing your Assistant* Earlier this year we first brought the Assistant to Android 6.0 Marshmallow and higher with Google Play Services. Today, we’re adding Android 5.0 Lollipop to the mix, so even more users can get help from the Google Assistant. The Google Assistant on Android 5.0 Lollipop has started to roll out in to users with the language set to English in the U.S., UK, India, Australia, Canada and Singapore, as well as in Spanish in the U.S., Mexico and Spain. It’s also rolling out to users in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil and Korea. Once you get the update and opt-in, you’ll see an Assistant app icon in your “All apps” list. So now the question is … What will you ask your Assistant first? ---End Quote---



Cheap Kindles!

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 01:11:37 GMT

And speaking of cheap Kindles ... Woot has them (and Fires) up again. Supposedly refurbished (used - good). Kindle NT Black -- $19.99 Kindle NT Silver -- $14.99 Kindle Touch WiFi -- $17.99 Kindle Touch 3G -- $19.99 Fire HD 6" -- $14.99 Fire HD 8" Blue (2016) -- $29.99 Fire HD 8" 16GB (2016) -- $29.99 Fire HD 8" 32GB (2016) -- $49.99 https://www.woot.com/category/computers/tablets