[IAEP] calibre + OPDS for offline book catalogs.
gonzalo at laptop.org
Tue Jun 7 14:30:23 EDT 2011
I will download Calibre and try it. If this not works, we can use code from
Pathagar to create a catalog
or use python to create the catalog.xml file with the data in the csv file,
or use another
simpler format (like json) to create local catalogs.
I only need a little of time. This week si packed.
On Sat, Jun 4, 2011 at 5:54 PM, James Simmons <nicestep at gmail.com> wrote:
> I've been investigating OPDS with calibre as a way of distributing
> books with an offline catalog. As you know, there has always been an
> interest in doing this in areas where Internet access is unavailable.
> With the help of calibre-OPDS I was able to create both a website and
> an OPDS catalog that can easily live in an Apache webroot, a thumb
> drive, or a Dropbox folder. In this way you can easily create a
> static website that does NOT require calibre to be running.
> Now the bad news: the OPDS catalog seems to be more complex that what
> GetBooks can deal with. It is organized as a hierarchy of XML files,
> with lists by Author, Title, Rating, etc. Instead of having just one
> XML file with the whole catalog you have a bunch of them.
> The software is described here:
> You might try this yourself. The software is in Java and is really
> simple to set up, so you can generate a test OPDS index in no time
> from data in a calibre database.
> The static website is actually quite useful, and could be used from
> the Browse Activity if the website was stored on a thumb drive. That
> might be an alternative to recommend to those who need to distribute
> books without Internet access.
> James Simmons
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