Calibre with Dropbox
Jun 6th, 2010 by Ken Hagler

After using Drop­box long enough to be sat­is­fied that its per­for­mance would remain good and my files wouldn’t spon­ta­neous­ly dis­ap­pear, I decid­ed to try using it in con­junc­tion with Cal­i­bre. Cal­i­bre is an open-source and cross-platform ebook man­age­ment pro­gram which orga­nizes ebooks in all dif­fer­ent for­mats and can con­vert between most of them. I use it to keep track of all the ebooks I’ve down­load­ed for my Kindle from sources oth­er than Amazon–which is actu­al­ly the major­i­ty of them. Like most open-source projects it has a ghast­ly user inter­face, but it works well despite that hand­i­cap.

Kindles are recharged through the USB cable that con­nects them to a com­put­er, and I’ve been con­nect­ing mine to the Mac Pro I use for work­ing with photos–it’s easy to plug it in and set it out of the way to recharge when sit­ting on a desk. How­ev­er, I actu­al­ly down­load ebooks fair­ly often on my lap­top or gen­er­ate them using Fan­fic­tion Down­load­er on my PC. In the past I’ve then moved the ebooks over to my Mac Pro via iDisk, but as I’ve men­tioned before iDisk doesn’t per­form all that well.

Cal­i­bre lets you spec­i­fy where you want your ebook library to be locat­ed in its pref­er­ences, so I moved the fold­er it had been using on the Mac Pro into my Drop­box and point­ed Cal­i­bre to the new loca­tion. I then installed Cal­i­bre on the oth­er two com­put­ers, and now I’ve got access to my library from three dif­fer­ent com­put­ers. When I down­load an ebook on my lap­top I can stick it in Cal­i­bre there, add any meta­data I like, and the next time I plug my Kindle in to my Mac Pro it’s there already, wait­ing to be copied over to the Kindle. So far this has worked out very well.

Quote of the Day
Jun 2nd, 2010 by Ken Hagler

To be GOVERNED is to be kept in sight, inspect­ed, spied upon, direct­ed, law-driven, num­bered, enrolled, indoc­tri­nat­ed, preached at, con­trolled, esti­mat­ed, val­ued, cen­sured, com­mand­ed, by crea­tures who have nei­ther the right, nor the wis­dom, nor the virtue to do so. To be GOVERNED is to be at every oper­a­tion, at every trans­ac­tion, not­ed, reg­is­tered, enrolled, taxed, stamped, mea­sured, num­bered, assessed, licensed, autho­rized, admon­ished, for­bid­den, reformed, cor­rect­ed, pun­ished. It is, under pre­text of pub­lic util­i­ty, and in the name of the gen­er­al inter­est, to be placed under con­tri­bu­tion, trained, ran­somed, exploit­ed, monop­o­lized, extort­ed, squeezed, mys­ti­fied, robbed; then, at the slight­est resis­tance, the first word of com­plaint, to be repressed, fined, despised, harassed, tracked, abused, clubbed, dis­armed, choked, impris­oned, judged, con­demned, shot, deport­ed, sac­ri­ficed, sold, betrayed; and, to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, out­raged, dis­hon­ored. That is gov­ern­ment; that is its jus­tice; that is its moral­i­ty.

Pierre-Joseph Proud­hon

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