Bored with Calibre? Try BookONO

BookONO 2I have just come across a new ebook manager for Windows (Linux and OSX coming soon). It's called BookONO.Has anyone tried it?The app is still in its alpha stage and from what I can tell the first release only came out a couple weeks back. But it looks like it could be interesting.

The description says that it was "designed as a compliment to Calibre", which can probably also be taken as an indication that BookONO is using a fair amount of code from calibre. But in spite of the shared code it only vaguely resembles calibre:

BookONO 2

BookONO also differs from calibre in that it:

does not attempt to put all your books in its own library or change their names. Where Calibre attempts to take complete control over your books, BookONO gives you control over your books.

This ebook manager has also moved beyond calibre in at least one way. It has a web browser built in, and you can also use BookONO to convert any web page to PDF and store in BookONO.

I have not tried this app myself; I'm going to wait for a beta release. Have you tried it, and if so what did you think?


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9 Comments on Bored with Calibre? Try BookONO

  1. I’d love to try this out but I have a MAC. 🙁

  2. Converts a web page to a **PDF**!?

    Still, at least it means that one of the people upset at the way calibre does its library has finally done something about it instead of just wingeing.

  3. I have not tried it, but I might in another 5 years depending on how the development progresses.

    • Lol, my thoughts exactly. With Calibre being updated weekly and their quick response to reported issues it would take more than some glossy lipstick to pull me away.

  4. Al the Great and Powerful // 23 August, 2013 at 12:44 pm // Reply

    I LIKE Calibre’s library, because it is its own entity.

    I’ve got space on my hard drives for more than one copy of my book files, and more than one reader, so I’m happy to let Calibre make one library that works great with Calibre and my devices, while I maintain bog standard windows folders full of books elsewhere.

    Should Calibre, or Amazon, or Google, or Adobe, or Kobo, or Sony, or any other entity disappear, my library remains, because it is 100% backed up.

  5. “does not attempt to put all your books in its own library or change their names. ”
    That’s why I landed here – looking for a Calibre alternative. Because Calibre alters the source files, duplication/movement of libraries is required. This is too expensive in computer resources and handing Calibre one’s valuable library is too much of a security risk. Never used Calibre for this reason. They recently confirmed they won’t fix it, and apparently deleted my enhancement request when I explained how their logic in using the above system is flawed.

    • Say what, now?

      I plop all my new books into a single directory (called “Import”), then add 1, 2, 0r more titles at a time to my Calibre library from it, and the content of “Import” is 100% left alone. In fact, it’s one of my ‘garbage collection’ jobs to go clear out “Import”.

      The copies made by Calibre are in their own library/directory. It doesn’t destroy the originals, which (now, that may be a preference I long ago set and forgot about, but still). I realize they’ve been altered to be a “Calibre epub”, but if I MUST have the original store’s formatting, I will deal with their (often inferior) software.

  6. Hi oj892

    I stated :

    “Because Calibre alters the source files, duplication/movement of libraries is required. This is too expensive in computer resources (for large libraries). ”

    With a small library, Calibre is OK. With large libraries, large scale backup is required. before even using Calibre. Secondly, people may like to browse their Library from a file explorer using their existing tree structure and naming conventions , that may be a “work of beauty”. Calibre forces deletion of that structure and hacking within Calibre to attempt to recreate it. Thirdly, if you find a different library manager, disentangling your library from Calibre requires more duplication/movement of the Library during an export.

    Lucidor is a simple but effective solution.

    MyBookshelf is the most promising but installation may be viewed as a hack by some:

  7. Hate with a passion Calibre’s insistance on renaming and moving my ebooks. I want my ebooks named logically as per library system – i.e., fiction is named “author last name, author first name – series name and number (if any) – title” and organized in folders alphabetically by authors last name, first name. I organize non-fiction by subject (like in a libarary) and file names are “Subject – Title – Author”. And I don’t want them messed with. If Calibre allowed me to import using MY naming and organizational structure, then fine – but it doesn’t. And calibre’s naming structure sucks – makes books unidentifiable except through calibre interface.

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