Does anyone know of a self hosting option for hosting ebooks? I keep hoping there is an open source library type app where I could add my ebooks and host them for myself and others.

  • exu
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    2110 months ago

    I use Kavita to host ebooks and manga for myself. It’s still work in progress, so do expect changes, though I haven’t had huge issues on the stable releases so far. Besides Tachiyomi for comics/manga there aren’t any native reading apps yet, so you will have to use the webinterface for the time being.

    Another option often mentioned is Calibre Web, though I haven’t used that myself.

    • @[email protected]
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      410 months ago

      I’ll throw in my vote for Kavita. Works great. I read a lot on my phone so I just saved the app shortcut to my home screen from Firefox.

    • @keyez
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      410 months ago

      I use kavita and kavitaEmail as well and haven’t had issues. I like the email service so I can send a book to my kindle when I want to start it.

    • @[email protected]
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      310 months ago

      I honestly prefer Kavita even though I do not download comics or manga. Their reader is so nice, specially with the themes. 0 issues on my end except for indexing, which the dev promptly fixed after I reported the issue.

      I use Moon+ Reader pro on my android, and on my iOS I simply make a “webapp” of the website.

      • exu
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        110 months ago

        Moon+ Reader doesn’t sync though, does it? I thought there weren’t any readers that supported OPDS-PS, just simple downloading.

        • @[email protected]
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          110 months ago

          No, you’re right, it does not sync. Usually I do this on longer durations without internet, else I just use a webapp (on mobile) or the website on PC.

    • @[email protected]
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      1810 months ago

      To clarify, calibre-web is not “the docker version of calibre”, it’s a separate project that provides a nice web frontend for an existing calibre database.

        • @[email protected]
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          410 months ago

          I believe you can, but I just copied the calibre books and database from my PC and run it from calibre-web without maintaining any link to calibre.

          It’s not perfect but it works well enough.

          • @[email protected]
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            110 months ago

            I do it like this. Manage calibre on my PC, and copy the ‘Calibre Library’ contents to the server through ftp.

        • @[email protected]
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          110 months ago

          That’s correct! I can share my docker-compose if that’s helpful. I’m on my phone, but I believe they just have to share a volume.

  • body_by_make
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    10 months ago

    Caliber is great, but if you have audiobooks, auidiobookshelf has gotten pretty decent at hosting ebooks too

    • KairuByte
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      410 months ago

      Do you mean Calibre?

      • body_by_make
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        110 months ago

        Yeah, my phone really didn’t wanna let me type it correctly and I didn’t bother figuring it

  • @TheInsane42
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    710 months ago

    I run calibre, it has a server option, which can be queries bij Moon+ reader. (which I use) My setup is internal use only though.

  • John Colagioia
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    410 months ago

    It’s not as clean a solution as they’d like it to be, but for another option, Jellyfin hosts media including books. When I say “not as clean,” I mean that you can stream video and music from the server, but it has you download books to read on another device. Last I heard, they were looking to integrate at least a PDF viewer into the interface, though.

    • @[email protected]
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      210 months ago

      they were looking to integrate at least a PDF viewer into the interface

      I mean, you could just integrate the browser’s pdf viewer, no?

      • John Colagioia
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        110 months ago

        Probably, though I don’t know their architecture well enough to say. The discussion that I saw referred specifically to PDF.js, which I believe is what the browsers use, though.

  • pete
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    310 months ago

    Take a look at Calibre-Web (github.com/janeczku/calibre-we…) which I’ve been using for what you ask for quite a while now. As the name suggests it can also take advantage of a pre-existing Calibre eBook Database.

      • pete
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        410 months ago

        Of course you are right, and this should be noted.
        But if you so happen to have Calibre already running via for instance your desktop installation you, may also “take advantage your pre-existing Calibre database” in Calibre-Web ;-)

  • Encrypt-Keeper
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    110 months ago

    Calibre is great but it’s not a server based program, it’s just a desktop client. There is Calibre-web which you can host which kinda turns it into a server but it does that by exposing a website you connect to that shows you the Calibre interface via VNC, so it’s a bit hackey.

    I haven’t tried it but https://www.kavitareader.com/ might be a good alternative if you end up not liking Calibre.

    • jjakc
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      510 months ago

      That’s not what calibre-web does. As per the GitHub page:

      Calibre-Web is a web app that offers a clean and intuitive interface for browsing, reading, and downloading eBooks using a valid Calibre database.

      There is no VNC involved.

      • @Sehandler
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        210 months ago

        There’s a Calibre container, I believe by LinuxServer.io, that comes with this VNC setup for serving calibre in a browser window. Probably what was meant here.

        Calibre-web is basically a nice UI for a file server over the calibre library.

    • @WestyFlyerOP
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      110 months ago

      Labors reader looks really great. Just wish it had an iOS/android app. I’ll definitely keep it in mind.

  • @herrfrutti
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    110 months ago

    Audiobookshelf is quite nice too. The ebook reader isn’t quite there yet, but it develops very fast. Also apps for Android and iOS