submitted 9 months ago by WestyFlyer to c/selfhosted

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.

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[-] [email protected] 21 points 9 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] 4 points 9 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 4 points 9 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] 3 points 9 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.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 9 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] 1 points 9 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] 16 points 9 months ago

Check out the docker version of calibre if you're into that https://hub.docker.com/r/linuxserver/calibre-web

[-] [email protected] 18 points 9 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] 0 points 9 months ago

So if I understand correctly, I would spin up a Calibre docker (a la https://hub.docker.com/r/linuxserver/calibre) and then spin up a separate Calibre-web docker and point it to the first one?

[-] [email protected] 4 points 9 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] 1 points 9 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] 1 points 9 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.

[-] [email protected] 10 points 9 months ago* (last edited 9 months ago)

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

[-] KairuByte 4 points 9 months ago
[-] [email protected] 1 points 9 months ago

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

[-] TheInsane42 7 points 9 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.

[-] [email protected] 6 points 9 months ago
[-] [email protected] 4 points 9 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] 2 points 9 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?

[-] [email protected] 1 points 9 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.

[-] [email protected] 3 points 9 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.

[-] [email protected] 4 points 9 months ago

Takes advantage of = requires.

[-] [email protected] 4 points 9 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 ;-)

[-] [email protected] 3 points 9 months ago

I've been playing with Audiobookshelf and it does do books as well.

[-] vegetaaaaaaa 3 points 9 months ago
[-] [email protected] 1 points 9 months ago

I use Komga (https://github.com/gotson/komga) and it's pretty cool

[-] herrfrutti 1 points 9 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

[-] EncryptKeeper 1 points 9 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.

[-] [email protected] 5 points 9 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 2 points 9 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.

[-] WestyFlyer 1 points 9 months ago

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

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