Some more book-related : - Community for swapping books powered by libre software & WikiData, follow them on here at @inventaire - eBook storage site with social features, follow them on here at @kevinbeynon - Huge non-profit online library with downloads for PD books and lending for non-PD titles. - Open source eBook organiser/editor and format converter

@switchingsocial Thank you for Inventaire! I found something similar in French, but was hoping for a libre alternative, and here it is! :)


If you go to your profile and click on the three dots ... you can view your favourites (the posts you click a star on).


By the way, if you want to see the links above and others, you can find them on the Amazon alternatives page of

@Nixfreak this is what the 'favourite' button is meant for, despite the fact that a lot of users seem to use it as an 'agree' or '+1' button ;-)


Gutenberg is brilliant!

It was on a previous post though, so I didn't want to repeat it.

You can see all of these links and more on's Amazon alternatives page:


Calibre really is the best of the best for ebook management. The developer is very responsive and there is a thriving community of plug-in contributors.


I would also give a shoutout to AmuseWiki, which let's you build an eBook library site with some excellent features (exporting to various formats, community editing backed by git, and tools for building physical collections, to name a few):

@switchingsocial @inventaire

Wow, I think is something I always wanted (without actually knowing)

Make lists of my books I want to share (some to give away, some to borrow out, maybe some to sell) and somehow share this list locally.

...I had a more #offline approach in mind: like hanging a printed list on a (#analog) bulletin board, but I guess an #online-first approach with printout-option would be just as fine!

I'll sure check it out!

@switchingsocial @inventaire
in what ways to invertaire differ from LibraryThing? Why should one prefer it?


@switchingsocial @orbifx @kevinbeynon and while LibraryThings focuses on helping you do the inventory of your books, we help to share those books

@switchingsocial @orbifx @kevinbeynon then, beyond what the webapp has to offer, our code is open, and our bibliographic data is CC0 licensed and contribute to improve the biggest open knowledge database of all times, #Wikidata

@switchingsocial @orbifx @kevinbeynon also, the webapp is available in several languages, not only English

@inventaire is there a desktop client/application or some open formats for exporting the books? Can I easily migrate from LibraryThing?

@switchingsocial @kevinbeynon

@inventaire @orbifx @switchingsocial

This is great to see!

I always wanted to provide links to readers' own reviews on Libreture, instead of hosting them (because of concern for ownership & responsibility).

Libreture currently supports 'Recommendations': short statements about why a reader liked a book.

But it's great to see services like Inventaire recognising and addressing the issues around hosting full reviews and what happens to them.

@kevinbeynon @inventaire @orbifx @switchingsocial One service I would like to see is a way to write a review of a short story and have it linked to the story's appearance in various magazines, anthologies, collections, etc.

That way, people interested in reading it can find it wherever it appears and don't have to depend on finding it in a particular book / magazine.

@switchingsocial that @inventaire looks awesome, I've started writing something to do that about three times now

@telent @switchingsocial join us then! \o/ feel welcome to add your ideas to the roadmap to be discussed with the all the contributors and supporters of the project

@switchingsocial @inventaire @kevinbeynon I have kind of mixed feelings about OpenLibrary. On the one hand lending books is great. On the other hand, DRM, and (worse?) Adobe Digital Editions is not great. Leaving aside ideological issues about proprietary software (which is a leap, given the context), running ADE on linux apparently requires Wine. So for me that's a no thanks.


Yup, not the easiest of formats. I don't think the Internet Archive has any choice in this situation unfortunately :(

Publishers really love DRM :/

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