Read Some Random Words

So I have way more books on my e-reader than I can keep track of these days, thanks mostly to BookBub, which means that after I finish one book I have to decide which one to read next. I could do something normal like have them in a first-in-first-out queue, but that would be too easy. So instead I use Calibre to help me pick a new book after I finish one. Because I’m random that way.

Would you play cards with this man?

I’d had Calibre on my Mac for quite some time, but never really used it much until I finally updated from a Kindle Keyboard to a Kobo Glo HD, because I liked the UI on the Kobo, and it was way cheaper than the Voyage. (At the time, the Paperwhite had an older, lower-resolution screen, so I considered the Voyage to be the competition.) So now I had this nice sharp back front-lit e-reader, but suddenly I didn’t have Amazon’s back end to manage my collection anymore. So I took a closer look at Calibre, actually started using it to organize and store my e-books, found it quite useful, and even ponied up a small donation to the developers. It was a little bit of an annoyance to have to plug the Kobo into the computer to transfer books over, but that was okay.

And then I discovered Calibre has a built-in web server.

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So now I don’t need the cable. I can just use the Kobo’s “experimental” browser to visit the Calibre web page and tap “Random Book”. If it’s one I haven’t downloaded previously over the wire or direct from Kobo, I can tap on the cover to download and open it directly. “Very simple very easy,” as an old comma-eschewing professor of mine used to say.

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And what am I reading now? Well, not that book. The last thing Calibre chose at random was Treasure Island. I’m guessing you’re familiar with it.

It was already candle-light when we reached the hamlet, and I shall never forget how much I was cheered to see the yellow shine in doors and windows; but that, as it proved, was the best of the help we were likely to get in that quarter. For—you would have thought men would have been ashamed of themselves—no soul would consent to return with us to the Admiral Benbow.

Is it just me or does the “Admiral Benbow” sound like a ship that would have been in Galactica’s rag-tag fleet … ? Hmm …

3 thoughts on “Read Some Random Words

  1. I go to estate sales and buy something that interests me for a buck or two. Usually a biographyHow archaic is that? Right now I’m reading “Ladies of Liberty” by Kokie Roberts. It’s a sequel to “Founding Mothers”.


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