Thursday, 24 March 2016

Rndmnmbr's Nonfiction Library

I've been wanting to share my Calibre library for a while now...

It's just my nonfiction library. I also have a fiction library and an RPG library, but Calibre can only serve one library to the internet at a time.

This is being hosted on my personal computer, so availability may be an issue. When I get another computer up and running, this will be hosted on that and be much more reliable. Otherwise, if it's down, PM me and I'll bring it back up.

And don't try to grab everything: this is a 15gb collection. Have mercy.

Currently taking suggestions for more nonfiction books!
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[by rndmnmbr@2:06amGMT]


lilmookieesquire said @ 2:15am GMT on 24th Mar
I have a few solid books in my profile
lilmookieesquire said @ 5:13am GMT on 24th Mar
This book is there, this is an excellent book. I highly recommend it.

Against the Gods- The remarkable story of risk
by Peter L. Bernstein
(There is an excellent history of math and rationalization here. Some really interesting tidbits here about the origin of surveys and the words "Hazard" and "algorithm" etc)

Here are two not in the library I recommend:

Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History
by Sidney W. Mintz
(A riveting novel about the role of sugar both economically, nutritionally, and socially in the industrialized world, and the trade triangle between Europe/Africa/the Caribbean/America. It's a little dry at times, but the insights are fascinating.)

Warriors of God- Richard the Lion-heart and Saladin in the Third Crusade
by James Reston, Jr.
(A very human telling of the crusades, especially correspondence between Richard and Saladin. Has a lot of gossip too. Good reread value.)
TM said @ 4:47pm GMT on 24th Mar
Let me echo mookie's praise for Reston's book on Richard and Saladin, which I've read twice now. Saladin comes across as much the more humane and stable personalities of the two.
hellboy said @ 7:41pm GMT on 24th Mar
Dickhead Lionheart was a 12th century fratboy.
sanepride said @ 8:51pm GMT on 24th Mar
Well actually what you've got in your profile are a few solid book recommendations. I don't see any actual books.
sanepride said @ 2:42am GMT on 24th Mar
Holy crap this is an outstanding reference collection. My compliments.
lrdcthulu said @ 3:06am GMT on 24th Mar
I'd love to do something like this with my 1000+ library of history books, but goddamn if I don't hate Calibre.
rndmnmbr said @ 3:08am GMT on 24th Mar
Just curious, but what in particular do you dislike about Calibre? A lot of things have changed about it recently.
lrdcthulu said @ 2:20pm GMT on 24th Mar
To be fair, I used a long time ago, but I found the interface amazingly confusing and counterintuitive.
rndmnmbr said @ 8:45pm GMT on 24th Mar
Just switching over to grid display makes Calibre a thousand times better.

Otherwise, yeah, Calibre seriously requires accurate and complete metadata to be really useful. Fortunately, if you enter the ISBN, the metadata search returns accurate and complete results. And if you want to make use of tags to sort your collection instead of as halfassed search keywords, you have to throw all the automatic ones away and manually retag - you'll note that that's exactly what I did with mine.

It also requires you to surrender control over your files, which a lot of people have difficulty with (including me). But the system's goals are correct - filenames are a shitty and terrible way to store metadata and people should quit doing that.
robotroadkill said @ 3:07am GMT on 24th Mar
No books found matching this query

I am dissapoint.
rndmnmbr said @ 3:08am GMT on 24th Mar
Try "Sex"
robotroadkill said @ 3:09am GMT on 24th Mar
OOh, but there is the bdsm playbook
cb361 said @ 2:08pm GMT on 24th Mar
You can't spank somebody with a digital book.
HoZay said @ 3:31am GMT on 24th Mar
Very nice rndm.
fr3nzy said @ 9:54am GMT on 24th Mar
Nice one
XregnaR said @ 12:50pm GMT on 24th Mar
Bandwidth rape in 3..2..1..
JWWargo said @ 8:50pm GMT on 25th Mar
WHOA. This is awesome. Thank you!

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