[mythtv-users] Myth and E-Books ?

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Mon Nov 1 13:26:56 UTC 2010


On Sunday, October 31, 2010 08:20:47 pm Christopher Kerr wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 9:56 AM, Brian Wood <beww at beww.org> wrote:
> > Since Myth is the "mythical" multi-media solution, I wondered if anyone
> > is working on, thinking about or otherwise doing anything along the
> > lines of integrating Ebook media into a Myth system.
> > 
> > I've been playing with Calibre, but I keep wondering if similar
> > functionality could be integrated into Myth. There is also Jutoh which,
> > among other things, can convert Ebooks into Audiobooks, and audio is
> > obviously something Myth should be involved with.
> > 
> > Converting Ebooks for an EReader seems more or less like converting video
> > for an iPod or a phone, at least conceptually.
> > 
> > Other than storing Ebooks on the same machine as Myth's backend, I
> > haven't done anything towards integration except think about it.
> > 
> > Any ideas?
> 
> Myth's strengths are in being TV friendly - providing the 10 foot
> interface.
> 
> IMO, eBooks are better managed from the device itself.
> 
> The only exception I can imagine is a device which can sync over WiFi
> - then maybe you could manage your library without having to get off
> the lounge. But it seems a bit pointless to me.

E "Books" are also E-Newspapers and E-Magazines, both of which would be nice to be able to read on the TV set from the 
couch, and Myth seems like the obvious application to put them on the screen.

Calibre allows you to download tons of newspapers and magazines and send them to your e-reader, and   manage the storage 
of all such media. Some sort of integration of these functions into Myth would reduce the number of non-Myth applications 
I need to run to manage media.

I wouldn't want to read an E-Book on my TV set, but newspapers and magazines, especially some of the more visually-
oriented ones, seem like good candidates for the "10 foot interface".



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