Hacking On Flarebook

With my new toy that I blogged about recently I wanted a nicer interface for getting content on and off the Kindle. I have also been wanting to get back into a little coding, so I thought a fun pet project could be to write a little tool to browse content on the Kindle, ease getting books and MP3s on and off, and be able to grab the highlights, bookmarks and notes you can apply to document and convert them to HTML and other formats.

So, after a few days of hacking I have a very basic incarnation of Flarebook:

It is very primitive, but so far it:

  • Connects to the Kindle.
  • Displays books with associated content.
  • Grabs the highlights, bookmarks and notes, and parses them into a structured format which can be used to generate output formats (currently HTML is the only generated format).

I haven’t put any code online yet because it is so primitive, but when it does a little more I will probably put it on Launchpad.

To create the project I used the excellent Quickly: check it out if you want to kickstart your own pet project. :-)

  • http://identi.ca/notice/9260128 Rick Spencer (rickspencer3) ‘s status on Wednesday, 02-Sep-09 04:39:30 UTC – Identi.ca

    [...] Another #quickly app siting, from the one and only @jonobacon: http://www.jonobacon.org/2009/09/02/hacking-on-flarebook/ [...]

  • Rick Spencer

    Try $quickly tutorial ubuntu-project, and check out the third page, regarding $quickly package

    A tutorial for $quickly share, and $quickly release is coming too. If you have a PPA and gpg keys set up, they should just work.

  • http://identi.ca/notice/9260901 Jono Bacon (jonobacon) ‘s status on Wednesday, 02-Sep-09 05:03:29 UTC – Identi.ca

    [...] on my pet project Flarebook – http://www.jonobacon.org/2009/09/02/hacking-on-flarebook/ #gnome #kindle [...]

  • http://www.jedimoose.org mrben

    Presumably the page 3 tab is for the vast collection of pictures of “top british totty” you have? ;)

  • Darren

    Have your tried Calibre? It manages Kindle content quite well.

  • Anders

    Looks much better than facebook! :)

  • Rick Spencer

    Jono -

    How about a feature where it automatically microblogs when you add stuff to it? A simply call dbus call to gwibber I think …

    Cheers, Rick

  • http://www.jonobacon.org/2009/10/19/ubuntu-and-the-opportunistic-programmer/ Ubuntu And The Opportunistic Programmer | jonobacon@home

    [...] Kindle and wanted a simple GUI front-end for it. I had an itch and wanted to scratch it, so I wrote a little tool and shared it with the community. In the past I have also written tools to combine slides and audio [...]

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