Oh Happy Days!
For whatever reason, the Internet Archive has resumed serving OPDS on their catalog endpoint. Reader Feeder continues to work for that very important entry.
Everyone may resume their downloading…
Meanwhile, we are working on a Windows Universal Platform edition of Reader Feeder. If you are using Windows 10, stay tuned here, and on Windows Store.
More Bad Luck!
We have some sad news: the Internet Archive site is shutting down their OPDS endpoint! This impacts Reader Feeder, so we’re bringing it to your attention. There is not an issue with the application.
All is not lost, however. Archive.org has a pretty big RSS footprint, so we are working on supporting them through that format, which in case anyone is reading and interested, uses Media RSS specifically, and is a close cousin to the Atom format underlying OPDS itself.
Out of the Ashes…
We’re also using this occasion to expand support in Reader Feeder, so you can add “traditional” feeds to it and download the enclosures that way also, similar to Feed Farmer.
With that said, please watch this space for an update announcement.
If you are reading this post, welcome to our new home!
We also updated our site’s home page, which if you direct-link to this site, you probably never noticed in the first place.
We have the new site mostly transferred over, except for the plugins. That is coming right up….
We are currently shopping around for a new, less-expensive hosting provider for our Internet presence.
This should happen in the next 6-8 weeks. Ideally, no one should notice.
See you all on The Other Side…
This is our latest project, and it’s an ebook catalog browser and download manager, called Reader Feeder.
If you are interested in helping us with early adoption, please make contact via our Google Group. Join up and watch there for details, we will post some announcements shortly.
The special value in building this app is the XML catalog format OPDS, is based on Atom, which is what Feed Farmer is all about!
You get a “starter set” of catalogs to browse, including The Internet Archive and Project Gutenberg, two great sources of free EPUB and other formats.
We provide Librivox audio book support, so you can download their EPUB audio book documents, and Reader Feeder will extract the playlist and help you download the audio files and add them to your Media Player. You can find these EPUBs on The Internet Archive.
A great feature we took from Feed Farmer is the Power Search, which searches all of your catalogs simultaneously, and gives you one result set of everything.
The focus right now is content browsing, search and acquisition, so you won’t find any reading or playback functionality; that’s left up to your current reader and media player.
Due to the continued user spamming, we have enabled CAPTCHA on the Registration Page.
What is user spamming? It is the “automated” creation of user profiles, so an attacker can use them for nefarious purposes. It may be an attempt against the hosting provider’s server(s) of this site, or an attempt to use the email-sending ability of this site, targeting other parties. For instance, where do you think those “Viagra” comment spams come from?
Hopefully this will make it more difficult for them, and unfortunately a minor inconvenience to future new members.
Just deleted more accounts, presumably created by bot nets.
Here is a message to the Real People: make sure you answer the questions accurately, in particular the Android Device question. We only use this information to ensure it’s a human, not for marketing.
We are seeing a handful of users with a yahoo.com email domain. The user names look “real”, but the email account doesn’t match the user name, or in any way look human-generated. The registration responses are also “fishy”, in particular the “Android Device” prompt!
We are assuming this is part of some kind of hack or phishing exploit.
If you own one of these accounts, please make contact via email, or those accounts are going to be deleted, and you can re-register with something more suitable. Or easier yet, edit your Account Profile, and update the “Android Device” prompt with a real device name!
Thanks for your understanding.
A minor update for Dictator.
- Correct an error in one of the Dutch (NL) strings (abbreviation for “seconds”).
- During Text-to-speech, you can use the Volume keys to cancel speech. This is handy when you have the “extra” speech segments turned on!