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Learn how to use Librairie

Librairie is both an ebook reading and an ebook organizing app. This documentation is structured to teach you how to import your ebooks, manage them and then enjoy them in the app.

Choosing a cloud provider

When you launch the app for the first time, you'll be asked to choose a cloud provider. This means that you have to choose from which source your ebooks will be synced automatically in the app. The possibilities are:

  • Dropbox
  • OneDrive
  • Google Drive
  • Librairie: this one means that you'll only be able to see the ebooks that you have manually uploaded from inside the app

If you choose one of the three first options, you will then be asked to enter your credentails to allow the app to connect to your cloud account. Once this is done, the sync will be initiated. You'll be directed to the library screen while the sync is performed.
Note: the sync may take a long time if you have a lot of ebooks in your cloud account and/or the servers are busy at the moment. Anyway, you do not have to stay in the app while the sync is running and you'll receive a push notification when it's over (if you have granted the app the ability to send you notifications of course).

Library screen

Library screen

This is in this screen that you will see your whole ebooks collections. You can access your ebooks either by scrolling them verticaly or by searching for their titles / author in the search field at the top. You can either navigate by tapping the letters in the right column that will send you to the first ebook starting by a given letter in the list.

Alternatively, you can have another view of your library based only of the covers of your ebooks. Just tap the 4 squares button to access to this "Collection View".

Collection View

Adding ebooks

From your cloud account

If you have added ebooks in your linked cloud account since you last synced it with the app, you can retrieve those ebooks by pulling down the ebooks list from the top.

Library screen
In the app

You can also import your ebooks one by one by tapping the "import" button in the top tab bar (Library screen). You will be presented with a list of all the apps present on your device that you can import from. These apps have to support the iOS document provider mecanism to be in that list.

Library screen

Deleting ebooks

To delete ebooks from your library, you just have to swipe to the right on an ebook to make appear a "DELETE" button. Tap on this button and the ebook will be gone from Librairie but NOT from the cloud account from which it was imported.

Alternatively, in Colletion View, long press on the book you want to delete and a confirmation dialog will appear.

Filtering and sorting your collection

Collection View

Filters

Reading List

The "Reading List" is a premade list that allows you to store the books that you intend to read in a near future. Tapping this cell will add all the books in your reading list to your current selection

Available Offline

Tapping this cell will add the books that are syncronized for offline reading on your device to your current selection.

Is Starred

The "Star List" is a premade list that allows you to store your prefered ebooks from your collection. Tapping this cell will add those to your current selection.

Authors

Tapping this cell will show you the list of all the authors of the ebooks contained in your library. You can add the ebooks of an author to your current selection by tapping its name. You can select as much authors as you like at the same time.

Genres

Tapping this cell will show you the genres of all the ebooks contained in your library. The genres are either: found in your ebooks metadata, determined during the import process or manually added in the "Edit Metadata" screen. You can add the ebooks of a genre to your current selection by tapping its name. You can select as much genres as you like at the same time.

Series

Tapping this cell will show you the series of all the ebooks contained in your library. The series are either: determined during the import process or manually added in the "Edit Metadata" screen. You can add the ebooks of a serie to your current selection by tapping its name. You can select as much series as you like at the same time.

Languages

Tapping this cell will show you the different languages of all the ebooks contained in your library. The language is either: determined during the import process or manually added in the "Edit Metadata" screen. You can add the ebooks written in a given language to your current selection by tapping its name. You can select as much languages as you like at the same time.

Files Formats

The supported files formats are: ePub, MOBI, AZW and PDF. You can add the ebooks of a given format to your current selection by tapping its name. You can select as much languages as you like at the same time.

Loaned ebooks

Will show the ebooks that you have borrowed from other users and your ebooks that are currently loaned out to other users.

Clearing filters

You can clear all the filters by tapping the "Clear all filters" button or by shaking your device in the library view.

Sorting

You can choose to sort your library either by ebook title or by author name.

Ebook details

Collection View

The ebook details page gives you all the information available on a given ebook and lets you correct it. It is also the main entry point for reading an ebook. You can see directly the title, the author, the genres, the series, the description and the cover of the book. Please, note that if you tap on the cover, you will get a fullscreen view of it.

Reading an ebook

You can start the reading of an ebook by tapping the "Read" button in the bottom left corner of the screen. If you have not downloaded the ebook beforehand (by tapping the "Download" button in the bottom right corner of the screen) your ebook will then be streamed.
This means that your original ebook won't be downloaded and the text will be streamed from Librairie servers. This will not take any space on your device.

If you have already open the book, a Library screen button will appear in the toolbar. Tapping this button will resume the reading of your ebook at the last page read in your last session.

Adding your ebook to a list

Tapping the star button Star will put your ebook in the Starred list that regroups your prefered ebooks.

Tapping the pin button Pin will put your ebook in the Reading list that regroups the books that you intend to read in the future.

Convert and export your ebooks

You can convert your ebook to another file format by tapping the Pin button:

Convert ebook

Once the conversion is completed, the app will try to export the converted file to another app and will invoke the iOS Share Sheet. The same thing will happen if you tap directly the "Share" button but of course it's the original file that will be shared and not the converted one. You can then select the app in which you want to import the file and the selected app will open.

Edit ebook metadata

Tapping on the Pin button will send you to the "Edit Metadata" screen.

Edit metadata

In this screen, you'll be able to edit directly the title, the author, the language, the genres, the series and the description. To change the cover art, tap on the cover itself.

Edit metadata

You will then be sent to an in-app web browser to find a cover that fits the book. If the results retrieved by default do not satisfy you, do not hesitate to refine the search terms.

Edit metadata

Once you have found the correct cover, make sure to really navigate to the image file (if your still in Google Image, ... "View original image") and tap "Select image"

Edit metadata

Your new cover is chosen. You now just have to tap the pencil icon to save your changes before going back to the ebook details screen.

Edit metadata

Ebook Reader

Navigation

To go to the next page: tap on the right border/margin of the page or swipe left on the text or hit ⌘+→ if you have a keyboard connected

To go to the previous page: tap on the left border/margin of the page or swipe right on the text or hit ⌘+← if you have a keyboard connected

With a keyboard connected you can also go to the next chapter by using the shortcut ⌘+⇧+→ or to the previous chapter with the shortcut ⌘+⇧+←

Ebook reader

If you have downloaded the ebook you will have a slider at the bottom of the screen that will let you go at any page in the book by dragging it (if the slider is not apparent, tap the text once to show the reader chrome). Note that the slider ill not be availalble immediately after having opened the book for the first time as a little processing time is needed.

You can also go directly to the beggining of a chapter by tapping the Chapters icon and then choose the name of the chapter.

Chapters list

Bookmarks

To set a bookmark, just go to the page you want to bookmark and tap the pin icon in the top right corner.

To go to a bookmarked page, tap the Bookmarks icon, then tap the pin icon to access to the book bookmarks list. Then tap on the description of the page you want to go to.

Bookmarks list

UI Settings

To go to the UI settings, tap the cog icon ( Bookmarks ) in the the toolbar and choose the section you're interrested in the menu.

Reader settings

Fonts

The fonts settings let you choose which font to use in the reader. You can choose between "Verdana", "Palatino", "Marion" and "San Francisco". Each font name is set in the corresponding font.

Fonts settings

Once you have selected the font you like, use the slider to choose the size that fits you the best. As you slide, you will see the sample text at the bottom of the page change to reflect your current settings.

Paragraphs

Paragraph settings

Alignment: lets you choose how the text is aligned in the reader. You have the choice between "left", "right", "center" and "justified".

Line Height: lets you choose the distance between each line on a page.

Wide Margins: If "ON" the margins will be wider, leaving more white space.

Previous chapter 1st page shown: Valid only for downloaded books. If "LAST", going to the previous page when on the first page of a chapter will take you to the last page of the previous chapter. Otherwise, you'll go to the first page of the previous chapter.

Themes

Theme settings

Choose the theme you prefer and see it reflected in the sample text. The possible choices are "Modern White" (a simple black text on white background theme), "Modern Dark" (ligth text on dark background), "Modern Sepia" (Dark text on sepia background) and "Campfire" (a low contrast theme with orange/red text over dark brown background).

Read Aloud ebook

Read Aloud

By tapping the read aloud icon, you'll enter the "Read Aloud" mode. This mode will read you the current ebook's chapter aloud. The voice used to read the text depends on the language set in the book metadata. If the reading seems very strange, verify that the correct language has been set for the book.

The screen commands will let you pause and resume play and going to the next and previous chapter.

Speed Reading

Speed Reading

By tapping the go to speed reader icon, you'll enter the "Speed Reading" mode. This mode will present your ebook's words one at a time at a speed chosen by you. Although unusual, this presentation allows you to read at surprising speed by not requiring that you move your eyes.

The screen commands will let you pause and resume play and going to the next and previous chapter.

App Settings

App Settings

By tapping the cog icon on the main library screen, you'll enter the "App Settings" screen.

Unlink your account: By tapping this button you will severe the link between the app and your cloud storage. After having confirmed your decision you will be taken back to the login screen to select a new cloud provider.

Dark Mode: If set to "ON" the whole app will use a dark UI instead of the light one depicted in this documentation.

Dark Mode

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