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michaelfransen
michaelfransen

@macgenie @manton I would like to have a photos like page on my blog that is a bookshelf of images of the books I've read. Is it possible to make a page like photos that shows the images in a grid?

macgenie
macgenie

@michaelfransen That's an interesting idea...and a @manton question. ➡️💵

ArnoldHoogerwerf
ArnoldHoogerwerf

@macgenie @manton More options for the visual representation of data would be awesome! Although your bookshelf already looks great @michaelfransen! Btw: there is built in support for IndieBookClub, but I don’t see many people using it (or I just don’t understand it completely...)

manton
manton

@ArnoldHoogerwerf @michaelfransen @macgenie I love the idea of making it easier to show book covers. We could have a special template that collects all the posts that link to an ISBN.

simonwoods
simonwoods

@manton I know that Micro.blog can't (and shouldn't, really) be an all-in-one replacement for every silo, not least because of the inevitable bloat that would occur, but a nice simple option like this for books would be great. That way it would be even easier to avoid Goodreads, just like it is with avoiding Instagram thanks to the photo features of Micro.blog.

manton
manton

@simonwoods I'm excited about this idea. I've always known we should do more with books but for some reason it didn't occur to me to make a built-in Books page. I'd like to one day use this kind of thing to catalog our bookshelves, too.

michaelfransen
michaelfransen

@ArnoldHoogerwerf @michaelfransen @macgenie I like the idea of that. Until that, I made a bookshelf page on my micro.blog and just did manual html. It's gonna take a while to get all the books in there though. lol. www.michaelfransen.com/bookshelf...

jsonbecker
jsonbecker

@manton this would be a great use of Hugo’s data-posts features where you can have just a simple JSON doc process to a page. I don’t know of any services that do the ISBN -> image cover lookup. Maybe Amazon is the best way? It’d be cool.

jgmac1106
jgmac1106

I need to see what my read posts look like on micro.blog, I made the Known plug-in so by definition it is buggy, haven't figured out the micropub parts.

camacho
camacho

@manton 🤩

bix
bix

@jsonbecker Apparently googleapi. @manton

manton
manton

@bix @jsonbecker Good to know, thanks. Amazon used to allow it, but I remember there were limits that affected Delicious Library for Mac.

bix
bix

@manton I dunno the quality of the images though.

jsonbecker
jsonbecker

@bix ooh. I went to clean up my stuff in an attempt to use Delicious Library once and could have used this. Fascinating and awesome.

smokey
smokey

@simonwoods Yep, there are so many things that can be done on websites/blogs but require knowledge/plug-ins, whereas they just work in silos…

brettkosinski
brettkosinski

@manton I recently added read posts for my blog following current microformats recommendations. I ended up using calibre's CLI tools for cover retrieval rather than rolling my own (supports both Amazon and Google). Might be a good place to look for ideas for how to implement this.

manton
manton

@brettkosinski Thanks for the tip!

bix
bix

@jsonbecker It's too bad the Google API thing for books doesn't have a way to just pull a cover image via an img src URL constructed from the ISBN. I was looking at the Open Library thing at Internet Archive which does that but of course there's way too many books not in their database.

shindakun
shindakun

@bix Your post and @jsonbecker 's early post gave me an idea. It is possible to build a "passable" shortcode using data retrieval to query the Google books API from to get a cover from ISBN. However, out of the handful of ISBNs I tried - a number didn't exist or did not have a good sized image. :( The linked example is hardcoded to use thumbnails, and doesn't fall back very well if an ISBN isn't found, shindakun.micro.blog/2019/12/3...

bix
bix

@shindakun I’m on my phone so I can’t look close right now but I did notice earlier that in the googleapi thing for looking up ISBN’s the image URLs have a size parameter that can be changed to increase the size.

simonwoods
simonwoods

@smokey This can be a good thing. I don't think every silo is terrible; just that they shouldn't be the only option we choose.