While you did assist me in renewing my membership with calibre, I am terribly
disappointed in the app as an iPhone user as it is not at all intuitive. The
only reason I persisted in using it was because there was a book I wanted to
listen to. i'm not sure that all the readers on the list wish to hear about the
issues I have with the app but I would be very happy to send you a more
detailed description and the reasons why I think it would've been good if it
had taken into account iPhone gestures. I have no experience of using android
so cannot speak from that perspective. One thing which is very tedious is
having to put in user Account number and pin numerous times throughout the day
if I stop listening to a book for any length of time. surely it would be much
easier if one could just check a tick box to stay logged into the app. I
appreciate what you are saying about streaming and preventing piracy but I
don't have issues like this with overdrive when downloading from TV RNIB
Library. also one wrong gesture and I'm even thrown out of listening to the
book altogether! i'm interested in your comment that users of the calibre app
do not necessarily have high levels of technology skills. how has calibre come
to know this because certainly nobody at calibre as asked me anything about my
technology skills in order to use the
On 28 Feb 2018, at 18:47, pete gurney <pete@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
it wasn't a case of calibre trying to re-invent the wheel, but it was a case
of trying to have an app made that was easy to use for everyone and
controlling the cost of doing it.
it wasn't a case of spending a few thousand, or even tens of thousands, it
cost in the hundreds of thousands to develop the one app and would have
cost double that to produce individual apps for both Apple and Android.
it's a very complicated system it has to interact with and to be able to
stream the books the publishers had to be satisfied as to the strength of the
systems ability to prevent piracy.
as you know i'm not really an android user i have only dabled with it, but
from what i did on it android users surely use similar finger flicks, swipes,
and taps don't they?.
as i said in another message you don't have to turn off VoiceOver or TalkBack
to use the app they are there still in the background.
the vast majority of Calibre users are not advanced users of technology and
it needed to be made so that even a novice could use it.
i'd love to know what sort of problems people have using the app, but i
really find it hard to understand how once they have read the instructions it
doesn't become very obvious and easy to use.
if the android commands have changed from doing flicks, swipes, and taps if
you let me know what the commands are that are different from these then i
can speak to calibre about it.
all suggestions as to how to make the app easier and friendlier to use are
welcome as Calibre want to have an app that is as easy as possible to use for