KindEbook Wishlist and the other programs are now being updated at a new topic - KindEbook Suite
Formerly known as KindEbook Price Query.
Please read IMPORTANT ADVICE here at Post #57. (9th May 2016)
Reading some sections of the previous topic could be helpful. There is also a Disclaimer reference etc.
Screenshots in second post.
See Post #51 for information about the Bonus program (AZWPlug).
See Post #96 for Instructions & Screenshots for Bonus program (Add Book & All Formats To Calibre).
(11-12-2017) KindEbook Wishlist updated to v5.8
Added a 'Both' option to the Search category dropdown, though it only works for selection display, plus copy to clipboard with the new clipboard button. Star button relocated to left of selection display (input) field, with the new clipboard button taking its prior location at right. NOTE - This now provides a quick easy way to copy Author &/or Title text for the selected entry, to the clipboard.
Added a 'Simple' option to the Search category dropdown, which justs finds the specified text in the chosen column (Title or Author), and selects that row. Search starts at the selected entry and will wrap around at need. The Clipboard button, can now be set in the program settings (or used with CTRL), to minimize the program window when clicked.
Moved the right-click 'Save the Ebook list to file' option to a sub-menu entry, and added a 'Save to List for Excel' option there to, which is mostly just for my specific personal use, but others might find it useful (includes SHIFT+X accelerator key usage). NOTES - This new feature assists me, when I want to add new entries to my Booklist.xls file (in batch mode). It just helps to quickly create the basic entries, which I then flesh out later at my leisure, and helps avoid a lot of repetitive clicking. Used in conjunction with my related Excel macros.
Add Book & All Formats To Calibre updated to v1.7 (NOTE - This has only been tested with calibre v2.x.x, not the newer v3.x.x.)
A bugfix for duplicate title issue - I had not realized that a failure due to a duplicate was based solely on a title match. All duplicates are now added unless an ID match occurs. VIEW button can now view a saved specified format.
(30-11-2017) KindEbook Wishlist updated to v5.5
Improved the Copy/Move input box dimensions, to more easily accommodate long titles. Mode for troubleshooting (me only) has been improved, to avoid me losing my sanity again (I'd forgotten it even existed). Replaced the (last version update) new CTRL option at program start, with a 5 second dialog prompt instead.
(11-11-2017) AZWPlug updated to v2.8
Database list can now be set not to display when starting that window, plus a LOAD button added to load that list when desired. CTRL used with the open Kindle Content folder button, will now close the program. If CTRL used when selecting the MODE on the Results window, it will just save the setting without making changes to existing results. Option added for slicker loading of list, plus alternate list lines are now pale pink. Two find options added for the Author and Title, with FIND jumping to each entry found and SHOW just displaying all found.
NOTE - With LOAD deselected, the list will only show the added ebook title (if any).
KindEbook Wishlist - Most controls get disabled now during a Query, plus the same occurs during an 'Exchange Rate Query'. Plus if 'Please Wait' splash is disabled for Query, then a splash is no longer shown during an 'Exchange Rate Query', with that text shown instead in both the 'Please Wait' and 'Timer' labels, which are temporarily unhidden for that purpose. The Timer label can also be reshown if hidden by the new feature, by clicking the FIND label.
Mouse cursor now changes during Query and Ebook list loading etc, to indicate when busy working. Extended the 'Please Wait' label to loading & sorting the Ebooks list, which also applies to any other process that re-populates or changes number of list entries (ebook removal, changing user, relocating bought, etc). Those are all dependent on the "Use a flashing 'Please Wait' ..." setting being set. NOTE - This feature was added to this and the previous version, so that having a 'Please Wait' splash displayed on top of all windows, for a lengthy period perhaps, could be avoided, if desired.
Previous Versions (newer)
Previous Versions (older)
The KindEbook Wishlist, is basically a compliment to your regular store wishlist, but has a history element and allows you to check current and previous prices etc in a better, quicker and more organized fashion. Essentially it assists and hopefully improves with decision making, when it comes to determining whether to make a purchase yet or not.
You could compare it to manually and painfully creating something like an Excel spreadsheet for the same purpose, without the time, complexity and pain involved.
You can sort by Title, Author, Current Price, Lowest Price, Add Order, Favorites, etc.
You can view details - Book Description, Price Changes, etc.
You can open the ebook URL in your web browser, where you can elect to make the purchase.
The program supports multiple users, shared titles, shared comments and private comments, etc.
After purchase, an ebook can be relocated to a bought list (per user).
Price can be queried on an individual title basis or ALL titles (starting at first or selected or only favorites or not favorites).
Dates are recorded for most processes, with various reporting options.
I call it a wishlist on steroids.
I have now added a 4th program to the mix, and decided to place all under the banner of a suite - KindEbook Suite.
I believe it will be better served by having its own topic, rather than attempt to edit the first few posts in the old one - KindEbook Wishlist.
It is also a chance to de-clutter and make some improvements.
Add Book & All Formats To Calibre
ConvertEbook (now replaced by Batch Ebook Convert if you wish)
Batch Ebook Convert (new)
Batch Create & Run
RECOMMENDED 3RD PARTY PROGRAMS & RESOURCES
calibre - Integral to the last two of my complimentary programs, and an important element of the first one. Basically an ebook database & conversion program, but also offers plenty more, especially adding ebooks to or removing ebooks from your reading device. Wikipedia
Sigil - A wonderful open source ebook editor & creator. Great for fixing issues with EPUB files, especially after converting from another format. Wikipedia
MobileRead Forums - Excellent resource for all things ebook.
BookBub - Great advisory source for ebooks, that lets you know via email about great bargains at Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks. I still use KindEbook Wishlist with anything I obtain at Amazon via BookBub links, but usually just for a purchase record ... essentially I ADD (mostly freebies) and then immediately RELOCATE to my bought (b) user. A BIG Thanks to @willichan who told me many months ago, about BookBub.
Usage Of My Programs
To help others to understand about these programs and how to use them for the best benefit, I thought it best to outline how I use them, usually each and every day.
Quick Summary Of Usage (in order of use)
1. KindEbook Wishlist - Amazon Kindle Wishlist, Price Checker, History of Changes, Record of Purchases.
2. Bucket-for-URLs - Assistant to KindEbook Wishlist with new ebook discoveries, if a lot of them. When BookBub freebies lead to many others at Amazon.
3. AZWPlug - Add Kindle purchases to a database and to calibre, plus get right-click detail of selected ebook file (once added to database).
4. UpdateFromOPF - Make changes or corrections to the Metadata (OPF) file in calibre.
5. Batch Ebook Convert - Convert existing ebook (usually AZW3, sometimes MOBI) to EPUB and if missing, MOBI.
6. TeraCopy Timer - Make backups locally (outside of calibre library), and to thumbstick for transfer to another PC etc.
7. Batch Create & Run - Make passworded and zipped backups to Google Drive (locally).
8. Add Book & All Formats To Calibre - Add one backup copy of each ebook (all formats) to calibre on another PC.
Add Book & All Formats To Calibre
Batch Ebook Convert
This is a game that I'm developing for Slot machines I just finished translating it to English my original version is in Spanish so if I miss spelled or translated something wrongly please accept my apologies I just releasing the Compile version this time just the .exe file Because I'm saving the code for myself since the software was originally written for my business or if someone wants it they have to pay but not you you getting it for free here at Autoit .
once you run the software for first time is going to ask you for a license and it wont work without it you can get an Access code (license) by request just PM me and provide the code that the software will give when you press the cancel button three times.
anyways once you're in the game the following hotkeys are set for interacting with it
"q" for slot one or one credit
"d" for slot two or five credits
"1" or "2" or "3" or "4" or "5" to play simple, double, threeple, etc. once you have credits of course
"p" to stop the numbers once you're playing
"c" for configurations or settings
"i" for printing the receipt
"s" for exit
"t" for trading points for credits
Link to download the game https://drive.google.com/open?id=1x22AM80fjrDjTwwAp_TqbdWyTabawoQX
and here are some videos so you can see what the game is about
This version has been discontinued. See the new version here.
MANUAL MODE+ ONLY. No longer fully working automatically for price and adding new ebooks.
NOTICE - As many of you are probably aware, internal links from the old forum are no longer working in many instances, which is apparently due to how those links were created in the first place. With that in mind, all the broken links here will not be fixed by me just yet, until some time has passed and a Forum rollback is no longer likely. Downloads should be working however, except when Jon may be updating or fixing something.
Here's a simple little nifty program ... well it is for me ... and maybe you, if you like to keep tabs on a certain online store's prices for those ebooks you are interested in, but are not in your price range yet.
BE AWARE - This is coded using AutoIt version 184.108.40.206, an oldy but goody, so it may need modification to run or compile with later or current AutoIt. Reportedly not at this point, as all seems fine.
BE ADVISED - This is not affiliated or supported or likely appreciated or even recommended by them &/or Partners.
As always, use my stuff at your own risk, and I seriously suggest you check out my disclaimer on my Toolbox page (see my signature below).
Basically, I haven't tested this much yet, as it is hot off the press, and no prices have changed yet for me to give the ultimate definitive test, but it should work ok ... until they change an important element that the program relies on.
I've kept it pretty basic and simple, and others are welcome to add improvements, just so long as they respect me, and share here. This program is only allowed to be shared (made available for download) from the AutoIt Examples forum, until I give permission otherwise.
What does it do?
It is a simple database, that you populate using web page links from a certain store for their ebooks. I just got mine off my Wishlist pages. It keeps a record of up to four prices for each ebook.
Title, Author (or Editor), URL, Price (Start, Current, Lowest, Highest), Date (Start, Last Check), are all stored in the program's INI database. Also, what I am presuming is the ISBN, which is used to make each entry unique. If a price has changed since Start, it will be indicated by an asterisk in the number (first) column.
Seller, Publishers and even Authors on occasion, like to play games with ebook prices.
Hopefully this little tool, will even the odds in our favor, maybe even put us in front.
OLDER NEWS (relocated to 2nd post)
(15-06-2015) The program no longer works for price and that element may remain broken. It does however still assist with any current ebooks on the list, and I may add the ability to add more ebooks, and manually paste the current price, etc. Not all is lost.
(15-06-2015) I have coded a partial fix, which allows you to manually enter (copy & paste) prices.
(16-06-2015) Ebooks can now be added manually.
(17-06-2015) More improvements.
IMPORTANT - Please update from v1.1 to v1.2 or later, due to a Query bug.
WARNING - Before running v1.6 (and later) for first time, you may want to read all notes.
IMPORTANT - Before downloading this latest update, or if using it already, please make yourself familiar with some later information here. It may even be better to just wait for the next update, and not use this one.
(v3.4) For those who have not kept up with updates since v2.0.
KindEbook Price Query.au3 Previously: 113 + 78 downloads
KindEbook Price Query v3.4.zip Previously: 151 + 57 downloads
(v3.5) For those who have kept up with updates.
KindEbook Price Query.au3
KindEbook Price Query v3.5.zip
(v3.6) For those who have kept up with updates & First time users.
KindEbook Price Query.au3
KindEbook Price Query v3.6.zip
(v3.7) For those who have kept up with updates & First time users.
KindEbook Price Query.au3 Previously: 30 downloads
KindEbook Price Query v3.7.zip Previously: 31 downloads
(v3.8) For those who have kept up with updates, but not First time users yet. Sources included in the zip file.
PARTIAL FIX KindEbook Price Query v3.8.zip Previously: 32 downloads
(v3.9) For those who have kept up with updates, and First time users. Sources included in the zip file.
MANUAL MODE KindEbook Price Query v3.9.zip Previously: 26 downloads
(v4.0) For those who have kept up with updates, and First time users. Sources included in the zip file.
MANUAL MODE+ KindEbook Price Query v4.0.zip Previously: 28 downloads
IMPORTANT - See this post for extra INI entries to improve web page read for Summary (prior post explains).
RECOMMENDED - Users could maybe benefit from reading various comments in Intercept Right-Click Listview Context Menu topic.
(17-06-2015) (v4.0) MANUAL MODE, but with some more automation.
A Query ALL can now start at the currently selected entry, via a prompt.
An option to auto close current browser tab (using Ctrl + W), has been added for when getting price in manual mode.
Input Box window widened slightly in ADD Ebook manual process.
A delay option has been added, to allow a pause for specified seconds between queries during a Query ALL. This delay may be helpful in preventing erroneous detection as a malicious scraper.
Ebook cover can now be a .jpg file, in the Image Data folder, where filename matches ISBN ID.
Bugfix for whitespace in Price in manual mode (sorry about that).
(16-06-2015) (v3.9) MANUAL MODE only for prices and adding ebooks.
Program can now have ebooks added to it manually, when in 'manual' mode.
The Timer and Wait labels are now dealt with correctly, by being hidden when not required or wanted.
An Input Box is continually presented for user to manually add an Ebook's details (Title, etc).
No other fix has been added yet, to deal with broken status in regard to automatic price checking.
That last, also includes not automatically getting details when adding ebooks. I may do that next.
(15-06-2015) (v3.8) PARTIAL FIX - Manual Price adding only.
Program is broken as far as getting prices automatically from Amazon, but a 'manual' mode has been added, and set by default, but can be reset to 'automatic' in program settings. The manual mode allows you to do your usual Query (one or ALL), and presents you with an Input box to manually paste the price you have copied from the ebook webpage that has been executed. You can stop at anytime, by clicking the Cancel button. The usual Report will be displayed and any changes stored.
NOTE - You cannot currently ADD any new ebooks to the list with this version, but I will address that issue soon.
(13-06-2015) (v3.7) NO LONGER WORKING FOR PRICE AND ADDING NEW EBOOKS.
A major update that resolves a bug, and perhaps made v4.0 (as originally planned) redundant.
Bugfix for Timer Label causing a miscount of control numbers when swapping users in certain scenario.
Prompt when making a Query from relocated bought ebooks user.
Private Comments are now queried when copying or moving an ebook to another user, if they exist for that ebook.
All Shared Comments are now stored and read from the shared file 'Comments.ini', though they still also exist in each user file for now, if no longer referenced or updated there. Any conflicts during this updating change, between users, meant comments were combined but separated by a pipe '|' character.
Still advise you read v1.6 notes.
PREVIOUS VERSIONS (relocated to 2nd post)
NOTE - See extra comments at Post #13.
This program is based on settings in that store, that are relevant to me as a customer from AUS. It also relies on a leading dollar sign at the start of each price (and other currency entry listed in INI file), which is removed during comparisons. I did not remember to include the pound sign, so if you need to, modify the source code. That last will definitely be necessary for others from other countries. I'll add any currencies advised of, in the next update. It is simple enough to change, and I may just make an INI entry, that can be modified by whoever, to suit.
ADDENDUM - Relocated to Chat topic.
NOTE - This program was initially considered and talked about in this Chat topic.