I have the following situation :

  1. I purchased an Android pdf book which was downloaded on my PC
  2. I used Dropbox to transfer it onto my Android device (Archos 101)
  3. When clicking the downloaded book in the Dropbox Android application , the Aldiko read was launched, ready for my to read my book.
  4. However, this book was not present in the Aldiko book case view when I later on started Aldiko again

Hence my question: is it possible to let Aldiko list books which are not present in the eBook folder ?

I can't move the pdf into eBook, because Dropbox will download it happily again, when it doesn't find it.

I don't want to have duplicates ( the book is rather large , but even when it wasn't , I don't like the idea of having exact files in multiple locations ).

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Possible workaround: Turn the ebook folder into a symlink to the dropbox folder. Or if subfolders word, create a dropbox symlink inside ebook.

  • Matthew Read: You saw this coming, no ? How do you create a symlink ?
    – Edelcom
    May 10, 2011 at 14:07
  • @Edelcom ln -s /sdcard/dropbox /sdcard/ebook creates ebook and makes it point to dropbox, assuming those are the correct paths. Depending on your phone, you might need busybox to do that (and thus run busybox ln instead of just ln). More info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… May 10, 2011 at 14:11
  • on Android I'm just a new user, nothing more, but how do you enter such commands ? Is there a command prompt equivalent ? And do you need to be rooted to do this ? Thanks for you help.
    – Edelcom
    May 10, 2011 at 15:38
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    Never mind: searched for terminal emulator in Android market and installed a program called (ahem) 'terminal emulator'. I have to brush up on my Linux/unix commands ...
    – Edelcom
    May 10, 2011 at 15:50
  • initial test did not work ... will try again to make sure I had the correct folders.
    – Edelcom
    May 11, 2011 at 15:31

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