ebook manager built around isbnlib

cli, ebook, ebook-manager, epub, pdf
pip install lspace==0.4.5



a cli ebook manager built around isbnlib

on import, lspace tries to find isbns in the files metadata and in the text. with the isbn it tries to fetch metadata about the book from google books and openlibrary. if no isbn is found, it queries metadata based on the filename.

after this, your properly renamed files will be stored in your library folder.

currently supports epub and pdf.

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python >=3.5 and pip


from pypi (latest release)

pip install lspace

from github (probably-not-so-stable-dev-stuff)

pip install git+https://github.com/puhoy/lspace.git


after installation, you should run

lspace init

this will setup a new configuration file, which you can edit to specify the structure of your library, for example.

a default config file would look like this:

database_path: sqlite:////home/USER/.config/lspace/lspace.db
file_format: '{SHELF}/{AUTHORS}_{TITLE}'
library_path: ~/library
loglevel: error
default_shelf: misc
default_author: no author
default_language: no language
default_publisher: no publisher

database path

path to your database. the project uses sqlalchemy, so all databases supported by sqlalchemy should be fine.


template string for storing the plain files in the library.

{SHELF}/{AUTHORS}_{TITLE} would produce files like scifi/cixin-liu_three-body-problem.epub

author and title will be automatically slugified for this.

possible variables to use are: AUTHORS, TITLE, SHELF, YEAR, LANGUAGE, PUBLISHER

library path

where the imported files are stored


the default python loglevels (debug, info, error, exception)

default_{shelf, author, language, publisher}

the default field names, in case nothing is specified in import



lspace import path/to/ebook.epub

lspace import path/to/folder/*

if you already have a folder you are happy with and, for example, just want to use it to serve your books or search through your files, you can add the --inplace switch on import, which will not copy them over to your library folder, but instead keep the book as an "external" reference.

lspace import --inplace path/to/ebook.epub

import from calibre library

lspace import path/to/calibre_library/metadata.db

import from lspace api

lspace import http://<some-address>/api/v1/

the web interface (lspace web - scroll down a bit!) generates import strings based on your search!

searching your library

lspace list QUERY [--path]

for example,

lspace list programming --path

would return something like



lspace list dwarf

would return return

Peter Tyson - Getting Started With Dwarf Fortress

removing stuff

lspace remove QUERY

this command will ask you before it actually deletes stuff :)

Peter Tyson - Getting Started With Dwarf Fortress
delete this book from library? [y/N]:

exporting books

lspace export QUERY ~/some/folder/ --format mobi

would convert all books matching on QUERY to 'mobi' and export them to ~/some/folder

to actually export to another format, you need "ebook-convert", which is part of calibre!

browse & share your books via webserver

lspace web --host --port 5000

L-Space web interface

this also gives you the import command for your current search results!

(or you can just download them manually..)

setting up a dev env

1. clone this repo

2. make a virtualenv and activate it

python -m venv env

source env/bin/activate  # for bash

# or
#. env/bin/activate.fish  # for fish

3. install requirements

pip install  -e .[dev]

4. set up a separate config to not mess up your regular installation

# initialize a new config file at a separate path
LSPACE_CONFIG=~/.config/lspace_dev/config.yml lspace init

# change the database and library path! (otherwise it would still use the regular db)
sed -i 's/lspace\/lspace.db/lspace_dev\/lspace.db/g' ~/.config/lspace_dev/config.yml
sed -i 's/~\/library/~\/library_dev/g' ~/.config/lspace_dev/config.yml

# also, if you want, set the loglevel to something else

after this, just set LSPACE_CONFIG to your new config file before you start to try new stuff

export LSPACE_CONFIG=~/.config/lspace_dev/config.yml  # bash
set -gx LSPACE_CONFIG ~/.config/lspace_dev/config.yml  # fish 


the db command is available when running in dev mode.

create a new migration with LSPACE_DEV=1 lspace db migrate

afterwards, running any lspace command will automatically update the database

making a release

commands to build, test-release and release are wrapped in a doit script dodo.py.

bumping is requires bump2version, twine is used for uploading to pypi.

why "L-space"?

its named after discworlds library-space dimension :)