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Re: [emacs-humanities] Emacs as a library manager

From: Luis Henriques
Subject: Re: [emacs-humanities] Emacs as a library manager
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2021 11:50:05 +0000

On Thu, Feb 04, 2021 at 04:04:08PM -0500, John Rakestraw wrote:
> On 4 Feb 2021, at 10:44, Luis Henriques wrote:
> > Anyway, using .bib  seems to be a very good suggestion (the best one I
> > got
> > in this thread so far!).  Again, thanks and I'll definitely give Ebib a
> > try.
> > 
> > Cheers,
> > --
> > Luís
> I hesitate to jump in here because others have much more experience than I
> do. I only recently started using bibtext/ebib to manage both books and
> journal articles that I'm reading, and the project is expanding to include
> books that I own. The one element I've added that I don't think has been
> mentioned here is zotero (https://www.zotero.org/). When I locate a journal
> article I want to read, I download the bib record into zotero and then
> download the article itself. When I want to add a book to my database, I
> find it in the university catalog and download the record into zotero. I
> regularly export the zotero records into a BibLaTeX database and then use
> Ebib to merge the newly exported database with my existing records. Ebib is
> very good at avoiding duplication of records, and I find it a very good tool
> for managing the library and also for organizing notes as I read a
> particular text. Thanks very much for your work on this, Joost.
> Again, I suspect that others have a more efficient way of maintaining such
> things -- and I'm eager to learn from your experience -- but this is working
> very well for me thus far.

Thank you, John, for sharing your workflow.  Sounds interesting and,
although it doesn't seem to fit into my current needs, I'll definitely
have a look at zotero.  I have never hear of it before, but seems to be
quite popular for reference management.  My use-case is very modest, I
just want to manage my (few hundreds of) physical books, that's why I was
looking for an Emacs based solution.


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