Tellico View Templates on

Frank Karlitschek was kind enough to add an additional section on for
Tellico Entry Templates. I’ve uploaded three right now, one that modifies the default Fancy template to show two columns of fields, one based on Amarok’s reinhardt theme, and one that uses a CSS template from Roger Johansson.

The templates go in $HOME/.kde/share/apps/tellico/entry-templates/ which you may have to create. Don’t forget to uncompress the tarballs.

The next version of Tellico will include KNewStuff support for downloading and installing these templates directly.

Ed builds an ISBN bar-code scanner

Hey, I just noticed that Tellico got mentioned in Dr. Dobbs Journal a couple of months ago, in an article about building a home-brew ISBN scanner. That’s kinda cool.

The Tellico collection manager, found at, or included with your Linux distro, fetches book information by ISBN/author/title and handles database functions. It can export its database in Palm-DB format for my PDA, so we know what we don’t need when we’re deep in the used-book stacks.

Tellico y Ministerio de Cultura

Mathias Monnerville posted a script today for using Tellico to search the Spanish Ministry of Culture’s bibliographic database. It’s available from

Incidently, if you’re wondering what template he’s using in the screenshot for the book details, it’s called reinhardt, which is modified from the amaroK theme by the same name.

Tellico: Sammelwut

Tellico gets reviewed in the June 2006 issue of LinuxUser, a German magazine. LinuxUser was one of the first magazines to actually notice Tellico, back when it was called Bookcase.

The review is actually one of their articles that’s available in full, so if you’re German-speaking, check it out. It seems to be mostly positive, from what I can tell from Google translator. The article also includes a mention of the Tellico scripts available at

iTunes for Books

David Lurie reviews some book collection software and webapps and finds them lacking. He’s got some good points about user workflow, data availability and social networking. Tellico comes up lacking a bit, though I did point out a couple of things that he missed about some of Tellico’s capabilities.

I suppose I really need to buckle down and bolt Tellico onto a SQL database, using SQLite or KexiDB or QSql or something. Once the backend can support more, then the nitty-gritty details of figuring out how to build an iTunes for books can be confronted.