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message 1: by Adam (new)

Adam (jademason) | 66 comments I received a feature request for my android app to permit viewing shelf contents offline. The API terms are clear that data may not be cached for more than 24-hours with the exception of content generated by that user (reviews, comments, profile info).

The use case involves the user going to a bookstore that is out of data range, or wishing to avoid data charges, but still view the To-Read book list to help browsing for books.

One alternative to storing the data locally for offline use would be to implement a "Send to E-mail" feature, or an "Export to File" feature. This feature would write the Title, Author, and ISBN of the books on the To-Read shelf to an e-mail or text file. The app would not expose a method for recalling the data, it would be on the user to open the file / e-mail and view the content in another app. The user would need to remember to do this prior to going to the bookstore for the day.

Would a feature implemented in this way violate the caching rule of the API terms, or would it be acceptable?

message 2: by Otis (new)

Otis Chandler | 18 comments Hmm. I think perhaps we should reword the terms to say that you can store the authenticated users data for longer periods of time. That should be fine.

By the way, I noticed your app must live - congrats! Is there a public page we can link to it from somewhere?

message 3: by Adam (new)

Adam (jademason) | 66 comments Probably the best place to link to would be the project page:

I have a landing page for YAGRAC on my site, but it doesn't offer a lot of content other than a link to the project page:

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