Read this post today: https://tomcritchlow.com/2020/04/15/library-json/
which seems very cool. In Tom’s #update 1, he points to a parser that one of his readers wrote for this imagined spec, and if you format your books according to Tom’s spec, and point the parser at the file, you get this really cool interface on your materials: see https://bookshelves.ravern.co/shelf?url=https://tomcritchlow.com/library.json .
Anyway, the thought occurred that the ruby script that inukshuk wrote with regard to my query about adding materials to tropy notes in json (full thread here, .rb file here ) could easily be modified to produce the json from simple lists in txt.
So I might fart around with that.