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    Default Q&A on Calibre

    Recently i had quite a bit of trouble with Calibre and could not figure out for the life of me how to operate it
    i have come to find out its quite easy
    and so i'd like to take what i learned from that thread and put it here

    as well as give you the opprotunity to ask your own questions in this thread
    now we have a lot of people like me on here that like to
    throw in a OH i hope someone fixes it for you
    OR an i don't know anything about that topic

    if we could keep everything but the question and answers out of this thread i'd really appreciate that

    i'm a thread jacker by nature so i know that it's hard



    [quote author=Klaatu link=topic=6826.msg72577#msg72577 date=1296793819]
    'Stay thirsty, my friends.' [/quote]

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    Q: What is Calibre

    A: It is ebook managment software that can be used for you "my docs" (or similar) folders on your device

    Q: Where can i download Calibre

    A: All version are available http://sourceforge.net/projects/calibre/files/ here

    Q: How Do I Get Calibre To Find The Metadata In Bulk?

    A: Simply by selecting (highlighting) all of your books
    Which you can do by selecting the top one holding the SHIFT key and scrolling to the very last one and clicking it
    VOILA! all highlighted

    then you simply hold the CTRL key and the D key at the same time and it will start searching for your metadata

    Q: What Is Metadata?

    A: It is all the information about your book including:
    Title
    Author
    Rating (your rating of the book)
    Publisher
    Tags (things that you can remember the book by)
    Series (the names of a series you like to keep together
    ISBN (the number for this particular book so the computer knows what it is)
    Date Received
    Date Published
    Book Cover

    Q: What if Calibre doesn't give a book the right information?

    A: Well there is an option to manually go in and edit the metadata
    select your book that you'd like to edit the metadata for
    you can RIGHT CLICK this book, hit EDIT METADATA
    then select EDIT INDIVIDUALLY
    or
    you can highlight and select the button on the top that says
    EDIT METADATA it will open up a new screen with all the information on it and you can edit everything
    right down to the book cover you want to see from there

    Q: How Do I Convert Books With Calibre

    A: Select all the books by highlighting the first one scrolling to the bottom one hitting the SHIFT key and selecting the bottom one
    all your books will be selected. then you can either hit the button up top that says CONVERT BOOKS

    or

    Right click go into this menu over CONVERT BOOKS a new menu opens and hit BULK CONVERT

    Q: What If I Don't Want to Bulk Convert What If I Have Three Seperated Books That Need To Be Converted

    A: there are two ways to handle this question

    First you can just bulk convert all books every time and see a message that asks if you'd like to RECONVERT the same books
    simply select no and your books will get converted fine

    Second you can select your first book hold the CTRL key and select the next book and so on holding CTRL until you have them all selected
    then right click CONVERT BOOKS BULK CONVERT and your done

    Q: How Do I Get A Different Cover To Show?

    A: First you find and save the cover art you would like to be displayed when you look at the book i personally prefer
    to just type it in a google image search and select my cover that way save it to a folder and go ahead and open calibre

    you first select your book then you hit EDIT METADATA
    there will be print somewhere that says CHANGE COVER IMAGE
    select the BROWSE button next to that find your cover art that you would prefer
    double click and your cover should pop right up

    Q: I have Calibre Showing Me Two Files PDF and EPUB. I No Longer Need The PDF to Show, How Do i Delete it from Calibre

    A: Select your book
    hit EDIT METADATA
    Select the file (in this case PDF) that you would like to remove
    and simply hit the RECYCLE symbol next to the box



    [quote author=Klaatu link=topic=6826.msg72577#msg72577 date=1296793819]
    'Stay thirsty, my friends.' [/quote]

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    Re: How Do I Get A Different Cover To Show?

    Another way to change the cover:

    1. Have the EDIT METADATA screen open in Calibre.

    2. Have your image up on your browser screen (like you mentioned with google).

    3. Make your browser screen smaller then the Calibre screen (by clicking the button to the left of the red X button that closes the screen) I make is to the internet browser takes up the left of my screen and Calibre is on the right.

    4. Drag the image to the Calibre screen where the image I want replaced is. And it'll replace your image.

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    Default Re: Q&A on Calibre

    thank you so much for you input



    [quote author=Klaatu link=topic=6826.msg72577#msg72577 date=1296793819]
    'Stay thirsty, my friends.' [/quote]

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    Here is a little tip to clean up your library. I get books in lots of different formats, but I always convert them to epub in Calibre and I don't want to keep them in the other formats. If you have lots of books, Calibre allows you to automate the clean up of these other formats. First, you need to make sure that you don't have any books that aren't in epub. To do this go to the search box and type in not format:epub . This search will return a list of books that do not have an epub format. Click on the small white box above the number column and this will select all of the books in your list and then click on the Convert button. Change any settings you would like and make sure that your output in the upper right corner is set to epub. Click on the OK button and wait for Calibre to finish converting the books. This can take awhile depending on how many your are converting. Once it has finished, do the not format:epub search again and if everything worked, there will be no books found. Clear the not format:epub from the search box so that all of your books reappear.

    Now that you are sure that all of your books have at least an epub format, you can get rid of the other formats if you don't want them. Click on the small white box above the number column again and this will select all of the books in your library. Click on the down arrow in the Remove books button and select Remove all formats from selected books,except.... A window will pop up to allow you to choose which format to KEEP. Remember, you are choosing which format to keep, not delete. Select EPUB and then click OK. Give it a few seconds to finish. Now you know that all of your books are in epub and you don't have other formats cluttering up your library.

    Just a final word of warning. You should always back up your library before doing tasks this this.

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    Default Re: Q&A on Calibre

    Dkelly~

    wow, Nice!
    That's an awesome tip!
    Works great to!
    Thank you!
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    Default Re: Q&A on Calibre

    I forgot to post this earlier when I moved a couple of random comments out of the thread...

    Amber would like to try to keep this thread focused directly on Q&A/Tips about Calibre. So at her request I'm going to be removing any random chatter from the thread. PM Amber and me if anyone feels I'm getting to aggressive, though.

    Regards,
    Michael
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    ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

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    Default Re: Q&A on Calibre

    One great thing to note: I have found a way to use Calibre to hack LendMe books you get from your friends, so you have them as well.
    I am me in a more literal sense.

    Be sure to look out for the Eastern Diamondback Rattle Sparrow.

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    Default Re: Q&A on Calibre

    Oh! I have one! I'm pretty sure this might have been answered somewhere else on the board, but it would be very convenient to have the answer here in this thread...So!

    How do I get the books in a series to show up in numerical order on the Nook?

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    Default Re: Q&A on Calibre

    when you type in your series name a drop down box appears un-greyed and you just select it and it'll pop up as book 1 book 2 etc. that's something i think you'll have to do individually though

    that was what it looked like on the older version i had some issues and just downloaded the newer version
    in this version under the series name in the metadata it say BOOK 1



    [quote author=Klaatu link=topic=6826.msg72577#msg72577 date=1296793819]
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