Friday, September 16, 2011

welcome to calibre's blog

Welcome to calibre's blog on tips and tricks, that make calibre an indispensable tool to all you enthusiastic ebook users. This blog will have regular (of the order of weekly) posts on various obscure and not so obscure features of calibre with details on how and where to use them. 

The posts will sometimes focus on Open Books, the catalogue of DRM-free ebooks maintained by calibre, as well as on issues such as DRM that strongly affect ebook users. 

We will begin with a simple, yet often overlooked, feature in calibre, i.e., the "Create Catalog" feature. 

Feature description: calibre allows you to generate a simple CSV (comma separated values) file of all the titles in your calibre library. This file can be opened as either a spread sheet or in a text editor. It contains the titles of the ebooks and the corresponding author names. This list can then be printed or emailed to friends. The list is stored under the title "My Books" in the calibre library and when you recreate the catalogue the old catalogue is replaced by the new up to date one.

Instead of creating the catalogue in the CSV format you could choose to create it in some other format like EPUB or MOBI. That way you can transfer the catalogue to your reader and conveniently view it there.  

You can have the the list of books include other information such as tags, series name, publisher name etc.

Using the feature: Using this feature is very easy. Click on the little down arrow next to the "Convert Books" button in the top tool bar in the main calibre window.  A drop down menu appears. Select the option "Create a catalog of books in your calibre library". Now a new window will open. Here you can choose the format you want for your list.

Suppose you choose CSV, then then the next tab in the same window will be called "CSV/XML" options. Click on it to choose the fields you want to include in your list. On the right column will be a set you fields you can choose including author, title, tags, series, publisher etc


Suppose you choose EPUB (or MOBI) , then then the next tab in the same window will be called "E-book options" options. Click on it to choose how you want the ebooks sorted. The options are by author, title, series, genre, recently added and descriptions and any combinations there of. Here you can also choose to exclude listing of certain tags themselves or books with particular tags.



Hope you found this useful. See you in about a week.

18 comments:

  1. I think this is really great! I am an (I would assume) an above average user but no way do I understand even half of everything you can do with calibre. For example I have used the catalogue frequently to create epubs, but to think I could get a spread sheet out of the function? Going testing right now!

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  2. could not get this to work after several tries...

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  3. @chrisakavern: Which step did not work? What exactly went wrong?

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  4. I love the catalogue feature and regularly create two catalogues - one is complete except for reference books, and the other contains only unread books.

    This means I have to remember to do the correct search in calibre first, and then type in the correct name for the catalogue for that search.

    I would love it if you could have:

    * A list of recently used catalogue names so that I could select the correct name from the list, and/or

    * A catalogue name associated with a specific search. For example, if I chose the name "Catalogue: to be read" from the list suggested above, I could also associate a pre-defined search with that particular catalogue. Calibre would then do the search and create the catalogue all in one step.

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  5. you are just wonderfull!
    this blog will be a big help for us users,
    thanks a lot :))

    stefan

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  6. I installed this and it didn't work. I cannot open the book to view. I found the path shown is wrong with weird characters in the path name.

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  7. @seetheworld:
    Do you mean the "Get Books" did not work? Is this for one particular ebook? Can you tell me which one? It may be a bug. I will report it to the developers to be fixed. Thanks.

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  8. @seetheworld: or may be it is for a particular store that changed their website? Either way please let me know. Thanks again.

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  9. I installed it in my D drive for the previous version. I installed this new version to C drive.When I clicked on the books( I tried many), it tried to readd the book to my library( in D drive) so that I cannot open it from Calibre.When I deleted it and installed it on D drive, when I clicked on books, it prompted an error saying it cannot find the book, the path shown in the message box is wrong with "u D:\....."

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  10. I have tried to install Caibre both versions .8 & .9 and neither wants to install
    I am running Windows 7 Professional on a 64 bit machine.

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    1. Please see http://manual.calibre-ebook.com/faq.html#i-downloaded-the-installer-but-it-is-not-working

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  11. cannot get this to work, when creating a catelogue as above, there is no CSV option

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  12. Ive created the csv file and have begun the import. How do I know it is working? How long does it take to import 1000 books?

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  13. Is there an easy way to place new books in your calibre library in specific groups (i.e. fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, how-to, sci-fi, etc.

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  14. You can make virtual libraries. see http://blog.calibre-ebook.com/2013/07/ebooks-of-web-content-and-virtual.html

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  15. hi. i can't make calibre work on my new computer. i download it a couple of times, but all i can see is a couple of files but nothing works. i cant see the programme

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  16. How can I force Calibre (1.48) to update itself to show all the current information about the books in my main library? There are about 1,000. I can't find any command to allow me to do that.

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    1. Just go to the download page at http://calibre-ebook.com/download and download the latest version and calibre will automatcally be updated keeping your current info intact.

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