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Old 09-01-2010, 08:59 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by SwedishMike View Post
I've started to sort them on title and merging etc but it would be great if there was a more automated way of doing this.
I suppose there is one way that might suit your purpose.

My only assumption is that you are using Windows, these instructions may vary slightly in other Operating Systems.

1. Go to Preferences - Add/Save - Saving books tab
2. Ensure that the following are checked.
Save cover separately
Update metadata in saved copy
Save metadata in OPF file
3. Go to Preferences - Add/Save - Adding books tab
4. Ensure that the following is checked (we'll need it later.)
If books with similar titles and authors found, merge the new files automatically
5. Click OK
6. Quit Calibre, control-Q or right click on system tray and select quit.
7. Click icon to start Calibre.
8. Select all books in Calibre's library
9. Select Save to Disk, create a new directory akin to Calibre_library_backup then click OK.
Calibre is now backing up all the files in your Calibre Library and any metadata or covers that you have updated/added.
10. Once complete, use the Library icon and create an empty library at a new location.
11. You are now looking at an empty library with zero books.
12. Click on the drop down arrow next to the Add Books icon (top left) select Adding books from directories, including sub directories (multiple books per directory, assumes every ebook file is a different book) now select the directory you previously backed up your library to, in this example it was Calibre_library_backup.
Calibre is now restoring all your backed up books. This could take a while. Wait for it to finish.
13. With the If books with similar titles and authors found, merge the new files automatically option checked all duplicates should be merged into one book with multiple formats.

The good thing is that if you're not sure about something or you think something is missing you can go back to the original library and find what you were missing because that library will not be changed. Sending books between libraries is as simple as a right click and selecting copy to library.

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