re: Lords of the North
The clip you sent is a .WAV file, which my meta data reader does not know how to handle RIFF metadata.
I am not sure how much metadata is in a WAV file (The RIFF INFO block, mostly), but if there is enough, I'll see if I can pull it out in a future version of the plugin.
From your screen shots, I see the original is in M4B format, which my plugin _should_ handle. ( Though I am unsure if it can handle a DRMed M4B file. I've never tried )
re: my option 2 and 2.5
Yes, in #2 I was suggesting converting the MP3 collection into either a single huge MP3 file or a single M4A file after converting the audio to AAC. Since you have an M4B collection, it would just mean glomming them into a single huge file, with whatever internal adjustments were needed.
You mentioned the issues with "single huge files" on a mobile platform. I find similar issues on my PC. I really don't want to go there.
Option #2.5 is similar, in that it makes a single huge file (already compressed audio doesn't compress well into a ZIP). No audio data conversion is needed. But listening to the files is problematic. Also I can't get the metadata out of these ZIPped files, so it is kind of pointless. I really don't want to go there either.
re: copy the files into Calibre even though I don't listen to them there
Yes, the whole "copy" is problematic. Yet not copying them is also problematic.
There is an option #4, which is not automatic at this time, but very manual.
- Make a small HTML file that describes and links to the audio files stored elsewhere on your system (or on the web).
- Name that file so the Calibre file name default parsing gets something useful for metadata.
- Add that file to Calibre. (possibly as an additional format for an existing book)
- Manually correct the metadata.
- The file in Calibre is small (audio is not copied)
- It can be stored in Calibre along side the EBUB or other text format of the file
- Clicking the link to an audio file _should_ bring up your system's player for that file.
- Calibre knows nothing about the actual audio files.
- Calibre, therefore, will NOT copy the audio files to your mobile device when it copies the HTML file to your device.
- This method, therefore, is only useful on your main PC. (if at all).