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Old 11-13-2012, 08:58 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Matsendrasana View Post
Hi, I'm using Calibre 0.9.6 Portable under Windows. After moving the library from ...\Calibre\Calibre Library to something else, and restarting Calibre, it insists on the old location. I have to manually switch it each time now.
Calibre portable is designed to be run from a USB drive, as such it has this limitation. If you want to place your library anywhere use calibre instead.

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My other question is how books can be imported better. I understand that Calibre needs to maintain a database, but to force users to copy everything into a static folder is far too strict to be generally useful. For example, I have LibreOffice documents I am working on, and like these to be available under Calibre as well. But I cannot rereimport these documents again and again after doing changes, so I would like to have Calibre them know by reference. So I can copy draft versions to my Sony Reader.
Import the doc into calibre once, then use the "Open with" plugin to open the doc in LibreOffice. Save when finished and transfer the doc to your reader. Wash, rinse, repeat.

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In fact, IMHO Calibre is rather unusable as a library manager without being able to handle arbitary pathnames. Throwing both, database + content into the same fixed and opaque folder hierarchy is far too strict. Take, for example, image database applications like Photoshop Elements, Lightroom or IMatch. For good reasons none of them forces user-images to be mixed with their private (thus finally irrelevant) database files.
You're entitled to your opinion and certainly there are always different ways to do things, but each library is unique unto itself. Having the one file (metadata.db) included with each library you have ensures backing calibre up is a simple one directory process. For most users having the metadata.db file in the root of their library isn't something they are aware of.

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The price for that, however, is that you have to grant it exclusive access to your files, loosing even the ability to edit them.
This statement just isn't accurate. As I stated above you never loose the ability to edit your files. I frequently edit my epub books and my cover images using the Open With plugin.

Good Reading.

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