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Old 01-26-2013, 02:21 AM   #2
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Hi, kelemvor, and welcome.

I've gotten way behind on all things calibre the last year, and I've never used Aldiko, so someone may need to correct me, but...


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1) Once I get the files into Calibre and set to the proper genre/category I want, I then need to get them to my phone. Is the genre info tagged to each file so when I open them up in a reader they will show? I normally use Aldiko and have no idea if that supports it or not.
If the genre /category is a tag, yes. I'm pretty sure Aldiko is actually one of the better apps out there for this.
(Moon+, coolreader, and Mantano reader also display and can sort by tags.)

If you are using hierarchies of tags/categories, someone else will need to answer.

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2) Once the files are on the phone, do I have to manually import them into Aldiko (or some other program)?
In most of the apps I've used (listed above), you need to tell them to import or scan whatever directory(s) you put your books in. Most just import the metadata and the books stay wherever you put them. I think Montano actually makes a copy of the ebook.

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3) Can I connect multiple devices up to the same Calibre program on my PC? (my phone, wife's phone, tablet, etc).
Yes. If it doesn't switch smoothly, search or ask here... There might be a trick to it.

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4) Once the files are in Calibre, can I move them to another PC with Calibre on them? (e.g. work PC to home PC) just by copying the files manually?

If you want to copy an entire library to another machine, and I expect you do, just copy the entire library directory over to machine 2, then use calibre's create/use existing library function and point it to that copy.

If you mean copying them from machine 1's calibre folder into machine 2's *existing* calibre folder, then No.

A critical rule in using calibre is Never touch/add/delete the files in a calibre directory... Bad things happen.

The only way to add books to an existing calibre library is to import them using the Add Books function, so they will be registered into calibre's database.

The safest way to get individual books from one calibre install to another is to right-click on the book title from within the calibre library, and select "save to disk".. Then copy that folder/file to the other machine, and import it with the add books function.


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5) Anything else I should know before I try to make this work?
1. I think it will be a lot easier than you think.

2. I would set up calibre Companion and use that to interface with calibre and manage your tab/phone's book list from the start. It will sort by tag, etc.
You can always use Alkido's list as well, I think... :what:You might want to make sure it isn't picky about where the book files are.

Good luck and have fun!
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