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Old 02-17-2014, 12:30 PM   #1
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Do you split omnibuses into separate books?

Easy question: Yes, sometimes, Never?

Everybody knows and loves the Kobo discount codes. Some go as high as 80%. Using such codes, I aim to buy omnibuses: the larger, the better. For example:

The Dune Collection (6 books)
The Collected Abercrombie (6 books)
The Complete Malazan Book of the Fallen (10 books!)
The Dresden Files 1-6 and 7-12

And so on.

That way, when spending one code, I can effectively get a discount on 3 to 10 books at once, and I'm not even mentioning that the omnibus is often cheaper than the seperate books already.

However, omnibuses have one very big problem: it's impossible to mark a book as read, and I've decided that I finally want to track year by year which books I've read; in Calibre, so I can exclude read books when picking a new one, see in which year(s) I (re)read a book, and that sort of stuff.

This is my main reason for splitting up omnibuses using EPUBSplit. Then I fill out the metadata of each book, stick the correct cover on the front (Google it), so I can mark the book read accurately.

There is one exception: I don't split up Delphi Classics. These omnibuses are huge, and sometimes, they are updated, so I'd need to split them again (and again... and again...). If I read a book from such an omnibus, I create an empty book, fill that out, and mark it as read. In the comments section, I refer to the omnibus the book is actually in.

(Splitting a book and creating an empty one, and then filling them out, costs roughly the same amount of time.)

So... do you split? Always? If not too big? Never?

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