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Old 07-30-2010, 08:54 PM   #1
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What to do when downloaded metadata is wrong?

I'm currently inputting my library into Calibre. As Kovid knows, I've used it for conversions and also the ebook-viewer, but this is the first time I've used it for ebook management. While inputting my Barbara Michaels collection, and "fixing" the metadata and adding covers, I noticed that the date published is wrong, on every one of her titles. I tried going in and changing it manually, and it won't let me do that, either. I tried changing the date published metadata on one I didn't download the metadata for as well, and it won't let me change it. It shows me the calendar, but when I click on a date, it goes back to what it was to begin with. Any ideas? Am I just missing something simple? I realize that the reason for the downloaded metadata being wrong is likely that they're giving me the date for the last time an edition was printed, but I need the original publication date. But why can't I change it manually?

Oh, by the way... I want to add here that I am thoroughly enjoying the GUI updates. They make the program super nice to work with!

ETA: Version is 7.10

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Old 07-31-2010, 01:42 AM   #2
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Are you trying to change the date in the main calibre window or in the edit metadata dialog? I use the latter and have no problems editing the date although I do it by editing it manually rather than via the pop-up calendar.

Also if you do not want the exact date you might want to take advantage of the 'tweak' option that allows the displayed format to be set for this date - I have mine set to show just the year which is all I am interested in and which also makes editing it much easier and faster.
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Where is this tweak option you speak of?
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Are you trying to change the date in the main calibre window or in the edit metadata dialog? I use the latter and have no problems editing the date although I do it by editing it manually rather than via the pop-up calendar.

Also if you do not want the exact date you might want to take advantage of the 'tweak' option that allows the displayed format to be set for this date - I have mine set to show just the year which is all I am interested in and which also makes editing it much easier and faster.
The year is all I want too.... where is the tweak option, please?
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It is in the file tweaks.py in the Calibre configuration folder (which you can get to via Preferences) and can be edited using a text editor. It allows for a number of tweaks to calibre behaviour that cannot be one via the GUI.
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Thanks... I found it...

Also discovered the .py file is read only, and I had to change that before I could edit it. Yes, I'm tired.

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