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Old 10-14-2010, 03:13 AM   #1
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Hi all, I am converting all of my old Sony 505 files to the Kindle format but must be doing something wrong.

Heres what I did, I converted over 500 books which were in text format then after they had converted I deleted the txt format because I only want to be left with mobi files. When i deleted the txt files I did a search for the newly converted mobi format books but they were not there. I looked in the recycle bin and all the files were there. I restored all files and they went back to the calibre library but when I do a search for them within Calibre they are not found. wha is the best way to fix this?


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Old 10-14-2010, 03:33 AM   #2
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Simply putting the files into the Calibre folder structurewill not make Calibre see them. I suspect that you will have to add them all back in via the "Add Books" facility.

Just for interest how did you delete the old TXT format files - vai Calibre or directly using Operating System level facilities. You should always do this sort of thing via calibre if you want to keep Calibre in step with the underlying file system.

I tend to not delete old file formats as disk space is cheap and I may want to come back and convert again for some reason. Calibre does not mind keeping multiple formats of the same book around.
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Simply putting the files into the Calibre folder structurewill not make Calibre see them. I suspect that you will have to add them all back in via the "Add Books" facility.

Just for interest how did you delete the old TXT format files - vai Calibre or directly using Operating System level facilities. You should always do this sort of thing via calibre if you want to keep Calibre in step with the underlying file system.

I tend to not delete old file formats as disk space is cheap and I may want to come back and convert again for some reason. Calibre does not mind keeping multiple formats of the same book around.
I deleted them from within Calibre, I highlighted all txt files then did the search and all the newly created mobi files had gone too.

The only reason I wanted to delete them is because when I sync the new Kindle I only want mobi files to be synced. Will Calibre send every file or only compatible ones? If it is the latter I won't bother deleting.

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The only reason I wanted to delete them is because when I sync the new Kindle I only want mobi files to be synced. Will Calibre send every file or only compatible ones? If it is the latter I won't bother deleting.
For each device type you can configure the formats that you want to be allowed to be sent, and put them into priority order (if more than one compatible format is found). If you try and send a book for which there is not yet a compatible format Calibre will ask if you want it to be converted as part of the transfer process. You should look at the Kindle device plugin for the appropriate settings in your case.
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I deleted them from within Calibre, I highlighted all txt files then did the search and all the newly created mobi files had gone too.
You highlighted books in the main book list window and said remove. This removes the book, all formats, and the entry for that book.

In the future if you wish to remove all text files, highlight all books and open the edit metadata window then select the format you wish to remove from the drop down remove formats window.
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You highlighted books in the main book list window and said remove. This removes the book, all formats, and the entry for that book.

In the future if you wish to remove all text files, highlight all books and open the edit metadata window then select the format you wish to remove from the drop down remove formats window.
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If you highlight all the books, then press the little arrow next to the 'remove books' icon there's a few options, remove one format(txt) or all formats except(mobi), will do what you want.
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