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Old 01-29-2011, 08:41 AM   #1
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Using Calibre to stock my iPad kindle app - sorting question

Hi there, long time lurker, first time poster

I'm using Calibre to convert my non-amazon files to mobi, then I drag and drop the files into iTunes under the apps/file sharing section. I'm using all the default settings in Calibre. It's working really well, except for one thing.

When I look at my library on the kindle app, the author sorting isn't right.

For instance, take James Ellroy. He should be appearing under E like this to match my kindle store purchases: Ellroy, James

Instead he appears under J as: James, Ellroy,

I've tried changing the author sort in Calibre to the following:

Ellroy, James
Ellroy James
James Ellroy
James, Ellroy

None of the above seem to work. Any ideas on what I should do? I've tried googling for the answer but no-one seems to be having this specific problem. I'm a bit scared to mess around in the 'tweaks' section for fear of messing something up.

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Old 01-29-2011, 08:46 AM   #2
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Are you reconverting after making these changes? Simply changing the metadata in Calibre does not change the underlying ebook files. You either need to run a conversion or use a Send to Device/Folder to get the new metadata embedded in the file.
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Old 01-29-2011, 08:52 AM   #3
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itimpi most likely hit it on the head. You might want to use the Connect to iTunes feature for transferring your books to iTunes. Read this post for info.
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Old 01-29-2011, 08:57 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies.

The connect to itunes feature is optimized for iBooks though right? I much prefer the kindle app.

You were right about converting the files again. I changed the author name to 'Ellroy James' and converted once again. It now appears in the kindle app as 'Ellroy, James'.

The only problem now is my Calibre library looks a bit ugly with 'Ellroy James' in the author column
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You were right about converting the files again. I changed the author name to 'Ellroy James' and converted once again. It now appears in the kindle app as 'Ellroy, James'.

The only problem now is my Calibre library looks a bit ugly with 'Ellroy James' in the author column
The plugboard feature should work, check out this post.
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Thanks, I'll give that a try. Hopefully it works for the kindle app as well as iBooks which is referenced throughout.
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Thanks, I'll give that a try. Hopefully it works for the kindle app as well as iBooks which is referenced throughout.
Plugboards work in many ways including save templates check out the first post.
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I figured it out. I think the key point was I had to delete the book from the app before transferring the new one in with the correct author sort. I have no idea why the meta data was screwed up to begin with but it's ok now. Thanks for the help.
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