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Old 01-29-2011, 09:27 AM   #1
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Question Adding leading letters to book-titles

Hello to all!

I have a question about calibre.

I want to add some letters to a lot of book-titles.

It should look like this one as an example:

before: 1500 - The Day when all began
after: AB1500 - The Day when all began

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is it possible in a extra row in the metadatas to number some books begining with 0001 to 0100?

I have tried it, but all i tried does not work http://cdn0.4dots.com/i/smilies/confused.gif

So i will be very thankful if someone could help me!

Many thanks in advance!!

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Old 01-29-2011, 09:55 AM   #2
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I want to add some letters to a lot of book-titles.

It should look like this one as an example:

before: 1500 - The Day when all began
after: AB1500 - The Day when all began
Just edit your metadata. You can change the metadata fields to (almost) anything you like.

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is it possible in a extra row in the metadatas to number some books begining with 0001 to 0100?

I have tried it, but all i tried does not work
It would've been helpful to know what you tried. What you need to do is add a custom column. There are instructions on how to do so in the manual.
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Old 01-29-2011, 10:08 AM   #3
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Just edit your metadata. You can change the metadata fields to (almost) anything you like.
Yes, thats correct. But if i have to add some letters ( 2 ore 3) in Front of the title, this would be a boring work when i have to do this with 100 books.
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It would've been helpful to know what you tried. What you need to do is add a custom column. There are instructions on how to do so in the manual.
I've made a extra row, named "nr." and i want to fill it with a seriall number, beginning with the number i choose. As an example i take 40 books, mark them and go to create and change the metadata for them at once. And than there i want to give the order to number these 40 books in the row "nr." as i want it.

Hope i explained it good enough

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Yes, thats correct. But if i have to add some letters ( 2 ore 3) in Front of the title, this would be a boring work when i have to do this with 100 books.
There's a search and replace feature available in the bulk metadata edit. Use regex mode, search for (.*) in the title field, replace with XX \1, XX being whatever letters you want to insert.

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I've made a extra row, named "nr." and i want to fill it with a seriall number, beginning with the number i choose. As an example i take 40 books, mark them and go to create and change the metadata for them at once. And than there i want to give the order to number these 40 books in the row "nr." as i want it.
I don't quite understand- you want to have an automatically incremented serial number starting with a certain value? I don't think you can do that, you'd have to manually edit in the values.
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You understood me correct. And what you said is just what i suspected.

Many thanks for your help!
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Could you create a custom column (named prefix), serial type, and store the prefix letters as the serial name and then store the order number in the serial-number.

Use another custom-column (built from other colums), with the template
{#prefix}{title}
And use this as your title, when doing a 'save as'

may need tweaking.
Edit: I haven't actually tried it myself - but it should work.
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:56 AM   #7
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Hello,

maybe i am too inexpertly.

All i tried, it doesn't work.

So maybe i could try it with the file-title? Is it possible to take the file-title (the name i see in the file-explorer in Windows) as the booktitle in the ebooks metadata?

I thank you all for your help!!!

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So maybe i could try it with the file-title? Is it possible to take the file-title (the name i see in the file-explorer in Windows) as the booktitle in the ebooks metadata?
You can set the title from the filename on import only. See preferences->adding books.
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There is no reason why you could do this via the bulk metadata editor using the search and replace tab. Since I have yet to have a need for this I have absolutely no clue how to do this. Hopefully someone with a clue will stop by.
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You can set the title from the filename on import only. See preferences->adding books.
Thanks for this idea! It works!! Yes!!

But, the big "but", the Author is gone.

So i have to choose, either i take the possibility to set the title from the filename on import and loose the author. Than i have to add the author manually. Or i add my needed letters manually.

I think to add the leading letters manually will be the easier and shorter way.

Maybe when i'm ready with this work sometime, someone will add the function i need to calibre?
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Apart from the automatically increasing numerical vaule you want, the functionality is already there (And the increasing value could, as Perkin described, be built via a series column). And it is already possible to read the author from the filename, if the information is there in the first place.
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