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Old 12-30-2012, 09:53 AM   #1
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Does Caliber move ebooks to the library?

Hi, another newbie question. Apologies if this has been asked before; I've searched but not found a convincing answer.

The question is, when using "Add Books" to search multiple folders for ebook content to add to the library, does Calibre <b>move</b> or merely <b>copy</b> the files which it finds?

I ask because I wanted to locate an ebook which I had previously downloaded but did not know where it was stored. So I used "Add Books" and allowed it to search my entire computer. The result: a huge number of files of all kinds (.txt, .pdf, etc), mostly help files from various applications, have been added to the library. I don't want them there but do not want to delete them then find that the originals are no longer in their original locations!

Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 12-30-2012, 10:08 AM   #2
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The books are copied.

You can verify this yourself by adding a book and see what happens.
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:12 AM   #3
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Thanks Adoby for the reassurance, and I have tried as you suggested and after adding - and then removing - a particular .pdf file to/from the library the original is still there in its original folder.

So I can safely delete everything from the library and start again to add books - more selectively this time.

Until next time I have a stupid question,
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The only time calibre ever deletes the original source is when you use the blackhole/drop folder method of adding books (anything dropped into that folder gets added to calibre and then deleted from the folder). Any other method of adding books will not delete the source unless you specifically delete it yourself.
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That's good to know, thanks.
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