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Old 01-07-2013, 06:04 PM   #1
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Merge catalogs

I have a large number of books divided into separate libraries; I prefer that approach to tags. Is there a way that a catalog can (reasonably easily) be obtained through Calibre that provides a merged catalog of all the separate libraries and (preferably) indicates the individual library that each book is in? All the catalog descriptions I have found refer only to a single catalog for each library. I have not tried an epub merge program on each individual library but that might be an editable possibility? Thanks
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The catalog builder does not support merging multiple libraries.

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Old 01-07-2013, 09:04 PM   #3
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If you use calibre2opds generated catalogs instead of the Calibre Content server then it is possible to generate a catalog for each library, and then a top level entry linking these libraries. Calibre2opds catalogs are not 'ebooks' like Calibre generated catalogs, so whether this will satisfy what you want to achieve I am not sure?
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:41 AM   #4
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Thanks for the reply / suggestion. I have tried some other possibilities such as Book Collector but it seemed like one had to repeat / re-obtain all the info already in calibre. The calibre epub catalog function produces quite a pleasing result for one library so I am disappointed there is no obvious solution. I will try an epub merge programme in due course. However, I find it hard to believe there are not a lot of people out there with more than one calibre library who would be very grateful for a solution.... Thanks again
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...All the catalog descriptions I have found refer only to a single catalog for each library. I have not tried an epub merge program on each individual library but that might be an editable possibility? ...
The EpubMerge plugin can put your various catalogs into one.
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:56 AM   #6
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Thanks Gunnerp245. I have had a trial run and EPubMerge does part of what I had hoped. The problem with the merging of the catalogs is that they merge - as one would expect - one after the other rather than a true intermingling merge. Also one has to put the name of the Individual Library in the tag of every book so that one knows which Library to look in for that book after one has done a search. It is sort of messy but improvement on individual catalogs. Thanks again.
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