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Old 02-10-2013, 05:18 PM   #1
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Kindle Cloud / Device / Calibre library sync

I am having issues understanding when something is shown as existing on the Main Device / In Library and how the Kindle handles it. Here is my issue...

I have the seven Harry Potter titles. All from Pottermore, all up to date.

When the Kindle (Paperwhite) is plugged in Volumes 2 to 7 show as In Library when I am looking at the Device tab, and On Device when looking at the library. Volume 1 is a stranger to each source.

I deleted the Device book, and sent Volume 1 to the Kindle from Calibre. Big ticks all round, but now the book is showing on the Kindle as available in the cloud.

I deleted both, took a fresh copy from the Cloud, imported it into Calibre from the device. Didn't change anything. Strangers again.

I saved the AZ3 version from the Device tab to the desktop, and added that as an extra format to the record in the library. Still strangers.

I am now out of ideas. Does anyone know what is going on?!

Thanks in advance.

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Old 02-10-2013, 09:00 PM   #2
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Send your books from calibre to your device, using the send to device button, then they will always be correctly identified.
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:53 AM   #3
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Kovid - many thanks for your response. That certainly fixes the issue of the Kindle copy and the Calibre copy showing as sync-ed. However, it leaves the Kindle Cloud showing the book in question as being available for download, i.e. not on the device. Which is wrong, and messes up my back-up workflow.

I have only tried with two books, but this seems to be a change from the way the Kindle Touch worked. It is certainly different from the Kindle K.

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For books that you put on your device not using calibre, the in device column works by matching title and author. Only if those are *exactly* the same will it work.
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Only if those are *exactly* the same will it work.
...and on close inspection, Amazon have decided that Harry should pursue a Philospher's Stone, rather than a Philosopher's one.

Thanks Kovid - glad to work it out!

Next question - is there I way I can / could in the future thanks to the munificence of the Calibre developers have override fields for matching author and title. All being well, Calibre matches with Author and Title. When the alternative loader (Amazon in this case) take leave of their senses, I can secure a match in a field that is hidden from normal activity (like looking at important bits of metadata such as author or title).

That way, in my example, I can keep Amazon Cloud, Amazon Kindle and Calibre all in step. I have achieved that now - but only at the expense of looking like I can't spell Philosopher!

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The hidden field used is the calibre book UUID, which is what gets used when you send the book using calibre. Unfortunately, with MOBI there's no easy way to directly add that to a MOBI file.
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For books that you put on your device not using calibre, the in device column works by matching title and author. Only if those are *exactly* the same will it work.
Hi

I have only recently discovered Calibre and congratulate you on this great eBook management system.

Currently I am using my laptop to utilise Calibre but I will be travelling in a few months and will only have my Nexus7 and Kindle Paper white with me.

I want to use my kindle for eBook reading and use my N7 to manage my ebooks but the more I read the more I believe this is not possible?

I have loaded my ebooks to Google drive but have not been able to access them on my kindle

Is there a way of achieving the above bearing in mind I don't want to use my N7 as an eBook reader?

Also, I have loaded Calibre Companion to my N7 but I'm not sure this helps with my problem. Do I need Calibre Library as well or do these only help with reading books on my N7?

Appreciate any suggestions.

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If you setup a calibre content server, you can access your books on the go -- another alternative is in my sig.

Calibre Companion is a way of organizing books on Androids, and opening them in the right reader apps. It will not help you get books onto an E-ink device.

ETA: except for some of the small-name Android E-ink tablets that have recently started popping up, and even then, they aren't your Kindle.
Still maybe worth a look, a bunch of people have expressed enthusiasm about them... but eh, why do you need to spend money on another device? The ones you have work fine.
(All evidence to the contrary, of course, some people are collectors.)

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If you setup a calibre content server, you can access your books on the go -- another alternative is in my sig.

Calibre Companion is a way of organizing books on Androids, and opening them in the right reader apps. It will not help you get books onto an E-ink device.
Not quite true see ==>> CC Beta V3.6.0a has been published. Better support for some e-ink devices

Not sure if its official yet, and I would guess that 'better support for e-ink devices' wouldn't include Amazon e-ink devices.

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Good point, there are some E-ink Android tablets making the rounds these days. Onyx, Boyue and the like.
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Hi

Also, I have loaded Calibre Companion to my N7 but I'm not sure this helps with my problem. Do I need Calibre Library as well or do these only help with reading books on my N7?

Appreciate any suggestions.

Regards

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Use CalibreCloud (Pro) instead Calibre Companion

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...c.calibrecloud

or

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...alibrecloudpro


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Why? How does that solve BLTotton's problem?
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I don't know, but it certainly solves a problem for the developers of that app. Namely, "Help I need more money!"
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