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Old 10-13-2010, 06:09 PM   #1
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Getting Authors to sort by last name using Calibre's metadata plugboard.

I've had my prs505 for a while now and it's always irked me that when listing books by author it sorted by the author's first name. I used to use a few messy work arounds (like altering a book's author metadata after copying it to my device) but now Calibre has given me a nice clean solution.

First I set Calibre's metadata management to Automatic management. Now when I update metadata in Calibre it gets synced to the device when plugged in. Very nice:
Preferences -> Sending books to devices -> Metadata management.

Then I made a Metadata Plugboard in Calibre that would have the device to use the author_sort entries as its authors entries:
Preferences -> Metadata plugboards
Add new plugboard -> format: device_db , device: PRS505, Source template: {author_sort}, Destination field: authors

Then I saved the plugboard, applied, and when I plugged in my PRS-505 Calibre massaged its database so that authors were listed as Lastname, Firstname. Swell.

As a side note I've found that the best format to use for books with multiple authors is:
Jane Doe & John Smith & Foo Bar
This gets translated neatly as:
Doe, Jane & Smith, John & Bar, Foo

I hope others enjoy this as much as I do.

Cheers,
Lee

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Old 10-13-2010, 08:27 PM   #2
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Thank you so much for this! The failure to sort by author last name was the only thing that I didn't like about my new prs-650!
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Does this do the same thing as the 'Use author sort for author' option in Calibre's Sony device plugin, or is the new metadata plugboard feature an even better way of managing author sort? I haven't messed with the plugboard feature yet, but it looks like it has lots of interesting uses...
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Just go to the sony device plugin under preferences and choose to modify it. There is an option there that will sort your books by author last name without you having to do anything else at all in calibre.
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