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Old 01-30-2011, 12:08 PM   #1
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I am using calibre 0.7.43 on Win7/prof 64 bit. I love the tags feature and once I figured it out (with lots of help thank you) me and my Sony 900 collections get along splendidly. Here's my new question: Is there a way to have a single title with multiple series entries? Example - I have a title which is book 6 in one series but is book 4 in a different series and I want to have a collection for both series names.


Also I think I saw in the users manual that you can change where calibre gets metadata but I wasn't clear how to do that. Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 01-30-2011, 12:33 PM   #2
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I am using calibre 0.7.43 on Win7/prof 64 bit. I love the tags feature and once I figured it out (with lots of help thank you) me and my Sony 900 collections get along splendidly. Here's my new question: Is there a way to have a single title with multiple series entries? Example - I have a title which is book 6 in one series but is book 4 in a different series and I want to have a collection for both series names.


Also I think I saw in the users manual that you can change where calibre gets metadata but I wasn't clear how to do that. Any help would be appreciated.
question 2 first: Have you been to the Preferences: Advanced: Plugins?
Take a peek at Metadata download?

question 1: Series is only 1 series name (and index).
(curious, how can a book belong to 2 series? Overlapping universe? )
For (sub-)series (cycles), I resort to hyphens:"Darkover-Clingfire". your (manual) choice on how to index (Place in sub-series, or over all series)
You might be able to create an alternate-series column and use a computed column, but I don't see the solution to the different index numbers.
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Old 01-30-2011, 12:40 PM   #3
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I am using calibre 0.7.43 on Win7/prof 64 bit. I love the tags feature and once I figured it out (with lots of help thank you) me and my Sony 900 collections get along splendidly. Here's my new question: Is there a way to have a single title with multiple series entries? Example - I have a title which is book 6 in one series but is book 4 in a different series and I want to have a collection for both series names.
You can add a custom column for series type metadata.
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For (sub-)series (cycles), I resort to hyphens:"Darkover-Clingfire". your (manual) choice on how to index (Place in sub-series, or over all series)
You might be able to create an alternate-series column and use a computed column, but I don't see the solution to the different index numbers.
Jayne Ann Krentz writes under several pseudonyms with different series under each name. She has recently begun writing across series/genres. Ex - A book called Midnight Crystal written as Jayne Castle. This book is bk 12 of a Jayne Castle series called Harmony. It is also bk 3 in a multi-author trilogy called Dreamlight and also bk 11 of a Jayne Krentz series called Arcane.

I want to be able to be able to look up Dreamlight Trilogy and find it as bk 3 or Arcane and find it as bk 11 or Harmony and find it as bk 12.

Is there a way to do this in calibre? thank you.
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Like I said, create custom series type columns.
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Jayne Ann Krentz writes under several pseudonyms with different series under each name. She has recently begun writing across series/genres. Ex - A book called Midnight Crystal written as Jayne Castle. This book is bk 12 of a Jayne Castle series called Harmony. It is also bk 3 in a multi-author trilogy called Dreamlight and also bk 11 of a Jayne Krentz series called Arcane.

I want to be able to be able to look up Dreamlight Trilogy and find it as bk 3 or Arcane and find it as bk 11 or Harmony and find it as bk 12.
Thankyou for the explanation. (And I thought multiple authors writing in a single, shared universe was bad

I know no way to assign 2 series and their index numbers and make a usefull export
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Like I said, create custom series type columns.
ok but is there a way to have it be in the metadata and index the books in order like the original series column does? I created a series 2 column from the series column (I think) but it just imported the series data from the original series column into series 2
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ok but is there a way to have it be in the metadata and index the books in order like the original series column does? I created a series 2 column from the series column (I think) but it just imported the series data from the original series column into series 2
Apart from it being a custom metadata column and thus appearing in the custom metadata part of the edit dialog, you can use the custom columns to sort, search and do whatever just like the original ones. It sounds like you picked the wrong columnn type, though- you built a column from other columns, what you need is to build a series info type column.
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Apart from it being a custom metadata column and thus appearing in the custom metadata part of the edit dialog, you can use the custom columns to sort, search and do whatever just like the original ones. It sounds like you picked the wrong columnn type, though- you built a column from other columns, what you need is to build a series info type column.
thanks, but now I'm really confused. What is the difference between building a "series info type" column and building a column from other columns? I want the column to be able to have series name and index by number.
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thanks, but now I'm really confused. What is the difference between building a "series info type" column and building a column from other columns? I want the column to be able to have series name and index by number.
The difference is that in a composite column, you can only select which metadata fields the column will be built from, you can't edit the content of the fields themselves. A series type column adds what amounts to a new, additional series metadata field. Just try it and you'll see the difference.
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