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Old 02-22-2011, 06:45 AM   #1
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calibre for eBooks. What for printed books?

Hi
I am currently using calibre for keeping track of my ebooks.
However, I have a couple of thousand printed books and need to find something that can keep track of those also. And that supports ISBN lookups.

The best would have been to have only one piece of software that does all of it.

I can't seem to figure out if I can use calibre for this also.
Neither can I find any software that are able to provide me with ease of use for controlling printed book and at the same time able to do the things that I mostly do with Calibre (converting, indexing and pushing to my kindle)

Any suggestions?

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Old 02-22-2011, 06:57 AM   #2
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I've seen plenty of people use Calibre for keeping track of printed books on these forums, myself included.

Just use the "Add empty book" menu option in the Add button dropdown menu if you want to add them one by one, or get all the ISBNs and use the Add from ISBN feature.

Then do the usual download of your metadata, and if you so wish tag the book to indicate you own it or custom columns etc.
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:04 AM   #3
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You can keep your print and ebooks separate by either using tags (print, ebook). Or you can filter out books that don't have any ebook files by searching with "formats:true". "formats:false" will show all books without ebook files attached.
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:47 AM   #4
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As others have suggested, I feel it would be best if you kept dead tree books you have added to calibre in the same library as your e-books. That way, you wouldn't have to search two libraries to see if you have a certain book. You could also make a custom column for Formats to determine if a book is an e-book or not. Empty books will be blank in the format column. Pity there isn't an easy option (if there is one at all) to add a format to an empty book, especially a new one (such as DTB for Dead Tree Book or AUB for Audio Book).
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:02 AM   #5
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If you have a mac, Delicious Library is a pretty good option - you can actually use the camera on your computer to scan in the barcodes of the books.
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:12 AM   #6
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Or you can filter out books that don't have any ebook files by searching with "formats:true". "formats:false" will show all books without ebook files attached.
You mistyped somewhere in that sentence: "formats:true" finds entries with formats attached, and "formats:false" finds entries with no formats attached.
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Old 02-22-2011, 11:10 AM   #7
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A while back, I requested, and Kovid added the option in 'Add by ISBN' to auto-(adds to other allowed) tag: I use <In paper Library>. (976 entries of which I now have 624 in e-form)

I add small batches (10-15 books) so I can check for 'failed to add's ' (some of my books are so old, the ISBN is not found, listed or did not have one. ever) and fix or set aside for later resolution.
A (USB-keyboard wedge) barcode scanner is a boon to this task as I suspect MR folk have more than 1 bookcase
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Old 02-22-2011, 12:01 PM   #8
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Without taking any thunder away from Calibre, I use BookCAT to catalog my physical book library. I've tried lots of different book catalog programs (and CD catalog programs, too) over the years, but the depth of features and customization abilities in BookCAT are far superior to everything else that I've found. BookCAT can handle eBooks but that is not its focus; stick to Calibre for eBooks.
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Old 02-22-2011, 12:30 PM   #9
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There are enough people using calibre for pbooks that I wonder if it might need a pbook format, instead of just "empty", for easier tracking? It would have to be excluded from conversion and transfer, of course, but I'd love to be able to look at a book listing and see that I have it in, say, pdf, epub, and paper. There are a dozen or so bookcases full of books just in this one room, and one of these days I really have to get organizing. As others have said, it would be nice to be able to have all my books listed in one place, and not have to duplicate effort for those I have in several forms.
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Old 02-22-2011, 12:32 PM   #10
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Just create a file called dummy.paper on your computer and add it to a paper book record.
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Old 02-22-2011, 12:36 PM   #11
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