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Old 04-19-2012, 01:38 AM   #1
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When I click Author coloumn to sort by authors it always get sorted by Lastname, First name. I want it to sorted by Firstname Lastname.

I browsed through help files also but couldn't find what i was lookning for. I think it is obvious somehwre but i can't see it.

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Old 04-19-2012, 09:47 AM   #2
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Hi
When I click Author coloumn to sort by authors it always get sorted by Lastname, First name. I want it to sorted by Firstname Lastname.

I browsed through help files also but couldn't find what i was lookning for. I think it is obvious somehwre but i can't see it.

Thanks
The sort of the column follows the Author_Sort Value in the Metadata.

The (automatic) Author_sort value follows the overrides in tweaks

It is not just you:
Where did this desire for Sort on first name come from?

Telephone books file by Last Name,
Library Card Catalogs (remember those ) were always by last name.
Just about everything written about me was filed by my Last Name.


If you filed my Close Neighbors by first name, we would all be filed together. There are 5 of us with the same first name

Authors sometimes use initials instead of first names:
Who remembers Lyman :
Spoiler:
L. Frank Baum
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:12 AM   #3
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It is not just you:
Where did this desire for Sort on first name come from?

Telephone books file by Last Name,
Library Card Catalogs (remember those ) were always by last name.
Just about everything written about me was filed by my Last Name.
I have a library that contains stories downloaded from various web sites. While some of the authors names look like "normal names", a lot are "different". An example is "Old Man with a Pen". It just doesn't feel right that that should be under "Pen, Old Man with a". For that library, I use the author unchanged for the author_sort. The library I use for the more traditionally published books does use "ln, fn". Yes, it does get confusing, but I found the other way for the web published was just as confusing.

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If you filed my Close Neighbors by first name, we would all be filed together. There are 5 of us with the same first name
I was in a high school class of about 35 which had five David's. We just pretended it was for one of the others when the teacher called our name.
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:31 AM   #4
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The reason I want is that it displays First name Lastname but sort by last name. if it is going to sort by lastname then it should display name like lastname, firstname.

can i change some setting to display author list as lastname, firstname
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Old 04-20-2012, 03:49 AM   #5
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Calibre always sorts by the author_sort field. Many people like the default behavior of displaying firstname lastname, but sorting by lastname firstname.

There are options under the calibre tweaks section of preference to allow you to specify how author_sort should be generated from the author field so by setting that appropriately you can get the behaviour that you want.

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Old 04-20-2012, 04:50 AM   #6
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@betavita - here is the link to the FAQ page for what itimpi described. Take note of the grey box contents in particular...
http://manual.calibre-ebook.com/faq....es-and-sorting
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Old 04-20-2012, 06:08 AM   #7
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@betavita - here is the link to the FAQ page for what itimpi described. Take note of the grey box contents in particular...
http://manual.calibre-ebook.com/faq....es-and-sorting
I had not looked at the manual for a while. I am sure that is a more comprehensive write-up than when I last looked. I must save that link as it avoids having to describe the same items repeatedly
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Yeah I know it got updated quite a while ago (certainly far more comprehensive than when I first started using calibre and hit exactly the same "issue" that betavita has). I think this question is the epitomy of "frequent" for an FAQ.
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I was in a high school class of about 35 which had five David's. We just pretended it was for one of the others when the teacher called our name.
Yikes! No wonder teachers are complaining about class size.

The biggest high school class I had was 32, English (the smallest was 15, Electronics shop).
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