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Old 02-21-2013, 02:12 PM   #1
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Removing periods from author names

I've gone through all the posts I could find about it here, but I'm not having any luck doing this.

When adding a book to Calibre, I'd like Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling for instance to be shown as:
Title: Casual Vacancy
Author: J K Rowling

I'm assuming (maybe incorrectly) that the place to do this is in Adding Books in the Regular Expression box. What's there right now is:
(?P<title>.+) - (?P<author>[^_]+)

What I could also live with, and might even be preferable, is when sending a book to my device that it drops the periods, but trying to set that in a metadata plugboard hasn't been working for me either. I found a thread that said to use {authors:re(\.,)} in the plugboard template, but it keeps showing as J. K. Rowling.

Help! I fail miserably at regular expressions for this stuff and usually have to look up my reference notes everytime I use them, but in this case, I just can't get either method to work.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:26 PM   #2
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The Quality Check plugin will do what you want.
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I just tried that and it works fine to correct existing titles, but you have to manually run it after adding the books and searching for what you need to change.

I was hoping for a way to have the book added correctly without the need to do yet another step afterwards.
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So is there no way to set Calibre to do this on adding books? I'd probably keep doing them manually as I add them rather than add them, then have the next step of running the Quality Check plugin if that's the case, but I really thought I had read other examples where changing around the authors' names was possible.
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So is there no way to set Calibre to do this on adding books? I'd probably keep doing them manually as I add them rather than add them, then have the next step of running the Quality Check plugin if that's the case, but I really thought I had read other examples where changing around the authors' names was possible.
The import regex is for a single field.
What you are wanting to do, on the fly, is tear a field apart and reconstruct.



Since, imported author name already are a mixed bag, you probably will be fixing some anyway
I put periods and space BACK. Now you see, there is no standard.
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I recently made the switch since on the Sony reader, the names are then listed as Rowling, J. K_ and it just bugs me everytime I see names that way.

Thanks for the complete answer. I often ask for the impossible I guess!
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