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Old 02-28-2013, 04:33 PM   #1
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A couple of days ago, I was looking for a book on Amazon. I checked my collection in Calibre, and it wasn't there, so I bought it.

Um, the book was only available in paper, and my Calibre library shows only my ebooks...but I am so used to ebooks that I sort of forgot that I own thousands of paper ones, as well. The title seemed familiar, so I went to my wooden bookshelves and discovered I actually had a paper copy already.

And this lead me to think about entering my paper books in Calibre so I would never make the same mistake again. This is what I did.

I have a iPod Touch, so I cruised through the barcode readers and found an app called Barcode Collector. It takes a photo of the barcodes and then creates a list of them, which I then mailed to myself.

I copied the list, opened Calibre, clicked Add Books, clicked Add from ISBN, pasted the list into the text box, and assigned a default Paper tag. Then I downloaded the metadata.

I now have a way to enter all my paper books into Calibre so hopefully, I will now have a truly complete catalog of all my books, regardless of whether they are paper or electronic.

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Old 03-01-2013, 08:20 PM   #2
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A couple of days ago, I was looking for a book on Amazon. I checked my collection in Calibre, and it wasn't there, so I bought it.

Um, the book was only available in paper, and my Calibre library shows only my ebooks...but I am so used to ebooks that I sort of forgot that I own thousands of paper ones, as well. The title seemed familiar, so I went to my wooden bookshelves and discovered I actually had a paper copy already.

And this lead me to think about entering my paper books in Calibre so I would never make the same mistake again. This is what I did.

I have a iPod Touch, so I cruised through the barcode readers and found an app called Barcode Collector. It takes a photo of the barcodes and then creates a list of them, which I then mailed to myself.

I copied the list, opened Calibre, clicked Add Books, clicked Add from ISBN, pasted the list into the text box, and assigned a default Paper tag. Then I downloaded the metadata.

I now have a way to enter all my paper books into Calibre so hopefully, I will now have a truly complete catalog of all my books, regardless of whether they are paper or electronic.
Totally NEAT!
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Old 03-02-2013, 12:33 PM   #3
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I did discover, while cruising through my paper books, that some of them are too old to have an ISBN, and some of them don't have an ISBN bar code. I will have to add these manually at some point by creating an empty book record in Calibre and filling in the screen by hand.
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