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Old 11-26-2008, 10:47 AM   #1
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Adding "Wanted" books to Calibre database?

I was wondering if there was any way to add books that I want to have but have not yet acquired to the Calibre database? In effect create the meta-data and associated cover art wtihout having the actual book stored in any format?

There does not see to be a way to do this via the GUI, but perhaps one of the command line options would do this?

If this facility does not exist perhaps it would be worth adding?
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Old 11-26-2008, 11:42 AM   #2
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In English, what is wanted is a wish list.
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Old 11-26-2008, 12:18 PM   #3
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Yes, but I would like to see the "Wanted" books listed just like all the others with their meta-data, cover art, series details etc. I am not looking for some completely separate sub-system. I was wondering if any of command-line tools would allow you to create such an entry in the metadata database even without the book being to hand or whether they demand a book file before they will create the metadata! In other words is the capability I want already there if I just knew how to invoke it

I would not mind some visual indication that it is a "wish" rather than an actual book but I guess I could live with seeing that there is no associated format stored.

I guess related to the above, is there a way to use the Search facility in the GUI to look for the presence or absence of specific formats. If so what is the syntax?

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Old 11-26-2008, 01:19 PM   #4
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You use format:"LIT" to find ones with LIT and not format:"LIT" for ones with no lit format
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Old 11-26-2008, 01:46 PM   #5
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Just add a dummy file and then delete the format in the edit metadata dialog. Tag the book with "wanted"
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That's easy! I had not realized one could delete all formats and keep the database entry.

It was such an obvious requirement that I felt there might be a way to achieve it. Is it worth adding this as a tip in the documentation?

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Alternately, create a file called dummy.wanted and add it to the database. Then you can search for format:wanted
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