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Old 01-07-2009, 08:28 AM   #1
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When a book has multiple authors, is there any way to enter both authors, other than just combining the name in the one field?
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Old 01-07-2009, 09:35 AM   #2
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If there are multiple authors, enter the names separated by the ampersand '&' symbol. At the Calibre metadata level that will cause entries to be made under both authors.
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i still wish calibre would not automatically convert a comma into an ampersand, so that a single author named "Lastname, Firstname" is converted into "Lastname & Firstname"...
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Old 01-07-2009, 11:18 AM   #4
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i still wish calibre would not automatically convert a comma into an ampersand, so that a single author named "Lastname, Firstname" is converted into "Lastname & Firstname"...
That is only done on first import. If you subsequently change the & to a comma, the comma will persist
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Old 01-07-2009, 11:19 AM   #5
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That is only done on first import. If you subsequently change the & to a comma, the comma will persist
i know, but the past 200 books i've imported, all had the author formatted "lastname, firstname", and i had to change the ampersand back to a comma by hand every time. so i'm hoping it could become a configurable option, in preferences, or something.
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Old 02-01-2010, 06:08 PM   #6
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I am using the ampersand to separate my authors but only one of the authors is appearing when I view my titles on the nook and the Sony Reader. The author that follows the ampersand is the one that appears. Any ideas/suggestions.

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Old 02-01-2010, 06:13 PM   #7
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I am using the ampersand to separate my authors but only one of the authors is appearing when I view my titles on the nook and the Sony Reader. The author that follows the ampersand is the one that appears. Any ideas/suggestions.

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What does Author sort show in Calibre?
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:18 AM   #8
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What does Author sort show in Calibre?
Authors(s): Radclyffe & Karin Kallmaker
Author Sort: Radclyffe & Kallmaker, Karin

When I create the .lrf file the Header only includes Karin Kallmaker and Karin is the only author listed when I transfer the book to my Sony PRS600.

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Old 02-02-2010, 10:09 AM   #9
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Authors(s): Radclyffe & Karin Kallmaker
Author Sort: Radclyffe & Kallmaker, Karin

When I create the .lrf file the Header only includes Karin Kallmaker and Karin is the only author listed when I transfer the book to my Sony PRS600.

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Someone else will need to step in with this one.
It might be the "missing" first name for the first author in the list that is triggering this.
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:14 AM   #10
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Someone else will need to step in with this one.
It might be the "missing" first name for the first author in the list that is triggering this.
Thanks for your reply.

Unfortunately, I get the same results when both authors have a full name. Only the author that is listed after the ampersand appears.
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Old 02-02-2010, 01:33 PM   #11
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One other question releated to the multipe authors. Is there a way to prevent Calibre from converting the word "and" to an ampersand(&)? If I edit the author metadata and change it to Radclyffe and Karin Kallmaker (which is a suitable work around for me) the "and" is automatically converted to an &.

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Old 02-02-2010, 01:39 PM   #12
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IIRC the sony reader only supports displaying a single author at a time. Probably the same is true for the nook.
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Old 02-02-2010, 01:46 PM   #13
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IIRC the sony reader only supports displaying a single author at a time. Probably the same is true for the nook.
I can manually edit the .opf file in the epub file to show both authors. Not something that I was hoping to do and evidently not "good practice" but I need to have them both displayed so it is my only option right now and it works for both the Sony and the nook.
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Old 02-02-2010, 04:58 PM   #14
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yes you can manually change an author name to be two authors. But the correct way to have multiple authors in an epub file is to have multiple creator tags, which is what calibre does.
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Authors(s): Radclyffe & Karin Kallmaker
Author Sort: Radclyffe & Kallmaker, Karin

When I create the .lrf file the Header only includes Karin Kallmaker and Karin is the only author listed when I transfer the book to my Sony PRS600.

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Are these two authors with the same last name? If so, standard cataloging would list the authors as
"Radclyffe Kallmaker & Karin Kallmaker"

in which case Calibre's author sort field would then read as:
Kallmaker, Radclyff & Kallmaker, Karin

Whether the PRS600 does right by that listing is yet another question, of course.

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