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Old 02-19-2009, 01:22 PM   #1
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Title and author's Metadata is switched

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i'm just importing into caliber a HUGE db, but it seems the author and title of each book is mixed up. I know there is an option to edit the meta information, but is there a way to do it in one click for all the books. (bulk edit did not seems to have a switch title author option)


Also in another subject, is it normal it takes over 4+ days to import a book collection to caliber (by recursivity), its about a 25 000 books collection. It is huge i admit, but is it normal it takes so long on a fast computer?


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Old 02-19-2009, 01:38 PM   #2
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Yeah it takes that long because it has to extract the metadata from each book which in some cases means redering html web pages or converting large images into different formats, etc.

As for switching title and author, there isn't an option to do it in bulk. In the advanced section of the config dialog however, you can swap the order in which title and author are detected from the filename (you will have to re-import after doing this).
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Old 02-19-2009, 01:43 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info... hmm poundering if i should reimport then... going to be a huge hassle to do it manually!! Anyway thanks for the information, now i know my options!!

... hmm might as well do it manually as there seems to be too many things mixed up in the titles anyway. Thanks!
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Old 02-19-2009, 02:57 PM   #4
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Well decided to stop the import, 11 000 books are ok, so just have to redo half. Thanks for letting me know about the advanced option again otherwise would of wasted an extra day into importing for nothing!
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As for switching title and author, there isn't an option to do it in bulk. In the advanced section of the config dialog however, you can swap the order in which title and author are detected from the filename (you will have to re-import after doing this).
I have some LRF files, though, that have incorrect metadata, so Calibre isn't looking at the filename to determine the values (is that right? If there is metadata present it doesn't use the regexp). The author and title are reversed in the actual metadata. Is there any other way to fix the data without doing:

Highlight book
Hit 'E' to edit individually
Mouse click "Swap author and title" button
Enter to save record

...for each book?

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Old 03-23-2009, 03:01 PM   #6
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no there isn't
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As for switching title and author, there isn't an option to do it in bulk. In the advanced section of the config dialog however, you can swap the order in which title and author are detected from the filename (you will have to re-import after doing this).
I think the ability to switch title and author directly in Calibre's Library list (either to a single selected book, or multiple selections) would be a tremendous convenience. After importing new books, I often find that the title and author have been read into each other's places.
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This facility now exisits in the Bulk Metadata Editing form.

Select all the books you want to have title and author swapped for.
press e for edit. (bulk metadata edit for all selected books in this case)
then Check the check box on the first tab, second row about middle of the form
labeled; Swap title and author.
Click Apply or OK

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Old 01-23-2011, 10:35 PM   #9
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Welcome to Mobileread.

I see garcle has explained how this feature exists in calibre and has for quite a while.

If you had gone to the change log titled What's New you might have found the following:

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Release: 0.6.25 [30 Nov, 2009]

New Features
  • Add option to swap title and author in the Bulk metadata dialog Closes tickets: 3885
The manual is also a good source of information.

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