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Old 10-22-2009, 05:16 AM   #1
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Hi All

I got my first eReader today - a nice red PRS-505 and boy am I pleased with it

I am using calibre to organise my library and upload books to my reader and in preperation I added several ebooks to my library all of which were in pdf format. These are text only books with no graphics bar the cover shot.

Now, I uploaded one to my reader - no problem there. I then proceeded to read it on the 505 and OMG how slow was it between pages - must have counted 4/5 seconds!

So, I remember some people saying about converting the format so using calibre I converted the pdf to epub and uploaded again. This was much better, pretty much instant page turns and the page numbering was better (i.e. in pdf on medium font I flicked through 3 pages before the reader said page 2).

My question is this:

1. In Calibre on the book I converted I only see one copy listed but when you click it, under formats at the bottom, it lists two: pdf, epub. How can I delete the pdf version?

2. When adding books to my Calibre library, can I auto convert them to ePub?

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 10-22-2009, 06:13 AM   #2
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For 1. select the book and 'Edit meta information' in the available formats section - top right select the format you do not want and click the waste bin on the right.

For 2. not sure if you can, but someone far wiser will advise.
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Old 10-22-2009, 06:22 AM   #3
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Old 10-22-2009, 06:31 AM   #4
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For no. 1, you can also just rightclick on the book in the list and select remove book.
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@Ea - Does that not remove both formats?
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Old 10-22-2009, 06:41 AM   #6
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It was a test right?
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It was a test right?
she just wanted to make sure you were paying attention.

i am not sure for your second question however i know you convert in "batches" which might help you (select several books in your library and click "convert books", i think there are other ways to do it but i don't do it so i'm not sure). i do know that if you try to send a book to your sony which is not in a format the sony can read, calibre will prompt you and ask if you want to convert it. i am not sure whether you can parameter that to work for pdf as well, since technically pdf is a supported format.

i guess you have to wait for someone wiser than me too.
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thanks for the replies guys - always appreciated
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There is no option to convert on import. However, you have two options. The first is to use the bulk convert after import. You can use a search string such as "not format:epub" without the quotes to show all books that are not in the EPUB format. Select them all and click convert.

You're other option is to have it auto convert when sending to the device. Go to Preferences, Plugins, Device Interfaces, PRS-300/505, click customize. Disable what file formats you don't want sent to your reader, then move your preferred format to the top of the list. When you send any book to your 505 that is not in an enabled format it will auto convert to the first in that list.
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You're other option is to have it auto convert when sending to the device. Go to Preferences, Plugins, Device Interfaces, PRS-300/505, click customize. Disable what file formats you don't want sent to your reader, then move your preferred format to the top of the list. When you send any book to your 505 that is not in an enabled format it will auto convert to the first in that list.
thank you, user_none ! that is exactly the sort of solution i was wondering about as well. i am making a note of that myself.
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