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Old 12-21-2009, 09:03 AM   #1
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Help downloading metadata by ISBN

Hi Everyone I have a huge problem

Ok so I have found calibre

all my ebook file names are their ISBN's when I click add metadata it doesn't search by the ISBN but by the title of the book which means that the search is unsucessful.

how exactly do i get it to search by the ISBN for the purposes of a bulk metadata update

my file convention is 9781*********.pdf no spaces or hyphens

I read something about a regex but dont get it at all

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Old 12-21-2009, 10:11 AM   #2
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Welcome to MobileRead, pookiepoo.

Hopefully help will arrive soon. My only suggestion is to enter the title and author manually.
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:14 AM   #3
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Did you create an account at isbndb.com and enter your Access Key into calibre. I think the search on that site is done by ISBN.

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Old 12-21-2009, 10:38 AM   #4
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Thanks so much for your replies

I am indeed registered with ISBNDB and I have entered the number on the page when it searches for the info. Maybe I am doing something wrong?

When I search from the main screen I get this

"WARNING: Failed to download some metadata: Failed to download metadata for the following:

9781409947837: No matches found for this book"

but when I enter it into the ISBN text box after clicking edit metadata individually it recognises the format of the ISBN and finds it without any problems
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:46 AM   #5
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Hmm... not sure then. Guess we will have to wait till Kovid or someone more knowledgeable finds this thread.

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Old 12-21-2009, 10:47 AM   #6
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I am going to change the title of this thread to make it a bit less generic.

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Old 12-21-2009, 11:06 AM   #7
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You need to adjust the file import regular expression to read the isbn from the file name. Go to Preferences->Add/Save
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:35 PM   #8
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I am going to change the title of this thread to make it a bit less generic.

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You need to adjust the file import regular expression to read the isbn from the file name. Go to Preferences->Add/Save
First of all thanks for making such an awesome product!

I have tried doing (copy and paste from other sites)this but to no avail; I am only a mere end user who neither has the expertise nor the time (university assignments) to learn this from scratch.
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Old 12-21-2009, 06:43 PM   #9
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So I have obtained this regular expression from http://www.regexlib.com/REDetails.aspx?regexp_id=463

^(97(8|9))?\d{9}(\d|X)$ when I place it in the add and save section it does nothing what is the matter ?

modified it to (?P<Title>.+)- (?P<ISBN>[^(97(8|9))?\d{9}(\d|X)$]) and still no luck

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Old 12-21-2009, 09:20 PM   #10
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You need to adjust the file import regular expression to read the isbn from the file name. Go to Preferences->Add/Save
So, any hints for the OP what the reg expression would be if the file name is JUST the ISBN?

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Old 12-21-2009, 10:16 PM   #11
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Old 12-22-2009, 05:46 AM   #12
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(?P<isbn>.+)
Alas this was one of the first things that I tried. When testing it only the title ever matches. When using it to add files and then add meta I get the same error as before
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Old 12-22-2009, 11:20 AM   #13
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That will cause both title and isbn to be set to the filename (minus the extension). the metadata fetcher will then use the isbn in preference to the title.
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Old 10-02-2010, 11:57 PM   #14
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Apologies for resurrecting this post, but I have the exact same problem. For simplicity's sake I've renamed all of my ebooks with only the ISBN as the filename, e.g. 1234567890.pdf.

The expression I've tried to use (amongst numerous permutations) is (?P<isbn>.+) which works with the test field but only populates the title field when the book is actually imported. Any reason why it's not populating the ISBN field?
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Old 10-05-2010, 09:42 PM   #15
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Okay it's now fixed in 0.7.22. Thanks very much Kovid!
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