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Old 03-06-2010, 01:40 PM   #1
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Starting a Second Library?

How do I create a second library / database. As in two separate Libraries, Fiction and NonFiction, in the following locations;

D:/calibre/Fiction
D:/calibre/NonFiction

I already have the Fiction Library set up. If I change the preferences location to the new folder or start the wizard, it moves all the current books to the new location and copies the DB.

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Old 03-06-2010, 02:14 PM   #2
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two ways

Use --with-library

or copy the library to the new location using windows explorer and then use preferences. then delete all books in the new library using calibre.
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Old 03-06-2010, 02:24 PM   #3
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How do you use "--with-library"?

I used this in the Target of the Shortcut (also tried the jumplist post which started this post)

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Calibre2\calibre.exe" --with-library D:\Books\Calibre Library\Non Fiction\Software

This had no effect on Calibre, it started with original DB.

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Old 03-06-2010, 02:31 PM   #4
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The directory you point to in with library has to exist.
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Old 03-06-2010, 02:41 PM   #5
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Weird, It's just started working


It was a syntax thing... missing quotes, but I'm sure I tried that in a shortcut before posting

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Old 03-07-2010, 01:12 AM   #6
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Just a quick question on this. I transfered all of my ebooks just under /Calibre Library. So if I want to make separate folders as well (fiction, non-fiction, horror, ect) do I just move them into the folders I have created under Calibre Library, or do I need to move them somehow else? I don't want to move them where I end up with errors in the system.

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Old 03-07-2010, 01:17 AM   #7
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Don't have separate libraries under the folder for another library.
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oh.. ok. I guess I am just trying to figure out the easiest way to sort the 140 books I currently have in Calibre. I have seen many posts where you have gone into great detail explaining it, but I am still not getting it :/ I will keep playing with it though until I do. I really do love this program though
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The reason I wanted separate libraries was to keep rarely used technical books and free download classics out of the growing Fiction Library of the books I love. Yes I could have used TAGs etc. but really they just didn't need to be there most of the time.

When I saw rollercoaster's jumplist doohicky I figured it was time to deal with it.

I now have this sort of folder structure:

D:\Books\Calibre Library\NonFiction\Software
D:\Books\Calibre Library\Fiction\FavAuthors
D:\Books\Calibre Library\Fiction\SciFi-Fantasy
D:\Books\Calibre Library\Fiction\ClassicsFree
D:\Books\Calibre Library\Fiction\Bookshelf

Each one a separate Calibre Library accessed via the Jumplist. It was easy to set up despite my posts.

Create the empty folder structure you need. Just put quote marks around the "drive path" to the different libraries. An empty Library was created when Calibre started.

[N.B. If it moves your existing books and libraries across don't panic! You can move them back to the original position using your windows filemanager. I don't know why it did this to me, or why it stopped...
But, the Library wasn't damaged! If you have the space and software I would suggest you compress (ZIP or RAR etc) or just copy the Calibre Library folder as a backup first]

If you want to have ago without using the jumplists you can create multiple Shortcuts on the desktop of the Calibre program and change the "Target" properties from;

"C:\Program Files\Calibre2\calibre.exe"

to;

"C:\Program Files\Calibre2\calibre.exe" --with-library "D:\Books\Calibre Library\NonFiction\Software"
OR
"C:\Program Files\Calibre2\calibre.exe" --with-library "D:\Books\Calibre Library\Fiction\FavAuthors"

using your own folder structure.

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Old 03-07-2010, 09:28 AM   #10
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If it moves your existing books and libraries across don't panic! You can move them back to the original position using your windows filemanager. I don't know why it did this to me, or why it stopped...
But, the Library wasn't damaged!
If you point to a folder that already has books and metadata.db in it, it uses them as the new library. If you point to an empty folder, it moves your current library (books and metadata.db) over to the new folder. It seems to leave the old metadata.db in the old folder, and I've sometimes seen some quirky behavior, so I recommend avoiding the "point to empty folder and let Calibre move library" function.

Just copy your folder and delete the books you don't want. (Calibre's happy if you just give it the folder and metadata.db, but no books will be available.)
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