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Old 07-03-2010, 09:00 AM   #1
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Question About Series' Brackets

Hi.

Sometimes, I have books within a series that I don't have to have in numerical order. For example, under the tag "Fantasy," I have a series titled "Five Hundred Kingdoms" for Mercedes Lackey's books. I told Calibre not to number the series, so each is listed as "Five Hundred Kingdoms [1]."

Am I missing a button somewhere to not have the [1] at all - or any brackets? The books are in the series because they are all set in the same ... universe (for lack of a better descriptor) but they can be read as stand-alone books. In other words, I don't need the brackets or numbers.

Thanks for the help.

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Series columns, both standard and custom, all expect to have numbers. There is no way to get rid of them.

Instead of using series, you could use a tag or a text custom field. They don't have an associated index.
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Hi.

Sometimes, I have books within a series that I don't have to have in numerical order. For example, under the tag "Fantasy," I have a series titled "Five Hundred Kingdoms" for Mercedes Lackey's books. I told Calibre not to number the series, so each is listed as "Five Hundred Kingdoms [1]."

Am I missing a button somewhere to not have the [1] at all - or any brackets? The books are in the series because they are all set in the same ... universe (for lack of a better descriptor) but they can be read as stand-alone books. In other words, I don't need the brackets or numbers.

Thanks for the help.

Marilyn
Zero is a valid number for series_index.
I use that when a series has no order or there is an orderless addition to a series. eg A Guide to Middle Earth. The Darkover concordance.


I even use fractional numbers [1.5] for "revised" editions
I have yet to come up with an acceptable way of handling "Omnibus" editions where ,originally there were 2 or 3 books and now the book contains all of those AND my library still has single book titles in the series.For now, i also tag OMNIBUS


I would love to see a active link entry to allow an entry for "contained in" books with no need to "Split" or duplicate a book.
Title 1 links to book 73 as contained in.
Title 2 links to book 73 as contained in.

and there would still be the real book 73 entry (with a marker indicating it is a link master? Deleting this book will remove the [single link] linked titles)
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Series columns, both standard and custom, all expect to have numbers. There is no way to get rid of them.

Instead of using series, you could use a tag or a text custom field. They don't have an associated index.
Oh, the text custom field! I forgot that was a new option for Calibre. That'll work perfectly!

Thanks for the help.

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