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Old 07-09-2010, 12:11 PM   #1
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Curious - what custom columns are you creating/using?

I just last week updated from one of the 06.xx versions to 0.7.6 and am now playing with user defined columns. At the moment I am adding columns for:

Source (ie. where purchased/obtained from) such as Amazon, Fictionwise, MobileRead, etc.

Original Format (ie. the original file type before conversions): lit, mobi, azw, epub, etc.

Read (Yes/No)....though I may change this one so I can populate it with DNF (did not finish) or Reading (current) in addition to Yes or No.

I was using regular tags for these but decided I'd like sep. columns for them.

What custom columns is everyone else using?
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Old 07-09-2010, 12:28 PM   #2
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Right now, I just using a column using the star rating to indicate what's been read: 1 star=unread - No star=read.

When I start scanning my songbooks, I'll file each song as sheet music and I'll have a column to show what songbook the song came from. I might add a column to show songs I might want to arrange.
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I have one yes/no column for successfule conversion to epub with metadata and covers
and another to keep track of converion problems such as page numbers, page headers, books that can or should only be pdf such as cookbooks etc. DRM

Thanks to Chaley for the custom columns as I have many ebooks and this makes the job a lot less confusing.

I like your idea of original source, but by now I have no idea on over 6000 books
Oh well something to think on for future
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I have a "user tags" for tags/notes I don't want to appear in the "Jacket"

I also have a "Edited Date" to keep track of "My edits"(re-format) of the original work without destroying the (original entry)"Date" value .
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I like your idea of original source, but by now I have no idea on over 6000 books
It can be a chore...thankfully I had started tagging them that way when I first started using Calibre, but I still have to go check on some of them by logging into either Amazon or FW or checking my original download folders. But still, I'm only working with 800 books so far, not 6000!
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I have a "user tags" for tags/notes I don't want to appear in the "Jacket"

I also have a "Edited Date" to keep track of "My edits"(re-format) of the original work without destroying the (original entry)"Date" value .
Oh! I like this thought. I have some that I want to make notes on about conversion or that required more extensive editing than others and don't want that in the "Jacket" area.
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I have language field and read boolean. I'm also thinking of adding some star-like field for the technical quality of the e-book file.
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Oh! I like this thought. I have some that I want to make notes on about conversion or that required more extensive editing than others and don't want that in the "Jacket" area.
Exactly
Now if I could only get someone to follow through on my notes
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Now if I could only get someone to follow through on my notes
Isn't that always the hardest part of any plan?
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I'm also thinking of adding some star-like field for the technical quality of the e-book file.
Now that is a good idea too...so you can see at a glance whether you know you need to spend some time editing or not. I like it.
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