Originally Posted by crossi
When I download my books I get an icon of a blue book in my download folder. After I add a book to Calibre in the Calibre Library there are the same book icons. If I just want to backup the books as origionally downloaded can I just drag those icons into a jump drive?
To backup the metadata as well would I just drag the whole Calibre Library folder to my jump drive?
How about if I wanted to make a backup of my Calibre library but not include any of the books, just the empty listing for each?
Your download folder is just another folder, so moving the contents to a external drive to archive the 'original' is a solid plan.
Use care, if you copy the Calibre 'Library' folder, to not mix the two contents together (separate folders are OK).
I am not sure what advantage a Bookless library gains and there are disadvantages:
Calibre book folders have a assigned number that matches the Library internal index. No books, Now way to restore.
You may lose external covers.
If you manage to re-load the original, the converted format settings are gone.
Why not use the 'Catalog' (little arrow next to the Library Icon) to make a portable list of your library.