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Old 03-04-2017, 10:24 AM   #976
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Too many authors to keep track of new releases.

Yes, GR has a New Release by authors I have read, but would be nice to have a column that populates if a new book in a series, or a new book by author is available and not in my library.

As it stands now I have to remember to check Amazon for any new releases by favorite authors "manually". My lazy self wants a plugin to do it for me....
Yes, you for sure need to check the enormous capabilities and excellent support of the OverDrive plugin.

Also check out BookBub.com. It will track genres and even authors for you and email you when new books are released. Genres are a little awkward and not filter ability to keep out junk in a genre, but the author following is perfect for keeping an eye on your favorite writers and what they are up to.
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Old 03-04-2017, 03:07 PM   #977
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Bookbub tracks discount eBooks.
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Old 03-10-2017, 08:47 AM   #978
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Bookbub tracks discount eBooks.
Bookbub is not limited to discount books. As rracoon01 clearly indicated It will track any author and email you when the author has a new book.

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Old 03-14-2017, 07:45 AM   #979
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Add a Column to a User Category

I need a plugin that will add a selected column value (built-in or custom) for the current book to a selected User Category. FX: Add the current book's '#ships/Ships' custom column value to the 'Ships to Watch' User Category. Doing this via the Manage User Categories function is quite cumbersome.

The existing User Category plugin is not suitable because it does not support having custom columns in User Categories. This deficiency was raised in that plugin's thread last October, but no one has offered to update it. The existing plugin has Remove and Move functions, but I rarely use them, so I have no problems using Manage User Categories function for those functions.

Adding support for custom columns to the existing plugin would probably require a major revamp of its User Interface, which could irritate users who are happy with it as is. Hence my preference for a separate Add only plugin.

I'm really hoping someone can help me out with this.

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Old 03-28-2017, 05:38 AM   #980
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Nevermind, I ended up using QV instead.

Although I do have another request:

I want a variation of the built-in Book Details display, the one you get if you press ‘I’, or select Show Book Details from the Book List right click menu.

Firstly, I would like the ability to select which columns are displayed, the built in one displays all columns. Secondly, a check box to have empty columns display as <empty>, the built in one ignores empty columns.

The selection list would be per library, and it would be separate from the one in Preferences->Look and Feel->Book Details – although it would look much the same, as would the display window. I would like it to have a configurable keyboard shortcut.

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Old 03-28-2017, 09:28 AM   #981
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Firstly, I would like the ability to select which columns are displayed, the built in one displays all columns.
Already a feature, the built in Book detail page shows only the columns that you check in preferences.

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Secondly, a check box to have empty columns display as <empty>, the built in one ignores empty columns.

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I would like it to have a configurable keyboard shortcut.
You might want to follow the steps on this page to request an enhancement to the main program.

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You can also use the bug tracker to request new features. To mark a bug report as a request for a new feature just add [Enhancement] to the subject.
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Old 03-28-2017, 11:10 AM   #982
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If a column is empty, the Field (column title) does not appear on the details page (which is harder to spot since it is not there )
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Old 03-28-2017, 03:40 PM   #983
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Already a feature, the built in Book detail page shows only the columns that you check in preferences.
That controls what's shown in the book details panel that is shown to the left of, or underneath the book list.

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I want a variation of the built-in Book Details display, the one you get if you press ‘I’, or select Show Book Details from the Book List right click menu.
If the one you get when you press 'I' had a different name - e.g. Book Information - the confusion would be less likely.

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You might want to follow the steps on this page to request an enhancement to the main program.
Already been done, albeit some time ago, somewhere in Library Management, and maybe at calibre bugs - Kovid wasn't interested, but said patches were welcome. A plugin would be better, because it wouldn't disturb the equanimity of those who are satisfied with what's there now.

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If a column is empty, the Field (column title) does not appear on the details page (which is harder to spot since it is not there )
Precisely! Null is a valid value

I myself made a request (again some time ago) that an option to show empty fields be provided on the Book Details (Information) dialogue box, it too was rejected.

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I would add the following to Tanjamuse's suggestion:

That the non-modal Book Details (Information) dialogue box window be made dockable - as per the Quick View non-modal dialogue box window. Not sure if they could occupy in the same docking location - they could if they 'knew' how to coexist as tabbed panels, which may be part of the Qt dock widget furniture.

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Old 03-28-2017, 09:46 PM   #984
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The whole point of the popup book details windows is to show all information, even the information hidden from the normal book details panel. As such that is not going to change -- but it should be easy to create a plugin that allows displaying customized subset fo metadata in a popup window instead.
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Old 03-29-2017, 01:48 PM   #985
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What is popup book? I never heard this before. Is it book ad that popup?
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What is popup book? I never heard this before. Is it book ad that popup?
Kovid is referring to a popup display of a book's metadata held within a calibre library database.

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The whole point of the popup book details windows is to show all information, even the information hidden from the normal book details panel. As such that is not going to change -- but it should be easy to create a plugin that allows displaying customized subset fo metadata in a popup window instead.
I don't mind if I can't see the next or previous book in a customized version, I would just really like to be able to decide what to see.

Both columns with values and columns without (or with null value).
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I don't mind if I can't see the next or previous book in a customized version, I would just really like to be able to decide what to see.
@Tanjamuse - If you don’t need Next/Previous why don’t you try setting Preferences-Look and Feel->User Interface layout (needs restart): to Narrow.

That will display the customisable book details panel at the bottom of the screen. You can toggle its display by clicking the brown book icon at bottom left of main window, or with Shift+Alt+D (or something else, even ’i’ if you gave Show Book Details another keyboard shortcut).

If you double click on the cover the full version will display.

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Both columns with values and columns without (or with null value).
Then, if Kovid were to provide an option to display null (empty) values via a "Show null (empty) values:" check box on the Look and Feel->Book Details panel, you wouldn't need a plugin. And everyone would benefit by having the option to Show null (empty) values

One downside is that there's no obvious way to adjust the size at which the cover is displayed - on my screen its a bit smaller than I'd like. Maybe a vertical splitter could be provided on the right of the image.

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Up / down arrow keys work in Library view for Next / Previous and even if the Info pane is open..As long as the Library view has focus.


Kovid, is there anyway to leave focus on the spreadsheet when you tap 'I' (so the keyboard is still active in the spreadsheet)
Folk who use Next / previous, probably use a Mouse, so the click still counts
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The next and previous buttons have their own keyboard shortcuts (Alt+Right/Left, IIRC).
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