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Old 10-14-2018, 12:21 PM   #1
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Issue with finding audiobook metadata on Amazon

I use Calibre to manage my audiobook collection. However, when I try to do a metadata lookup on Amazon, it almost never finds the audiobook version of the book even though the information is there. What I have been having to do is go amazon, do a manual search for the book, locate the ASIN number and manually enter it in the ID's box in the metadata lookup window. (i.e. Amazon: B004U8IHI0). Once I do that, it finds the correct edition of the book.

This works, but it's very time-consuming, as I have almost 1000 books to go through.
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Old 10-18-2018, 12:37 AM   #2
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are the books only avaialbale as audiobooks? calibre metadata retrieval is designed to prioritize text books over audio versions.
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Old 10-20-2018, 11:19 AM   #3
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Yes, there are other books available, but my focus is on audiobooks, which is exactly the reverse of the behavior you describe. Would there be a way to create a toggle switch to reverse the prioritization?

I think that audiobooks are getting more and more popular and it would be great if Calibre could be a little more audiobook friendly. I don't care about anything complicated to implement like a built-in reader or sync support or something like that. Just the ability to pull audiobook metadata would make very happy.
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Old 10-20-2018, 09:26 PM   #4
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Not something I am interested in personally, but it should be easy enough to modifythe amazon metadata plugin to prioritize audiobooks when processing results.
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I have no idea how to do that. Could you point me toward some resource that would explain?
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you would need to run calibre from aource and modify the amazon metadata plugin. See https://manual.calibre-ebook.com/develop.html for how to run calibre form source, and look around line 1145 in amazon.py for where audiobooks are filtered out of results.

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Thanks, I'll take a look
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