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Old 09-19-2018, 11:11 PM   #16
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The thumbnails as separate files are uploaded in /system/thumbnails see the upload_kindle_thumbnail() function in kindle/driver.py
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Old 09-19-2018, 11:14 PM   #17
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Though I have to say that even writing a couple of hundred MB over a USB connection should not take more than a few seconds. For example, even the ancient USB 2 standard supports data transfer at ~30 MB/s https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB#USB_2.0
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There definitely haven't been any (intentional) changes to sending thumbnails in the last month.

What is the breakup of the data in thumbnails vs user metadata? user_metatata I am willing to get rid of on a per device basis.

Thumbnails can be fixed in one of several ways:

1) Stop storing them in metadata.calibre and instead use a subdirectory named calibre-thumbnails or similar. That way update jobs dont have to resend all thumbnails on every update.

2) Make it a per device driver thing. For instance e-ink kindles have calibre send thumbnails as separate files already. the driver could be changed to use those and not store thumbnails in metadata.calibre
I'm having similar issues, mainly because I now have a 32G Kindle and keep my entire library on it. I keep books as EPUBs in Calibre and autoconvert when I upload them to the Kindle, so each book is processed separately:

1) convert to AZW3 -- about 5 mins average
2) upload -- 1 or 2 seconds
3) update metadata -- typically 3 mins

It's much faster if I convert manually and then upload, because the uploads are treated as a single job -- even when there are hundreds of books involved, the upload takes a few minutes, and this spawns a single "update metadata" job that takes about 10 mins or so.

I've no idea how the upload system works, but it would be nice if when I select several books to upload, it batched the uploads into a single job after conversion the way I do if I do it manually. Or deferred the metadata update until all the pending uploads have completed and then processed all the updates at once. Is anything like this possible?

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