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Old 12-03-2018, 11:09 AM   #1
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Apostrophe in title always returns nil in metadata search

I am using the latest version as a portable installation. I have had a lot of frustration trying to get search results for books that I can manually find on Amazon etc. I discovered that most of these errors in metadata searches result from an ' (apostrophe) in the title. If I delete the apostrophe the search is successful and replaces the title with the apostrophe included. Is there a way (other than manually deleting the apostrophe to get the search to ignore it?
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Old 12-03-2018, 11:51 AM   #2
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Which search?

title:'
returns a list of all books with a ' (typically has 's in the title)

What user language are you configured for? That changes some of the rules
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post some example books that the metadata search fails for
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Weird. I have been working for about three hours on and off with the same consistent error which I now can't duplicate. I have swapped between different libraries but that is it.

The most recent books which only downloaded metadata if I deleted the apostrophe were all Saxon Andrew books:
Tommy's Tale
Demon's Sacrifice
The Prophet's Eyes
Mike's War
Jesse's Starship
Joshua's Walls
A Pirate's Tale
Greyson's Revenge
Dahlia's Deception
Juliette's Dream
There were others by other authors. I just added a few books randomly with apostrophes with no problems and even deleted the metadata on a few on the list and they had no issues reloading the metadata from a download search.

With a bit of luck it won't reoccur.

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PS. I was only using title and author for metadata searches on Amazon, Google and Fantasticfiction

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Old 12-03-2018, 02:20 PM   #5
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OK. It just happened again.
Nomad's Journal
Michael Anderle & Craig Martelle
doesn't return metadata (suggests I try less information)
Nomads Journal
Michael Anderle & Craig Martelle
Returns metadata using the fantasticfiction plug-in (which I did recently install)
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OK. It just happened again.
Nomad's Journal
Michael Anderle & Craig Martelle
doesn't return metadata (suggests I try less information)
Nomads Journal
Michael Anderle & Craig Martelle
Returns metadata using the fantasticfiction plug-in (which I did recently install)
What Metadata sources are enabled. More than 1 gives you a fallback at the sacrifice of speed
(I use also Fantastic Fiction as my #1 choice)
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All except the non-English sources.
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All except the non-English sources.
No clue then.
Kovid chimed in, so now you have a list, we will see what he says
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nomad's journal works for me from amazon for example, with only title and author. It may be that you are being sporadically blocked by some websites for too many queries. You can try changing the amazon server used inpreferences->metadata download from automatic to amazon or google and see if it helps.
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I have had that happen especially with Amazon and changing it to another server/country often helps however I feel this is too consistent and the fix is instantaneous which is what is weird.
I'll see if it occurs over a period of usage.
I did install some plug-ins recently.
At least it is something I can easily overcome by deleting apostrophes.
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