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Old 01-22-2015, 02:53 PM   #1
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Economist - Back Issues

Hi Calibre Community,

Big thanks to the developer Kovid Goyal! What a fantastic resource. I am using Calibre to download the Economist and send to my Kindle Paperwhite. Unfortunately, I missed a couple of issues from a few weeks ago and wanted to see if it was possible to modify the existing recipe to get a specific back issue. I can find the issue URL at http://www.economist.com/printedition/ followed by the date. I have read the forum posts here and it looks like a few years ago this was asked but not solved, but I did try out those recipes. Can anyone give guidance on how to get specific back issues for the Economist.

Thanks!
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Old 01-23-2015, 09:08 AM   #2
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Hi Calibre Community,

Big thanks to the developer Kovid Goyal! What a fantastic resource. I am using Calibre to download the Economist and send to my Kindle Paperwhite. Unfortunately, I missed a couple of issues from a few weeks ago and wanted to see if it was possible to modify the existing recipe to get a specific back issue. I can find the issue URL at http://www.economist.com/printedition/ followed by the date. I have read the forum posts here and it looks like a few years ago this was asked but not solved, but I did try out those recipes. Can anyone give guidance on how to get specific back issues for the Economist.

Thanks!
Interesting request! I can see how many folks would like that. In the meantime (I don't code recipes...) you can set Calibre to keep back issues, and you can set a windows task to start Calibre at a specific time each day. Not as good as what you requested but maybe close enough until someone can tweak the recipe.
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Old 01-24-2015, 02:24 PM   #3
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Thanks for the suggestions NSILMike! Unfortunately, I'm unable to keep a computer on for a prolonged period, otherwise that would fix it for sure.

In terms of a recipe, even if I had to modify a couple lines here or there to specify the edition that I want, that would be work. If anyone has some ideas I am willing to listen to theory and try and poke around on existing recipes.

I don't really agree with how the Economist distributes their subscriptions, I have the print and digital subscriptions but want to read on my Kindle which isn't an option (unless you want to give Amazon lots of money too), and browsing from a computer doesn't really have the mobility I am looking for. I don't always have access to the print edition because I travel, and it adds to things I have to carry when I travel. It seems I can't be alone on this desire to be able to download past issues.
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Old 01-16-2017, 12:38 PM   #4
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All you need to do is to modify the recipe with the actual url of the isseu you want. It is as of Calibre 2.76 line 22 of hte recipe, you need to set the variable INDEX, for example for the issue from last week like this:

INDEX = 'http://www.economist.com/printedition/2017-01-07'

(originally, it is just INDEX = 'http://www.economist.com/printedition')
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How do I modify the recipe? I read in the instructions is to Add a custom news source" dialog screen. but I cannot find the screen
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Old 01-29-2017, 11:02 PM   #6
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After you click "Add a custom news source", on the bottom you will see a row of buttons, click on "Customize builtin recipe". Then scroll down until you find "The Economist (en)". Click that, and the recipe editor will open. Then look for the INDEX line (should be line 22) and add in the date of the back issue. Check with the Economist web site for the exact URL.

Click Save and close the custom news source window.

Now click the drop down button next to "Fetch news" and then click "Schedule news download" . On the left side bar, expand "Custom [##]" , click on The Economist, and then click "Download Now". Repeat again for other back issues. (Don't forget to set it back to the default INDEX URL when you are done!)

Enjoy!
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Old 01-31-2017, 06:35 PM   #7
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That is the thing, I cannot see the add a customs new source button. It is okay. I found it
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