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Old 02-04-2019, 01:00 AM   #1
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Transfer only part of library to different computer

I have searched through the forums and cannot find my exact question. I needed to send my laptop (where my current Calibre library is located) in for repair. While it was gone, I used my old laptop to manage my ebooks and Nook. I have my repaired laptop back and I only want to transfer the books that I added for a few weeks in January to my current laptop.
The instructions to transfer the entire library to a new laptop is easy to find and this is what I did when i first got my new laptop. The Calibre library on my old laptop has quite a few books on it that I do not wish to move and I do not want to end up with two libraries on my current laptop.

Is there a way that I can choose specific books - even if it can only be done one at a time - and export/import to a different laptop into the existing Calibre library. I have tried several copy/paste ways, but none have been successful. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-04-2019, 02:25 AM   #2
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@kathyfromboston - try this
  • Create a new folder on the 'old' laptop- call it New Books
  • Start calibre on the 'old' laptop
  • Create a library in the New Books folder
  • Switch to the 'old' library on the 'old' laptop
  • Sort by Date and select the books you added in January
  • Copy those books to the New Books library
  • Close calibre
  • Copy the New Books library to a thumb drive
  • Put the thumb drive into the repaired laptop
  • Start calibre on the repaired laptop
  • Switch to the New Books library on the thumb drive
  • Select all the books
  • Copy the selected books to your real library
The Switch/Create tool is in the library icon dropdown. The Copy to library tool is probably in the book list context (right click) menu, if not use Preferences->Toolbars and menus to add it to a menu/toolbar

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Old 02-08-2019, 01:27 AM   #3
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That worked perfectly!! Thanks so much for the excellent step-by-step instructions.
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