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Old 08-01-2020, 05:17 PM   #1
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Want reading status of books on Kobo copied to Calibre

What's the easiest/recommended way to get/copy the reading status of books on my Kobo Forma?

Something like
  • unread
  • finished
  • reading (or reading at x%)

There about 30 books on my Forma that are now Finished. But I have stopped myself from removing them from my Kobo until I get their "Finished" status saved onto Calibre.

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Old 08-01-2020, 05:56 PM   #2
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I believe David's Kobo Utilities plugin can pull this data from your device.

I've not looked into the specifics, but I believe you're already using it, so I'd say poke around in it.
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Old 08-01-2020, 06:17 PM   #3
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Hi MGlitch,
Yeah, I have that plugin installed, but still haven't set up this "reading status" yet.
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Old 08-01-2020, 08:16 PM   #4
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Hi MGlitch,
Yeah, I have that plugin installed, but still haven't set up this "reading status" yet.
For what it's worth, I've attached a collection of images of my setup to get the Kobo reading status information into calibre. Please remember that custom lookup names get a # when being referred to. It was fun finding a book that was in process and not either unread or finished.

Edit: I did a quick search and most of the information I've posted is available on MobileRead. Perhaps a bit of searching, attempting to implement and then asking for help with problems would be a better approach in future. I find that approach leads to a better understanding when you want to make future changes.
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Old 08-02-2020, 04:55 PM   #5
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thanks so much dnsb. i'll try to follow your example this week.
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Old 08-03-2020, 09:38 PM   #6
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I don't know. I guess. On the other hand searching can be a pain. Try searching for jswolf's hyphen dictionary.

I've toyed off and on with the idea of setting up the read status and never bothered with it. Your detailed post convinced me to do it.
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Old 08-04-2020, 01:06 AM   #7
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I don't know. I guess. On the other hand searching can be a pain. Try searching for jswolf's hyphen dictionary.
I did a quick search using google.ca with a search string of "jswolf hyphen dictionary site:mobileread.com" and the first hit was to Better Hyphenation from 2014. I set the search time to 1 years and first two hits were JSWolf linking back to that thread from 2019 and 2020.

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I've toyed off and on with the idea of setting up the read status and never bothered with it. Your detailed post convinced me to do it.
Glad to have been of some help.
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I did a quick search using google.ca with a search string of "jswolf hyphen dictionary site:mobileread.com" and the first hit was to Better Hyphenation from 2014. I set the search time to 1 years and first two hits were JSWolf linking back to that thread from 2019 and 2020.

Now, see? That’s cheating. Using your masterful google-fu to show us up.

Seriously, the search on this site is usually good. It never occurred to me to come in through google when I can’t find something. Learn something new everyday.





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Seriously, the search on this site is usually good. It never occurred to me to come in through google when I can’t find something. Learn something new everyday.
I don't suspect it would be the first instinct of most. And I gave the exact file name. If I do what I would think most users would do, use 'Search this forum' and search for 'better hyphenation dictionary' the results aren't so friendly.

Same goes for a search of 'Kobo Calibre read status'

'You shoulda searched' has the feel of the old RTFM argument that just turns off new people.

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Now, see? That’s cheating. Using your masterful google-fu to show us up.

Seriously, the search on this site is usually good. It never occurred to me to come in through google when I can’t find something. Learn something new everyday.
While the search on this site is pretty good compared to many sites, I find Google is very often the better search tool which all things considered, it should be.
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About your Finished screenshot https://www.mobileread.com/forums/at...7&d=1596327200
can you kindly copy-paste the text you have in the Template blank? I'd like to make sure I have it correct.

In particular, I'm not sure what comes after "100".

Is that a double-quote mark?
{:'cmp(field('#readpct'),100,",'Finished','Finished')'}

Or two single-quote marks?
{:'cmp(field('#readpct'),100,'','Finished','Finished')'}

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About your Finished screenshot https://www.mobileread.com/forums/at...7&d=1596327200
can you kindly copy-paste the text you have in the Template blank? I'd like to make sure I have it correct.

In particular, I'm not sure what comes after "100".

Is that a double-quote mark?
{:'cmp(field('#readpct'),100,",'Finished','Finished')'}

Or two single-quote marks?
{:'cmp(field('#readpct'),100,'','Finished','Finished')'}
It's two single quotes.
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About your Finished screenshot https://www.mobileread.com/forums/at...7&d=1596327200
can you kindly copy-paste the text you have in the Template blank? I'd like to make sure I have it correct.

In particular, I'm not sure what comes after "100".

Is that a double-quote mark?
{:'cmp(field('#readpct'),100,",'Finished','Finished')'}

Or two single-quote marks?
{:'cmp(field('#readpct'),100,'','Finished','Finished')'}
Yes, two single quotes. I had the same issue.
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I successfully followed DNSB's example from his screenshots. I restared calibre. My Kobo is connected to the laptop/calibre.

But the Finished/Kobo Reading Location / Last Read / Read Percent are all blank. I've scrolled from top to bottom (from book 1 to book 7000) and all these fields in these columns are blank. What am I doing wrong?
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I successfully followed DNSB's example from his screenshots. I restared calibre. My Kobo is connected to the laptop/calibre.

But the Finished/Kobo Reading Location / Last Read / Read Percent are all blank. I've scrolled from top to bottom (from book 1 to book 7000) and all these fields in these columns are blank. What am I doing wrong?
Can you post what you have in the Profile tab for the KoboUtilities plugin configuration? Do you get a "Storing reading positions for xxxx books" in the Jobs log when you connect your Kobo?

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