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Old 09-09-2021, 06:45 AM   #1
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Question Looking for tips for using calibre with annotated PDFs

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I have my collection of ebooks (mostly epubs) in Calibre but also an extensive collection of PDFs that I would like to add to my Calibre library. I do a lot of annotations on the PDFs with my ebook reader and I like to keep the original files untouched. I simply rename the file after reading it and then send it back to my PC via my cloud drive app. It's pretty straightforward, but I would prefer to have my PDFs catalogued in Calibre, among other things, to avoid buying books twice.

I have read a couple of threads (here and here) with tips on how to import annotated pdfs back to Calibre, but they both sound time consuming.

In the absence of an automated solution, perhaps other users have better ways of handling this process and would like to share them?

Thanks!

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Old 09-09-2021, 07:45 AM   #2
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Add the annotated version to the existing book as <whatever>.ANNOT-PDF and tell your OS to open .ANNOT_PDFs with your PDF Viewer.

Or, keep the original and annotated versions in a separate libraries and use the The calibre:// URL scheme to link the books in the Originals library to the same book in the Annotated library (and perhaps vice versa).

I use the latter because I sometimes have multiple versions - annotated, translated, illustrated.

The calibre:// URL Scheme is a recently added enhancement.

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Thanks for your answer!

The option of having separated libraries for the originals and the annotated PDFs sounds good, however, I'm not sure how to use the calibre:// URL Scheme to link them, Calibre's manual isn't explicit on this point.
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There is no proscriptive way to how and where one might use the links. But…

Create 2 libraries, Annotated and Originals

In the Annotated library add a column called original/Original Book.

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In the Original library add a column called annotated/Annotated Book.

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Add a book to Originals and copy its show Book link to clipboard

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Copy the book to the Annotated library

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Go to Annotated library and put the link in the Original Column

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Now you might want to copy the link to the Annotated PDF, flick back to the Original by clicking the Original link in Book details and put the PDF link into that into its Annotations column

I've requested your PM be enabled so I can send you a PM with a link to the two libraries

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I've requested your PM be enabled so I can send you a PM with a link to the two libraries
Done

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Fantastic, thank you so much for this detailed explanation, very helpful!
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I have another question. Now that I keep the original and the annotated documents in different libraries, how can I tell Calibre companion to replace the file in the annotated library of my PC with the PDF file that I have annotated on my reader?
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I don't use Calibre Companion, but I don't think it can write a format file back to a calibre library.
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And how about connecting Calibre to the reader via usb?
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I would use a file manager (e.g. Windows Explorer) to copy the annotated PDF from my phone/tablet to my desktop, and then replace the existing PDF by DnD it into relevant book details panel, or via the Add books->Add files to selected record from clipboard … option. Calibre will pop message to confirm you want to replace the existing PDF.

That's how I handle audio/video clips that I edit on my 'media editing workbench'.

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