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Old 02-11-2020, 02:19 PM   #1
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Convert to epub and open that.
About 40 minutes ago I added an epub book to Calibre after updating to calibre-4.10.1 and got the "preparing book for first read. please wait." message. Still waiting. It was pretty slow after the last update, but this is getting painful.

I decided to load the epub to my Nexus 7 tablet without using Calibre, and am able to read it just fine in Smart Reader, so I cannot understand why Calibre is taking so long to do whatever it is doing.

I'm not in the least bit 'tech-y' so I don't know if there are other circumstances I should be looking at. My Calibre is on my old Dell Alien, running Windows 7.
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Old 02-11-2020, 02:43 PM   #2
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Could you try opening the book in ebook editor, if it's slow I suggest you relocate the cache directory, see CALIBRE_CACHE_DIRECTORY in Environment variables. Maybe the SSD on that old Alien is getting a bit flaky.

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Old 02-11-2020, 08:04 PM   #3
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Could you try opening the book in ebook editor, if it's slow I suggest...

Maybe the SSD on that old Alien is getting a bit flaky.

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The file opened fairly quickly in editor, so thankfully I didn't have to try to find and relocate the cache you mentioned.

I'm thinking perhaps you're right about my ancient Dell Alien. I bought a new computer on Boxing Week sale, but I've been avoiding setting it up. Maybe this will prompt me to get busy.

Thanks for the help.
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Yes, this issue still exists in 5.16.1 on a very fast Linux machine. First read setup time shouldn't take several seconds.
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Old 04-30-2021, 01:39 PM   #5
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Yes, this issue still exists in 5.16.1 on a very fast Linux machine. First read setup time shouldn't take several seconds.
Thanks for that!
I haven't had the slow first read lately, but it's somehow comforting to know I wasn't the only one experiencing this bit of annoyance.
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