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Old 12-19-2018, 05:55 PM   #1
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I updated metadata in Calibre, but books aren't updated on Ipad

I use Windows 10 to run the latest Calibre, and my Ipad 5th generation to run Marvin 3.

I have successfully edited the metadata in 400 books in Calibre, I copied the epub book files from the Calibre library on my PC, and pasted them into my Itunes file sharing space for the Marvin 3. I synced the updated books to Marvin, but none of the metadata on the books has updated.

What am I doing wrong? How can I get updated metadata?

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Old 12-19-2018, 06:08 PM   #2
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Calibre does NOT automatically update the Library copy.
Send to device, Save to Disk or Folder updates on the fly.

If you need to update the Library copy, then use one of the tools: Polish, embed metadata, Modify Epub (a plugin). Yo may need to add thes tools to toolbars /context menus. Preferences Toolbars: ...
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Calibre does not update the embedded metadata in the ebook format files - it updates its database. To embed the current metadata in the ebook format files you need to use one of the following tools:
  • Send to Device, that will embed the current metadata in the format file that is Sent but leave the library copy as is
  • Save to Disk, make sure you check the Preferences->Save to disk->Update metadata in saved copies setting. StD will also leave the library copy as is.
  • Embed Metadata (you may need to add it to a menu/toolbar), that will embed the metadata in the library copy of the format files.
  • Polish Books (you may need to add it to a menu/toolbar), has several run time options one of which is to update the metadata in the library copy of the format files. It can be used on EPUB and AZW formats
  • Modify optional plugin, it has many run time options options, one of which is to update the metadata in the library copy of the format files.
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Old 12-19-2018, 11:39 PM   #4
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Thank you both very much for the reply and the direction!

Got it done!!!
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Old 01-11-2019, 08:52 AM   #5
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I have been using Calibre for over 4 years on a Macbook Pro. Recently I switched to a Windows 10 machine. I am using the same workflow (update metadata (including Series and Series #), Polish, save to Disk, copy the save to disk file to Marvin through the add file function in iTunes). I never had a problem with the meta data moving over. When sorting by Series, the books are always available in series order. Now, in Windows 10, I have tried several times, but the books are only showing up under the Author view.

As I am new to the Windows 10 version of Calibre, I may be missing something unique. All help is appreciated.
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Series is not a standard Dublin Core field. So while Calibre will embed the metadata with Polish, you must have done something else (a save template?) on your old machine to make your i-device happier.
You could have copied (exported) you preferences folder and used that (with minor path adjustments).

If you still have that old machine, copy the Calibre settings files that begin with "device_drivers....". Those are the settings saved for each type of your connected devices
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Thank you. I honestly don't remember doing anything special, but I will check and see if those files will help.
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@jeffersonm - Calibre has an Export/Import tool that will move libraries and configuration data between computers. It is operating system agnostic, i.e. it can do Windows to Linux, Linux to Linux, MacOS to Windows etc.

If calibre is still working on your old MacBook, and you're not too invested in what you have on the new Windows machine, you might want to make use of the Import/Export tool. Then you'll retain any adjustments you made to calibre's settings over the four years of using it - including optional plugins and plugin configuration settings.

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@jeffersonm - Calibre has an Export/Import tool that will move libraries and configuration data between computers. It is operating system agnostic, i.e. it can do Windows to Linux, Linux to Linux, MacOS to Windows etc.

If calibre is still working on your old MacBook, and you're not too invested in what you have on the new Windows machine, you might want to make use of the Import/Export tool. Then you'll retain any adjustments you made to calibre's settings over the four years of using it - including optional plugins and plugin configuration settings.

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BR you can just Export or restore selected items (assumes they were exported). No need to stomp the new Library, just to restore the configuration
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