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Subject: Nook/Calibre- I need more beginner directions please
Date Posted: 6/19/2012 7:47 AM ET
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I tried to follow along with where ya'll were in the other thread but the fanfic files and the merging sidelined me, so if you don't mind...

I did try and succeeded with getting my Barnes and Noble purchased content into Calibre. I've started and will finish the process. I opened the Nook for PC app and have to download each of my books onto my PC and then transfer the files over, same way I do with the Kindle app before converting to epubs, so good there. After that, I will move all of my independently purchased book files over into Calibre so that Calibre has everything.

Here are my questions for this next stage: how to I make a tag and apply it to a book? I can see where a few files already have a tag. A tag is how I'm going to eventually sort them, right? Next, I need a microSD card, not a regular SD card, correct? And third, I'm assuming when I do this, I'm going to need to wipe everything off the Nook as it is right now and then reload it all through the SD card and the sideload in order to sort, right? Before I do that, I want to make sure I can stil reload all my books if it doesn't work out the way I think it will. So just save all the non B&N content over to a flash drive just in case or will it all still be on my hard drive in its original place (and of course the B&N content holds straight from B&N and can re-download at any time).

And lastly, I like to delete the book off my Nook after reading. I know how to do that with B&N and with ADE. How do I do that with Calibre loaded books?

Thanks!

Date Posted: 6/19/2012 10:23 AM ET
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Here are my questions for this next stage: how to I make a tag and apply it to a book? I can see where a few files already have a tag.

In Calibre, you can double-click on the "Tags" cell for each book and change them individually.

Or you can right-click on a book, then go to "Edit Metadata" --> "Edit Metadata individually". Once inside, you can change what shows up in the cells, (the entries on the left) and what the program sorts on. (the entries on the right.) They can be different, in case you want to see First Name-Last Name as the author entry, but you want the program to sort in Last Name-First Name order. I usually just keep both the same.

Then further down the page you can change any of that metadata by hand, and add comments, your own covers  and such.

If you want to give a lot of books the same metadata, then select all the books you want to change, right click and select "Edit Metadata" -- "Edit Metadata in Bulk". There are a lot of options for the bulk changes, so be careful you want to make the changes. If you want to have only your entries in the tag file, there's check box next to "Remove Tags" that says "Remove All". That button will remove everything in the tag column for those books. Then what ever you enter in "Add Tag" will be the only entry there. If you want to sort by your own tags, I find it's better to make sure to remove all the other tags there. Otherwise you'll have a ton of Tag/Collections you don't want.

To make the changes 'stick', or to make sure they're in the book itself and not just in Calibre's records, you'll need to select all the books with changes, right click, and "Convert Book" --- > "Bulk Convert". That will re-write the file with the new information inside. Otherwise, they're just bits of data Calibre sees.

Next, I need a microSD card, not a regular SD card, correct?

For a Nook Simple Touch, yes. I don't know about the other versions.

And third, I'm assuming when I do this, I'm going to need to wipe everything off the Nook as it is right now and then reload it all through the SD card and the sideload in order to sort, right?

You can have both, but I find it's cleaner to reload once I've clean up my files. I have a few books I want to read next, no matter what, so put those in a small collection on the Nook itself, and the rest on the Micro-SD card. In case the card gets screwed up I can always take it out and still have something in the main memory to read.

Before I do that, I want to make sure I can still reload all my books if it doesn't work out the way I think it will.

Calibre only makes copies of the books on the devices and the SDcards. All the books will still be in Calibre unless you "Delete" them. Even then you can check your Recycle folder on a Windows machine and if you don't empty it they'll be there. (Yeah, been there, done that. Ouch!)

And if you delete a whole library in Calibre, it will make the file for that library invisible, but you have to go into that file and delete the files yourself.

Copying books to a device, or "Save to Disk" should always leave your library in Calibre intact.

And lastly, I like to delete the book off my Nook after reading. I know how to do that with B&N and with ADE. How do I do that with Calibre loaded books?

I select the book, then right-click and select "Remove Books" --> "Remove matching books from Device". Calibre will then show you a list with the book/books you want to delete off the machine and you can click it to have it removed.

Or you can click on the SD card at the top of Calibre with the Nook plugged in. (The card should show up like the Nook shows up, as a 'device' Calibre recognizes) then go into the SD card, select and delete the book/books from there.

 



Last Edited on: 6/19/12 10:26 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 6/19/2012 7:18 PM ET
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Got the SD card installed and working. I went to each book in Calibre and changed the tag to one of the 5 groups I want: travel, nonfiction, SFWfiction, romance and other. I had 3 travel books so far (my test group) I successfully got all 3 books onto the SD card, but they went on individually and listed under the author's name rather than the title or the tag group. What did I do wrong?

Date Posted: 6/19/2012 8:45 PM ET
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Did you transfer the book by right clicking and "Send to Card" or use the "Save to Disk" feature?

 

Date Posted: 6/19/2012 9:39 PM ET
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Good catch. I changed it to "Save to Disk" Feature. That created the folders. I went in to the main folder through my computer (not Calibre) and renamed them to read as the titles and not the authors. So far so good. I removed the 4 books in question (3 travel, 1 romance) from the Nook and my book count went down to 130. But, when I put the SD card back in, the book count went back to 134 and all 4 of those titles and covers showed back up in the main catalog, which is not what I wanted. Ultimately, the only books I want in the main library are the ones I bought from B&N and can't shelve (due to their format, they won't convert in Calibre). All of my content from other places could be shelved on the SD card and hidden from view until I opened up that particular folder, but I feel like I'm right back where I started with all 134 in the main catalog for view, only 130 of them are stored on the Nook and 4 are on the card.

Any ideas or am I wanting something this ereader isn't capable of?

Date Posted: 6/19/2012 10:40 PM ET
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I'll have to study this a bit more, Nancy, tomorrow afternoon or so. (getting a bit late for me)

But have you tried playing with the views in the Library page?

If you put just the four unconvertable files on the Nook itself, then put those 4 in shelves on the Nook, then add your SD card, can you still see the whole list when you chose to see [Shelves] and [Shelf Names]?

 I think you will see the shelf names, and not a list of what's inside. Nor see what's on the SD card. I have nothing in main memory right now, but a lot on the SD card. In that view I don't see any books from the SD card at all.

Might be worth a quick look to see what views are available and how they change on the Library page.

Date Posted: 6/20/2012 3:21 AM ET
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SOLVED-  after I couldn't get the SD card to work the way I wanted it, I went back and played with the shelving on the Nook itself and found I could get it to do about 95% of what I wanted it to do and so I'm going to call it a day. Here's what I did: I'm not a rereader, so I'm working with very few books compared to many of ya'll. I delete them off of the Nook once I've read them. What I wanted to be able to accomplish was to hand my Nook over to anyone in my company or one of my conservative clients and not have Opal Carew staring at them from the front page. I wanted to have 6 shelves : downloaded from the Library/Net Galley, literature, travel, non-fiction, SFW fiction, and romance/erotica (shelf called Romance and Other). I found that the last shelf created went on top of the one before it, so I wrote down all my books on a piece of paper and figured out what I wanted on which shelf and then I built the shelves backwards from how I wrote it up there, so the first two visible shelves are the library and literature, then the second page has travel and non-fiction. When I'm reading my Nook during business hours, I'll just need to be careful to flip the content back to the library page sorted by shelves rather than put it to sleep smack in the middle of the book. That way if I turn it on around someone, it goes to the library shelving rather than in the middle of whatever I'm reading. It still holds the bookmark on the current book.

Thanks for all the walking me through. I now have an SD card and I'll play a bit with my files with Calibre now that I got the immediate part figured out.

Date Posted: 6/20/2012 6:26 PM ET
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SOLVED-  after I couldn't get the SD card to work the way I wanted it

Great! Good to know what works for people.