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Posted on 14 Jun 2012 17:25:43 BDT
Thanks Stitchingirl think i have that sorted but i am so confused i am actually worried my face is going to stay permantley this distorted.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2012 17:28:35 BDT
Don't think you're alone in that ...for the first couple of days I sort of hoped I was getting it right - watched the video so often I'm sure I wore it out ...but once it's all in there, and you get a day or two's downloads under your belt, you can feel chuffed!!

Posted on 14 Jun 2012 17:57:52 BDT
I now have 1215 books on my kindle of which approx 350 are reference). I add an average of 70 books per week and read approx 5 books per week. Mmmmmm.....I was never brilliant at maths but even I can tell I will never get around to having an empty Kindle as long as there are freebies...........lol

Posted on 14 Jun 2012 18:15:22 BDT
Ok so I generally just let my books be downloaded from kindle store straight to kindle using my iPad but calibre cant be downloaded to ipad so I have downloaded it to pc but don't seem to have any books on pc how do I get the books I have already got onto calibre? Thanks for any help given and sorry for being a pain in advance.

Posted on 14 Jun 2012 18:43:27 BDT
No apologies needed ...we've all been there ...connect your kindle via usb...click on the 'view files' option when the window opens, select the kindle folder (documents on mine) with your books in it (I usually go for the wrong one first). With this file reduced in size (sorry, can't remember technical term, middle window on top right) do the same with calibre window and have them side by side; then 'drop and drag' each book from your kindle to calibre.

Posted on 14 Jun 2012 21:52:23 BDT
Ok so kind of hoovered, kind of made dinner, took son to football and moved all books on library to calibre library. Can you now tell me if i go through calibre and buy books from amazon should they now deliver straight library?

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2012 22:06:22 BDT
Suze says:
Hyoerbole, sorry I wasn't about earlier when you asked for help. Rather than have the books delivered to your kindle you could select transfer via usb as the destination point when you buy a book and it will then go into your downloads folder rather than to your kindle. This can then be transferred to Calibre, either manually if you prefer or you can set Calibre to 'collect' the books automatically from the downloads folder. I personally, put them in there manually because as yet there is no automatic way to download the metadata and I find this easier to do when I transfer the book to Calibre. If you do this regularly it shouldn't be such a big job. I once left it for over 4 months and it took forever to sort out, so I now transfer to Calibre at least once a week.

Posted on 14 Jun 2012 22:26:16 BDT
The mud is clearing suze slowly but surely:) Now making a start on downloading metadata so after i have done that i should be able to sort by genre etc?

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2012 22:33:06 BDT
Suze says:
Hyperbole, I find it better to download the metadata in batches of about 30 rather than the whole lot at once. It seems to take forever sometimes to collect the metadata from Amazon but it's easier than doing it yourself book by book.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2012 22:45:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Jun 2012 22:55:14 BDT
Suze i must be doing something wrong it will only let me do one book at a time and i cant find settings to stop books being automatically downloaded to kindle when i switch it on. Hadn't realised i was such a technophobe before.

Ooh highlighted books and now in the process of downloading meta for all books, if in doubt just keep pressing buttons, just need to stop books downloading to kindle now

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2012 23:14:36 BDT
Suze says:
Hyperbole, first job, stop panicking. We really could do with chat at the moment, but between us we'll sort it out. You'll have to bear with me though because I'll probably have to keep looking in Calibre as I go along. Right lets get to it.
First, your metadata. Select the first book you want the metadata for, hold down the shift key and select the last book you want. The 2 books you clicked on and all in between them should now be in blue, if not try again. Don't forget to hold down the shift key for the last book. Once they are all in blue, you can release the shift key and go to the letter I on the top row, select Download Metadata and Covers from the options available, it's next to last option for mac but don't know which order they're in for windows. You'll now get a box where you can select what you want, so select the download both option.
Calibre will now go and find the metadata and book cover for you. You can tell if this is working by the turning wheel thing at the bottom right. When it's finished you'll get a box telling you it's finished looking and do you want your library updating. Select yes, and it will put everything in place for you. Occasionally you will be told it can't find the details you want for a book, so you'll have to find the book page on Amazon and do a copy and paste job for the relevant book.

Second, the only way to stop books being automatically downloaded to kindle is when you one click. Under the Buy Now With One Click button it says Deliver To and under this there is a box with a tiny downward arrow, press on this arrow and select the option to Transfer via Computer. This will put the book directly in your downloads folder, rather than sending it to your kindle. I still occasionally send books to my kindle though, just to check the wifi.

Hope this helps.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2012 23:16:02 BDT
Suze says:
You're not a technophobe, it's just something you've never used before.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2012 23:29:07 BDT
Prydwyn says:
There is a better way... start Calibre, and then connect your Kindle. After a few moments, a new icon called "device" will appear next to the "Library" icon in Calibre. Click on the "Device" icon, and calibre will now list all the books on your Kindle. Using ctrl-click (or shift-click, if you have a lot of books), slelect all the books on your kindle, and then drag them onto the "Library" icon. All the books you have selected will now be copied from your Kindle into Calibre.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2012 23:30:40 BDT
Suze says:
Last time I did that, they came all jumbled up and the titles and authors didn't match. Don't know why but it's put me off doing it now. Shame really because like you said it can be better.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2012 23:32:21 BDT
Just wanted to say this was very helpful and reassuring advice, Suze. There's a lot of good stuff on this forum and I believe most people want to be helpful. I've not been put off by the sarcasm that can sometimes take over certain threads. It may not all be sarcasm or digs, but it takes a while to understand different senses of humour when new to the forum. I don't feel new, any more. Just felt like commenting as this has been discussed recently. Communication is a skill. Applauding your post, Suze.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2012 23:34:35 BDT
Suze says:
Thanks FreebieFul, I haven't been on much today and still haven't caught up with all the posts. Think I'll have to leave them now though, as I'm getting a bit sleepy and want to ready my new book (when I decide which one) for a while before I go to bed.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2012 23:35:25 BDT
Prydwyn says:
Calibre has "authors", and "author-sort". You need to change the settings so that "authors" = "author-sort". "Auther-sort" has surname first, the first name. "Author" is usually the other way round. As long as you are using "author-sort", everything should be ok, otherwise you do get odd results on the Kindle with some books being sorted by author's first name rather than their surname.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2012 23:36:01 BDT
Good idea - that's what I'm going to do. Go to bed with a book. And get off this computer :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2012 23:40:33 BDT
Suze says:
MR, yeah, I know what you mean but what I mean is a book by Carl Ashmore called Bernard and the Bibble went into Calibre with Martina Cola as the Author for the same book. When they first go in there the titles and authors are supposed to be together not all jumbled up with the wrong authors on the books. It's easier for me transferring them manually now, as I only have about 10 - 15 a week to do now I've got it going. It might be worth it though for somebody who hasn't yet got Calibre started and facing a big backlog of books to put in there.

Posted on 14 Jun 2012 23:40:56 BDT
Suze says:
I'm off to bed now, night everybody. See you in the morning.

Posted on 14 Jun 2012 23:54:19 BDT
TMW says:
I wish I had read this far before as I have been downloading all my books one at a time & then doing the metadata one at a time too. I am such a dolt. Having read this I will come back to it tomorrow and add some more.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2012 07:41:02 BDT
Thanks Suze you have been a fantastic help. I am done and dusted just need to get on with reading some books now :)

Posted on 15 Jun 2012 07:42:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Jun 2012 07:43:04 BDT
A big thanks to all that contributed to helping me overcome my computer illiteracy yesterday and for all the much-needed encouragement.

Posted on 15 Jun 2012 07:53:57 BDT
Suze and Prydwyn, Thanks for all the info, think I'll 'fiddle' about with the settings today and try to make it all easier. HG...hope I didn't confuse you too much, first time giving kindle advice but there didn't seem to be anyone else around and didn't want to leave you stranded.

Phew!! Onwards and upwards.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2012 08:04:57 BDT
Suze says:
Stitich, that's one thing about Calibre, you can adjust all the settings to your personal preference. I still have to enter my email addresses, as I usually tend to find the book I want to read on Calibre then download from my archive or just plug the kindle into the macbook and send direct from Calibre using the cable.
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