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valiha ([personal profile] valiha) wrote in [community profile] ebooks2011-07-03 12:17
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Need advice - Calibre for converting and managing fanfiction

I need some advice on how to use Calibre to convert and manage my vast fanfiction library. I have tried using this program in the past, installing and uninstalling several times. I cannot stand the fact that it creates a copy of every file I add to it. I understand the reasons for it now though I didn't in the past, but just knowing that it leaves a mess of folders and subfolders and files on my computer drives me batty. It says it is "designed around the concept of the logical book, i.e., a single entry in your library that may correspond to actual e-book files in several formats", but I only keep multiple formats for fanfic, so that seems reduntant to me. I have tried to find answers on the Calibre forum over at MobileRead, but most of the conversations are too technical for me. I hope some of you can at least give me some starting points.

So, I've been saving fanfiction for years, in various fandoms, because when I first started reading it, I didn't have internet at home, and net cafes charged ridiculous amounts for sitting there reading. I would bring a bunch of floppies and save favorites as txt files because they would take up the least amount of space and I could cram a lot of them on a single floppy. Those fics are still on my computer, in folders according to fandom and author. I don't bother with genres, because of the popularity of AUs in my main fandom. An author may write stories set in an Old West setting, WWII, present time, SF AU etc.; they all get saved in that author's folder. I number the series, and leave stand-alones with just the titles. I also don't bother with pairings because I'm mostly a gen reader.

I now save most of my favorites as htmls or download as epubs from AO3 to "My Fandoms > Fandom > Author" folders on my computer, and copy to my e-reader. I've been thinking about converting the old fics to htmls too, but it would be a time consuming process to do it one by one (I'm talking thousands of files, which often wrap after 65 characters). I know Calibre can do a batch convert of files from one format to another, but like I said I have issues with the way it behaves. I am wondering if I can set it up so that I convert the files I need, add tags and covers, move them to the location of my choice and then have Calibre delete the files and folders in its library created in the process.

Or if this is not possible with Calibre, could you recommend an alternative program that could do a batch convert from txt to clean, bare bones html/epub, and allow me to add tags to the resulting files? I'd really appreciate any help you can give me.
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[personal profile] elf 2011-07-03 22:25 (UTC)(link)
I don't do that kind of rant in public places; there are fans who get upset at the idea of selling or even sharing physical zines, much less sharing digital copies of stuff that may no longer be publicly available online. (Or may only exist in whatever pit of usenet archives one manages to crawl through; google has *frightening* collections of txt-formatted data.)

It is srsly time for ebooking to start acquiring lots of plugins and little helpful programs.