Calibre & iTunes (a couple's counseling workshop)

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  1. Wreybies

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    Don't you just love when someone shows you something that makes you realize you've been doing whatever it is you've been doing bass-ackwards?

    Yeah. So, Calibre and iTunes.

    I had been doing it the hard way, pulling my Calibre library over to iTunes from within iTunes which was causing all kinds of problems. Some books (not all, just a few select scalawags) would always repeat and cause doubling of books for reason beyond my ken. I would have to either dig down through the file structure of the Calibre library and pluck books individually or erase all the doubled books, and... tedious!

    Here's how to make it happen neat and happy.

    First, make sure you have the latest Calibre (0.7.27 as of this posting)


    Quick start: 'Connect to iTunes' mode

    1. Launch iTunes with no connected iDevices.
    2. Launch Calibre, set Preferences:
      • Preferences|General|Preferred output format to EPUB and while you're there, make sure you also check the No SVG Cover box otherwise your book covers wont show up and if you are as picky as I am about covers and artwork....
      • Preferences|Conversion|Page Setup|Output profile to iPad
      • Preferences|Plugins|Device Interface plugins|Apple device interface - click Enable/Disable plugin so that driver is disabled (Yes, disabled. Grayed out)
    1. Restart Calibre.
    2. Select Connect/Share↓ and from the drop down select Connect to iTunes to connect iTunes as a Reader.

    Now when you add a book to Calibre, you can simply send the one or two or three book(s) directly to iTunes (Send to Device)without any muss or fuss. It works simply, cleanly, and intuitively in a very Apple kind of way. ;)

    All of the settings will remain as you have chosen from there onward save for one. Whenever you open Calibre, you have to do the Connect/Share and then Connect to iTunes bit.

    A big (and I mean BIG) thank you to Mickey 330 (Marilyn) for pointing me in the direction of this information! :D
     
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  2. Mickey330

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    First, thanks for the shout out ... but, really, I should be thanking you for clarifying the steps. Sometimes, it can be very confusing, no? I just pointed you in the direction of that thread on MobileRead - doesn't mean that I underSTOOD it! :D

    Your post here is a great guide and I am going to keep it handy, just-in-case. It makes me want to put my e-books onto the iPad versus using my e-ink device.

    Well .... almost! :p

    Marilyn
     
  3. Hasty

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    Thanks. Learned something here.

    Was in too much of a hurry as usual........
     
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    It got so frustrating that I damn near gave up. I will have to marry these two apps when I get home later...

    Thanks for the walk-thru.
     
  5. Wreybies

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    Very welcome to all. ;) Glad I could add.

    In the original guide I found the Connect to iTunes options was stated as being found under the Send to Device option.

    No. It is not.
     
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    Huge thanks. Love calibre and just got my iPad. Really wanting to join up the two programs.
     
  7. Wreybies

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    The two do really work splendidly together. If your purpose for your iPad is to read ebooks, then I would say that Calibre is indispensable if for no other reason, the fact that it is like the ultimate polyglot interpreter, taking everything you find out there, regardless of file type, and letting you translate into a file type that iBooks is happy with. Calibre is your interpreter, the internet is the foreign and exotic land you are exploring. Enjoy!
     
  8. Mickey330

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    Oh, then you'll really like Calibre2OPDS!

    If you have cloud storage, such as [the free] Dropbox, you can create a catalog of your books that you can store "in the cloud." Then, once you find a book in your catalog you want to read, you can download it from the cloud to your iPad, read it and then remove it once you are done.

    See this link, Calibre2OPDS, to see some more details.

    What I like is the ability to store my e-books online and then access them from anywhere, to include the iPad.

    Way cool, IMNSHO.

    Marilyn
     
  9. Wreybies

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    Marilyn, have I mentioned to you that you rock all over outer space? ;) :D
     
  10. slayda

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    Be nice if you could do both (iPad & e-ink device) at the same time from Calibre.
     

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