1 Reply Latest reply on May 22, 2012 7:01 PM by geodancer

    Workaround for Shelves and Calibre

      Shelving on the Nook should be one of its best features – instead, it may be its greatest weakness. As a feature, it is totally useless once you get beyond a few hundred books. Adding a title to a shelf requires endless scrolling through scores of pages to check off the few titles you want to add. With nearly 3,000 titles on my little branch library, there are over 580 screens, which cannot be viewed in any other order than alpha by title (?#@!). Worse yet, deleting books from a shelf requires the same eternal scrolling to locate each item again and uncheck it. What under achiever thought up this arrangement? Apparently, the original Nooks had the option to add a title to a shelf from a search screen, and the feature was removed in subsequent Nook versions. Gee, thanks guys…

       

      But never fear, there is a workaround of sorts, which will let you create and delete a shelf in PC explorer/usb mode, and even let you add titles to your shelf directly from Calibre. Thanks to Jess4275 for the inspiration…After lengthy research, I found that there was no way to directly edit the files on the Nook that keep track of the shelves. Had they gone with an xml file to store the data, or similar user accessible format, at least the geek squad could figure it out. But apparently it may exist in an sql format (yikes!) which requires rooting your Nook to even access, and a minor in computer science to edit.What’s a mother to do…

       

      I keep all my actual books on my 8g SD card, so the My Files folder on the Nook main memory is empty. Create a desktop folder called New Books or whatever. Go to your Calibre library folder, find any books you want to start with, and copy the Calibre folder for that book into your New Books folder. Now plug in the Nook via USB, and drag and drop your PC created “New Books” folder into the My Files/Books folder on the Nook itself (not the same folder on the SD card). Unplug your Nook, go to Library/My Files/ and select “Nook Files” instead of “Memory Card”, you should see a list that includes your new book titles. If you have a lot of screensaver files, they’ll be jumbled in with the jpegs, just sort by type, which pushes all your new books to the top of the list. Voila!

       

      There may be an easier way – I fiddled with putting books directly into other unused folders (Documents, Magazines etc), which made them available under “Newsstands” but it was a little buggy, I couldn’t get the Nook to consistently display all of them. But this works for now. Once your shelf folder is in place on the Nook, you can easily drag and drop or delete books to your from your PC, and even use the Calibre “save to disk” feature to browse to that folder on the Nook and add titles directly from Calibre. Sweet…