5 Replies Latest reply on Mar 18, 2012 12:43 AM by kamas716

    Do you keep duplicate eBooks?

    CyborgQueen

      I'm working on cleaning up my Calibre library and getting rid of duplicates.   I notice that I have quite a lot of duplicates (mostly classics due to B&N freebies, and people giving them to me from their library and other sources). 

       

      It is a little tedious to open up all the books and decide which ones are in better format, has extras (such as author's notes and the like).  Many I can easily tell which ones are keepers. There's a couple that has stumped me, and I'm not sure if I should delete them.

       

      My question is - do you keep your duplicates and when you read them, then you decide to keep them? Or do you just keep the ones that can be read on the Nook (this is kind of stupid question because Calibre can convert mobi to ePub format easily). 

       

      The OCD in me don't want to see duplicates.  The one I'm looking at now (Foundation by Issac A.):  The mobi version has NO tab indentations but HAS clear paragraph breaks - easier flow of the words.  The ePub version doesn't have paragraph breaks, but has indentations.

       

      It seems to me that the formatting affects the classics the most because it has been reprinted so many times...

        • Re: Do you keep duplicate eBooks?
          keriflur

          I don't have very many dupes, and the ones I do have were DRM-free books that I purchased in a non-EPUB format and converted to epub.  I do keep the original, on the off-chance that I have use for the other format down the road (though at this point I can probably delete my PDB files).

           

          My ebook organization is kind of a mess, actually, because each application creates its own folder, so I've got one for ADE, one for Sony, one for Nook, etc.  It drives me crazy.

          • Re: Do you keep duplicate eBooks?
            bobstro

            CyborgQueen wrote:

            [...] The OCD in me don't want to see duplicates.  The one I'm looking at now (Foundation by Issac A.):  The mobi version has NO tab indentations but HAS clear paragraph breaks - easier flow of the words.  The ePub version doesn't have paragraph breaks, but has indentations.


            Oh, that's an easy one. Pick the one that has the best formatting, then open it in Sigil and manually wade through each page fixing the formatting. You know, because I get OCD over these things. Drives me nuts when I'm reading and I just know the formatting is off.

             

            Prior to that, I do open each one and give it at least a visual skim for quality before zapping anything.

             

            One night while experimenting on some of those same classics. I was converting from .LIT format and wasn't happy with Calibre's .EPUB conversion. I tried an intermediate format, which I'd swear was .TXT, then converted to .EPUB and the results were perfect. Every time I've tried since, I can't get it to work. Now THAT brings out the OCD in me! I'd love to find a filter to strip out all but a subset of epub formatting options, and do a better job of guessing at chapter breaks.

             

            • Re: Do you keep duplicate eBooks?
              kamas716

              I do keep the duplicates, because I want to keep the varying editions.  So far it's just various translations of classics, and I haven't had a problem with space.  Should I ever run into a space crunch, I suppose I'll have to invest in another SD card and then I can reorganize.

                • Re: Do you keep duplicate eBooks?
                  keriflur

                  kamas716 wrote:

                  I do keep the duplicates, because I want to keep the varying editions.  So far it's just various translations of classics, and I haven't had a problem with space.  Should I ever run into a space crunch, I suppose I'll have to invest in another SD card and then I can reorganize.


                  You keeep dupes on your nook?  How do you know which is which?

                    • Re: Do you keep duplicate eBooks?
                      kamas716

                      keriflur wrote:

                      kamas716 wrote:

                      I do keep the duplicates, because I want to keep the varying editions.  So far it's just various translations of classics, and I haven't had a problem with space.  Should I ever run into a space crunch, I suppose I'll have to invest in another SD card and then I can reorganize.


                      You keeep dupes on your nook?  How do you know which is which?


                      Usually by the cover (calibre is great), but otherwise I have to open the book to look at the copyright page (double tapping for stuff on the SD card doesn't bring up enough info usually).