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I've been trying to make sense of the Calibre plug-in that allows you to manage your Kindle Collections - but I'm finding it hard going.  :eek:

Does anyone know where I can find a tutorial of some kind?
 

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jmiked said:
The only info on how to use it is in the message thread on the forum:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=118635

Which you likely have already seen. I was intending to look into it next week sometime.

Mike
Thank you, Mike. Yes I've seen that thread and frankly I can't make head or tale of the instructions. I'm usually quite good at this sort of thing so I'm finding it very frustrating not being able to grasp even the fundamentals of what this does and how it works.
 

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Thanks Morf - I'll have a look at those links as soon as I get the time.  ;D

I think the problem with this plug-in is that it can do a lot more than I want or need it to do and I can't seem to single out the bit I need from all the other stuff. I've managed to import my existing collections so they show in a custom column and I had hoped that when I put a new book on there all I would have to do is to type the collection names I want it in into that column and it would put the book into those collections when I sent it to the Kindle, creating any collections that didn't already exist on the device as it did so. I'm not sure if it can do that exactly and if it can, I can't figure out how!  ???
 

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LOL - HappyGuy I think you may be closer to the truth than you realise!

I'm trying to get to grips with this in anticipation of the next Kindle I buy. When I upgraded previously first I had to download all my Amazon books from archive as they are device specific (and when dear Amazon are you going to wise up and make them account specific?) but then I was able to import my collections from one device to the other and of course all my Amazon purchased books immediately slotted into place in their respective collections. My non-Amazon stuff on the other hand was easy enough to get onto the device by just copying from calibre, but then I had to put them all into their collections manually, which took forever. :eek:

I have substantially more items on my Kindle now and I'm dreading what happens in the next couple of years if I want to upgrade at some point. I just want to be able to send those non-Amazon books from calibre to a new device and have them slot into their collections automatically. :mad:
 

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HappyGuy said:
.......Oh, by the way, you may want to upgrade to the latest version of Calibre, also. Of course, your mileage may vary and in case you are killed or captured the secretary will disavow all knowledge, etc., etc., etc.
I'm not sure I'm any the wiser for reading your instructions and I bet if I get it wrong my Kindle will self-destruct in five seconds. :eek: ;D
 

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HappyGuy said:
I've been playing around with the plug in for several hours, now and seem to have it figured out (at least this works for MY Kindle!).

1. Open Calibre.
2. Connect Kindle.
3. Upload any books.
4. Click, "Create collections on the Kindle from Calibre".
5. Wait until told to eject device and do so.
6. Restart Kindle.

At this point when the Kindle comes back on, you may see everything REMOVED from collections. Give the Kindle time to update everything - the more books, the longer this takes. If everything HAS been removed, close Calibre and repeat steps 1 - 6 above.

I think the secret is to 1) Run the plugin IMMEDIATELY after uploading the books and 2) Closing and restarting Calibre if you want to run the plugin again.

Oh, by the way, you may want to upgrade to the latest version of Calibre, also. Of course, your mileage may vary and in case you are killed or captured the secretary will disavow all knowledge, etc., etc., etc.
So I followed these instructions and it sort of worked, but not correctly. Where I had books in more than one collection e.g. 'read', 'non-fiction' & 'history' it created a collection called 'read non-fiction history' and put all the books that were in all three of them into that collection as well! It did the same with every combination of collections I had! :eek:

Back to the drawing board. *sigh* ???
 
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