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Old 01-15-2012, 01:22 PM
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Hi all,
I have a GP5 with an 8gb micro sd card installed. I use Aldiko as my default reader though I have Mantano and Kindle as well. I also use Calibre as my library (books are generally in epub format) and send books to the GP5 using the "send to device", "send to main memory" functions of Calibre.
Calibre sends the book to the external sd card by default. Prior to installing the sd card, Calibre sent the book to the GP5 internal sd card.

The problem I'm having is: Multiple copies (3) of the book will appear in "shelf view" on Aldiko. If I delete one, doesn't matter which, I'm left with 3 blank books on the shelf. Calibre shows just one copy on the main device. If I use ES Explorer or MS Explorer on my desktop to look at the folders on the device I see on the internal sd storage one folder named "ebook" and within are the folder(s) for the books I sent over from Calibre. There is also another folder on the same storage named "external_sd" which is empty.
When I look at the external sd card I find a folder named "eBooks", within is a folder named "import" and within that is the folders for the books from Calibre.

Does anyone know why this is happening? I've read the GP5 and Calibre users guides several times as well as searching on the Calibre and Aldido sites FAQ's etc. with no success.
I'm hoping the more experienced users on this forum, as well as the mobileread/Calibre forums will be able to help.

I've deleted the ebooks and external_sd folders on the internal sd but they reappear so I suspect they are hard written...I've wondered what would happen if I formatted the internal sd through "settings" on the GP5 but I am not knowledgeable regarding damage I may do that is unrecoverable.

Any and all help, suggestions are greatly appreciated.
I love my GP5 and can certainly live with this but as this just started several days ago and I've had the 5 for nearly 4 weeks I suspect it may be something I did by accident?.

Thanks again,
Kai
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Old 01-15-2012, 01:31 PM
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Does Calibre have any options to just search your ext book folder? You might look in android/data (this is where Kindle resides) to see if there are and folders there that have duplicates. Also try clearing cache in manage applications for all book related apps.
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Old 01-16-2012, 02:49 PM
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Calibre does not seems to have any options regarding where to send a book.
I have cleared the cache, deleted the folders...they are hard written and just return, used ES File Explorer to delete folders, move books, etc. without success.
I wound up uninstalling Mantano and the problem has not returned. I have no idea of how these files/folders are moved by the reader programs and/or the GP5.
I am using Aldiko and the Kindle app only and all is well.
While this works I'd still like to understand what was happening and why, but at least it is all working fine thus far.

Thanks for your help tcat...much appreciated.
Kai
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Old 01-16-2012, 05:29 PM
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I know that Aidiko is popular but I like Cool Reader much better. It is simple to add books to your library with Cool Reader as you set the library folder yourself -and then just copy and paste from your PC. I also use Calibre and find it much simpler to save the converted epub or mobi files to my PC and then copy them over to my SGP5. Then only what is in that folder will be in your book selection. If you can find the folder that Aidiko uses to hold book files then you could do the same thing.
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:28 PM
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Kai,

I have an SGP5 with no SD card installed. I experienced the same thing using Aldiko and Calibre. Calibre would sync books to the SGP5 in author folders (Lastname, Firstname). Then, I pointed Aldiko to the folder where I sync'd the books. After Aldiko imported the books, I noticed that it made duplicate copies of the author folders in the same book folder, only they were in the format Firstname Lastname.

I couldn't figure out why it was making duplicate folders and ultimately uninstalled Aldiko. Instead, I started using Moon Reader+, which doesn't make duplicate copies of books that have been sync'd by Calibre. It doesn't appear (so far) that either Mantano or Cool Reader cause duplication on my SGP5.

I didn't have Mantano installed but still had the duplication problem, so maybe the problem is caused by something else?

By the way, I learned that we can indeed set where Calibre stores books. Go to Preferences > Plugins > Device Interface Plugins > Android Driver and select Customize Plugin. At the bottom of the pop-up window, you can choose which folders Calibre will save to.

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Old 01-26-2012, 06:26 AM
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Thanks for the info Bob.
It seems it is an Aldiko problem, and perhaps Calibre though they say it is not. I was on the Aldiko customer support site and there are some complaints of the same thing happening to other users who are not using Calibre. Aldiko acknowledges the problem exists and suggest as a fix to uninstall the app and the Adobe app then reinstall both. I did this with no success. At least they admit it but so far no real fix.

I did change my preferences to "User Defined USB Driver" rather than "Android Driver". It recognized the sd card as a separate drive "seeing" both the internal and external sd cards as seperate. The external sd card is the "A" drive on Calibre.
I tried specifying the folder using "Android Driver" but when importing a book with Aldiko it still sent it to a different folder. A real pain in the arse.

I wound up uninstalling Aldiko, too bad because it is my favorite reader, and I'm using Mantano for my DRM'd epubs as the primary with Cool Reader as secondary and Kindle for the few Kindle DRM'd books I have.
It is odd that none of the other reader apps do this.
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:09 PM
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Kai--Tell me some more about editing the User Defined USB Driver. One thing I noticed when I did have an SD card install is that Calibre only recognized the SGP5's internal memory. It couldn't see the external SD card.
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Old 01-27-2012, 06:22 AM
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Bob, follow the instructions, from the Calibre FAQ's/use manual, and you will get the exact info for your device.

In addition to the Connect to Folder function found under the Connect/Share button, calibre provides a User Defined device plugin that can be used to connect to any USB device that shows up as a disk drive in your operating system. Note: on windows, the device must have a drive letter for calibre to use it. See the device plugin Preferences -> Plugins -> Device Plugins -> User Defined and Preferences -> Miscellaneous -> Get information to setup the user defined device for more information. Note that if you are using the user defined plugin for a device normally detected by a builtin calibre plugin, you must disable the builtin plugin first, so that your user defined plugin is used instead.
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