Best practice for adding new books to the existing folder-organised library

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fotostuff
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Best practice for adding new books to the existing folder-organised library

Hi there, I want to add my library to AeM, since it does such a good job in having all together (catalog, update and rename in hand, duplicate automatically alerting, and so on).

My problem is I never used a real ebook manager before, just kept my ebooks ordered by (many) folders, in categories, and used the old good whereisit software to keep a track of them.. That's why I'm asking for other users / authors experience.

Let say I am going to do a scan for all my books, and the AeM is building a nice database with them.

What happens when I need to add some new books in various folders, and how am I supposed to do that?

1. One by one? Move file from downloads folder to library then manually add it to AeM with open file?

2. Is there any option in AeM to "scan for changes", basically to compare the hdd content with db and update the db accordingly, as the old whereisit is able to do, after I was adding the new books into the folders structure?

3. Am i supposed to give up my folder arrangement and just add bulk week folders with the weekly mixed-up gatherings? Since the AeM is keeping the track for me I should no longer need the organized-by-folder collection, right? Then scanning the new folder only would be enough for AeM to keep track of my collection.

The point is I would like to have my library as it is, organized in folders, to scan it with AeM, then to add my new books weekly/monthly into the folders, as appropriate, and then to use AeM to search for changes, without the need to rescan from scratch the whole library (building actually a new db).

Is there any way to do this, because I couldn't figure it by now? I still hope there is a trick I missed, and that's why I am asking for your expertise, thank you.

(using AeM PRO 5.5.1.2)

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Hi,

When you rescan your library, containing new books, Alfa can filter the duplicates and let you add only new books. But to do it, the program has to rescan every book again, so it will take a lot of time for a large library.

The better way to add new books - is to scan your Downloads folder (that contains all new books) and then to move books inside Alfa to their proper location (using Move button or the built-in File Manager). Thus file paths will be kept valid

fotostuff
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thanks, will try your suggestion, since the collection is quite big, indeed.

avidreader
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admin wrote:The better way to add new books - is to scan your Downloads folder (that contains all new books) and then to move books inside Alfa to their proper location (using Move button or the built-in File Manager). Thus file paths will be kept valid

I think a sync option would be very nice to have. Scanning the downloads folder, then manually moving the books via the file manager, is kind of making people do the work that the software could. Some people will just want to add files to a certain ebook folder and just have the software autoupdate to reflect the directory, like iTunes does.

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Alfa also works like this, but it takes much more time if the library contains a lot of books
Because the scan process has to check every book if it's already contained in the database or not. And if you select the option to retrieve cover/metadata - it also does it with every book

avidreader
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admin wrote:And if you select the option to retrieve cover/metadata - it also does it with every book

I guess this ties on to another request that was made in a different thread - have Alfa write corrected metadata back to the file. That way, if we do the sync as you're suggesting, the old metadata doesn't clobber the corrected metadata for existing books in our library.

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