Publish date and ratings are not getting updated

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nsskumar
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Publish date and ratings are not getting updated

Hi,
I have premium version. While updating the Meta data from Web, few details are not getting updated to book's meta data. I could see the Publish Date details are getting fetched from web result. I verified using 'View' button. Upon clicking update button, these details are not getting updated to the metadata. For Rating, I don't even see it in the web result. Please let me know if I am missing something. Thanks.

admin
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Santosh, please let us know what book site do you use to update?

nsskumar
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Amazon, USA. Rating is not even getting downloaded from web. publish date is getting downloaded, however it is not getting updated into metadata of book.

admin
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unfortunately Rating can't be parsed from Amazon (it's Amazon limitation)
But the publish date is downloaded and updated in the book card. To update metadata you need to do it manually from the book card

nsskumar
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Do you mean to say, I have to check the web result what is the publish date of the book and edit the metadata manually update using book card? This is not something expected. I bought this app to get the book details automatically getting updated to the metadata upon web search update. Please clarify.

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Metadata - is the data stored in the ebook file (not in the book card in Alfa)
Alfa updates the book card automatically from Amazon (publish date and other fields)
But if you want to update files' metadata also - it's another action, which is done by clicking the appropriate icon in the book card

nsskumar
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I am still not convinced. Yes I am able to edit the metadata manually to update the Publish date.
I am able to see the published date from the web result. I just copied that date and set into Published date field. However I can't do this for all the books one by one. Book's metadata didn't get updated when I manually enter the detail. I believe this field is similar to 'Edition' or someother field. So I believe, it should be possible to copy the Publish date to book detail from web results. If it can't be addressed, probably i will have to live with this. Thanks anyway.

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Santosh, you don't need to copy the Publish date manually from Web update Preview to Book Card. It should be done automatically.
I checked, it works for Amazon. If it doesn't work on your computer, please send us the sample ISBN, for which it doesn't work and your actions step-by-step (how you update book). We'll test it and if we find a bug - we'll fix it

nsskumar
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I can confirm that the automatic update is not happening.
Please find below the ISBNs.
ISBN-10 - 0471684317
ISBN-13 - 9780471684312
Title - The Small Business Bible

Steps followed:
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1. Opened the Book card after adding the book to the library.
2. Clicked 'Update by Title' button at the top right corner.
3. Then checked the result from 'Amazon, US' site using 'view' button in the web search result
4. Then clicked on 'update' button.
5. I verified that the date is not reflected in 'Publish date' in the book card and then I verified using book details panel also that the date is updated from import date ie. 10th July 2017

Link - https://www.amazon.com/Small-Business-Bible-Everything-Succeed/dp/0471684317?SubscriptionId=0QERPY78AKH9KTBE9KG2&tag=httpalfaecom-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0471684317

Then I tried with Update By Book ISBN-10 & ISBN-13 also, still the publish date didn't get updated. It is same with some other books also. so far i didn't see any book's publish date getting updated with this feature.

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it's strange, I just updated this book from Amazon USA, following your steps and the publish date was updated to 27.03.2012

may be this issue is related to date format in your system. please try to add any other book from any other book site in Alfa. Is the publish date updated?

nsskumar
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I verified with Google library, USA as well. I am able to see the Publish date in the web result. However when I click on update, Publish date is not getting updated. But the other details such as descriptions are getting updated. I can confirm that Book card and Book details are not showing the updated publish date. I am using the application from India with local time zone. system's short date format is DD-MMM-YYYY. Kindly let me know if anything further I can try. Thanks.

admin
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Santosh, could you please try to change the date format in Windows to one with point as separator, say DD.MM.YYYY and check?

nsskumar
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I changed the date format to DD.MM.YYYY. Then started alfa ebook manager. I can see the new date format reflected in the book card with '10.07.2017'. Then I did web search using "Update by Book Title". I didn't get result from Amazon however I got result from google library. So selected google result and verified the publish date as '27.2.2012' in the search result. Then i clicked update button. However the publish did not get updated in book card as well as in book details.
FYI, I am using Windows 10 64 bit operating system. I changed the date format using date settings in control panel.

admin
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Maybe you have checked option Update only missing data (in the Web Update options)?

nsskumar
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Yes. You are right. I unchecked the option. Now the date is updated. Thank you. :)