[Enhancement] New option for calibre command

Bug #1815419 reported by Better Red on 2019-02-11
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Bug Description

As you know I find using the mouse difficult due to hand injuries. And its getting worse with age.

Because I 'live' in my file manager I add books via a shortcut to calibre.exe in the Windows sendto folder. This works well for me; I edit the file name to be "author - title", press the MenuKey, N, N, Right, Enter (the calibre shortcut is top of list). The book is added as if I dragged the file from my file manager and dropped it into into the book list. This works if calibre is minimised or even if its not running - calibre will spring to life and the new book appears at the top of the list ready for me to edit the metadata cells in situ.

So far, so good.

But I often want to add another 'format', or replace an existing format, or add/replace a cover to an existing book from my file manager. I can do that by drag-dropping the file onto the book details panel. But, for me that is a tiresome way of doing it; calibre might be minimised, I may not have the Book details panel showing, or it may be hidden by another window etc.

So, I am wondering if it would be feasible to add a '--current-book' option to the calibre command. I then could have another shortcut in my sendto folder (_calibre_add.lnk) that would specify the '--current-book' option in the calibre command. Obviously I would need to ensure the right book is current - but I don't see that as a problem given the way I work.

Essentially it would do exactly what drag-drop into the book details panel does.


I looked into this and there are various problems with trying to
implement it, chiefly, if calibre is not already running, then
the file gets added to some random book, potentially overwriting an
existing file and causing data loss. Similarly, if you accidentally have
it on the wrong book even when calibre is running, you potentially get
data loss.

 status wontfix

Changed in calibre:
status: New → Won't Fix
Kovid Goyal (kovid) wrote :

However, to support mouse less adding of books to an existing book
driven by window explorer, I can add an extra item to the add books menu
"Add books to selected books from clipboard" so then you will need to
press ctrl-c in windows explorer, switch to calibre, make sure the right
book is selected and press the shortcut for that action.

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