eBook Sync

Ooooo that was more complicated than expected!!

Mrs P is pregnant and lacking in iron and gets rather tired rather early of an evening. Rather than leave her lonely and isolated upstairs, I like to retire up to bed with her. But the external light on my Sony ereader is rather bright and illuminates the room like a miniature solar flare! So I wondered whether reading on my iPhone would be less obtrusive for her.

Do you see what a good husband I am here? Supportive and considerate.

So I set about today trying to work out how to transfer the 5000+ books I have on Calibre (brilliant library app!) to iTunes (clunky, ubiquitous and hegemaniacal – my own word and I like it! It means “maniacally seeking hegemony”). Having owned an iPhone now for nearly two years I don’t think I have ever opened my iTunes before today!

The Connect/Share button on Calibre includes an option to Connect to iTunes.

So, blithely, I clicked it and – with my iTunes open – it connected to it. It seems to recognise the iTunes now exactly as it recognises my Sony ereader.

In the same way that you click the Send To Device button when an ereader is connected, the same button now sends selected books to iTunes.


There now seems to be two levels of selection to transfer them actually onto the phone!

I may have got this wrong but it seems to work if I select the books I want on the iTunes list as seen in the last picture.

Then, connecting the iPhone itself and clicking on the iPhone Books tab you can select which books to sync in a second box ticking exercise.

That, I don’t understand but if you select the books you want on the first list in iTunes and keep this second list selecting All Books, it seems to reduce the effort.

And there we have it: 1737 of my 5047 books transferred to iTunes (my library is desperately in need of pruning!); and a paltry 388 transferred to my phone, taking up 295 MB and available on the iBooks app.


And the experience of reading on a phone? I’ve held out against it for a long long time grumbling primarily about its stupid tiny screen and its backlight is so bad for your eyes and it’s not like real reading

But actually it was fine.

Mrs P slept undisturbed, step-son continued to ignore all requests and suggestions to sleep, my eyes neither bled nor blurred, the book continued to make sense. Life continued as normal.

Yes, the screen is tiny and you do need to page-turn very frequently. But it was actually smaller lighter and more one-hand friendly than the Sony.


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