I have a few news downloads set up in Calibre (BBC, Guardian and a few custom ones as well). I note that once they are downloaded that the 'Author(s)' column for the publication is set to 'calibre'.

Ideally, I would like this to reflect the actual publication, or, more generally, I'd like to be able to configure this myself. I have looked around in the docs, within the python script and generally on the net for answers but I can't see a way of doing this. I don't want to have to manually edit the metadata as this kind of defies the point of an automated download.

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This was kind a hard nut to crack... Regarding this issue this functionality is currently not available nor planned for the future.

In fact there is a workaround to more or less solve this issue. There is a real master tool called 'Metadata Plugboards' hidden in the settings. This allows you to modify metadata when media is exported (save to disk, send per mail or upload to device etc. - this applies not when you simply convert to another format).

The tool gives you a lot of options - For this example I just chose any format -> any device. Then you can specify what should go to which metadata field. Select authors as target and enter the following template code


This replaces the author field with the title, if the author currently contains calibre, otherwise the authors field remains untouched.

More details on the template language are available at the calibre manual.

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    Splendid, thank you @Daniel. I was having problems with this but upgrading to 1.47 appeared to sort this out. I note that the changes are only reflected in the document once it gets sent rather than in Calibre but that isn't an issue. Thanks again. Commented Aug 1, 2014 at 9:11

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