Apologies if this is well known, (if so, why did no one tell me?!?) but I had to drop in and squee.
I use my Sony T1 mostly for fanfic and I have been using the FanfictionDownloader plugin with glee since I first found out about it on this comm
. I had avoided plugins before that, but no longer!
If, like me, you have hundreds of fanfics in your library, you might despair of keeping series together without having 100+ pages to search through or 100+ category and series tags. My workaround was to copy-paste all the fics in a series into one Word doc with H1/H2/H3 styles per story/chapter then load into calibre and convert. That way, I load only 1 ebook instead of however many in the series; I also compile favorite author's works, as a hedge just in case someone I will miss deletes their work. (Note: the DOCX calibre plugin is also brilliant because I always forget to save in RTF and now I don't have to care at all
Then this morning, I discovered the Epub Merge plugin. BLISS.
Now, I can use FFdownloader to grab ALL the files in a set (author/series/theme/etc), then select relevant files in my calibre library and use Epub Merge to compile. Epub Merge lets you sort the files and update the metadata before running the merge, and in a few clicks I have condensed 4 multi-chapter fics into a single ebook with sections and chapters. Better yet, the original epubs are not destroyed so you have options.
For those with super large libraries, I have noticed a performance improvement for large files vs large numbers of files, which makes sense when you think about it. Instead of indexing 33 epubs in a series (each between 500 and 6000 words), my T1 just has to index 1 ebook with 100K words. That's 32 fewer files for the ereader to index, and when I open it the TOC has the individual stories/chapters properly linked so you can hop to your favorite part.
Even better, if you ALREADY have the single epubs loaded, it won't take more than a moment to convert a set into a single ebook.
I love calibre, and the wonderful community around it. (Next up: learning to use Kindle Collections and see if I can't push them to my Fire too ;)