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Import Tellico books into Calibre

April 23rd, 2016 No comments

I used to maintain my dead-tree book collection in Alexandria. When that stopped being developed I switched to Tellico. Tellico however doesn’t have a simple way of retrieving cover images, so recently I switched to using Calibre.

The following python script automates the process of converting from Tellico to Calibre so you don’t have to re-enter all the books by hand.

Install requirements (BeautifulSoup v4 is used to parse the XML):

sudo apt-get install python-bs4

Extract the Tellico data (the Tellico file (*.tc) is just a zip file with the XML data and cover images):

mkdir /tmp/tellico
cd /tmp/tellico
unzip [/path/to/tellico/file/]

Now run the import/conversion script. The only argument it needs is the path to the tellico.xml file that you just unzipped:

python tellico.xml

All the books are tagged with “Print”, and if they’re marked as loaned out in Tellico they also get the “Loaned” tag. The following data is imported:

  • Title
  • Authors
  • ISBN
  • Cover image
  • Publisher
  • Published date
  • Comments
  • Rating

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