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Customizing the New York Times calibre publication

May 22, 2010

Previous posts on the calibre software discussed subscribing to pre-loaded publications as well as automating the entire process of downloading and transferring to your Kindle.

The list of English publications is here.  But this does not preclude one from adding different publications or even modifying the pre-included publications.  This post will discuss the latter by using the New York Times as an example.

Customizing the built-in calibre New York Times

Step 1: Open calibre. Click the arrow next to the “Fetch News” icon in the toolbar.  Select the  “Add a custom news source” option.

Step 2: Select the “Customize builtin recipe” button at the bottom-left of the dialog window. Scroll down and find “The New York Times” (note: this will be filed under the “T’s”).

Step 3: Scroll down a little until you see the section in green below of the “recipe”:

Step 4: In the brackets of the black text, “excludeSectionKeywords = []”, enter the sections of the New York Times that you do not want to include in your calibre downloads.  For example, to exclude the following section, your text would be entered as below:

excludeSectionKeywords = [‘Dining’,’Weddings’,’Travel’,’Real Estate’,’Automobiles’,’Obituaries’,”T Men’s Fashion”,”T Women’s Fashion”, ‘International’,’Home’,’Styles’,’New York’]

[Note that the excluding sections must match the SectionKeywords in the above lines–for example, while ‘Dining’ has single quotation marks, “T Men’s Fashion” has double quotation marks.]

Add as many sections as you wish to exclude–the more sections you exclude, the smaller the file size and the quicker the conversion process.

Step 5: IMPORTANT – Click the “Add/Update recipe” button on the left-hand side of the dialog box (see below) when you are finished.

Step 6: Close the dialog box.

Step 7: Click the “Fetch News” icon and expand the “Custom” list (the second from the top). From here, download and/or schedule the publication (see earlier calibre posts on this blog for instructions).

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