Monday, March 31, 2014

Calibre: Author as "Last name, First name" in Calibre GUI display

Calibre ( is a fantastic tool for managing ebooks. One of the things I wanted was to display author name as "Last name, First name" in the GUI for easy viewing. I could not find a single click way to do it, but here's one workaround.

You can create a custom field and show author name displayed as "Last name, First name" in the Calibre GUI.

1. Write click on the header bar. (put your cursor on "Author" and right click)
2. Click Add your own columns
3. Click the + sign on the right
4. Click 'Quick Create' ISBN
5. Replace the filed as follows:

Lookup name > author_sort
Column Heading > AuthorSort
Column type > Column Built from other column
Template > {author_sort}

6. Don't forget to click OK and then "Apply" at top left. Calibre should now ask you to restart.
7. Restart Calibre and now you should be able to see an additional column to the right most with author name displayed as "Last name, First name" format.

P.S: This assumes that your Calibre library metadata has been properly formatted.  

More info:
Last name, first name in calibre folder tree structure - MobileRead Forums

Question about displaying the authors - MobileRead Forums

Calibre newbie needs help with author sort. - MobileRead Forums

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