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Quicker than you can turn a page, e-books have gone from a novelty to a publishing mainstay and will soon be the dominant format (perhaps by the time you're reading this). While many book-lovers use handheld e-book devices such as Amazon's Kindle, others read e-books on their tablets or even their smartphones. All you need is a good e-book reader. We tried the 64-bit release of Calibre, the free, open-source reader and library manager. It's a good e-book reader.

Calibre's welcome wizard let us choose from a long list of interface languages. It also prompted us to set up our e-book library by creating a destination folder or browsing to existing e-books. By default, Calibre creates its library folder in your Documents library. Of course, you can change it later, but it's not a bad idea to start with the right folder in the right location, since your e-book collection may grow rapidly when you see what's available for free (or cheap). It's also easy to establish your e-book library on a USB drive, memory card, or external drive. (You can lug your entire library around with you without giving yourself a hernia! Try that with hardbacks.) Next, we set up Calibre to be compatible with our specific e-book gadget. We could choose devices from a list of 15 different manufacturers, including Amazon, Apple, and Barnes & Noble, as well as generic devices such as smartphones and tablets. The setup finished with links to demo videos and an online User Manual. Better yet, Calibre's main interface opens with one free e-book already displayed: "The Calibre Quick-Start Guide." A colorful interface with a familiar layout makes for easy navigation, aided and abetted by icons with easy-to-grasp labels such as Get Books and Fetch News, each with equally clear submenus.

We've got nothing but good things to say about Calibre, whether it's the 32- or 64-bit version. Adding, converting, and removing books, editing metadata, and even sharing our favorite titles all proved to be as easy as a few clicks. If you don't have a favorite e-book reader and library app yet, or even if you do, check out Calibre.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.79.1

New Features

  • Windows: Make recently opened books show up in the jump lists for the standalone viewer and editor programs
  • OS X/Linux: Show an informational popup message when an Android device is plugged in that needs the user to tap Allow for the connection to work.
  • Conversion: Log options that are different from the defaults separately, for easy reference

Bug Fixes

  • 2.79.1 fixes a regression in 2.79.0 that broke the file open dialogs on windows vista
  • Conversion: Fix regression that broke conversion of some epub files when using the "Remove first image" option.
  • Get Books: Update Kobo plugin for website changes
  • Windows MTP driver: Fix error when enumerating device storage not being reported during debug device detection
  • Tag Browser: When dragging and dropping a book onto a series increment the series number.
  • Fix crash when generating covers with Qt 5.8 on linux
  • Fix Get Books result list and jobs list not being populated on Qt 5.8
  • Fix importing rules in the coloring/icon rules dialog not enabling the apply button

Improved news sources

  • Strange Horizons
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Bangkok Post
  • The Atlantic
  • NYTimes
  • LA Times
  • New Yorker
  • The Straits Times
Publisher Kovid Goyal
Publisher web site
Release Date February 12, 2017
Date Added February 14, 2017
Version 2.79.1
Category Educational Software
Subcategory E-book Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista/7/8/7 64-bit/10/8 64-bit/Vista 64-bit
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 65.11MB
File Name calibre-64bit-2.79.1.msi
Total Downloads 71,124
Downloads Last Week 371
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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