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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.83
  • Total Downloads:
    73,987
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 18, 2017
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    65.13MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    270
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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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

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What's new in version 2.83

New Features

  • PDF Output: Default to generating PDFs with a page size of letter instead of taking the page size from the output profile.

    This avoids user confusion/bug reports about PDF Output having "too large fonts". There is a new option "Use profile size" to have the conversion use the output profile page size instead.

  • PDF/DOCX Output: Add separate, pdf/docx specific, page margin settings that override the common settings.

    Useful because page margin settings for page oriented formats, such as PDF and DOCX are usually different than those for reflowable formats such as EPUB

  • Table of Contents tool: Add an undo button
  • Metadata jacket: Show custom rating columns using stars
  • Metadata jacket: Change formatting of series to match that used by the book details panel. Also allow access to the raw series name and number when customizing the jacket template.
  • calibredb check_library: Vacuum database when running the check
  • Check Book: Add a check for empty identifier elements

Bug Fixes

  • Edit book/Book polishing: When adding a cover to an EPUB 3.0 file set the svg property if a SVG cover wrapper is used
  • Refresh the book list when a User Category is added/edited.
  • EPUB metadata: Fix deleting ISBN from EPUB file could result in an EPUB file without a package identifier if the ISBN was used as the package identifier.
  • Amazon metadata download: Fix title and author names being bold in the downloaded comments when using bing to get amazon metadata.
  • PDF Output: Fix a regression that broke PDF Output for documents containing mathematics.
  • E-book viewer: Fix a regression that broke the "Clear recently read books" action in the viewer

New news sources

  • Jacobin magazine by Darko Miletic

Improved news sources

  • Go Comics
  • Die Zeit (subscription)
  • Pagina12
  • New York Magazine
General
Publisher Kovid Goyal
Publisher web site http://kovidgoyal.net/
Release Date April 15, 2017
Date Added April 18, 2017
Version 2.83
Category
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 65.13MB
File Name calibre-64bit-2.83.0.msi
Popularity
Total Downloads 73,987
Downloads Last Week 270
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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