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Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
out of 6 votes out of 6 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.17.0
  • Total Downloads:
    83,461
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 13, 2018
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    66.14MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    177
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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 3.17.0

New features

  • Allow splitting the book list, by right clicking on the column headers and choosing 'Split the book list'

    This is useful to 'lock' one or more columns in place so that they are always visible even when scrolling through other columns. Also, the split list has a separate right click menu which you can configure via Preferences->Toolbars and menus

  • Store temporary files used by the editor and viewer in the cache directory to try to prevent errors caused by 'file cleaner' programs deleting temporary files still in use

Bug fixes

  • EPUB3 Input: Fix HTML covers and titlepages that are marked using the deprecated <guide> element not being recognized.
  • Bulk metadata edit: Fix regression in 3.13 that made it impossible to use the Force numbering checkbox for custom series
  • Conversion: Fix the valign attribute on <td> tags not being honored
  • E-book viewer: Fix the 'Copy' keyboard shortcut/context menu action not working on some Windows systems
  • E-book viewer: Make the semi-transparent background for viewing metadata a little more opaque.

New news sources

  • Computing by Darko Miletic

Improved news sources

  • New York Times
  • Le Devoir
  • New Statesman
  • London Review of Books
  • New York Post
  • LWN Weekly
  • Associated Press
General
Publisher Kovid Goyal
Publisher web site http://kovidgoyal.net/
Release Date February 09, 2018
Date Added February 13, 2018
Version 3.17.0
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 66.14MB
File Name calibre-64bit-3.17.0.msi
Popularity
Total Downloads 83,461
Downloads Last Week 177
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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