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Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Very good
Average User Rating:
out of 227 votes out of 227 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.15.0
  • Total Downloads:
    574,243
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 05, 2018
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    60.54MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    531
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #1 in eBooks

Editors' Review

An all-in-one solution for handling your e-books, Calibre does for electronic books just what iTunes does for music, allowing you to manage your digital book collection through an intuitive albeit overcrowded interface while offering excellent support for converting books to different formats and editing their metadata. The only area where the software is lacking is its e-book reader; it doesn't allow you to highlight or add notes to your books.

Pros

E-book converter: With Calibre you can take an e-book in one file format and convert it to another that is supported by your e-book reading device and, if you're not happy with the result, you can tweak the conversion settings and even manually edit the book's contents and formatting. It took us four seconds to convert a 40-page e-book from PDF to ePub.

E-book reader: The software comes with a basic e-book reader that supports fullscreen mode for distraction-free reading and that lets you choose your preferred method of pagination and gives you the ability to bookmark pages. Unfortunately, there is no way to annotate, highlight, or augment the book's contents short of editing the book itself.

E-book organizer: Similar to iTunes, the app is much more than an e-book reader: it acts also as your e-book library, providing a central place where you can organize and sort your collection and allowing you to edit the book's metadata and even pull information automatically from places like Google and Amazon. On the back-end, each author gets his or her own folder and each e-book gets its own subfolder, which contains all versions of the given book along with its metadata.

Cons

Crowded interface: There is a lot going on when you start using the app; just on the main screen there are three search fields and 15 buttons, many of which come with drop-down menus. Fortunately, primary functions are thoughtfully placed where you would expect them to be, so the learning curve is not too steep.

Bottom Line

If you're a serious e-book fan and read on more than one device, you should definitely give Calibre a try. Using this open-source software, you can have all the different versions of your books together in one library while keeping the actual files neatly organized in intelligently named folders.

 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.15.0

New features

  • Browser viewer: Allow customizing what information is displayed in the header and footer areas. Access Preferences from the viewer controls to change.
  • Add support for MTP devices on FreeBSD
  • ToC editor: Add more case changing operations to the right click menu
  • Content server: Redirect pre 2.x book URLs to new 3.x URLs via a JavaScript redirect
  • Content server: Allow opening entries in the book list in a new tab via middle click/right click
  • Add a tweak in Preferences->Tweaks to exclude some fields when using the Edit metadata->Copy/paste actions
  • Linux: Allow using calibre-tray.png in the calibre resources folder to override the system tray icon.

Bug fixes

  • Browser viewer: Fix goto next/previous section actions not working when the sections are in different individual HTML files.
  • Edit book/Book polishing: When compressing images and the compressed image is larger thant he original, use the original image.
  • PDF input: Fix conversion of multi-level PDF Outline causing duplicate entries in the Table of Contents.
  • Edit book: Fix incorrect EPUB 3 declarations being added to the OPF file when adding covers to an EPUB 2 book
  • Edit book: Fix backspace key un-indenting instead of deleting even when text is selected if the cursor is at the start of the line
  • Tag browser: Fix position not bing preserved when deleting books.
  • Edit Book: Use the cache directory rather than the temp directory to store working files. Hopefully prevents temp file cleaners from destroying books.
  • EPUB input: Handle books that erroneously set the mimetype for font files to text/plain
  • AZW3 input: Do not fail to process files with invalid internal flow references.
  • When updating plugins, do not show the dialog asking which toolbar to put the plugin, even if the user has removed the plugin for all toolbars.
  • Content server: Fix using the Clear logs button preventing the server from restarting until calibre itself is restarted.

Improved news sources

  • LA Times
  • Popular Science
  • Nikkei News

 

General
Publisher Kovid Goyal
Publisher web site http://kovidgoyal.net/
Release Date January 04, 2018
Date Added January 05, 2018
Version 3.15.0
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory eBooks
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 60.54MB
File Name calibre-3.15.0.msi
Popularity
Total Downloads 574,243
Downloads Last Week 531
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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