CNET 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.Calibre - Manage your eBook library and synchronize it to reader devices - Download Video Previews:
From Kovid Goyal:
Calibre is program to manage your eBook collection. It acts as an e-library and also allows for format conversion, news feeds to eBook conversion, as well as e-book reader sync features and an integrated e-book viewer. It features library management, format conversion (all major eBook formats), syncing to e-book reader devices, fetching news from the Web and converting it into eBook form, viewing many different e-book formats, and giving you access to your book collection over the internet using just a browser.
What's new in this version:
- Edit metadata dialog: Facilitate editing the authors for books that have a large number of authors, by using a dedicated 'Edit authors' tool, which you can launch by right clicking the authors in the edit metadata dialog and selecting 'Edit authors'.
- Conversion: Fix specifying shorthand properties in filter css not working. Now all shorthand properties automatically filter out all the properties they are shorthand for.
- Kobo driver: support new firmware version 3.0.1See all new features
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"Great tool for novice E-book users."
Version: Calibre 1.8
Easy to use.
None found to date.
This is a valuable tool for E-book readers and it's free!
"Does everything I want it to od."
Version: Calibre 1.6
Converts formats for me. Also loads periodical publications I read. I don't use it for my book library or reader but it does a great job of doing what I use it for.
It does many things more than I need, but it seems to be a one program for all functions. Some people may find it hard or confusing.
For what I use it for it is great!
"Calibre does it all and does it best"
Version: Calibre 1.2
Converts your books to the format you wish to read it in.
Sends your converted file to the device where you want to read it.
Organizes all your books better than the local librarian could.
Categorizes your books.
The price is right!!!
There are no cons. This software is awesome
Donate to the author of this software and do it often. He deserves it. He put the pleasure back into owning digital books.
"WOW! Intuitive*** There is nothing it can't do."
Version: Calibre 1.1
This piece of software was created by someone who knows their way around a library. Organized, fluent, seamless. A pleasure to negotiate.
Nothing. If I find a problem I'll alert someone.
Those with issues need to go back and look at their install method.
"Fast and easy to use"
Version: Calibre 0.9.42
What I like about this software above all the other forms of ebook publishing software is that it lets you use bullet points and images with no problem. Format all your text nicely in Word (H1, H2, page breaks, etc) and the fast conversion gives you a great epub document in seconds.
Don't like the way it handles Table Of COntents but create it in Word first.
"Answer to my prayer on organizing my e-books library."
Version: Calibre 0.9.39
Allows me to edit and correct the spelling of the titles & authors of the e-books I downloaded.Gives me choices on how to sort them to my preference as well as the cover I prefer when there's more than one! iTunes is so frustrating as far as I'm concerned when it comes to editing & correcting my library that using Calibre for my library has put me in a very good mood again! Thank you, Calibre!
So far, I have no complaints whatsoever.
I've been recommending this to all book lovers I know with iPads, Kindle, tablets because for me, this is the best program I've found for organizing. User friendly and for free, no less! Saving up to donate or pay because it's definitely worth it!
Version: Calibre 0.9.39
Absolutely does not work for today's ebook collection.
Due to publishers right to security, this does not work for ebooks--espeically from Amazone (Kindle) and Barnes and Nable (Nook). This is where most buy ebooks from.
Use a datebase software like from OpenOffice and organize your own ebooks. Due security issues, publishers have to keep software, like this one, to simple dump ebooks you buy from being automatically used--even for such organizing one's collecdtion.
"Fantastic Software - Simple Yet Flexible"
Version: Calibre 0.9.37
- Installs quickly without issue
- Automatically downloads metadata on books from Amazon, Google, or your defined sources
- Can create virtual libraries within the main library
- Highly customizable searches
- Sometimes doesn't find books that are out-of-print
- Needs a good "Quick Start" tutorial
This is one of the most useful software utilities ever - a must have for anyone with a large collection of e-books. Like all powerful software, the first time using it can be a little confusing, but if you use and read the help function, you will learn it in no time. I was able to easily adapt it to use as a check-in/check-out library for my print books as well, as well as adding my wish list to the library.
The tagging ability is a true metadata solution - as comprehensive as any you could want. You can also manually change any information to meet your needs.
If you are looking for a library solution, give it a try today - the price is free (no ads or nag-ware, either). Just remember to RTFM!
"It converted all pdf, epub and docx into mobi format."
Version: Calibre 0.9.35
1) Each book is quick to convert, taking just seconds.
2) It was automatically set to convert to the old mobi format which is exactly what I needed although you can change that setting if you wish.
3) Every book I checked last night on my kindle was perfect after the conversion, including my pdf files.
4) The only heart stopping moment I had was when I checked a pdf book converted to mobi and it looked like a scanned pdf page. It turned out that was just the cover of the book and upon "opening" the book it was perfect and just like any regular mobi book.
None that I could see apart from I didn't yet work out how to bulk convert and was having to do each book individually. I could just read the instruction manual though which I am loathe to do :p
I don't understand the problems that other people have stated about the books not converting properly or downloading viruses and toolbars because none of that happened to me and I converted 148 books just yesterday.
There are plenty of things you can do with calibre, including changing the look of your books but all I really needed was a way to convert books I love into mobi format so that I can snuggle up in bed and read for hours :)
"I love this program"
Version: Calibre 0.9.31
Very intuitive and easy to use.
Converts between various formats.
Simple interface for editing meta data in files.
Built in readers for different eBook formats.
Great for organizing your library and tracking what is on your computer vs. on your Kindle (I haven't tried it with other readers).
I'm sure it has some "cons," but it does everything I need it to do.