Calibre

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 219 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.12
  • Total Downloads:
    465,045
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 28, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    59.96MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,003
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #2 in eBooks

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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5 stars

"Free e-book download tool <br />http://alikoker.nam"

November 02, 2014  |  By alikoker

 |  Version: Calibre 2.8

Pros

Free e-book search & download tool
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Cons

Free e-book search & download tool
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Summary

Free e-book search & download tool
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3 stars

"Program deletes files without warning"

July 28, 2014  |  By NCSympa

 |  Version: Calibre 1.46

Pros

Organizes documents

Cons

Cumbersome way to organize files putting each one in separate folder. The most serious problem is that the program may automatically delete your document without warning. Later when you try to access the document, you discover it no longer exists. I have had this program delete documents multiple times. It does not give you the option of a warning but just does it. This is a very significant problem and users need to be aware of it.

Summary

The most serious problem is that the program may automatically delete your document without warning. Later when you try to access the document, you discover it no longer exists. I have had this program delete documents multiple times. It does not give you the option of a warning but just does it. This is a very significant problem and users need to be aware of it.

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5 stars

"One of the better programs."

June 21, 2014  |  By Bob1019

 |  Version: Calibre 1.40

Pros

Everything seems to work as it should - very complete.

Cons

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1 stars

"Crashed for the 6th time"

April 24, 2014  |  By pjh1398

 |  Version: Calibre 1.33

Pros

The management tool is fantastic. I like the fact you can customize the plug-ins for this allowing you to modify the program to best use. It makes modifying the Metadata very easy as well as renaming and tagging files. The library feature is very nice because you can set up various libraries to hold books. For example I have a Fiction, Non Fiction, as well as a few others making it easy to organize. I also modified it to let me put Genre on it instead of using the tags

Cons

It crashed AGAIN. The only program I have that crashes more is Adobe Digital Reader. Every 3rd or 4th time I modify a file, it locks up and I have to use Alt/Ctrl/delete to get out of it. It has severe emotional problems when I add a larger ebook selection to it as well as when I move ebooks. At least it doesn't crash when I do that, yet. It wants to be too many things therefore it hogs resources. I can't run anything else when I run something like conversion. Frankly I get sick of staring at the program struggling to process the conversion for minutes on end. 15 minutes is my limit and I'll stop the program just to get out of it. When you ask a question, you get 'Calibre' speak which, I'm sorry, normal humans don't want to deal with. We just want the program to work. It sounds more like hedging than answers. Lots of new gadgets, lots of features but nothing needed for a good management system.

Summary

It's no longer fast, easy and fun. The program is trying to be everything to everyone instead of what it should be, a simple management program with an attached ereader. It is the only choice at the moment so you are stuck with it if you want to do intensive management and convert files easily. If I was offered a good alternative, I would even pay for the alternative just so I wouldn't have to deal with Calibre's problems. If you have a life and don't want to learn Calibre speak, it isn't the program for you.

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2 stars

"Is NOT a reader. Only organizes."

March 02, 2014  |  By ScurvyMcRickets

 |  Version: Calibre 1.26

Pros

None so far. I keep all of my files organized. Well I guess it's cool that you see the book covers.

Cons

Only downloaded this because I thought it was a reader, but it's not. If it was a reader and I didn't have to download a separate program to actually open my books it would be great. As it is, it's like iTunes with out a music player. just a program to keep everything organized...which is what file directories are for. No need to make a book playlist.

Summary

Think iTunes if iTunes didn't play music. It's just a library and it can sync to other devices.

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5 stars

"Darn good e-reader"

January 24, 2014  |  By Lestwist40

 |  Version: Calibre 1.21

Pros

Everything works good and always the maker of this software updates this often.

Cons

Found some bugs that always got fixed later.

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1 stars

"Packed with adware!!"

January 23, 2014  |  By tyrus4191

 |  Version: Calibre 1.20

Pros

I've always felt confident with using CNET's download.com previously, but downloading Calibre brought all kinds of adware to my computer. That's with me deselecting all of their free offers. I'm not sure if I've found all of it yet. Beware!!

Cons

I've always felt confident with using CNET's download.com previously, but downloading Calibre brought all kinds of adware to my computer. That's with me deselecting all of their free offers. I'm not sure if I've found all of it yet. Beware!!

Summary

CNET needs to have a higher standard for what programs it's making available on its site.

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2 stars

"Combines some nice features with some BIG problems."

January 14, 2014  |  By BoopShooba

 |  Version: Calibre 1.19

Pros

Imports books easily, decent reader, with special DRM-stripper plug-in allows backing up of Nook and Kindle files. Easy to learn and use, with a farily intuitive interface, and good on-board documentation. Allows metadata to be edited (but saves in a separate file, so you can't move the new metadata back to your reader). And, it's free.

Cons

The biggest con is that this program is a resource hog. I've found dozens of users who have posted on the web about this, users of both PCs and Macs. This is especially bad when doing book conversions: Calibre runs CPU usage up to 100% on all cores, and gloms onto 2Gb or more of RAM. The net effect is that you can't use any other programs while Calibre conversion is running, or the CPU overheats and the system locks-up.

When this problem was brought to the attention of the developers, they declared it "invalid", and dismissed the issue out of hand.

Summary

This has the potential to be a very good program. Unfortunately, the huge (and apparently unmodifyable)resource requirement for conversion will render the software useless for that function on many users' systems. This, coupled with the unresponsiveness of the developers, has caused me to lower my rating by two stars, and abandon the software.

There is other free eBook software out there, and until Calibre fixes the resource-hog issue, I will be supporting that other software.

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5 stars

"Great Product"

December 19, 2013  |  By Smartymalin43

 |  Version: Calibre 1.15

Pros

Best piece of software I've used in years!

After writing a book I wanted to put it on my Kindle and Calibre was great. However, intially I saved my book as a pdf and imported it to Calibre and then onto my Kindel. The problem with this was, 1. I couldn't adjust the font size and 2. every two lines was followed by a space. The solution was to save my word document as a HTML. This worked great! Well done Calibre.

Cons

None that I know of

Summary

Great software, does exactly what it said on the can. I liked it so much I even made a small donation

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5 stars

"Just got better!"

December 16, 2013  |  By LesleyZA

 |  Version: Calibre 1.15

Pros

Not only does this program convert seamlessly from epub to mobi, it now has a built-in editor.
Fabulous that I can connect my Kindle and manage my books from Calibre.

Cons

None that I have found. OK, so books bought from Amazon has DRM which the program respects.

Summary

This is one indispensable program for anyone with a large book collection. And anyone who has a Kindle but has friends who read on their iPads!
I love the fact that I can tag my books which means that if I've forgotten the name of the author (happens often!)but know it's a book on wildlife, it's a doddle to find what I'm looking for.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.12

New Features

  • Edit Book: Automatically complete the closing tag in HTML/XML files when typing </
  • Edit Book: Implement auto-indent, now when pressing the Enter key to start a new line, the new line's indentation is automatically created
  • Driver for the Verso E71b ebook reader
  • Redesigned the 'Add a custom news source' dialog to make it easier to use, with a more powerful python editor
  • Make translations of the User Manual available in many different languages (fully or partially translated). Click the 'Change Language' link in the sidebar of the manual to change the language
  • Edit Book: Search & Replace function mode: Add a new function annotation (replace.file_order) to control what order multiple files are processed in, when doing Replace All. See the User Manual for details.

Bug Fixes

  • Get Books: Update Woblink store plugin for website changes
  • Book polishing: Ignore zero byte font files in the ebook instead of erroring out on them when subsetting fonts.
  • E-book viewer: Tighten heuristic used to detect footnote links. Do not consider a link that is the only content inside a block level tag as an endnote link, even if it is linked back to from its destination.
  • Update the version of libimobiledevice shipped in the Linux and OS X builds to 1.1.7, should help with some connection issues to Apple devices
  • PDF Output: Add support for font-family aliasing in @font-face rules.

Improved news sources

  • Wall Street Journal
  • New Yorker
  • Le Monde
  • Defense News
  • Digital Journal
  • Cracked.com
  • Boston Globe
  • RealClear Politics
  • EcoGeek
  • The Friday Times
General
Publisher Kovid Goyal
Publisher web site http://kovidgoyal.net/
Release Date November 28, 2014
Date Added November 28, 2014
Version 2.12
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory eBooks
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 59.96MB
File Name calibre-2.12.0.msi
Popularity
Total Downloads 465,045
Downloads Last Week 1,003
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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