CNET Editors' review
Calibre provides all the elements you need to organize and manage an e-book collection. With a simple set of tools and a helpful layout, this program is a nice choice for any electronic reading lover.
The program's interface is a snap to understand because of its professionally designed layout and easy-to-use command icons. Calibre lets you open a variety of e-book types and read them. You download your e-books from your desktop or hard drive directly into Calibre. The entire process is so simple that we never felt the need to consult the Help file. You can easily sort your titles by alphabetical order, cover image, or tags. We especially like being able to customize tags and covers, which is handy if the book doesn't come with any. While all these functions worked well, the program didn't feel like an essential utility until we tried out its special features, which elevate Calibre from a mere reader into an e-book manager. The conversion feature converts any e-book's file type with a few clicks, which we like because some handheld readers only accept specific file types. The uploading feature lets you send your e-books directly to one of those handheld readers or other portable device with equal ease. Calibre covered every base, from downloading and cataloging our electronic book collection to putting the words in the palm of our hand.
Calibre is freeware. It installs desktop icons without permission. We loved its simple operation and impressive results, and we recommend this program.Calibre - Manage your eBook library and synchronize it to reader devices - Download Video Previews:
From Kovid Goyal:
Calibre is program to manage your e-book collection. It acts as an e-library and also allows for format conversion, news feeds to e-book 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: Version 0.8.56 adds option to restore alternating row colors to the Tag Browser under Preferences->Look & Feel->Tag Browser.
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All versions:4.1 stars
out of 216 votes
Current version:3.0 stars
out of 1 votes
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Version: Calibre 0.8.56
Free, it seems to work quite well, which no doubt is a reason to get such high ratings from other reviewers. It converts between formats and it is fairly easy to use.
But irritates me the most? Is the cost that upgrades! I do believe I have the CNET announcements for this now turned off, since it seems to happen every other day. :-(
So far, I have found no connection to the Gutenberg press which would have been handy to have. If it is there, I haven't seen it
Ah, the joys of Voice recognition! There is no cost to upgrade, except the constant reminder to contribute, and as I said, as has many others, it is a good program. So, it may very well be the best of its type of program for the PC, but does it have to have constant tinkering by the author?
Updated on Jun 15, 2012
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