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Calibre for Mac

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Very good
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out of 27 votes

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    Aug. 23, 2013
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    #1 in eBooks

Editors' Review


For those with certain e-reader devices, working with e-books on a computer can be difficult. Calibre for Mac is a free program that helps you manage your e-book libraries and create e-books from other sources for use on portable devices.

Calibre for Mac is an open-source freeware program, and it's easy to download and install. The initial setup is easy, but requires an e-mail address to link to the user's e-reader. Once this is done, the user is prompted to go to an outside Web site for more instructions on using the program, and some streaming demonstration videos. These covered the program generally, as well as specific, more complicated features. The interface is a little cluttered and confusing, making thorough reading of the instruction manual necessary. Fortunately, this popped up immediately after we started the program.

Despite the fact that the program is freeware, it offers functions beyond simply organizing and managing an e-book library. Calibre converts files between multiple e-book formats, allowing users to read books on different devices and even generate e-books out of Internet news sites for use in an e-reader later. It can also search out availability of e-books across many Internet sites.

For those with the time to work through its manual to learn all available features, Calibre for Mac may be a great option for e-book library management, especially considering that it's free.

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5 stars

"Don't virtually touch an eBook without it"

August 23, 2013  |  By zunipus

 |  Version: Calibre 1.0.0


Free! Totally, inexplicably Free!

The GUI has been smartened up for its birthday. It's useful for anything having to do with eBooks: Reading, cataloging, editing, creating and converting eBooks. No other program is this capable and comprehensive for its purposes. It's a terrific blessing for the Mac community.

Then there are the added bells and whistles: Click the 'Fetch news' button and ogle. Then check out the Fetch news settings for adding your own news sources and scheduling downloads. This is for reelz! Then delve into tutorials and notice the depth of capability of this application.

The developer is terrific and very dedicated. He is constantly improving Calibre and adding features.


It has a learning curve and can be overwhelming to a newbie. The GUI can be confusing as it offers so much capability in one window.

I personally would provide the manual with every download. However, we are considered an Internet connected world, so downloading the latest version of the manual from the net can be an advantage.

The GUI elements used to be very plain, but recently they've spruced up nicely.


Calibre is a hefty gem, weighing in at about 250 MB, worth every byte! This has to be one of the most remarkably capable and important free programs in the Mac hemisphere. Highly recommended to one and all who enjoy reading, cataloguing, editing, creating and converting eBooks!

Don't virtually touch an eBook without it.

Incredibly grateful thanks to the remarkable developer of Calibre and his dedicated work on this terrific software project. (^_^)

Happy Birthday Calibre!

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.0.0

New Features

  • A new 'cover grid' view of the books in your calibre library

    Excellent for judging your books by their covers :) To use click the button with the icon of a grid in the bottom right corner of the main window. It can be configured via Preferences->Look & Feel->Cover Grid

  • A new, faster database backend

    The database backend in calibre has been re-written from scratch. The new code is smaller, more robust and much faster than the old code. The exact speedup will depend on the number of books and number and type of custom columns in your library. Users have reported calibre startup times decreasing by a factor of 2-3 times.

  • For a summary of the major changes in calibre between 0.9 and 1.0, see http://calibre-ebook.com/new-in/ten
  • RTF Input: Add option to ignore WMF images iinstead of replacing them with a placeholder.

    Closes tickets: 1213599

  • Content server: Make virtual libraries available as searches from the start page. They work just like saved searches, clicking on a virtual library will show you all the books in that virtual library.

Bug Fixes

  • Remove extra, useless 'language' entry in metadata download configuration dialog
  • Kobo driver: Display device collections even if the driver is configured to not manage shelves on the device.

    Closes tickets: 1214233

  • Fix typo in calibre.desktop file on linux

    Closes tickets: 1213664

  • Edit metadata dialog: Disable OK button while results are being downloaded.

    Closes tickets: 1213397

  • In OS X 10.8 Apple stopped redirecting stdout/stderr to Console.app for applications launched by launch services. Re-enable the redirection, useful for debugging.
  • Fix virtual library tabs not being updated when using VL button

New news sources

  • News24 and Nuus24 by Nicki de Wet

Improved news sources

  • Consumerist
  • jeuxvideo
  • Metro UK
  • El Tribuno
  • High Country News
  • Daily Express
  • Providence Journal
  • mediapart
Publisher Kovid Goyal
Publisher web site http://kovidgoyal.net/
Release Date August 23, 2013
Date Added August 23, 2013
Version 1.0.0
Category Educational Software
Subcategory eBooks
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.4/Intel, Mac OS X 10.5/Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel/10.7/10.8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 77.54MB
File Name calibre-2.36.0.dmg
Total Downloads 97,952
Downloads Last Week 134
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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