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Calibre (64-bit)

Editors' Review

by   / March 05, 2013

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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Editors' Review

by   / March 05, 2013

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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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.1.0

New features

  • Viewer: Add an option to have a scrollbar (under Scrolling in the viewer preferences)
  • Viewer: Allow showing the 'position in book', as was displayed in the top left of the viewer in calibre 3, in the header or footer of the viewer.
  • Viewer: Add options to control scrolling using the mouse in paged mode.
  • Viewer: Allow copying images by right clicking on them.
  • Viewer: Add a preference under Miscellaneous to allow only a single instance of the viewer
  • Viewer: Add keyboard shortcuts to toggle between paged mode and flow mode and to quit
  • Content server: Make the book size useable in custom book list templates.
  • Edit metadata: Use a border rather than background color to indicate correct title and author sort values. Works better with dark themes.
  • Kobo driver: Support for new firmware

Bug fixes

  • Viewer: Fix a couple of bugs in flow mode. Scrolling to anchors was not working and remembering last read position was not working
  • Viewer: Fix text after comments not being rendered. Note that the book has to be reloaded if already viewed for the fix to apply.
  • Viewer: Fix loading progress screen sometimes getting stuck if changing pages rapidly.
  • Viewer: Fix failing to open books if path to cache contains symbolic links.
  • Viewer: When restoring from fullscreen go back to maximized state if window was maximized when entering full screen.
  • Viewer: Fix shortcut changes not being applied after pressing OK if shortcut list is closed by pressing Esc.
  • Fix a regression that broke reading metadata from ODT files that do not have keywords.
  • PDF Output: Fix a bug that prevented the first style property in the header or footer template from being applied
  • PDF Output: Fix error with a few embedded TTF fonts.
  • Edit book: Font manager: Fix removing embedded font failing if @font-face rule has no src.
  • Viewer: Hide the browser provided scrollbar that flashes momentarily on page load.
  • Viewer: Fix clicking on margins causing keyboard shortcuts to not work until the main text is clicked on again
  • Comments editor: Workaround for Qt converting ids into anchors
  • Possible workaround for some windows machines where the viewer is getting access denied errors while renaming a directory
  • Viewer: When there is empty text for an header footer section render it as blank instead of moving the remaining sections to the left

Improved news sources

  • Fortune Magazine

General

Publisher Kovid Goyal
Publisher web site http://kovidgoyal.net/
Release Date October 07, 2019
Date Added October 08, 2019
Version 4.1.0

Category

Category Educational Software
Subcategory E-book Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows Vista/7/8/7 64-bit/10/8 64-bit/Vista 64-bit
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 115.03MB
File Name calibre-64bit-4.1.0.msi

Popularity

Total Downloads 91,939
Downloads Last Week 50

Pricing

License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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