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Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
out of 6 votes out of 6 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.26.1
  • Total Downloads:
    86,205
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 18, 2018
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    67.11MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    94
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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.

 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.26.1

New features:

  • Book list: Allow drag and drop of books onto other books to merge the book records.
  • Check Book: External link checker: Also check HTML anchors (the part after the # in the link). Can be turned off via a checkbox at the bottom of the link checker window.
  • Edit Book: Preview panel: Show previews when editing SVG files
  • Edit book: When downloading external resources, also convert data URLs into files.
  • E-book viewer: When the controls are hidden show the progress in the window title.
  • Library Quick switch menu: Highlight the previously switched from library in bold.

Bug fixes:

  • PDF Input: Fix a regression in 3.24 that caused conversion of PDF to be significantly worse.
  • E-book viewer: Fix very slow loading for HTML files with very many images on Linux.
  • Content server: Fix a regression in 3.14 that removed the separator between books in the detailed list view mode.
  • Edit book: Fix SVG files not being beautified by the Beautify all files tool
  • Edit book: Fix searching in selected files not searching SVG files
  • Fix Tweaks help string not being displayed translated
  • Edit metadata dialog: Fix distorted rendering of some labels in the custom metadata tab in rare circumstances.
  • version 3.26.1 prevents dropping of a book onto itself from triggering the merge dialog, which should reduce accidental triggers

New news sources:

  • El Cronista by Darko Miletic

Improved news sources:

  • Slate
  • New York Times Book Review
  • The Independent UK
  • NYTimes Tech Beat
  • New York Times
  • Cracked.com
General
Publisher Kovid Goyal
Publisher web site http://kovidgoyal.net/
Release Date June 15, 2018
Date Added June 18, 2018
Version 3.26.1
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 67.11MB
File Name calibre-64bit-3.26.1.msi
Popularity
Total Downloads 86,205
Downloads Last Week 94
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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