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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 3.39.1

New features:

  • Content server: Implement the "Copy to library" function. To use it click the three dots in the top right corner of a book's page and choose "Copy to library"
  • Content server: Add Next/Previous buttons to the book details page

Bug fixes:

  • Content server: Fix editing metadata that affects multiple books causing all the metadata for all the books to become the same.
  • Open With: Fix using .bat files as the program not working.
  • ZIP Output: Fix an error when building the ToC on macOS for some books with non-ASCII ToC entries
  • Edit book: Check book: Follow recent releases of epubcheck in expecting .ttf files to have the mime-type application/vnd.ms-opentype in EPUB 3 books
  • Fix font mime-types not being auto-corrected when upgrading EPUBs from 2 to 3
  • Content server: Try to detect if a book file has been edited outside of calibre and serve the updated copy
  • Fix merging books not updating author if the source book has no title
  • Content server: Fix heading for custom comments columns being duplicated in the book details page
  • Fix editing of dates not working is the date format is set to iso.
  • Version 3.39.1 fixes a bug in 3.39.0 that broke copy to library for books that have saved conversion options

New news sources:

  • BSI News by Volker Heggemann
  • Science Advances by Jose Ortiz

Improved news sources:

  • Spiegel Online
  • Il Post

General

Publisher Kovid Goyal
Publisher web site http://kovidgoyal.net/
Release Date February 01, 2019
Date Added February 02, 2019
Version 3.39.1

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 66.43MB
File Name calibre-64bit-3.39.1.msi

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Total Downloads 89,880
Downloads Last Week 110

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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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