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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 3.32.0

New features:

  • Edit book: Insert image dialog: Add buttons to change the image thumbnail size.
  • Book details panel: Allow right clicking on a format to open it in the calibre editor
  • Edit metadata dialog: Allow viewing or editing specific formats by right clicking the format in the formats list
  • When creating a metadata jacket allow HTML in custom long text columns
  • Content server: When editing metadata add a button to remove the existing cover. Note that after removing the cover a auto-generated cover is displayed instead. You might need to hit refresh in your browser to see the change.
  • Content server: Date edit: Add buttons to clear the date or set it to today's date

Bug fixes:

  • When showing books on the device, disable keyboard shortcuts for actions that operate on library books
  • Content server: Custom List: Fix a zero series index being displayed as one
  • Content server: Fix covers not being updated in downloaded copies of some books.
  • PDF Output: Fix an error that could occur in rare circumstances when using the option to read page margins from the input document
  • Edit book: Check book: Fix an error if a filename contains a % character
  • PDF Output: Fix CSS opacity property causing text to not be rendered. Now opacity is ignored, as it is unsupported by Qt WebKit.
  • Create custom column dialog: Ensure that the format numbers field is always visible

Improved news sources:

  • Washington Post
General
Publisher Kovid Goyal
Publisher web site http://kovidgoyal.net/
Release Date September 28, 2018
Date Added October 02, 2018
Version 3.32.0
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 67.43MB
File Name calibre-64bit-3.32.0.msi
Popularity
Total Downloads 88,109
Downloads Last Week 96
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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