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Calibre

Editors' Review

by   / March 20, 2015

An all-in-one solution for handling your e-books, Calibre does for electronic books just what iTunes does for music, allowing you to manage your digital book collection through an intuitive albeit overcrowded interface while offering excellent support for converting books to different formats and editing their metadata. The only area where the software is lacking is its e-book reader; it doesn't allow you to highlight or add notes to your books.

Pros

E-book converter: With Calibre you can take an e-book in one file format and convert it to another that is supported by your e-book reading device and, if you're not happy with the result, you can tweak the conversion settings and even manually edit the book's contents and formatting. It took us four seconds to convert a 40-page e-book from PDF to ePub.

E-book reader: The software comes with a basic e-book reader that supports fullscreen mode for distraction-free reading and that lets you choose your preferred method of pagination and gives you the ability to bookmark pages. Unfortunately, there is no way to annotate, highlight, or augment the book's contents short of editing the book itself.

E-book organizer: Similar to iTunes, the app is much more than an e-book reader: it acts also as your e-book library, providing a central place where you can organize and sort your collection and allowing you to edit the book's metadata and even pull information automatically from places like Google and Amazon. On the back-end, each author gets his or her own folder and each e-book gets its own subfolder, which contains all versions of the given book along with its metadata.

Cons

Crowded interface: There is a lot going on when you start using the app; just on the main screen there are three search fields and 15 buttons, many of which come with drop-down menus. Fortunately, primary functions are thoughtfully placed where you would expect them to be, so the learning curve is not too steep.

Bottom Line

If you're a serious e-book fan and read on more than one device, you should definitely give Calibre a try. Using this open-source software, you can have all the different versions of your books together in one library while keeping the actual files neatly organized in intelligently named folders.

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Editors' Review

by   / March 20, 2015

An all-in-one solution for handling your e-books, Calibre does for electronic books just what iTunes does for music, allowing you to manage your digital book collection through an intuitive albeit overcrowded interface while offering excellent support for converting books to different formats and editing their metadata. The only area where the software is lacking is its e-book reader; it doesn't allow you to highlight or add notes to your books.

Pros

E-book converter: With Calibre you can take an e-book in one file format and convert it to another that is supported by your e-book reading device and, if you're not happy with the result, you can tweak the conversion settings and even manually edit the book's contents and formatting. It took us four seconds to convert a 40-page e-book from PDF to ePub.

E-book reader: The software comes with a basic e-book reader that supports fullscreen mode for distraction-free reading and that lets you choose your preferred method of pagination and gives you the ability to bookmark pages. Unfortunately, there is no way to annotate, highlight, or augment the book's contents short of editing the book itself.

E-book organizer: Similar to iTunes, the app is much more than an e-book reader: it acts also as your e-book library, providing a central place where you can organize and sort your collection and allowing you to edit the book's metadata and even pull information automatically from places like Google and Amazon. On the back-end, each author gets his or her own folder and each e-book gets its own subfolder, which contains all versions of the given book along with its metadata.

Cons

Crowded interface: There is a lot going on when you start using the app; just on the main screen there are three search fields and 15 buttons, many of which come with drop-down menus. Fortunately, primary functions are thoughtfully placed where you would expect them to be, so the learning curve is not too steep.

Bottom Line

If you're a serious e-book fan and read on more than one device, you should definitely give Calibre a try. Using this open-source software, you can have all the different versions of your books together in one library while keeping the actual files neatly organized in intelligently named folders.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.1

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

Category

Category Educational Software
Subcategory eBooks

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 102.18MB
File Name calibre-4.1.0.msi

Popularity

Total Downloads 597,412
Downloads Last Week 128

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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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