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Editors' Review

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 3.31.0

New features

  • Book list: Allow changing the font used for any column to bold and/or italic by right clicking on the column header and choosing 'Change font style'.
    Note that this setting is per-library so it has to be done once for the book list in every calibre library.
  • fetch-ebook-metadata.exe: Allow specifying identifiers other than just ISBN
  • Amazon metadata download: Add support for Amazon Australia (can be configured via Preferences->Metadata download->customize the amazon metadata source)
  • Table of Contents Edit tool: When generating from XPath's add a checkbox to control if duplicate entries at the same level are added or not.
  • Edit book: Allow disabling the popup to show changes after running the Fix HTML and Beautify all files tools.

Bug fixes

  • DOCX Input: Fix figures in newer Word documents being duplicated.
  • Content server: Disable offline access if application cache is not available, rather than failing.
  • DOCX Output: Workaround for broken CSS that uses -o-pre-wrap for the white-space property
  • Metadata download: Remove the option to lookup first edition dates as the service used to get the data no longer exists

Improved news sources

  • Howto Geek
  • Welt der Physik
  • Neue Osnabrucker Zeitung
  • Fortune Magazine
General
Publisher Kovid Goyal
Publisher web site http://kovidgoyal.net/
Release Date September 07, 2018
Date Added September 07, 2018
Version 3.31.0
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory eBooks
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 61.92MB
File Name calibre-3.31.0.msi
Popularity
Total Downloads 585,743
Downloads Last Week 318
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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