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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 3.40.1

New features:

  • TXT Input: Use markdown 3.0 with support for new extensions such as code highlighting and smarten punctuation.
  • Book details panel: Allow editing the identifiers for the book by right clicking on the existing Ids.
  • Content server: Allow specifying custom URLs for the 'Search the internet' feature via Preferences->Sharing over the net->Search the internet.
  • Tag browser: Category editor: Add a checkbox to restrict the entries shown to only those present in the current Virtual library
  • Allow adding files to selected book records from the clipboard. To use copy a file from windows explorer, right click the Add books button and choose: Add files to selected books from clipboard
  • Tag browser: When right clicking on a saved search add a menu option to search using the raw search expression.
  • Tag browser: Have pressing the Enter key find the next match.
  • Windows: Add a button to Preferences->Sharing over the net to set calibre to run when the computer starts

Bug fixes:

  • Fix a regression in the previous release that broke Copy to library and delete after when copying a duplicated book.
  • Edit book: Fix pasting of image from clipboard using (Ctrl-V) not working
  • Content server: Fix {id} not working in the custom list template
  • EPUB/MOBI Catalogs: Fix presets not saving title and format information.
  • FB2 Output: Fix comments from the input document not present in the output.
  • calibredb: Fix adding books with an OPF file to a remote server not picking up the cover specified in the OPF file
  • TXT Input: Fix option to remove indents at the start of lines breaking conversion of markdown documents.
  • EPUB/MOBI Catalog generation: Allow matching empty fields in exclusion rules.
  • EPUB/MOBI Catalogs: Fix multiple books with the same title but different authors in a genre not being listed.
  • Update the Get Books and metadata Amazon.com plugins to handle changes to the markup on the Amazon results page
  • Version 3.40.1 fixes a bug in 3.40 that could prevent calibre starting when using a custom date column

New news sources:

  • Quanta Magazine
  • El Periodico Mediterraneo

Improved news sources:

  • Scientific American
  • Taipei Times
  • Harpers Magazine
  • General Knowledge Today
  • Granma
  • South China Morning Post
  • New York Times (Web)
  • China Daily
  • 1843
  • Pro Physik
  • Caravan Magazine
  • Spektrum der Wissenchaft

General

Publisher Kovid Goyal
Publisher web site http://kovidgoyal.net/
Release Date March 08, 2019
Date Added March 11, 2019
Version 3.40.1

Category

Category Educational Software
Subcategory eBooks

Operating Systems

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

Download Information

File Size 60.88MB
File Name calibre-3.40.1.msi

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Total Downloads 592,599
Downloads Last Week 221

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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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