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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 3.41.3

New features:

  • Kobo driver: Support for new firmware
  • Content server: Add an option to control which book list mode is used by default for new users (Preferences->Sharing over the net->Choose book list mode)
  • Content server: Allow clicking on book cover in details page to read the book.
  • Amazon metadata plugin: Add a option to use the mobi-asin to find books.
  • E-book viewer: Allow specifying ToC hrefs via the --open-at command line parameter.
  • Tag Mapper: Allow Title-casing of tags.
  • Manage authors dialog: Add an entry to the right click menu to show books by the current author in the main book list.
  • Lots of internal changes to calibre's codebase to prepare it for Python 3 support.

Bug fixes:

  • Content server: Fix links to external resources in book details and the viewer not working
  • Content server: Fix using a bookmark to load the book list not working if server is password protected.
  • Content server: Book details page: Fix close button not going back to book list after using Next/previous buttons.
  • Kobo driver: Fix update device metadata setting not being saved. Also fix book language not being set correctly on newer firmware.
  • PDF Output: Fix 'stroke-dasharray' lines in SVG images in the input document not being rendered correctly.
  • Fix searching for authors on amazon not working because of a change in the amazon URL structure.
  • Cover grid: Check for cover size change due to screen scale change on every paint event and invalidate cache if there is a change.
  • Edit book: Fix Option key + ; not working in the editor.
  • Edit book: Fix pasting images into a book with no Images folder not working correctly.
  • Confirm cancel on library restore dialog
  • EPUB/MOBI Catalogs: Fix presets not being applied for some options.
  • Fix using --insert-metadata with ebook-convert not inserting the title and author metadata from the source document
  • Adding books: When adding with auto-merge and auto-convert enabled, also run conversions for books into which the added files are merged.
  • version 3.41.1 fixes a regresion in the previous release that broke connecting to Calibre Companion and similar apps wirelessly

New news sources:

  • The New Criterion by Darko Miletic

Improved news sources:

  • Il Post
  • Le Monde Edition Abonnes Papier
  • Le Temps
  • NASA
  • 1843
  • derStandard
  • LA Times

General

Publisher Kovid Goyal
Publisher web site http://kovidgoyal.net/
Release Date April 23, 2019
Date Added April 23, 2019
Version 3.41.3

Category

Category Educational Software
Subcategory eBooks

Operating Systems

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

Download Information

File Size 60.98MB
File Name calibre-3.41.3.msi

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Total Downloads 594,217
Downloads Last Week 187

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License Model Free
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Price Free
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