Calibre E-book Management

There are so many eBook readers available these days so well you might ask why you might need this one. Perhaps you don’t. The main reason that I use it are:

  • for transferring books between services so that I can have one eBook reader on which I read everything. The one I use is not even the most feature rich or, necessarily, the best but I have all my books in one place, including many practical / study .pdfs that work well on a 10″ tablet;
  • for adding covers to out-of-copyright books that I download from Project Gutenberg. Many of the cover images available are covered by copyright so the Gutenberg policy seems to be to ship without them. I just like to have a cover rather than the default grey box;
  • to store my library in Dropbox so that I can keep lots of things I intend to read / might want to read again somewhere without taking up space on my reading device.

The general feature list runs as follows:

  • Library Management;
  • E-book conversion [from epub to kindle or making your own from word processing documents];
  • Syncing to e-book reader devices [of many sorts];
  • Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form [I haven’t tried this but it looks good – I much prefer page turning to scrolling];
  • Comprehensive e-book viewer;
  • Content server for online access to your book collection [news delivered by wi-fi without having to think about it?];
  • E-book editor for the major e-book formats.

Read more about the feature list at calibre-ebook.com/about or go straight to download at calibre-ebook.com/download. Available for Linux, Windows 32 and 64 bit, Mac and also a portable edition for Windows if you want to carry your library and library manager around on a flash drive.