Summer is when most people in the world spend their holidays, and spending holidays means having some free time to spend. One of the best things to do with that free time of yours is to relax through a good book reading.
If you are not the classic kind of guy who buys real paper books and you prefer electronic e-book reader devices, then Calibre will surely come handy in the management, syncing and even reading of your favorite stories from your dektop!
Calibre views your vast collection of e-books in a smart and clear way, no matter how different they are from each other in terms of formating. You can sort your books according to their size, their format, their publication date, the author, the date added on the library etc.
If your collection is too big and comprehensive you can search from the search bar, or a category from the left panel. For easier management, there is also the ability to add tags and comments on any book.
Finally, calibre will even go out onto the internet to find book metadata based on existing title/author or ISBN information. It can download various types of metadata and covers for your books, automatically. The metadata system is written using plugins so that different types of metadata sources can be supported in the future.
There are many e-book formats out there and every device supports specific formats only. Calibre understands that very well and helps you overcome any compatibility problems offering easy and rich converting tools.
Input Formats: CBZ, CBR, CBC, CHM, DJVU, EPUB, FB2, HTML, HTMLZ, LIT, LRF, MOBI, ODT, PDF, PRC, PDB, PML, RB, RTF, SNB, TCR, TXT, TXTZ
Output Formats: AZW3, EPUB, FB2, OEB, LIT, LRF, MOBI, HTMLZ, PDB, PML, RB, PDF, RTF, SNB, TCR, TXT, TXTZ
Also, when you sync Calibre with an e-book reading device and transfer files from your hard drive to the device, Calibre will automatically detect if the connected device supports the format of the transferred book and offers to convert it to the correct format if it doesn’t! How cool is that?
Calibre supports the following e-book reading devices:
- SONY PRS
- Barnes & Noble Nook
- Cybook Gen 3/Opus
- Amazon Kindle
- Entourage Edge
- Longshine ShineBook
- Ectaco Jetbook
- BeBook/BeBook Mini
- Irex Illiad/DR1000
- Foxit eSlick
- Iriver Story
- Airis dBook
- Hanvon N515
- Binatone Readme
- Teclast K3 and clones
- SpringDesign Alex
- Kobo Reader
- Various Android phones
Syncing also supports updating metadata on the device from metadata in the library and creation of collections on the device based on the tags defined in the library.
One of Calibre’s coolest features is the ability to download news from literaly any news source out there, and convert it to any e-book format! Here is an example with BBC news:
Calibre also includes a viewer that will also allow you to read anything from your desktop. You can print, bookmark, search, change rendering settings and more…
Want to search for a specific book? You won’t have to leave Calibre to do so. You can search based on the title or the author on over 40 digital book stores! Here is an example:
If you own an e-book reading device, you should definitely give Calibre a try. If you don’t, you can install it to easily read any form of e-book and manage your growing collection, or even search for books on e-stores. Whatever the case, Calibre is fantastic in what it does, and what is does is fantastic! A must-have application for all book lovers out there!