Calibre 0.8.3

Heather Kelly
21 June, 2011
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Calibre 0.8.3

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Mac OS X

Calibre 0.8.3, 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating

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The free, open-source Calibre is an eBook manager, eBook creator and desktop eBook reader. It’s also a must-have tool for any bibliophile with an e-reader and a growing library. Calibre is compatible with devices from 15 e-reader manufacturers – including Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Noble – and the developers are quick to update the application when new e-readers are released.

Most e-readers automatically place you in their little ecosystems, with built-in book syncing, managing and purchasing set-ups. Calibre steps in and gives the readers control over their libraries in a few ways. First, it manages your collection of eBooks in a library that is sortable by author, series, format and publisher, as well as other metadata. It’s also searchable by tags and comments. If your books are missing their covers or any metadata, Calibre will download the information from the internet. The application can sync the library with your device when you connect to your computer. If syncing is too wired for your tastes, store your books on Calibre’s Web server and download them from any device with a browser and Internet connection.

The other half of Calibre’s powers are devoted to formatting content for your device. Converting common file types into the format supported by your e-reader is easy and Calibre supports a large variety of both input and output formats. Want to read an HTML document on your Nook? Convert it with Calibre. Since reading isn’t a books-only activity, you can configure the application to format news in the best format for you device. It can even deliver full-length news articles from RSS feeds and publications like the New York Times, The Economist and Macworld Australia. Currently, Calibre is compatible with over 300 news outlets.

A final, unsung use for Calibre is as a desktop eBook reader. So far, mobile devices have monopolised the booming eBook market, with Apple going so far as to only make its iBookstore available to iOS devices. Calibre will open any eBook file in a clean, distraction-free window on your computer for an enjoyable reading experience outside of a mobile device.

The interface looks bright and user-friendly, but it can take some time to learn all of the many functions and menus. It’s understandable given the variety of tools this program is packing.

Calibre 0.8.3, 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating

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  1. V Myers says:

    I love this application – its design is clean; it works well and it’s easy to use. I wish I could have it as my library manager on my unrooted Nook Color.

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