I love Calibre – Calibre is a free open source e-book library management application. In short – it manages your eBooks like iTunes does for your tracks.
I’m late to this game, as Calibre actually launched in 2006 after the release of the first e-ink based reader the Sony PRS-500. Kovid Goyal immediately realised that there were no good tools to convert the books in to the correct formats to be able to read them on the Sony, so with the help of mobileread.com libres500 was born, later to be changed to Calibre in 2008.
Today calibre is a vibrant open-source community with half a dozen developers and many, many testers and bug reporters. It is used in over 200 countries and has been translated into a dozen different languages by volunteers. calibre has become a comprehensive tool for the management of digital texts, allowing you to do whatever you could possibly imagine with your e-book library – Kovid Goyal 2009.
How to use Calibre eBook management tool on the Kindle
Its so simple to use but I will run you though the options on the interface menu.
Edit metadata – Here you can edit the details on a book like the title or the author and download the book cover if you haven’t got it.
Convert books – Here you can change the format of the book from many choices to Mobi if you are using the kindle, although when you add them from your library to your kindle, clever Calibre knows if its in the wrong format and changes it automatically.
View – If you click on a book in your library you can view the cover and even read the book on your pc if you so wish.
Get books – this helps you find the ebooks you want by searching the websites of various commercial and public domain book sources for you.
Heart – Because Calibre is totally free, this takes you to the donations page if you so wish to give some money in thanks of this fantastic tool
Fetch news – Here you can arrange to have Calibre download certain newspaper reports at scheduled times.
Help – Erm, this is for help – this takes you to the Calibre manual
Remove books – Highlight the books you want to permanently delete and click remove books.
Books – This is your library as you can see mine has 26 books in it now.
Device – If you click on this you will see all of the books that are on your device.
To tranfer books from your library to your device you can either drag and drop them or if you have many, you can highlight a few – right click and send to device, here you have the option to either sent to your device or storage cards.
Connect/share – This has four variations
- Connect to folder – Useful if your device cannot be supported by calibre but is available as a USB disk.
- Connect to iTunes – Allows you to connect to your iTunes books database as though it were a device.
- Start Content Server – Starts calibre‘s built-in web server.
- Setup Email based sharing of books – Allows sharing of books and news feeds by email.
So thats just the tip of the iceberg actions you can do using this ebook management tool – to see all of the instuctions please go to the Calibre ebook manual.
I’ve enjoyed using this, so quick and simple, I downloaded some books – edited the metadata, and transferred them to the Kindle all in a flash.
Hope this helps