6 Comments on Using Calibre for E-Book Management, Chapter 3: Loading Books On Your Device

  1. Much appreciated !

  2. I was looking forward to the series, hoping that for once and for all, someone would explain why one would need calibre. I don’t understand why it’s a big deal (to warrant multi postings). I have a kindle, it manages my books just fine so why would I want or need to go through the hassle of learning and using this program?

  3. Thank you! I hope one of the next chapters will show a step by step guide for collections *hint*!

  4. Xendula, I’ll give it a shot, but Dan’s going to have to test it for me. I only have a Kindle Touch, and the collections plug-in doesn’t work on it. But I’ll do some research and see if I can write something Dan can test for me. He has a K4, and I believe the plug-in works for his device.

    @Anon, Calibre isn’t for everyone. If you’re managing your books just fine on your Kindle then you may not need it. However, lots of people own multiple devices or buy from multiple e-book stores. Managing your collection under those circumstances can get more difficult. Hence, Calibre is a great solution. If I only had a Kindle, only bought from Amazon and only used the Kindle app, I probably wouldn’t need it. However, that situation doesn’t apply to me or to many other readers.

    One of the commentors on the KindleBoards thread I set up for this series finds that the Manage Your Kindle page is all the organizations she needs. Some of us apparently have a need to make things more complicated. 😉

  5. Dropbox is great for this.
    Actually, you don’t even have to download every single book you want to read to your device. If you’re on android, you can use DropSync (alternatives should be available for other mobile platforms) to sync the whole library directly to the device. A free version allows you to sync one folder for free. Just set it sync on demand (as opposed to on schedule) to save battery power. You could also set your device up to invoke syncing when you charge it.
    If your library is too big to waste your device’s memory and\or dropbox space on it, you could export the books you’re going to read to a separate dropbox folder and set it up to sync to your device.

  6. Or you could just use the Dropbox app on your phone, navigate to the subfolder with the book you want in it, tap the book file, and let Android’s download manager give you the choice of which e-reader app to import it into.

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