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Using Calibre for E-Book Management, Chapter 10: Plugins
March 2, 2013 | 12:01 pm

Calibre pluginsThis post is part of TeleRead's "Using Calibre for E-Book Management" Guide: Ch. 1 | Ch. 2 | Ch. 3 | Ch. 4 | Ch. 5 | Ch. 6 | Ch. 7 | Ch. 8 | Ch. 9 | Ch. 10 So far everything we've written about a number of uses for a default Calibre installation. However, one of the best features of Calibre is the ability to customize the experience with plugins. There is a long list of third-party Calibre plugins, and there's no way I could cover them all. However, I'll demonstrate two of them in this article to give you an idea...

Using Calibre for E-Book Management, Chapter 9: Calibre Portable
March 1, 2013 | 6:32 pm

calibre portableThis post is part of TeleRead's "Using Calibre for E-Book Management" Guide: Ch. 1 | Ch. 2 | Ch. 3 | Ch. 4 | Ch. 5 | Ch. 6 | Ch. 7 | Ch. 8 | Ch. 9 | Ch. 10 Do you spend time on computers that are not your own, but still want your e-book library with you? Perhaps you're visiting family for a holiday and aren't taking your computer along, but you still want to be able to load books on your device. Calibre Portable is for you. It's a full installation of Calibre that runs off a removable memory device, like a...

Using Calibre for E-Book Management, Chapter 8: Downloading News
February 28, 2013 | 8:56 pm

CalibreThis post is part of TeleRead's "Using Calibre for E-Book Management" Guide: Ch. 1 | Ch. 2 | Ch. 3 | Ch. 4 | Ch. 5 | Ch. 6 | Ch. 7 | Ch. 8 | Ch. 9 | Ch. 10 We've covered a lot of uses for Calibre so far, including library management, book conversion, and more. But Calibre is more than just an e-book program. Lots of us read more than books, including news and blogs. Did you know Calibre can be set up to automatically download news sources? Here's how it's done: First, fire up Calibre and click the "Fetch News" button.   As you...

Using Calibre for E-Book Management, Chapter 7: Conversion Basics
February 27, 2013 | 10:00 am

CalibreThis post is part of TeleRead's "Using Calibre for E-Book Management" Guide: Ch. 1 | Ch. 2 | Ch. 3 | Ch. 4 | Ch. 5 | Ch. 6 | Ch. 7 | Ch. 8 | Ch. 9 | Ch. 10 Thank you, Joanna, for that excellent post on setting up shelves for the Kobo reader. I keep thinking about getting a Kobo Mini. If I do, that article will come in very handy. And now, finally, after metadata, content servers and Kobo, we get to e-book conversion. Just so you know how good you have it in 2013, let me remind you about the bad old...

Using Calibre for E-Book Management, Chapter 6: Managing Kobo Bookshelves
February 26, 2013 | 10:00 am

CalibreThis post is part of TeleRead's "Using Calibre for E-Book Management" Guide: Ch. 1 | Ch. 2 | Ch. 3 | Ch. 4 | Ch. 5 | Ch. 6 | Ch. 7 | Ch. 8 | Ch. 9 | Ch. 10 Juli Monroe has a done a great job covering some of the ways you can tweak Calibre to organize your Kindle books. But what about Kobo users? Is there a way they can use Calibre to better organize their books? The answer is ... yes! The newer Kobo models—including the Touch, the Glo and the Mini—have a 'bookshelves' feature. You can configure Calibre to send books directly to...

Using Calibre for E-Book Management, Chapter 5: More Metadata
February 25, 2013 | 10:00 am

CalibreThis post is part of TeleRead's "Using Calibre for E-Book Management" Guide: Ch. 1 | Ch. 2 | Ch. 3 | Ch. 4 | Ch. 5 | Ch. 6 | Ch. 7 | Ch. 8 | Ch. 9 | Ch. 10 Some of our readers have been asking questions lately about previous posts in which I discussed metadata, and that's caused me to realize that I missed a thing or two. So with that in mind, here are a couple more metadata-related tips; we think you'll find them useful. Adding Publisher Metadata In my previous metadata post (Chapter 2: Setting and Changing Metadata), I discussed adding your own data. But I forgot to discuss...

Using Calibre for E-Book Management, Chapter 4: Calibre Content Server
February 24, 2013 | 2:00 pm

CalibreThis post is part of TeleRead's "Using Calibre for E-Book Management" Guide: Ch. 1 | Ch. 2 | Ch. 3 | Ch. 4 | Ch. 5 | Ch. 6 | Ch. 7 | Ch. 8 | Ch. 9 | Ch. 10 Up until now, we've covered mostly basic stuff. This post discusses a more "advanced" and seriously cool feature: Using Calibre's Content Server to manage your library wirelessly, no cords needed! Begin by firing up the content server: Then fire up a browser on a tablet, smartphone or even on an E Ink reader that supports Web browsing. Enter your computer's IP address in the URL box,...

Using Calibre for E-Book Management, Chapter 3: Loading Books On Your Device
February 23, 2013 | 12:27 pm

This post is part of TeleRead's "Using Calibre for E-Book Management" Guide: Ch. 1 | Ch. 2 | Ch. 3 | Ch. 4 | Ch. 5 | Ch. 6 | Ch. 7 | Ch. 8 | Ch. 9 | Ch. 10 If you're just joining us, so far we've covered installing Calibre and setting metadata for library management. Today, we're going to cover a few ways to load books into Calibre. Let's not ignore the obvious, however. If you own a tablet or smartphone and followed my advice of storing your Calibre library in Dropbox, you can just download the Dropbox app on your device, select...

Using Calibre for E-Book Management, Chapter 2: Setting and Changing Metadata
February 22, 2013 | 3:19 pm

This post is part of TeleRead's "Using Calibre for E-Book Management" Guide: Ch. 1 | Ch. 2 | Ch. 3 | Ch. 4 | Ch. 5 | Ch. 6 | Ch. 7 | Ch. 8 | Ch. 9 | Ch. 10 Many people think of Calibre as an e-book conversion program, and it's true it does conversion very well. I'll be covering that aspect soon. However, to convert e-books, you need to either strip DRM (a topic this series will not be covering), or buy only DRM-free books. While that's an admirable goal, it's not feasible for many e-book readers. And if you happen to be one...

Using Calibre for E-Book Management, Chapter 1: Downloading and Setting Up
February 21, 2013 | 1:37 pm

Calibre logoThis post is part of TeleRead's "Using Calibre for E-Book Management" Guide: Ch. 1 | Ch. 2 | Ch. 3 | Ch. 4 | Ch. 5 | Ch. 6 | Ch. 7 | Ch. 8 | Ch. 9 | Ch. 10 Many TeleRead readers are familiar with the incredible e-book management program, Calibre. Some of you are power users. Some of you aren't. One of the most common questions I see on e-book forums is "how do I use Calibre?" I thought I'd write a series that answers that question, and more. In fact, by the time this series is done, we will have produced a...

Calibre Update 0.9.19
February 15, 2013 | 8:00 pm

Calibre logoThe latest Calibre update launched today, and it was interesting enough that I had to try it out. He's added a "Polish" option. New tool: "Polish books" that allows you to perform various automated cleanup actions on EPUB and AZW3 files without doing a full conversion. Polishing books is all about putting the shine of perfection on your ebook files. You can use it to subset embedded fonts, update the metadata in the book files from the metadata in the Calibre library, manipulate the book jacket, etc. More features will be added in the future. To use this tool, go to Preferences >Toolbar and add...

Calibre Update — Calibre Portable fits on a USB stick; Full support for Android and Amazon KF8
January 19, 2013 | 10:46 pm

If I'm not mistaken, the last Calibre update we mentioned on TeleRead was 0.8.55, back in early June. Calibre updated to 0.9.15 this past Friday, January 19. But to keep things short and sweet here, we'll simply list the major new features of the latest release, 0.9. Do bear in mind that, according to Calibre, "many of these features were actually introduced during the lifetime of the 0.8.x series. This [update] describes new features as compared to 0.8.0. If you'd like more specific details on the latest updates, go here, and then click on the "Changelog" tab. (The following comes directly from calibre-ebook.com.) What's New in...

Calibre tools for your Android device
September 30, 2012 | 9:06 am

Many TeleReaders will be familiar with the Calibre e-book collection manager, that astonishingly powerful and ever-developing software tour de force from Kovid Goyal and his associates. For those that aren’t, Calibre is a free open source multi-platform interface which stores, and provides access to, a collection of hundreds or thousands of e-books in over a dozen different formats. It will find and display your e-books, convert them from one format to another, download cover images and metadata from the Internet, produce a list of titles and authors, and much more. The drawback with Calibre from a tablet user’s point of view is the way it stores its...

TeleRead’s Calibre Poll: The results are in!
August 27, 2012 | 1:25 pm

A million thank-you's to everyone who took the time out of their collective schedules to participate in our Calibre Survey over the weekend. As for the 100 101 of you who've taken the survey thus far, I'm sure you're at least somewhat curious to learn the final results. (And for those of you who may not have the slightest idea what I'm talking about, head on over to this post from last Friday, August 24.) At any rate, onto the results: We asked you to share your opinion about TeleRead's previous practice of republishing Calibre's weekly updates each Friday.  ¶ We found it particularly...

Who wants to take a poll? You do, that’s who!
August 24, 2012 | 2:24 pm

Happy Friday, TeleReaders! We've got an important question for you today, and we would truly appreciate hearing from as many of you as possible. It has to do with our previous practice of republishing Calibre's weekly updates (bug fixes, new features and so on) every Friday. We haven't yet decided if this is a practice we should continue, or halt immediately, and that's where you come in: Regardless of whether you log onto TeleRead five times a day or five times a year, we sincerely value your opinions. (Seriously. We're not joking. We really do want to know what you think.) So with that in...

O’Reilly adds Dropbox sync feature to its e-book store
June 29, 2012 | 9:15 pm

We already knew it was possible to use Dropbox to host your Calibre library, or to load e-books onto any e-reader app on your iPad. But O’Reilly is going just a bit further with its own Dropbox integration feature: it is providing a way to link Dropbox to your O’Reilly account so that any e-books you buy from O’Reilly (or e-books that you choose that you’ve already purchased) are automatically synced into your Dropbox account. That will make them available on any computer or device you use with the service. Of course, you can already do this with anything...

Unofficial Calibre help file seeks feedback
June 24, 2012 | 11:00 pm

Calibre is one of the only good open-source options for managing your e-book collection, but we all know it’s notoriously user-unfriendly. On one of the mailing lists I follow, I’ve heard from Becca Price, who is trying to do something about that. She is compiling a help file for Calibre as part of a class she was taking on how to develop help files. Becca notes that this is an entirely unofficial project, and “isn’t even quite a beta draft.” And the sound file on the “About Calibre” topic does not work reliably (apparently it works on Macs but not PCs) has...

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