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Free eBook Reader

Updated on January 18, 2011

Calibre is one of the best e-book library management programs I have ever come across. Rich in features, it is free and open source. Calibre is written by a person called Kovid Goyal.

Calibre is like your local town library. There are millions of books (or a few ones depending on what you have in your collection) that have titles, authors, publishers and covers. Each book is catalogued into a system which keeps track of the book. The book is then placed on the shelf in the section that best matches its content. Calibre has the same concept. It will read the folder with all of your e-books (or comics for that matter) and it will sort them for you.

But sometimes you have no publisher or dates or covers. No need to fret. What makes Calibre totally amazing is that it will search the Internet for the missing information, insert it and there you have a completed book. Generally all that's needed is a title and an author for the book to have the correct information inserted.

The main window of Calibre
The main window of Calibre

Calibre is also an e-book converter. It supports a wide range of formats which include CBZ, CBR, CBC, CHM, EPUB, FB2, HTML, LIT, LRF, MOBI, ODT, PDF, PRC**, PDB, PML, RB, RTF, SNB, TCR, TXT for input and EPUB, FB2, OEB, LIT, LRF, MOBI, PDB, PML, RB, PDF, SNB, TCR, TXT for output if you decide to convert it. As one can see,  Calibre is quite capable of being one of the best e-book management/readers ever created.

Calibre can also synchonise e-books to your mobile device used for reading e-books.Supported devices include ONY PRS line, Barnes & Noble Nook, Cybook Gen 3/Opus, Amazon Kindle line, Entourage Edge, Longshine ShineBook, Ectaco Jetbook, BeBook/BeBook Mini, Irex Illiad/DR1000, Foxit eSlick, PocketBook 360, Italica, eClicto, Iriver Story, Airis dBook, Hanvon N515, Binatone Readme, Teclast K3, SpringDesign Alex, Kobo Reader, various Android phones and the iPhone/iPad.

One feature which is a must in this world for journalists and the odd person who collects the news is this: Calibre can download the news and convert it into an e-book format! And this means the full article can be saved in an e-book for perhaps reference later on. The list below is some of the supported sites.

  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • The Economist
  • Time
  • Newsweek
  • The Guardian
  • ESPN

Last, but not least, Calibre is an e-book reader! It can view all the major formats as they are and believe me the list is endless. This is one amazing free e-book reader. You can read the news, your e-books and even your comics (or you can have a look at ComicRack or Comix.)


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