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New e-book readers are appearing on what feels like a weekly basis, and getting content to them is a common theme. While some have Wi-Fi and others have 3G connectivity, nearly all of them can be connected to a computer to add e-book titles. That’s where […]

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New e-book readers are appearing on what feels like a weekly basis, and getting content to them is a common theme. While some have Wi-Fi and others have 3G connectivity, nearly all of them can be connected to a computer to add e-book titles. That’s where Calibre comes in — it’s like the DoubleTwist of e-book content because it doesn’t just manage your e-book library, it converts content for use on many different devices. The latest device to gain support in Calibre is the Barnes & Noble Nook. Calibre version 0.6.27 isn’t quite the latest release of the software — there are two updated minor versions — but with it, Nook owners can convert content to and from both EPUB and PDB for their device.

What makes Calibre so useful is the large number of devices it supports: SONY PRS 300/500/505/600/700, Barnes & Noble Nook, Cybook Gen 3/Opus, Amazon Kindle 1/2/DX, Netronix EB600, Ectaco Jetbook, BeBook/BeBook Mini, Irex Illiad/DR1000, Foxit eSlick, PocketBook 360, Italica, various Android phones and the iPhone. With a single piece of cross-platform software — Calibre works on Windows, Mac and Linux — you can manage all titles in your library and read many of them on multiple devices. Here’s a list of the extensive file format support:

  • Input Formats: CBZ, CBR, CBC, EPUB, FB2, HTML, LIT, LRF, MOBI, ODT, PDF, PRC, PDB, PML, RB, RTF, TCR, TXT
  • Output Formats: EPUB, FB2, OEB, LIT, LRF, MOBI, PDB, PML, RB, PDF, TCR, TXT

Folks interested in using Calibre with an Android device might also want to check out WordPlayer in the Android Marketplace. Although Shortcovers (now Kobo) works well for Android, Calibre supports the WordPlayer e-book reader software.

  1. If you are not aware this is a free software product (ok you can donate ) that works spectacularly well and translates almost every ebook reader format to ePub (or whatever). It also allows you to download blog info that can automatically be uploaded to your ebook reader or kept on your laptop. Note: I don’t work for them but I sure like the product and people who created it.

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  2. Wow. So, with this one package, I could buy Amazon e-books, and read them on my G1? or EnTourage eDGe? or Notion Ink? or even on my desktop (Ubuntu or Mac)?

    THAT is like a holy grail or something :-) Great find!

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    1. It won’t break DRM…so until all the booksellers decide to put out DRM-free books (some do – see Baen Books) we are stuck with the bookseller that you buy from. But if you have books that are DRM-free you can convert them. I know there are Windows, Mac, and Linux versions. It’s says on the Calibre-ebook website “At the moment calibre has full support for the SONY PRS 300/500/505/600/700, Barnes & Noble Nook, Cybook Gen 3/Opus, Amazon Kindle 1/2/DX, Netronix EB600, Ectaco Jetbook, BeBook/BeBook Mini, Irex Illiad/DR1000, Foxit eSlick, PocketBook 360, Italica, various Android phones and the iPhone. In addition, using the Save to disk function you can use it with any ebook reader that exports itself as a USB disk.”

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  3. I am using All My Books for my e-book collection management. It can’t convert e-books like Calibre does, but it is much better for organizing purposes. At least for me

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    1. All My Books looks pretty good in particular if you have ebooks, paper-based books, and audio books. The programmer has definately put a lot of thought into how to do this. Plus there are a lot of other good software tools.

      On the plus side for Calibre is it’s free, is built specifically for ebooks and blogs and can automatically get all the book info off the Web, and converts whatever format I have saved automatically to almost any ebook format. So while I store in .lit, when I plug in my Jetbook it recognizes it and asks me if I want it to convert on the fly. It does that no matter which ebook reader I plug in.

      Calbre is free (http://calibre-ebook.com/)and All My Books has a free demo that you can download. I would definately check out both if you plan to have an ebook library…

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  4. sorry that link should be http://calibre-ebook.com/

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  5. Thank you for the article! For information, the eBook Sony PRS-600, contrary to Kindle de Amazon, allows the reading of files ePub. I explain in this http://bit.ly/8Fz5ez article how to create your files ePub. Good continuation!

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