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.