Video: Calibre - Linux/Ubuntu book collector
July 25, 2009
Calibre is a new book collection software for Linux Ubuntu. It was started in 2006 by developer Kovid Goyal as a Linux application for converting different ebook formats to LRF - the format used by SONY reader and was called libprs500. This converter became wildly popular and was picked up and used by various publishing houses and content digitizers to produce the first generation of books in the LRF format. And in 2008 Kovid Goyal decided to transform the program to the full-featured e-book collection manager with graphical interface and renamed to Clibre. Using Calibre you can manage books, magazines, comics. Calibre is available in the Ubuntu Software Center, but before installation check that you downloaded the latest version (0.6). To install Calibre on Ubuntu and Linux Mint you need to execute the command line command that you can find in the Calibre for Linux manual.
When you first start Calibre you are welcomed by program Wizard. First thing you need to do is to select the folder for storing all books that you want to manage. The next step - is to tell calibre what ebook reading device you use, because it can send books to e-reader and parse e-reader to add your books to computer library. Calibre supports a large amount of ebook devices from different manufacturers (Kindle, iPhone, Sony Reader, etc.).
Calibre - is primarily a program for creating electronic book catalogs. It allows you to manage your collection of electronic books. It is built on the concept of the logical book, i.e. one record in the database can contain several e-books in multiple formats. It supports conversion of many ebook formats to LRF and EPUB.
Calibre inbuilt book reader supports the following file formats : MOBI, LIT, PRC, EPUB, ODT, HTML, CBR, CBZ, RTF, TXT, PDF and LRS.
Besides Linux Calibre also supports Windows and Mac.
See also: Top 5 Calibre alternatives