A good free program for managing books on devices such as the iPad or Kindle
Ebooks are a great way to stay occupied when on the move or keeping a large collection of books so there is always something to meet you mood. Calibre is a very useful program for creating and managing an ebook collection on a variety of different devices.
Installation is simple and includes an option for choosing the kind of ebook reader you own. There are plenty of suggestions including some generic options should your device not appear.
It uses the concept of a the logical book so it doesn't matter if you have several versions of a book for different devices, it will only appear once in the collection. Helpfully Calibre can also convert between a variety of different ebook formats including epub, mobi, PDF and plain text.
Books can be sorted by title and author as well as rating and series. Books can also be given tags and comments. Writing a short review of a book for yourself is a good way to remember what it is about.
Calibre includes links to a wide variety of sites that provide ebooks with a mix of free ebooks for Manybooks.net and paid-for sites for more recent books.
Calibre can also be used to read ebooks on a computer. While few of us are likely to spend time at a desktop reading a book, this can be very useful if you have a laptop with you when travelling.
Calibre is also available for Linux, Mac and as a portable app from the Calibre download page.
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An excellent utility for anyone who wants to read ebooks on the move
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