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Calibre Version 1.0 Released After 7 Years of Development

timothy posted about a year ago | from the that-is-some-conservative-numbering dept.

Books 193

Calibre is a feature-laden, open source e-book manager; many readers mentioned in light of the recently posted news about Barnes & Noble's Nook that they use Calibre to deal with their reading material. Reader Trashcan Romeo writes with some news on its new 1.0 release, summing it up thus: "The new version of the premier e-book management application boasts a completely re-written database backend and PDF output engine as well a new book-cover grid view."

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Thanks Kovid! (5, Insightful)

demonlapin (527802) | about a year ago | (#44667663)

Don't forget to give the man some money. He updates Calibre frequently - sometimes more than once a week - and doesn't charge a nickel.

Re:Thanks Kovid! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44667719)

So what? Nobody held a gun to his head and forced him to work on it.

Re:Thanks Kovid! (5, Insightful)

Colonel Korn (1258968) | about a year ago | (#44667749)

So what? Nobody held a gun to his head and forced him to work on it.

Sorry to feed the troll, but this one's amusing. I enjoy the implication that only work performed at the barrel of a firearm should be rewarded.

Re:Thanks Kovid! (5, Funny)

Austerity Empowers (669817) | about a year ago | (#44667771)

He's analyzed the economic climate and has a very forward looking view of employment conditions in the near future.

Re:Thanks Kovid! (2, Insightful)

PhiRo,oRihP (2513076) | about a year ago | (#44667773)

Must live in America.

Re:Thanks Kovid! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44668155)

Well, someone has to feel the trolls, so I'll feed you. Nothing about the OP's statement suggests that ONLY work at gunpoint should be rewarded. You trolled that in there for the sake of trolling, presumably because you're an asshole seeking attention. He's merely reminding us that if the author wanted to be rewarded for his work he should charge be charging a fee for the program. Simple as that.

Re:Thanks Kovid! (1)

fastest fascist (1086001) | about a year ago | (#44668635)

What's wrong with asking for voluntary donations?

Re: Thanks Kovid! (1)

otherniceman (180671) | about a year ago | (#44668705)

All I can say is that it better be an open source firearm.

Re:Thanks Kovid! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44668901)

and paying taxes is voluntary says Harry Reid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7mRSI8yWwg

Re:Thanks Kovid! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44667945)

Fun fact: "calibre" means "gun" in French ^^

Re:Thanks Kovid! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44668385)

No it doesn't. It means gun in French slang, and even then, falling out of use very quickly.

Re:Thanks Kovid! (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about a year ago | (#44668811)

In Finnish slang there's the word "mutka" for firearm, which translates to "curve".

Re:Thanks Kovid! (2)

mad flyer (589291) | about a year ago | (#44668933)

Calibre in French refer to the diameter of the gun barrell/size of the shells.
Works for guns, battletanks, howitzer... not sure for self proppelled stuff though.

Re:Thanks Kovid! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44668707)

Don't forget to give the man some money. He updates Calibre frequently - sometimes more than once a week - and doesn't charge a nickel.

I donate when I can. Usually just $5, but it's worth a lot more than that.

Awesome program (5, Interesting)

xQuarkDS9x (646166) | about a year ago | (#44667671)

I've been using this program for over a year first in Windows XP and now in Lubuntu and it's really really good to manage books on my Kindle Paperwhite. There's even a quality check plugin that has an option titled "Fix ASIN for Kindle Fire" which fixes it so that the book cover actually shows up on my paperwhite instead of a generic one. :)

terrible UI (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44667675)

7 years and the UI is still shit.

Re:terrible UI (2)

demon driver (1046738) | about a year ago | (#44668067)

It may be slightly awkward at first sight, but if someone doesn't perfectly get used to it in seven years, that's probably not the program's fault...

Re:terrible UI (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44668357)

It may be slightly awkward at first sight

...And it is, but the sad fact of the matter is that ebook software is almost entirely complete shit.

Calibre is the sole reason I didn't go to the nearest Apple store and beat people about the head with my iPad Mini.

Re:terrible UI (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about a year ago | (#44669053)

Those are quite heavy words, can you elaborate why you think it is "almost entirely complete shit"?

Re:terrible UI (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44668433)

Bah. If you can complain about the UI, I have to wonder what are you bothering to use it in the first place. Most people, or at least for me, spend only a few minutes using the program, and then hours and hours reading the books.

Re:terrible UI (1)

Jerry Smith (806480) | about a year ago | (#44668325)

7 years and the UI is still shit.

UI is confusing, to say the least. But that's not my issue with it, it's UNBELIEVABLY slow to click around. *click* *wait* oops wrong option *click again* *wait* *find the right option* et cetera.

But it's very capable of what it ought to do. It's immensely big though and I prefer smaller apps for smaller tasks.

Re:terrible UI (5, Interesting)

BrokenHalo (565198) | about a year ago | (#44668639)

UI is confusing, to say the least. But that's not my issue with it, it's UNBELIEVABLY slow to click around.

Addressing that second point first: I've been using Calibre for a couple of years, and the new 1.0 release is *much* faster than any of the earlier versions.

As to the "confusing UI", I just don't see how. It seems as straightforward as it can possibly be, unless there's some API I haven't heard about that somehow divines your intentions by reading your subconscious brainwaves.

Re:terrible UI (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44669017)

> As to the "confusing UI", I just don't see how. It seems as straightforward as it can possibly be

I told it to import a book, and it added it to my shelf/library/whatever. I then selected it and hit the "View" button. Instead of viewing the book, it added a copy to my shelf/library/whatever. No alerts, dialogs, or explanations. That's just bad UI design.

Re:terrible UI (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44668421)

Several annoying things I have noted about Calibre's UI.

Upon installation, it asks for an empty directory for the "Calibre Library". Why? Why can't it use my existing ebook library instead of wasting space by making copies?

Providing aforementioned directory to the installer requires that you manually create and then browse to the directory. Why can't I type in the directory in the *freaking text field* that is *right there*? Why won't it automatically create a directory if it doesn't exist?

The update checker pops-up a window that says a newer version is available and has a *button* that says "get update". When I click the button, it opens my web browser to the Calibre web site. Why doesn't it just update directly in the application itself? Why does a *hyperlink* appear as an application style button instead of a standard underlined piece of text like all other hyperlinks? Why doesn't it warn me that it's going to open my browser?

The preferences comes up as a series of space wasting icons surrounded by a lot of dead space. It's annoying to look through and difficult to navigate.

Why do so many trivial options require an application restart? Change user interface? Needs restart. Choose language? Needs restart. Enable system tray icon? Needs restart. Show cover browser in a separate window? Needs restart. Number of covers to show in browse mode? Needs restart. Yes/No columns have three values? Needs restart. Sigh.

Why does it have to be a converter, library manager and reader in one? This is an application that really should be split into two. A small, simple converter and a library manager/reader.

Re:terrible UI (2)

BrokenHalo (565198) | about a year ago | (#44668735)

Why won't it automatically create a directory if it doesn't exist?

It did for me. (Linux version.)

When I click the button, it opens my web browser to the Calibre web site. Why doesn't it just update directly in the application itself?

You appear to be overlooking the fact that Calibre is a cross-platform application, and the fact that a sensible OS might refuse to let you casually overwrite an application like that.

Why does it have to be a converter, library manager and reader in one?

I think you have to look at the history of the application [calibre-ebook.com] to answer that. I bought my reader device (a Sony PRS-T1) on the basis that it supports the widest range of formats, but now I generally try to only download ePubs. I usually prefer to use Sigil to edit ePubs, though Calibre copes surprisingly well with a wide variety of CSS input to get a generally acceptable result. (Or you can use it to dismantle ePubs into its components to edit with your default editor if you prefer.) Library management is where it excels for those of us who live outside the Amazon ecosystem.

The Reader function is mostly redundant, but it does provide a quick way of checking that books are formatted more or less correctly before you transfer them to your reader device.

I'm pretty fussy about formatting requirements (especially since so many ePubs are really horribly produced), so I usually do some pre-processing before I transfer a book to my reader. This is why having everything stored on my computer, and treating the reader as a (mostly) offline device makes sense to me. Everything is backed up, and I don't have to worry about vendors (looking at you, Amazon) snatching content back from me because they've changed their minds about their copyright agreements.

Re:terrible UI (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44669181)

It did for me. (Linux version.)

Doesn't here. The text field isn't even editable, therefore the directory must be created manually and then browsed to through their installer unless you want to use their default, which is ridiculous.

You appear to be overlooking the fact that Calibre is a cross-platform application, and the fact that a sensible OS might refuse to let you casually overwrite an application like that.

BS. Lots of software have an update mechanism built in that works just fine. I don't see why any sensible OS would refuse to "casually" overwrite files installed in a user accessible location that is owned by the very user who is logged in. It's not changing system files or anything so it shouldn't pull up my browser and certainly shouldn't be hiding the fact that it's just a hyperlink behind a button graphic that looks like it's part of the application.

I think you have to look at the history of the application [calibre-ebook.com] to answer that.

That doesn't answer anything. A converter and a library manager/reader should be two or three separate applications.

The rest of what you wrote is completely irrelevant.

Re:terrible UI (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44668589)

Perhaps you care to post a link to the one you wrote, with a better UI?

Re:terrible UI (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44668927)

Asstard. Your mom is a big, stupid, whore, and I can say that despite my own abandonment as a child. It's a fact. Your mother is morbidly obese, questionably literate, and makes chicken wing money by selling her very large ass at a discount on the street.

Re:terrible UI (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44669225)

By your idiotic logic, unless you have personally built a better car than the Ford Pinto, you can't criticize it. Unless you have personally made a better OS than Windows ME, you can't criticize it. Unless you have personally written better songs than Justin Bieber, you can't criticize his music. Unless you have personally made better films than Uwe Boll, you can't criticize his movies.

Sorry, but you fail.

interesting timing (1)

theheadlessrabbit (1022587) | about a year ago | (#44667707)

I purchased my first ebook reader just 8 days ago, (Sony PRS-T1 for $50) and installed calibre (0.9.18 is the version currently in the ubuntu repository) this morning, and I am very impressed with this piece of software, but a little intimidated by the interface, so I will look forward to testing out this new version.

Re:interesting timing (2)

johanw (1001493) | about a year ago | (#44668645)

The GUI didn't change much between 0.9.x and 1.0.0, only a few minor changes.

SHOULD HAVE RUN A SPELL CHECK ON IT FIRST !! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44667715)

But then you cannot think of everything !!

pdf-epub (3, Interesting)

thereitis (2355426) | about a year ago | (#44667783)

My main use case is converting PDF -> EPUB. I haven't found the output the greatest, at least on my Kobo. Will have to check the new version out.

Re:pdf-epub (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44667829)

My main use case is actually the opposite! I have a Sony PTS-T2 and have found that the epub support is very finicky. Fortunately PDF support works much better, so I've taken to converting my epub files to PDF.

Calibre works great for this, and definitely one of the more user friendly open source programs out there.

Re:pdf-epub (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44668103)

Doesn't PDF effectively lock the text flow and typesetting, making it impossible to change font size or type on the device?

Re:pdf-epub (5, Informative)

XcepticZP (1331217) | about a year ago | (#44668559)

Yes, but you can tell it to size the pdf pages exactly to the size of your device's screen. So then the pdf fits perfectly onto the device, and there is no need to alter the flow of the text due to the width of the device.

Re:pdf-epub (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44669273)

Except when you want to read on a different device or you get a new reader. No thanks, I'd rather do all of my converting once.

Re:pdf-epub (1)

BrokenHalo (565198) | about a year ago | (#44668759)

Doesn't PDF effectively lock the text flow and typesetting, making it impossible to change font size or type on the device?

Indeed. If the GP's PRS-T2 copes with that, he's been very lucky in having found publications scaled to minimise wasted space on his display. I have a PRS-T1, and I hate PDFs because they usually have stupid margins that lock me into a display format that strains my eyes. Epubs reflow automatically, and you can change your display fonts in any way you wish.

Re:pdf-epub (5, Informative)

CaptQuark (2706165) | about a year ago | (#44667861)

I also tried converting from PDF to EPUB. Sometimes the PDF isn't in a good condition and I get a very poor EPUB. If that happens, I convert PDF -> RTF, clean up and spell check in MS Word, then RTF -> EPUB.

This has let me fix over-large graphics, incorrect page breaks, constant spelling problems from the OCR, and font problems.

~~

Re:pdf-epub (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44668411)

you get a thumbs up on this fix method - thanks!

Re:pdf-epub (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44668683)

I usually use pdftotext from poppler. (pdf->txt->epub) Somehow calibre consistently gets the linebreaks messed up, and graphics are shit on the e-ink displays anyhow.

PDF is problematic by design (2)

demon driver (1046738) | about a year ago | (#44668093)

PDF is generally problematic. One of the reasons is that PDF is pre-formatted with hard line breaks which have to be eliminated to get dynamically flowed paragraphs, and it is quite impossible for a machine to perfectly know without understanding the context whether a specific re-flow is in order or not.

That said, I find the PRS-T2's built-in PDF reflow feature, while far from perfect, better than the PC based conversion solutions I happened to look at so far. I always try to get a "native" epub version of a book I want to read in the first place, though.

Re:PDF is problematic by design (1)

xtracto (837672) | about a year ago | (#44669077)

The best solution I found to read PDF (in my PRS-950) is to crop their margin with BRISS and read them full-screen on the ebook-reader. When the font is still too small, I can do landscape reading... unfortunately, due to the PRS-900 form, a page is broken in 3 (the PRS-650 breaks it in two, which IMO is better). Or with BRISS it is also possible to split pages in two segments, but I don't like that as much.

Re:pdf-epub (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44668745)

I was hoping someone could recommend a better program for this. I've tried it several times to convert plain text ebooks from pdf to epbub and the process always failed near the end. It might be highly recommended around here but from my own observations it seems pretty useless. I'll give it another shot *again* ...

Awesome! (5, Informative)

Falkentyne (760418) | about a year ago | (#44667803)

I've used Calibre for awhile now and it's an impressive piece of software. I've been meaning to for awhile but I finally went ahead and made a donation.

Full disclosure: I'm drunk and I'm always more generous when I'm drunk.

Also, you should see The World's End - great movie.

Re:Awesome! (1)

BancBoy (578080) | about a year ago | (#44668051)

Full disclosure: I'm drunk and I'm always more generous when I'm drunk.

Same here, but my mod points just expired. Someone want to get this ./er a drink and a +1?

Re:Awesome! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44668569)

You got +5 Informative. ...for slashvertizing a movie that has nothing to do with the subject. Or slashvertizing your own drunk self. Either way, good job to the moderators.

I'm informed about:
1) Software = impressive (maybe the drunk has you generously giving good reviews)
2) You = drunk (and are generous when drunk)
3) "The World's End" = great movie (maybe the drunk has you generously giving good reviews)

And you got a fucking +5 for being informative.
CAPTCHA=YAWNING

Does it do custom folders? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44667839)

So far you had to import all of your files into calibre, it can't reference external files. So it is pretty much unusable for importing larger existing libraries, and you get locked in.

Re:Does it do custom folders? (4, Interesting)

batdragon (16691) | about a year ago | (#44667919)

So far you had to import all of your files into calibre, it can't reference external files. So it is pretty much unusable for importing larger existing libraries, and you get locked in.

For me, I think this is a feature.

It ensures that no matter what plugins / convertors / bugs calbre has at the time, your original files don't get mucked up. So you can merge records, mess about with meta data, and not have to worry about losing anything.

The copies that are imported into calibre's own library folder are just that: plain copies. I don't get your point about "locked in". You're as locked in as you were with your original files. The directory layout may be different, but nothing gets obfuscated.

Re: Does it do custom folders? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44669177)

F e

Re:Does it do custom folders? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44669301)

And it also uses twice the space without considering that the user probably already has backups, either their own or on the service that they bought the books from. That's a real pain when your ebook directory is already full of large books.

Re:Does it do custom folders? (4, Informative)

icebike (68054) | about a year ago | (#44667951)

So far you had to import all of your files into calibre, it can't reference external files. So it is pretty much unusable for importing larger existing libraries, and you get locked in.

Almost everything you said is NOT true.

Import into Calibre is simply drag and drop, or select from a file browser, and you can keep your existing library. Once in Calibre the file are easily Exported. Further you can use them in place, right out of the Calibre directory, because the files stay in what ever format you wish.
You can even keep your ebooks in multiple formats, because it converts between multiple virtually flawlessly. It fetches covers and metadata and its just a joy to use.

I've dragged and dropped my entire ebook collection into it. Most of them I converted to epub, but in a few cases I retained the existing format as well. It handles it all. It has an export function that will export any given format, all formats, all formats with metadata and covers. Its just a stupendous piece of work. (Yeah, I sent him $50 some years ago).

There is no lock in. Its the most versatile program for ebook management I've ever seen.

And, yes, if you hunt around you will be able to find third party DRM removal plugins, so when your old DRM device dies, or your old format with DRM goes out of use, you can convert to almost any other format and leave the DRM behind.

Re:Does it do custom folders? (1)

JeffElkins (977243) | about a year ago | (#44668035)

Yes, there is a lock-in.

Calibre can't use an existing file structure. All my books are organized into a genre->author directory hierarchy and Calibre will not use it. You're forced into allowing Calibre to manage your books.

Back in the early days at mobileread.com Kovid was asked to to include an file management opt-out feature like iTunes, and he was 'meh, code it yourself'. So yes, importing a large library into Calibre is a daunting task, and you're forced to work the way it wants you to work regarding file-naming, directory structure,etc. Still, It's a must-have conversion tool for ebook users.

Re:Does it do custom folders? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44668061)

You're a fucking idiot if you think that's "lock in".

The books in a calibre library are organised into Author->Book folder structure on the disk. Hell, if you want you can use calibre's tags to label books by genre and search/report via calibre.

If you want to manage your book collection as a file system... go ahead... no one is stopping you from managing it yourself. If you have a calibre collection and you want to move your books out... the books are right there (in their format) on the disk in the folder structure described above.

Re:Does it do custom folders? (1)

JeffElkins (977243) | about a year ago | (#44668099)

Import all your books into calibre and you'll be using Kovid's directory structure and file naming conventions unless you want to take the time to manually change everything back. After all that effort, you're pretty much locked in. Just because you can manually back everything out doesn't change that. It would be one hell of a task for a signifcant amount of books.

Re:Does it do custom folders? (5, Informative)

radarskiy (2874255) | about a year ago | (#44668141)

"unless you want to take the time to manually change everything back."

Preferences -> Saving Books to Disk -> Save template. The default is {author_sort}/{title}/{title} - {authors}
Select All
Save to disk

I don't know the command line equivalent off the top of my head

Re:Does it do custom folders? (1)

XcepticZP (1331217) | about a year ago | (#44668575)

And this is one of the reasons I read Slashdot.

Re:Does it do custom folders? (1)

BrokenHalo (565198) | about a year ago | (#44668777)

In any case, it just doesn't make sense to use such a rigid directory hierarchy when you can use tags. Especially since your reader device will generally do the same.

Re:Does it do custom folders? (4, Insightful)

icebike (68054) | about a year ago | (#44668111)

He realized tags made way more sense than odd-ball sorting into directories.
Any directory structure is a lock in, as soon as you realize it doesn't work.

So he added tagging with your tags or standard tags.

But For people who insist on organizing in some antiquated way he created Save to Disk settings where you can change the
order used when exporting. You can customize to create any sort of directory structure for your exported files.
So lock-in go Poof, vanished before your very eyes.

Further you can also create the custome structure when sending books to a device (e-reader), and guess what... It can be
different than you use for exporting. So when you find that your eReader doesn't support sorting by Genre, you
can change that back to something sensible.

Tagging is way better than structured directories. You can sort by any tag within Calibre, and output in any order you want.
There is no lock in.

(Its 2013. Tagging is where its at. Obscure Structured directories are so 1999.

Re:Does it do custom folders? (1)

JeffElkins (977243) | about a year ago | (#44668197)

I love calibre for it's tools, but prefer how iTunes or XBMC handle my media collections. With iTunes (OS X) I check a box and it totally leaves management of my files alone, storing only metadata and file location in the database. It doesn't get in my way. XBMC doesn't even offer to manage my files; It builds a database of metadata only, including a link to the file in question.

I'm comfortable with a 1999 file directory hierarchy. It's easier to work with from a command line, I make sure my file/directory names aren't full of embedded spaces and parens that I detest and in general it's much more friendly to a *nix environment and scripting.

Re:Does it do custom folders? (1)

Kjella (173770) | about a year ago | (#44668515)

Its 2013. Tagging is where its at. Obscure Structured directories are so 1999.

Different needs, different uses. Directories are great for namespacing, foo/README.TXT is different from bar/README.txt. When the entire "work" is contained in a single file with an unique title (artist/title/album/series/season/episode) then I agree, tagging works better. Still, for anything that takes huge amounts of space (anything >10GB at least) I want to know where I keep it, in case I need to clear up my SSD, move HDDs or whatever. But for eBooks.... well the whole collection will fit in a tiny little corner anyway.

Re:Does it do custom folders? (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | about a year ago | (#44669171)

True, but when it comes right down to it, you can just tag the set with a unique tag that is effectively the full path. To be truly equivalent you also need to tag them with each parent path as well unless you can search by partial tag names.

Re:Does it do custom folders? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44669327)

Tags are fucking retarded. They will only work with software that are specifically coded to use them in the exact same fashion. Once you need to do any kind of management with anything else, you're screwed.

Re:Does it do custom folders? (1)

brainnolo (688900) | about a year ago | (#44668199)

Back in the early days at mobileread.com Kovid was asked to to include an file management opt-out feature like iTunes, and he was 'meh, code it yourself'.

That's not a bad response at all, calibre is open source. "Code it yourself" does not meant he would not accept the patch, it just means he does not feel like doing it himself, which is reasonable

Re:Does it do custom folders? (1)

JeffElkins (977243) | about a year ago | (#44668207)

I agree. Kovid's awesome and I wasn't complaining about his response.

Re:Does it do custom folders? (1)

Jaruzel (804522) | about a year ago | (#44668941)

Why is all the good stuff already modded 5, when I have mod points?

This. Pretty much why I don't use my Mod points when I get them any more. I'm a daily /. reader, but even then, everything worth modding is already modded :( It's like the system hands out mod points to EVERYONE all on the SAME day, about ONCE a WEEK...

-Jar

Re: Does it do custom folders? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44668203)

You have no idea what lock in means, do you?

Re:Does it do custom folders? (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | about a year ago | (#44668225)

Back in the early days at mobileread.com Kovid was asked to to include an file management opt-out feature like iTunes, and he was 'meh, code it yourself'.

Well, you could have coded it yourself, or you could have paid someone to get it coded.

If he had said "I'll never let that into the code" that would have been different. But since he doesn't take money for it, he is under no obligation to add features he doesn't feel like putting in.

Re:Does it do custom folders? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44668967)

He has indeed said that this will not change:

http://manual.calibre-ebook.com/faq.html#why-doesn-t-app-let-me-store-books-in-my-own-directory-structure

I have a large archive of books, in a hierarchy, which I've had for many years. I only use calibre for conversion purposes, precisely because I do not wish to have duplicates or change my filing system.

I would significantly prefer to use an application which was solely focussed upon conversion, rather than management. That said calibre works well, from the command line, for performing conversions.

Re:Does it do custom folders? (1)

ThePhilips (752041) | about a year ago | (#44668537)

"Larger existing libraries" usually come with their own management software. If your private library has several thousands books, then it is not "large", it is small. "Large" libraries are in tens thousand and more.

Import into Calibre has only the effects: it copies the book into Calibre library (or any library you have configures/selected), it extracts the cover and it extracts the meta-data into OPF file. If you do not have library management software, the cover and meta-data extraction are the steps you need anyway and those are the steps which take the most time.

Copying is a feature too. I also have an enormous external library of books - but due to its size it is on the external hard-drive. I connect the drive, pick the books, import them into Calibre and disconnect the drive. Now I can send the books to my Kindle for reading. Huge bonus: every time I start Calibre, I'm not overwhelmed by the sheer amount of the books in the library; I see only the books which I want to see.

My experience with it. (4, Interesting)

EnsilZah (575600) | about a year ago | (#44667849)

I've been using it for format conversions since I got my Kindle and though I have no need for it the reading and library features I'm sure they are adequate.

The one thing that bothers me, as is often the case with open source software, is the interface is a mess of icons in various colors, styles and questionable relation to the functions they're trying to represent.
I guess it's just another case of a developer not being a designer and making his own icons or accepting a patchwork of contributions from various people, but it would be nice if there was one consistent style throughout.
Hell, I might even consider using it for managing and transferring my ebooks if I felt more comfortable with the interface.

Re:My experience with it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44667907)

Yes, this, exactly.

Just the fact that you have to go into the preferences to edit toolbar items shows how weird some of the UI decisions are.

Re:My experience with it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44667953)

Well, you could offer to generate a set of 'consistent' icons, or, if you're not a designer, offer to pay for a designer to create them.

Re:My experience with it. (4, Interesting)

icebike (68054) | about a year ago | (#44667985)

Give it time, the interface grows on you. And having the same interface on Linux and Windows is worth learning what the icons mean. (hover works)

Nobody has mentioned that it the ability to send ebooks to your android without cabling up, sucking down newspapers or other periodicals and pushing them to your devices so you can read on the plane, or serving ebooks to your whole household for download via a simple web browser. Or managing multiple ebook libraries, so you can keep the kids books out of your books and vise versa.

I think it looks complicated, because it has a lot of power, but if you sit down and play with one feature a day, it becomes second nature.

Re:My experience with it. (2)

smartin (942) | about a year ago | (#44668731)

Another great feature is that you can share books by email. My Mom is a constant reader and I will hunt down books for her. I use Calibre to reformat them to .mobi and then can right click on the book and mail it to her kindle account. Works great! Calibre even lets me add a column to the main listing so that I can add a flag the lets me record that I sent the book.

Re:My experience with it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44668037)

You will love the newest versions of AtoCAD: hundreds of icons, and all of them are blurry light-blue-grey-ish, without any features or colors that would make any one of them recognisable among its surrounding icons.

Re:My experience with it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44668173)

>Hell, I might even consider using it for managing and transferring my ebooks if I felt more comfortable with the interface.

Who cares about you? It's not like you will contribute, nor are you a princess.

Re:My experience with it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44669341)

That's a terrible attitude to have toward your users, Kovid.

Re:My experience with it. (1)

stasike (1063564) | about a year ago | (#44668257)

I was using Calibre the same way as you - for conversions (and to communicate with my Sony PRS-500 reader), exactly because of that unusual interface.
Nowadays I simply reconfigure the interface, using Preferences -> interface - > Toolbar.
I remove all icons from the toolbar and put the functions I want on the menubar.
Do not saw off the branch you are sitting on and first define the menubar, with a prefferences menu and only then remove the toolbar.

Calibre is extremely configurable and *very* powerfull. It has great support for regular expressions and other advanced things.

Re:My experience with it. (1)

ThePhilips (752041) | about a year ago | (#44668497)

In the right-bottom corner, uncheck all the buttons except the right-most one (with the icon of a tiles).

Here you go - a modern interface! Wasn't that hard to find too.

Re:My experience with it. (1)

nashv (1479253) | about a year ago | (#44668749)

If the icons really bother you so much, just take a peek in "Calibre2InstallDirectory/resources/images". You will find all icons used by Calibre there. Replace them with whatever you wish.

It's a shame because there could easily be a skin-pack applier interface for Calibre, since the icons etc. are individual files and not packed into the executable.

Incredibly Useful Program (0)

Matt_J_Harris (1831018) | about a year ago | (#44668003)

I have been using this along with the fanfic downloader plugin. http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=163261 [mobileread.com] . Combined with my ASUS transformer as an e-book reading platform and I have almost given up on paper books.

Proofread much? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44668011)

3 lines is an article now?

Also, it's "its", not "it's". You would think an editor on an English-language website would have at least a rudimentary understanding of English grammar rules.

Re:Proofread much? (1)

Jerry Smith (806480) | about a year ago | (#44668363)

3 lines is an article now?

Also, it's "its", not "it's". You would think an editor on an English-language website would have at least a rudimentary understanding of English grammar rules.

"US-centric" != "rudimentary understanding of English"
I kid, I kid...

Nook Nukem (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44668077)

Nook Nukem - 1.0 Calibre

7 years in a cave! (3, Funny)

mutherhacker (638199) | about a year ago | (#44668107)

He locked himself in a cave for 7 years to build this. Somebody should have told him that apps like these nowadays have a web based front-end. Doh! Back in the cave for another 7 years to make it web-based!

ps. I'm only kidding, kudos to him for making a very feature rich app and releasing it open-source.

Re:7 years in a cave! (1)

laejoh (648921) | about a year ago | (#44668185)

He could have come up with a new religion!

Re:7 years in a cave! (1)

stasike (1063564) | about a year ago | (#44668273)

Even if you are just kidding ;-) ... It does have web interface. But only for browsing your collection.
Preferences -> sharing -> sharing over net -> start server.

Re:7 years in a cave! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44668283)

Well, Calibre has a read-only web frontend... you can't manage your collection, but your entire library is accessible in a searchable manner.

Excellent! One item of criticism: no library sync (4, Informative)

demon driver (1046738) | about a year ago | (#44668127)

Library sync is still a major problem, because it becomes virtually impossible once you start adding books to different libraries.

While calibre /can/ run in server mode, which in theory could very much eliminate the need for synchronizing libraries, the web frontend isn't quite as good as the normal calibre UI, so I don't like the option too much.

Right now, I'm keeping my primary calibre library on a netbook, I don't add books in any other library, and I synchronize other libraries by simply copying from the netbook.

That said, calibre is nevertheless THE all-in-one solution for everything I need to do with e-books, and it's truly excellent.

Re:Excellent! One item of criticism: no library sy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44668455)

I have five different libraries, three of which run in server mode with opds access. The total number of books is around 40k.

I use opds to serve books to my tablet and occasionally my phone. I don't bother with syncing at all. Ah, and the fun part, you can filter the libraries to choose what the catalog shows in the first place, or create more filters to help browse the catalog.

"thus" (1)

libtek (902569) | about a year ago | (#44668189)

*thusly

FTFY

Re:"thus" (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44668205)

From the thesaurus on my laptop (see bottom):

thus
adverb
1 the studio handled production, thus cutting its costs: consequently, as a consequence, in consequence, thereby, so, that being so, therefore, ergo, accordingly, hence, as a result, for that reason, ipso facto, because of that, on that account.
2 all decent aristocrats act thus: like that, in that way, so, like so.
PHRASES
thus far thus far, we've avoided any unanticipated expenditures: so far, until now, up until now, up to now, up to this point, hitherto.
USAGE
thus
There is never a need to expand the adverb thus to "thusly.".
Usage notes show additional guidance on finer points of English usage.

love it! (1)

lisabeeren (657508) | about a year ago | (#44668331)

i really love calibre, use it all the time... but it's user interface harks back to the bad ol' days of open source user interfaces... not real pretty, not real nice to use.

Re:love it! (1)

ThePhilips (752041) | about a year ago | (#44668469)

Check out the toggle-buttons in right-bottom corner.

Check the "Cover Grid" and uncheck the "Cover Browser", "Tag Browser" and "Book Details". Looks better now?

The last touch: do not use the hideous right-click pop-up menu - but learn to use the buttons on the top. All the functions are there.

Android client? (2)

shic (309152) | about a year ago | (#44668449)

I've used Calibre on my desktop for a few years - it was the best tool I could find, but it was frustratingly slow Version 1.0 seems to have that fixed I'm officially impressed.

What I'd like to do is access my (ever growing) library from my Android tablet (a Nexus 10 which I bought for its near-laser-printer screen resolution). I'm a real tight-arse when it comes to paying for software... but I'd pay for an application that gave me seamless access to read my Calibre library (on my LAN) from my Android device (with limited local storage).

Re:Android client? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44668541)

Like "Calibre Companion" ???

Re:Android client? (1)

shic (309152) | about a year ago | (#44668577)

Quite possibly... I might need to jump through some hoops to get this working on my LAN... but, on the surface, it looks as if it might be exactly what I need. Thanks. :)

Re:Android client? (1)

BrokenHalo (565198) | about a year ago | (#44668857)

You could also try out Aldiko Reader [aldiko.com] . You'll need to create some symlinks, but I think it should work.

On the other hand, unless you happen to be the Library of Congress, you should be able to copy most of your collection of books to your Nexus device without making much of a dent in your storage capacity.

Command Line FTW (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44668989)

I don't know about the new Version, but in older versions of Calibre (0.8.38 to be specific) all major functions were available through the command line on Linux systems. Just do a 'apropos calibre' and you'll get a list of manual pages for all major tools that are part of calibre, including ebook-viewer, ebook-convert and ebook-meta.

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