Calibre – Best e-books software

If you read e-books, you need Calibre.  Simple as that.

Well, let me rephrase that.  If you’re a Kindle user like me and only ever get books that are available on Amazon, you probably don’t have much for Calibre.  Same goes for the dedicated Nook users.

But if you get your books from a variety of sources, then Calibre is an awesome piece of software.

First of all, it gives you a nice visual tool to manage all of your e-books: the ones saved on your computer and the ones already on your reader device.

Secondly, and most importantly, it can convert e-books from any format to any format.  When you install Calibre, it asks you to specify which device you have.  If you said ‘Kindle, then if your local library has e-books available for download but they all are in EPUB format, which your Kindle doesn’t read, then Calibre will effortlessly convert them to the Kindle’s mobi format, including all of the features you’ve learned to love on Kindle.  If you download books from a variety of sites, even, God forbid, some Russian and Ukranian sites, which will go unmentioned, Calibre will just as effortlessly convert them from the FB2 format to mobi.

Lastly, it has a nice book search feature.  Calibre will search a variety of popular e-book sites to find a book of your choice.  If, for example, B&N has a book cheaper than Amazon, I can now buy it in the Nook format and convert to Kindle.  I just wish I could edit the list of sites it uses.  Project Gutenberg, for one, is not included.

I can’t believe that it took me this long to discover this great program.  I am now reading some Russian books that I’ve wanted to read for quite some time, but never got around to acquiring them.

Happy readings.