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Calibre app a gem at managing e-book library

A screenshot of Calibre, an e-book library organizer.

A screenshot of Calibre, an e-book library organizer. Credit:

NAME: Calibre

WHAT: A management tool for your e-book library.

HOW MUCH: Free at

COMPATIBLE WITH: Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems and virtually all e-book reader formats

WHAT'S GOOD: Calibre is a gem at organizing your e-book library. It can sort books by any number of criteria, including title, author and series and also can easily search your collection.

Use Calibre to adjust a book's metadata. You can change the way a book's title appears on your reader or add tags, comments and ratings. You can even change the cover display of an e-book by inserting a picture you have or let Calibre search the Web for you, based on the book's title, author or ISBN information.

Have multiple e-book platforms that require different formats? Calibre can convert e-books to a list of formats that includes, but is not limited to, epub, mobi and pdf. Calibre's built-in Web server allows you to access your library from a computer anywhere in the world, and it can email your books to you.

It also supports mobile devices, such as smartphones. Even if you don't own an e-book reader, you can use Calibre as your viewer. Calibre downloads free daily feeds from more than 300 publications and websites, in languages from English to Afrikaans, and transforms them into e-book format.

WHAT'S NOT: The video on the Demo page doesn't work. Although the demo video can be found on YouTube, we recommend downloading it to your computer (click next to "Download video" on the bottom of the Demo page) to keep as a reference.

BOTTOM LINE: Once you get Calibre, you'll wish you had found it sooner.


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