Earlier when iPad didn’t support the PDF format, users really had a difficult time trying to figure out a way to read their PDF files on their iPad’s. That’s when they started searching for ways to convert PDF files to the ePub format as Apple iPad offers native support for ePub files.
That’s where the ebook management tool Calibre comes into play. Calibre is a free open source ebook library management software that can do a variety of tasks related to ebooks. Not only does it provide easy conversion of files from one format to another, it supports a whole set of other features as well.
Calibre can help you organize your ebooks by sorting them on the basis of many things, such as Title, Author, Date added, Date published, Size, Rating, Series etc. This is almost like the way you sort songs in your Windows or personal playlist.
Imagine how much easier organizing becomes if all of them are sorted in a logical fashion, allowing you to choose which ebook to read and finding it easily among the thousands (well in my case it’s thousands) of other ebooks in your PC or other device.
In addition to this, you can even add tags to your collection along with comments that can act as ebook descriptions or personal reviews of sorts. Coming to the conversion of ebooks, Calibre can convert from a number of well-known ebook formats to any ebook format you like.
Input Formats: CBZ, CBR, CBC, CHM, DJVU, EPUB, FB2, HTML, HTMLZ, LIT, LRF, MOBI, ODT, PDF, PRC, PDB, PML, RB, RTF, SNB, TCR, TXT, TXTZ
Output Formats: EPUB, FB2, OEB, LIT, LRF, MOBI, HTMLZ, PDB, PML, RB, PDF, RTF, SNB, TCR, TXT, TXTZ
The best feature of Calibre according to me is that it can automatically fetch news from your favorite websites or RSS feeds and compile them into an ebook for you. Major websites such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Time, Newsweek The Guardian and many more. Since I love reading news from popular newspapers, this feature helps me a lot in compiling news from top sources and devouring it for free!
Another highly impressive feature in Calibre is its ability to sync to various ebook devices, which means that it can automatically sync a ebook with the device you use. For example, if a book has more than one format, then Calibre will automatically choose the best format according to the device. If no format is suitable for that particular device then Calibre will automatically convert the ebook to a suitable format for that device. How awesome is that!
Currently Calibre is available for download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. You can also download Calibre portable which can be run on any windows computer with least Windows XP SP3.
Did you like this software? Do let us know your thoughts.