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New App brings calibre support to Android

I came across an Android app a few days ago that is so useful and such a great idea that I'm surprised I hadn't seen it before. It's called Calibre Library. The app isn't officially associated with calibre but it was made to work with calibre's content server feature. This app has been around since January, and I'm really surprised that it hasn't crossed my desk before.

One of calibre's lesser known features is that you can set it up to act as a content server. Run calibre on a computer and other computers on the same network as that computer can access the ebooks managed by calibre. This usually works through a web browser, and it can work over the web.

If you have an Android tablet on the same network as the computer running calibre, you could use the tablet's web browser to access the calibre library. Or, you can install this app and do the same thing.

Yes, the app duplicates something you can already do in a web browser, but it also does it very well. I've played with it for a few minutes today and it's a pretty good app. It can sort by author, title, publisher and other categories. it also has a search function as well as quite a few settings options (password, download folder, several themes, etc).

But it's also selling for $3 in the Android Market. I'm not sure it's worth it. Now if this were a complete port of calibre, then I would definitely pay for it. But as an auxiliary app...

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

4 Comments on New App brings calibre support to Android

  1. Nate, do you know if this app works if you have a user/pass on your calibre server?

  2. I think it does, yes. But I didn’t have a password protected system to test.

  3. Abdul-Majid Bhurgri // 13 July, 2012 at 12:11 pm //

    The version of free app Moon Reader i believe can also connect to calibre content server. YOU can also use free leger calibre app to access local calibre library on android.

  4. If you’re going to spend money on this, I believe that the pro version of the Moon+Reader has this functionality as well.

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