eBook Management App Calibre Hits 2.0

calibre-logoCalibre v2.0 was released late last week (I only got the news this morning).Following the 1.0 release almost a year to the day, this major milestone adds a number of improvements, including better support for Android devices when running the calibre app on OSX,  touchscreen support on Windows tablets, and behind the scenes improvements to boost performance.

Last week's update improves upon the ebook editor which was added in December; users can now not only edit and save an ebook in in Epub and Kindle formats, they can also compare two ebooks and see the differences. An earlier update also added a spell checker for thse uv os woh ned it.

You can find more information on the calibre website, and tech support on MobileRead Forums.

Calibre is the leading free ebook library management app, as well as the most widely used. At last count it had been installed almost 25 million times, and is in active use on over 3.5 million computers. The app supports conversion to and from a wide variety of ebook formats, and it also helps users to manage their ebook collection both on their PC as well as on almost any reading device they own, be it ereader, tablet, smartphone, or what have you.

Initially launched in October 2006, calibre was originally intended to support the then new Sony Reader PRS-500.  A certain grad student wanted to use his new ebook reader with Linux, so he reverse engineered the USB driver for Sony's proprietary software. From those humble beginnings came libprs500, which quickly added features and support for more devices and ebook formats, growing into the best open source ebook management tool anywhere. After it was clear the focus had expanded beyond Sony’s first ereader, libprs500  was renamed as calibre in mid-2008.

About Nate Hoffelder (11579 Articles)
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."

1 Comment on eBook Management App Calibre Hits 2.0

  1. Great app, been using it for a few years and based on your description, I’m only bare-bones using it right now. Esp comparing books and editing inside epub and kindle. Thanks!

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