Que the marching band, drum majorettes, and confetti cannons: Calibre 3.0 has left beta and was officially released last week.
Initially released in 2006 as libprs500, calibre has grown from humble origins as a set of USB Linux drivers for the original Sony Reader to become the leading free and open source ebook library tool.
Calibre supports all manner of ereaders, tablets, and smartphones, and can convert to and from more file formats than can be listed here.
One of the reasons I like (besides being able to auto-convert dozens of files at a time) it is that it is a great tool for stripping DRM. That’s not one of the official features, no; it’s just one of the many improvements mad by the 3rd-party developers who contribute plugins to calibre.
Other nifty features include downloading and delivering news articles, reading ebooks aloud, acting as a content server on a local network, and creating or breaking up omnibus ebooks.
How do you like to use calibre?
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Calibre 3.0 Changelog:
- For details on the major changes in calibre between 2.0 and 3.0, see https://calibre-ebook.com/new-in/twelve
- A completely re-written Content server with support for reading books in-browser on your phone/tablet. Also works in offline mode.
- Support for high resolution (Retina screens)
- A new splash screen to celebrate the release of calibre 3
- Minor tweaking of the main user interface to emphasize the core features
- Kobo driver: Fix for detection of some devices, with SD card not working on macOS
- Tag browser: Fix preservation of state when recounting and the visible categories have changed.
- CHM Input: Handle CHM files that have missing or empty root files.
- Fix Page flips options box in viewer preferences bot being laid out properly
- Fix initial down arrow in search box jumping two places
- Fix editing the authors via the book list not respecting the tweak to control author name splitting
- E-book viewer: Fix external links not working in the footnote popup panel
- Fix a regression that broke command line completion in bash
image by Jamais Cascio