Calibre Companion Has Been Sold

Calibre Companion Has Been Sold e-Reading Software

I am sure everyone here is familiar with calibre, the free and open-source ebook library management tool. It is a great way to manage your ebook library, and it was a great tool even back when it was called libPRS500.

But I am not sure quite so many people are as familiar with Calibre Companion. This is a paid app for Android and iOS that you can use to wirelessly download ebooks from your calibre library to your mobile device.

I just read over at MobileRead that the app has a new developer by the name of Sam Cohen.

CC's former developers announced the change a couple weeks ago:

Dear CC community,

As many of you have noticed, neither Steve nor I have been actively developing CC for quite some time. The reasons are diverse but can be summarized as "Life Happens". That said, neither of us want to leave CC unloved. For that reason we decided to pass the CC project to another developer, Sam Cohen (@samcohen). The transfer has started and will complete over the next few days.

Sam is very excited about taking over the projects and reviving active CC development on both iOS and Android.

Steve and I thank all of you for your encouragement and support over the last 7 years (has it really been that long?). We very much appreciate all the comments, complements, and criticisms you took the time to give us. We hope that you will be as supportive of Sam as you have been of us.

I will remain involved with calibre and will continue to hang out in this CC forum, commenting when I think I add value.

-- Charles & Steve

I own a copy of Calibre Companion (I bought it in 2014, actually) but I can't say that I ever really used it. Now strikes me as a good time to try it and post a review.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

10 Comments

  1. Zinc12 July, 2019

    Interesting. Never even heard of it before.
    I just use the built-in web server in Calibre.
    Only works locally…but works for me.

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  2. Chuck Dee13 July, 2019

    I use it to sync with my android devices and it works well. Hopefully, this will continue that; I just considered it stable software which would explain the lack of releases. I wonder what the future will hold.

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  3. Susan R Mastrodemos13 July, 2019

    I use CC almost daily. I set up my Calibre Library to act as a server over WiFi. I connect to the server from Calibre Companion and transfer books onto my Android Device by local network WiFi. Since the USB connection, and especially connection to flash memory cards, has been deprecated in Android development, it was increasingly difficult to use USB connection.

    Highly recommended.

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  4. ShellBell13 July, 2019

    never heard of it – will be interested in reading your review

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    1. Nate Hoffelder14 July, 2019

      TBH I think it’s redundant in the era of Kindle Cloud.

      I mean, Amazon has offered free cloud storage and delivery of your ebooks since late 2011. I don’t need an app that does less and is clunkier.

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  5. Chuck Dee14 July, 2019

    Well, if you’re not using a Kindle, it becomes a bit more necessary. I have some books on Kindle, some on Nook, some as just bare epub, pdf, and mobi. Having this lets me concentrate my collection in one place, and access them in sometimes better readers.

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    1. Nate Hoffelder14 July, 2019

      I don’t use a Kindle – I use the Kindle app on my smartphone.

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      1. Chuck Dee14 July, 2019

        By “Kindle” I mean Kindle infrastructure. If you don’t use that, then Kindle Cloud is useless, no?

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        1. Nate Hoffelder14 July, 2019

          ah, gotcha

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  6. aus16 July, 2019

    I used it to access my Calibre library from Dropbox when I used an Android reader. Really excellent software that just worked.

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