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Calibre

Calibre is not only an all-in-one solution for controlling your e-books, but also it does for electronic books just what iTunes does for music, which enables you to control your digital book collection via an intuitive albeit overcrowded interface while providing great support for transmitting books to various formats and editing their metadata. The only area where the software is missing is its e-book reader; it doesn’t enables you to mark or add notes to your books.

PROS

Firstly, E-book converter: With Calibre you can get an e-book in one file format and transfer it to another that is helped by your e-book reading device and, if you’re not pleased with the outcome, you can also tweak the conversion settings and even manually edit the book’s formatting and contents.

Secondly, E-book reader: The software attaches with a basic e-book reader that helps full display mode for distraction-free reading and that allows you select your preferred approach of pagination and offers you the ability to bookmark pages. Unluckily, there is no method to annotate, highlight, or augment the book’s contents short of editing the book itself.

Finally, E-book organizer: Familiar to iTunes, the app is much more than an e-book reader: it runs also as your e-book library, which offers a central place where you can arrange and sort your collection and enables you to edit the book’s metadata and even pull data automatically from places like Google and Amazon. Plus, each author gets his or her own folder and each e-book gets its own subfolder, which includes all versions of the given book along with its metadata.

CONS

Crowded interface: It offers a lot going on when you begin using the app; just on the major display, it includes three search fields and 15 buttons, lots of which come with drop-down menus. Luckily, because primary functions are thoughtfully accommodated where you would expect them to be, the learning curve is not too steep.

You should absolutely get Calibre a try if you’re a serious e-book fan and read on more than one device. By using this open-source software, you can have all the various versions of your books together in one library while holding the actual files neatly organized in intelligently called folders.

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