Calibre eBook Management Software (free, open-source, cross platform)

Robby

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#1
Calibre is a FREE & open-source suite of e-book software for multiple platforms (Windows, Mac/macOS, Linux). Calibre supports organizing existing e-books into virtual libraries, displaying, editing, creating and conversion of e-books, as well as syncing e-books with a variety of e-readers. Editing books is supported for EPUB and AZW3 formats. Books in other formats like MOBI must first be converted to those formats, if they are to be edited.

Calibre is a vibrant open-source community with half a dozen developers and many, many testers and bug reporters. It is used in over 200 countries and has been translated into a dozen different languages by volunteers. Calibre has become a comprehensive tool for the management of digital texts, allowing you to do whatever you could possibly imagine with your e-book library.

Homepage: calibre - E-book management
 

Robby

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#2
calibre 3.24

New Features

  • Conversion: EPUB Output: Add an option to output EPUB 3 files.
  • PDF Output: Add an option to break long words at the ends of lines.
  • PDF Output: Allow using images in the header/footer templates
  • Add an option to use two lines for the text under the toolbar button in Preferences->Look & feel
  • Edit book: Spell check: Update the number of misspelled words/total words displayed when correcting/ignoring words.
  • Edit book: Fix HTML: Automatically resolve private entities
  • Improve formatting of help in Preferences->Tweaks
  • ToC Editor: Allow undo for renaming single items as well.
Bug Fixes

  • PDF Output: Strip zero-width space characters from the text as their presence prevents searching from working
  • DOCX Output: Fix
    tags not being converted correctly.
    • DOCX Input: Fix incorrect conversion of a framed block that contains a list.
    • Conversion: Fix private entities that use the same name as an HTML entity not being handled correctly
    • Viewer: Fix HTML files with private entities displaying an artifact at the top
    • Edit book: Check book: Show an error for HTML files with private entities
    • EPUB3 Input: Fix titlepage being referred to in the nav causing two titlepage entries in the final book.
    • Fix throbber buttons not being perfectly aligned inside toolbars
    • Quickview: Fix sizes not being displayed.
    • Edit book: Compress images tool: Do not mark the book as changed if no images could be further compressed.
    • Book list split-view: Fix horizontal scroll position of split view can change when changing the current column in one view.
    • Fix Bookeen Saga not being recognized on macOS/Linux.
    • Edit metadata dialog: Fix undo last trim not working for automatic trims.
    • Content server: Fix series field blank in Italian translation
    • BeautifulSoup: Port fix from upstream for outputting bare ampersands in strings.
    • calibredb add: Run the input plugins before reading metadata instead of after.

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Robby

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#3
calibre 3.24.1

New Features

  • Conversion: EPUB Output: Add an option to output EPUB 3 files.
  • PDF Output: Add an option to break long words at the ends of lines.
  • PDF Output: Allow using images in the header/footer templates
  • Add an option to use two lines for the text under the toolbar button in Preferences->Look & feel
  • Edit book: Spell check: Update the number of misspelled words/total words displayed when correcting/ignoring words.
  • Edit book: Fix HTML: Automatically resolve private entities
  • Improve formatting of help in Preferences->Tweaks
  • ToC Editor: Allow undo for renaming single items as well.
Bug Fixes

  • Version 3.24.1 fixes a regression in the 3.24 in the editor that caused syncing between the editor and the Preview panel/Live CSS panel to not work correctly
  • PDF Output: Strip zero-width space characters from the text as their presence prevents searching from working
  • DOCX Output: Fix
    tags not being converted correctly.
    • DOCX Input: Fix incorrect conversion of a framed block that contains a list.
    • Conversion: Fix private entities that use the same name as an HTML entity not being handled correctly
    • Viewer: Fix HTML files with private entities displaying an artifact at the top
    • Edit book: Check book: Show an error for HTML files with private entities
    • EPUB3 Input: Fix titlepage being referred to in the nav causing two titlepage entries in the final book.
    • Fix throbber buttons not being perfectly aligned inside toolbars
    • Quickview: Fix sizes not being displayed.
    • Edit book: Compress images tool: Do not mark the book as changed if no images could be further compressed.
    • Book list split-view: Fix horizontal scroll position of split view can change when changing the current column in one view.
    • Fix Bookeen Saga not being recognized on macOS/Linux.
    • Edit metadata dialog: Fix undo last trim not working for automatic trims.
    • Content server: Fix series field blank in Italian translation
    • BeautifulSoup: Port fix from upstream for outputting bare ampersands in strings.
    • calibredb add: Run the input plugins before reading metadata instead of after.

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Robby

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#4
calibre 3.24.2

New Features

  • Conversion: EPUB Output: Add an option to output EPUB 3 files.
  • PDF Output: Add an option to break long words at the ends of lines.
  • PDF Output: Allow using images in the header/footer templates
  • Add an option to use two lines for the text under the toolbar button in Preferences->Look & feel
  • Edit book: Spell check: Update the number of misspelled words/total words displayed when correcting/ignoring words.
  • Edit book: Fix HTML: Automatically resolve private entities
  • Improve formatting of help in Preferences->Tweaks
  • ToC Editor: Allow undo for renaming single items as well.
Bug Fixes

  • Version 3.24.2 fixes a bug in the new EPUB 3 output functionality that prevented conversion of non-EPUB 3 books to EPUB 3
  • Version 3.24.1 fixes a regression in the 3.24 in the editor that caused syncing between the editor and the Preview panel/Live CSS panel to not work correctly
  • PDF Output: Strip zero-width space characters from the text as their presence prevents searching from working
  • DOCX Output: Fix
    tags not being converted correctly.
    • DOCX Input: Fix incorrect conversion of a framed block that contains a list.
    • Conversion: Fix private entities that use the same name as an HTML entity not being handled correctly
    • Viewer: Fix HTML files with private entities displaying an artifact at the top
    • Edit book: Check book: Show an error for HTML files with private entities
    • EPUB3 Input: Fix titlepage being referred to in the nav causing two titlepage entries in the final book.
    • Fix throbber buttons not being perfectly aligned inside toolbars
    • Quickview: Fix sizes not being displayed.
    • Edit book: Compress images tool: Do not mark the book as changed if no images could be further compressed.
    • Book list split-view: Fix horizontal scroll position of split view can change when changing the current column in one view.
    • Fix Bookeen Saga not being recognized on macOS/Linux.
    • Edit metadata dialog: Fix undo last trim not working for automatic trims.
    • Content server: Fix series field blank in Italian translation
    • BeautifulSoup: Port fix from upstream for outputting bare ampersands in strings.
    • calibredb add: Run the input plugins before reading metadata instead of after.

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Kevin

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Location
Pennsylvania
#5
Calibre is a nice (and free!) tool for cataloging collections of ebooks. Lately I've been using it to organize a bunch of titles to load on my Amazon Fire tablet for reading.

The big think to keep in mind with Calibre is that updating the metadata doesn't update the actual book files, instead the metadata is stored in its own Calibre library file. If you update the metadata for a book then copy just the book files to a different location then the metadata doesn't copy with it, you need to either use Calibre to copy the book to a device or to copy the Calibre library.
 

Robby

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#6
calibre 3.25

New Features

  • Kobo driver: Support the new Clara HD
  • PDF Output: Add an option to use page margins from the input document, specified via @page CSS rules.
Bug Fixes

  • Fix option to "show text under buttons only if there is enough space" not working well with the option to use "two lines for the text under the buttons".
  • Update notification: When both calibre and plugin updates are available and the user updates only the plugins, fix the restart calibre button not working.
  • E-book viewer: Fix printing of comics (cbz/cbr files) not working.
  • EPUB3 Input: Fix Table of Contents not being recognized for some EPUB 3 books that placed their nav document in-side a sub-folder.

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Robby

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#8
calibre 3.26

New Features

  • Book list: Allow drag and drop of books onto other books to merge the book records.
  • Check Book: External link checker: Also check HTML anchors (the part after the # in the link). Can be turned off via a checkbox at the bottom of the link checker window.
  • Edit Book: Preview panel: Show previews when editing SVG files
  • Edit book: When downloading external resources, also convert data URLs into files.
  • E-book viewer: When the controls are hidden show the progress in the window title.
  • Library Quick switch menu: Highlight the previously switched from library in bold.
Bug Fixes

  • PDF Input: Fix a regression in 3.24 that caused conversion of PDF to be significantly worse.
  • E-book viewer: Fix very slow loading for HTML files with very many images on Linux.
  • Content server: Fix a regression in 3.14 that removed the separator between books in the detailed list view mode.
  • Edit book: Fix SVG files not being beautified by the Beautify all files tool
  • Edit book: Fix searching in selected files not searching SVG files
  • Fix Tweaks help string not being displayed translated
  • Edit metadata dialog: Fix distorted rendering of some labels in the custom metadata tab in rare circumstances.

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Robby

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#9
calibre 3.26.1

New Features

  • Book list: Allow drag and drop of books onto other books to merge the book records.
  • Check Book: External link checker: Also check HTML anchors (the part after the # in the link). Can be turned off via a checkbox at the bottom of the link checker window.
  • Edit Book: Preview panel: Show previews when editing SVG files
  • Edit book: When downloading external resources, also convert data URLs into files.
  • E-book viewer: When the controls are hidden show the progress in the window title.
  • Library Quick switch menu: Highlight the previously switched from library in bold.
Bug Fixes

  • PDF Input: Fix a regression in 3.24 that caused conversion of PDF to be significantly worse.
  • E-book viewer: Fix very slow loading for HTML files with very many images on Linux.
  • Content server: Fix a regression in 3.14 that removed the separator between books in the detailed list view mode.
  • Edit book: Fix SVG files not being beautified by the Beautify all files tool
  • Edit book: Fix searching in selected files not searching SVG files
  • Fix Tweaks help string not being displayed translated
  • Edit metadata dialog: Fix distorted rendering of some labels in the custom metadata tab in rare circumstances.
  • version 3.26.1 prevents dropping of a book onto itself from triggering the merge dialog, which should reduce accidental triggers

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Robby

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#10
calibre 3.27

New Features

  • Content server: Allow conversion of books
  • Kobo driver: Add support for new firmware
  • Bulk metadata edit dialog: Add an "edit tags" button for tags like custom columns.
  • Add an option in Preferences->Look & feel to disable the new 'drag and drop to merge books feature'
  • E-book viewer: Add a shortcut (Ctrl+Alt+B) to toggle the bookmarks panel.
  • Edit book: Add a copy to clipboard button on the various report dialogs
  • Edit book: Add a shortcut (Ctrl+Alt+Down) to edit the next file in the book spine.
  • calibre-smtp: Verify relay server TLS certificates by default. New option --dont-verify-server-certificate to restore old behavior.
Bug Fixes

  • Conversion: Fix a regression in the previous release that caused conversion of EPUB 3 to EPUB 3 to fail.
  • Fix detection of the Bookeen NolimbookXL on macOS and Linux
  • Fix a regression that broke the fetching of annotations from Kobo and Kindle devices.
  • DOCX Input: Fix failure to convert some DOCX files that use Symbol fonts.
  • When exporting very large libraries fix failures due to busy errors.
  • Fix commas not working in identifiers that are transformed to URLs via rules.
  • Review downloaded metadata: Fix cancel button on the confirm reject all dialog not working.
  • Kindle Fire driver: Send books by default to the "kindle" folder instead of the "Books" folder to workaround a change in the Fire firmware that causes the Kindle to not recognize files in the Books folder.
  • Linux installer: Also fix the execute bits in the umask if the user runs the installer with a umask that prevents files from being world executable.
  • Sort the entries in the show column menu alphabetically.

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Robby

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#11
calibre 3.27.1

New Features

  • Content server: Allow conversion of books
  • Kobo driver: Add support for new firmware
  • Bulk metadata edit dialog: Add an "edit tags" button for tags like custom columns.
  • Add an option in Preferences->Look & feel to disable the new 'drag and drop to merge books feature'
  • E-book viewer: Add a shortcut (Ctrl+Alt+B) to toggle the bookmarks panel.
  • Edit book: Add a copy to clipboard button on the various report dialogs
  • Edit book: Add a shortcut (Ctrl+Alt+Down) to edit the next file in the book spine.
  • calibre-smtp: Verify relay server TLS certificates by default. New option --dont-verify-server-certificate to restore old behavior.
Bug Fixes

  • Version 3.27.1 fixes a build error in 3.27.0 that caused calibre not to start on macOS older than High Sierra
  • Conversion: Fix a regression in the previous release that caused conversion of EPUB 3 to EPUB 3 to fail.
  • Fix detection of the Bookeen NolimbookXL on macOS and Linux
  • Fix a regression that broke the fetching of annotations from Kobo and Kindle devices.
  • DOCX Input: Fix failure to convert some DOCX files that use Symbol fonts.
  • When exporting very large libraries fix failures due to busy errors.
  • Fix commas not working in identifiers that are transformed to URLs via rules.
  • Review downloaded metadata: Fix cancel button on the confirm reject all dialog not working.
  • Kindle Fire driver: Send books by default to the "kindle" folder instead of the "Books" folder to workaround a change in the Fire firmware that causes the Kindle to not recognize files in the Books folder.
  • Linux installer: Also fix the execute bits in the umask if the user runs the installer with a umask that prevents files from being world executable.
  • Sort the entries in the show column menu alphabetically.

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Robby

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#12
calibre 3.28

New Features

  • Allow creating rules to transform author names when adding books to calibre. Accessible via Preferences->Adding books->Adding actions
  • Add a similar author mapper tool to manipulate author names in the existing library. Accessible via Preferences->Toolbars
  • Add a similar author mapper tool for metadata downloading, accessible via Preferences->Metadata download
  • Comments Editor: Add options to change the case of the selected text to the right click menu
  • Edit book: When sorting non text files in the File list recognize numbers in the file names
Bug Fixes

  • calibredb catalog: Recognize file extensions even when they are not lowercase

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Robby

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#13
calibre 3.29

New Features

  • Add a option to draw a grid in the main book list (Preferences->Look & feel)
  • Edit book: Allow removing the currently highlighted tag (while keeping its contents) by pressing Ctrl+>. You can also add a tool to do it via Preferences->Toolbars
  • Content server: When defining a color scheme for the in browser viewer allow specifying the link color as well as the foreground and background.
  • Edit book: Show a popup after a fix all html/beautify all files so the user can easily see what was changed, if needed.
  • Kindle driver: Create cover thumbnails on the device when transferring KFX format books
  • Edit Book: Recognize numbers in image names in the 'Insert image' dialog
Bug Fixes

  • Content server: Display custom comments field on the book details page in the same order as in the calibre GUI
  • Edit book: Fix open image editors not being updated when image file is replaced
  • Fix keyboard shortcuts for Edit book tools created from plugins not working
  • PDF Output: Fix error when trying to convert books that do not specify a language in their metadata.
  • Browser viewer: Fix inability to open books that contain zero-byte stylesheets/images

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