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Re: calibre

#16 Post by webfork » Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:12 pm

Using Calibre's ebook converter standalone: launch 'ebook-convert'
Argh. I was looking for that a few months ago and couldn't seem to find anything definitive. Thanks for the post.

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Re: calibre

#17 Post by webfork » Sun Apr 13, 2014 11:54 am

I've seen a few complaints about how big and unmanageable calibre is (sort of an iTunes for books) so wanted to point out a somewhat basic/minimalistic alternative:

http://www.softpedia.com/progScreenshot ... 35972.html
(Requires Java)

Conversion and other tools are (by comparison) tiny but it looks as if it handles ebook management well. Also, I much prefer the user interface.

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Re: calibre

#18 Post by Ascend4nt » Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:42 pm

webfork, good idea about looking at alternatives. I'd commit to calibre if they didn't duplicate my entire ebook collection to a local drive. The responses on their forums to this wasteful technique is basically 'just deal with it' or 'your primitive intellect wouldn't understand alloys and compositions and things with molecular structures' and 'hard drive space isn't expensive - just buy more', etc. It's a shame really as its otherwise the swiss-army knife of ebook management!

For now I just use VirtualVolumesView to catalog what I have, then look up title/author which usually gets me what I want. I should probably use something more comprehensive with a true database system like SMF though..

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Re: calibre

#19 Post by Midas » Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:11 pm

Ascend4nt wrote:I'd commit to calibre if they didn't duplicate my entire ebook collection to a local drive. The responses on their forums to this wasteful technique is basically 'just deal with it' or 'your primitive intellect wouldn't understand alloys and compositions and things with molecular structures' and 'hard drive space isn't expensive - just buy more', etc. It's a shame really as its otherwise the swiss-army knife of ebook management!

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Re: calibre

#20 Post by Marc » Sun May 04, 2014 4:47 pm

If there was a Foobar for ebooks... though Foobar is not perfect / I use it for management porpuses rather than pleasure of listening, since as Carl Jung points "music are affections" that is that have an effect on the emtional level, I would expect the UI to go according to my listening mood. So for the pleasure of listening I use Winamp with MMD3 skin. But as I said before, in terms of management Foobar is ideal, and as there are plenty of application for reading ebooks, is in that regard that I would hope "there was a Foobar" for ebooks.

Since Calibre is open source, unlike Foobar, is it to be expected some sort of interface mod or skin?

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Re: calibre

#21 Post by webfork » Mon May 05, 2014 5:42 pm

Marc wrote:Since Calibre is open source, unlike Foobar, is it to be expected some sort of interface mod or skin?
Evidently there are skins for Calibre:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showth ... p?t=129520

... although I would compare this more to iTunes than Foobar.

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Re: calibre

#22 Post by Midas » Tue May 06, 2014 1:50 am

webfork wrote:I would compare this more to iTunes than Foobar.
  • Ditto -- see above... :roll:

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Re: calibre

#23 Post by Marc » Tue May 06, 2014 6:25 am

Well... I was kind of comparing Calibre to Foobar in regards of how it should be, except for the closed-source.

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Re: calibre (TEBookConverter)

#24 Post by webfork » Sat Aug 02, 2014 1:52 pm

Midas wrote:Alternatives really welcome, since my library (mainly PDFs and epubs) is getting huge...[/list]
Ozok is working on a frontend that I haven't tested.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/tebookconverter/
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Others/E-B ... rter.shtml

He indicated it's not portable but that may be added in the near future.

Edit: Now has it's own thread.

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Re: calibre

#25 Post by webfork » Sat Aug 23, 2014 1:02 pm

Ghacks did a good overview of some of the cool things coming out with Calibre's v.2:

http://www.ghacks.net/2014/08/23/calibr ... rovements/

... having been a bit disappointed with various ebook editors I've tested, this was a welcome development.

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Re: calibre

#26 Post by webfork » Sat Apr 04, 2015 8:18 pm

I was amused to see this note on a major gaming publisher website: they listed calibre as a method for converting documents to "ePubs" (ebooks) since they don't appear to have a plan to distribute ebooks via another method.

http://paizo.com/paizo/faq#v5748eaic9n9i

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Re: calibre

#27 Post by webfork » Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:13 pm

This program hasn't seen a lot of love on the site due to a cluttered interface but I thought I'd point out this program recently celebrated a decade in development and put out new icon set, which is good news.
http://news.softpedia.com/news/calibre- ... 9851.shtml

It was followed by another update with updates for PDF and DOCX:
http://news.softpedia.com/news/calibre- ... 4911.shtml

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Re: calibre

#28 Post by webfork » Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:25 pm

Two calbre-related items:

1. A feature I wasn't aware of: the calibre Content server
The calibre Content server allows you to access your calibre libraries and read books directly in a browser on your favorite mobile phone or tablet device. As a result, you do not need to install any dedicated book reading/management apps on your phone. Just use the browser. The server downloads and stores the book you are reading in an off-line cache so that you can read it even when there is no internet connection.

2. An alternative. Since there are so many folks frustrated by Calibre on these forums, I decided to dig into another solution.

Epub Converter http://www.pdfmate.com/epub-converter.html
Converts eBooks to EPUB, PDF, Mobi and many other output formats and supports directly converting to the format that suits to specific device like Kindle, iPad, Nook, Sony eReader, Kobo, etc.
  • Support eBooks from Kindle/Nook/Sony/Kobo/Google Play and more
  • Convert eBooks to EPUB/PDF/Mobi
  • Save all metadatas after conversion
  • Automatically scan the device; Easy-to-use interface
Status: untested

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Re: calibre

#29 Post by Midas » Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:15 am

Quick note for those who do Java (cof, webfork): Jeboorker migh be a possible ebook manager alternative -- check https://github.com/meerkatzenwildschein/jeboorker.

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Re: calibre

#30 Post by webfork » Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:45 pm

Midas wrote:possible ebook manager alternative -- check https://github.com/meerkatzenwildschein/jeboorker.
Cool, thanks for that

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