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  •  "There's an app for that!" to paraphrase an (7+ / 0-)

    advertising line that's become a truism.


    calibre – E-book manager

    calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a cornucopia of features divided into the following main categories:

    Library Management

    E-book conversion
    calibre can convert from a huge number of formats to a huge number of formats. It supports all the major e-book formats. The full list of formats can be found here.

    The conversion engine has lots of powerful features. It can rescale all font sizes, ensuring the output e-book is readable no matter what font sizes the input document uses. It can automatically detect/create book structure, like chapters and Table of Contents. It can insert the book metadata into a "Book Jacket" at the start of the book.

    Syncing to e-book reader devices
    calibre has a modular device driver design that makes adding support for different e-reader devices easy. At the moment, it has support for a large number of devices, the complete list of which is here. Syncing supports updating metadata on the device from metadata in the library and creation of collections on the device based on the tags defined in the library. If a book has more than one format available, calibre automatically chooses the best format when uploading to the device. If none of the formats is suitable, calibre will automatically convert the e-book to a format suitable for the device before sending it.

    Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form

    Comprehensive e-book viewer

    Content server for online access to your book collection


    I only expanded the two sections of the website's 'Features' page that apply here.  Believe me, it does a LOT more than that.

    I'm also reminded, though, of a photo a friend posted to Facebook recently of the e-book reader they'd gotten for her Grandma's birthday a few months back.  It was atop a stack of books on her end-table, carefully inserted in one of them as a bookmark.

    Conservatism is a function of age - Rousseau
    I've been 19 longer'n you've been alive - me

    by watercarrier4diogenes on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 02:08:21 PM PST

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