Use open source Calibre to help you manage your e-book library

Whether you've stuck a toe in or are fully immersed in the e-reader revolution, you might want to file away a reference to Calibre when you discover you need to start managing your e-library. Free and open source, this program allows you to add searchable metadata such as tags and comments to your collection. It can also be used to search the Internet to find book metadata based on existing title/author or ISBN information in your library and download various types of metadata and covers for your books, automatically. The most useful feature of Calibre is probably the ability to convert from one format to another:

Syncing e-reader devices is another important feature:

Here is the current list of supported devices. I'll never be weaned away from my physical books; however, as an avid reader (and I always like to take books with me when I travel), I can think of some good uses for an e-reader, so I think there's one in my future. With so many devices to choose from, I've been waiting for things to settle out a little -- not to mention, wait for the prices to come down on some of them. When I take the plunge, Calibre might come in very handy. How about you? Have you acquired an e-reader device, and do you have any recommendations? Let us know if you decide to give Calibre a try.

posted by Selena Frye
August 27, 2010 @ 12:13 pm

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