Free Thing of the Week: Calibre

Being people of class and quality, you have already been downloading free EPUB books from The Seattle Star and elsewhere for awhile now. It’s time to gather up all those files and put them into a library so you can read them. But how?

Our choice is Calibre.

Calibre manages your e-book collection for you. No matter how many formats of the same book you have — PDF, EPUB, MOBI, CHM, what have you — a single entry in your Calibre library connects you to them all, so that you can transfer back and forth between your computer and your mobile reader.

Even better for news junkies, Calibre has over three hundred news sources and can automatically fetch news from websites or RSS feeds, then format your news into ebook format for legibility. Examples of supported news sites include:

The New York Times
The Wall Street Journal
The Economist
The Guardian

And it’s not just a library tool. It also contains a built-in reader, so you don’t need a separate program to read your books while at your desktop. Even more, it has a built-in web server that allows you to access your ebook collection using a simple browser from any computer anywhere in the world.

In other words, DIG IT.

Calibre is available for OS X, Windows and various flavors of GNU/Linux. You can even run it from a portable thumb drive.

Download Calibre here.

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