You have become a _serial devourer_ of digital books and now you use your computer almost exclusively to read them! Now, however, you would like to create a digital library in which to organize them all and through which you can access them at any time, without jumping from one folder to another on the disk.
Let me tell you: caliber it is the solution that could solve your problem! If you have never heard of it, it is a computer software, compatible with Windows, macOS and Linux, dedicated entirely to the management of digital books, rich in features and compatible with most eBook readers in circulation.
Throughout this tutorial, it will be my responsibility to explain to you how Caliber works guiding you to discover this excellent software: I will show you, first of all, how to install the program on your computer, and then provide you with precise instructions regarding adding books to its digital library, its visualization, conversion from one format to another and, finally, synchronization with eBook readers. I can guarantee you that you will be absolutely satisfied!
What is Caliber Used For
caliber is one of the most complete and reliable programs designed to manage eBooks, full of useful functions to keep your digital library organized at 360 degrees. It allows, for example, to group your books by author, language, publisher or other parameters; of customize metadata relating to each title; synchronize the digital library with the most important eBook readers on the market and, of course, of read digital titles in various formats (ePub, PDF, HTML, Mobi, ODT, Cbz and many others).
The potential of Caliber, however, does not stop there: the software includes, among other things, a convenient function eBook conversion from one format to another, automatically taking care of the management of chapters, covers and so on. It also allows you to search for digital titles from a large number of eBook stores, using its own "internal" browser.
How much does all this convenience cost? Absolutely nothing! Caliber, in fact, is a completely program free e ., available for the most important desktop platforms: Windows (all versions supported), MacOS e Linux.
How to Install Caliber
Now that you understand Caliber's most important features, it's time to take action and install the program on your computer. First, therefore, connected to the Caliber download page, click on the icon of your operating system (eg. Windows o Windows 64, for 64-bit versions of Windows) and, on the next page, click on the link Download Calibre located near the OS icon.
Once you have the file, follow the most appropriate procedure for your system: if you are on Windows, start the installation package (eg. caliber-xyzmsi), put the check mark next to the item I accept the terms in the License Agreement and click on the buttons install, Yes e end to complete the setup and start the program.
Se, invece, stai using a Poppy, start the previously downloaded file (eg. gauge-xyzdmg) and drag the Caliber icon into the folder Applications, using the window that is shown on the screen. From now on, you can start the program from within the Launchpad of the Mac (the rocket annessa there Dock bar): the first time you do this, you have to press the button apri, to bypass Apple's security restrictions.
Once the program has started, carry out the first configuration using the wizard that is proposed to you: select the language to be used from the appropriate drop-down menu, indicates the folder where your digital library will be stored and click on the button forward.
After this step, choose the brand and eBook reader template in your possession, click again on forward twice consecutively and finish the guided procedure by clicking on the button end. Here: now you are ready to exploit the full potential of Caliber!
How Caliber Works
Once you have started Caliber, you should find yourself in front of a window containing the buttons to access the most important features of the program: adding, reading and modifying the data of a book and converting from one format to another. Below I'll explain how to use them.
Add a Book
Adding a digital book to the Caliber library is very simple: first, access the section Caliber Library pressing the appropriate button, click on the button Add located at the top left, then navigate to the folder that contains the book of your interest and select it with a double click. Alternatively, you can add an eBook to Caliber's digital library by simply dragging it with the mouse inside its window.
For your information, the program is capable of importing and reading eBooks in CBZ, CBR, CBC, EPUB, FB2, HTML, LIT, LRF, MOBI, ODT, PDF, PRC, PDB, PML, RB, RTF, TCR e TXT.
Once I add a book, you can quickly view its cover and main information (e.g. author and publication date) by clicking on it and looking at the right side of the program interface.
If you prefer, you can also activate the display in "grid" mode by clicking on the button Layout, located at the bottom right, and selecting the option Cover grid.
Note: as needed, you can also add entire folders or entire archives containing books. To access these kinds of "advanced" options, click on arrowhead down located immediately next to the button Add.
View a Book
Reading a book from within Caliber is very simple: just double-click on its preview located in the Caliber library or, if you have activated grid display, on its cover.
By doing this, the eBook will be opened with the default reader associated with the source file format (eg. Microsoft Edge / Preview for ePub files). If a special reader is not installed on the computer, the book will be opened with the internal viewer of Caliber.
If you wish, you can "force" the use of the latter also for all other eBooks: click on the preview of the book of your interest, then on the arrowhead down situata accanto to the pulsating Read, then select the item Read with Caliber's ebook viewer located in the menu that appears.
Alternatively, you can achieve the same result by right clicking on the book preview and selecting items Read> Read with Caliber's ebook viewer from the context menu shown.
Caliber's built-in reader is as simple as it is functional - you can go forward backward between pages using the directional keys of the keyboard, as well as access specific reading-related features (e.g. the size of the displayed text, the full screen mode or the split into pages) using the practice pushbutton, located to the left of the window.
As a rule, the built-in viewer can remember where you left off reading, restoring it the next time you open the book. This, however, does not happen for all formats, as there are file types that do not support this functionality (eg PDFs obtained from a simple "scan" and not paginated according to the criteria provided by eBooks).
Edit the Metadata of a Book
Did you notice an error in the book's author name, title, or other descriptive data? No problem: Caliber provides the ability to quickly change the metadata of the book, adapting them to your preferences. Please note that this type of modification is "limited" to the Caliber library and will not be applied to the file.
All clear? Then let's proceed. First, give it Caliber library, click on the preview / cover of the book located in the main screen of the software, then press the button Edit metadata located at the top.
Through the next window, you will have the possibility to change the title, author, date of publication and many other information, including the cover, the editor and languages of the work. If you are not aware of all this information, you can click on the button Download the metadata to attempt to retrieve them from the Internet.
When you are ready, click on the button OK to apply the changes. If, on the other hand, you need to change the metadata also on other books in your digital library, click on the button Following and repeat the steps for the title that is proposed to you. When you are done, click on the button OK to make all changes made final.
Convert a Book
Should the need arise, Caliber offers great functionality for convert eBooks from one format to another. You can start from any of the extensions I told you about in the opening section of this chapter, and target one of the following formats: EPUB, FB2, OEB, LIT, LRF, MOBI, PDB, PML, RB, PDF, TCR, TXT. In addition, you can also convert eBooks to AZW (although the program is not able, natively, to read it).
Converting a book is not difficult: first, click on the preview / book cover, located in the Caliber library, and then click on the button Convert books, placed at the top.
If you need to transform several books into a specific format, select them with the help of the button Ctrl / cmd, click here arrowhead down located next to the button Convert books and choose the item Convert to batch attached to the menu that is proposed to you.
At this point, specify the format to convert the book to (eg. MOBI) using the drop-down menu located at the top right and, if necessary, click on the section Metadata to specify or correct the identification data of the book. As you can see, the left part of the conversion screen is divided into sections, useful for defining the format conversion parameters: if you don't know how to work on them, leave everything unchanged.
If you need to generate an eBook suitable for a specific eBook reader (different from the one you indicated in the initial configuration phase), click on the section Page setup and choose the reader of your interest from the box Output customization.
When you are done, click on the button OK and wait for the conversion to be completed: you can check the progress of the process by clicking on the button Works, located in the lower right corner of the screen.
When the conversion is complete, select the book you just converted, right click on new format (With art. MOBI), placed in correspondence with the wording Formats, just below the book cover, then choose the item Save MOBI format to disk to choose the path to keep the generated file.
Buy New Books
Thanks to a practical internal browser, Caliber allows you to search online, from multiple sources at the same time, for the titles of your interest.
Doing so is very simple: first, click on the buttons Get books e OK, specify the sites on which to search using the left section of the program, enter the title or l 'author of the book in the appropriate fields, then click the button Search to start a search immediately and wait for Caliber to load all available results.
Once you have identified the title you intend to purchase, double-click on it to open a browser window on its purchase page; the transaction, together with the download of the book, must be completed following the procedure provided by the store of origin.
For more information on buying digital books, I invite you to consult the specific guide I made on the subject.
Synchronize Books with EBook Readers
As I already mentioned at the beginning of this guide, Caliber allows you to easily synchronize your PC library with your eBook reader, so you can transfer books to your device in just one click. Caliber is compatible with the most well-known brands of eBook readers in circulation (Kindle by Amazon, Kobo, Nook and molti altri).
To proceed, after starting Caliber, fellow worker the eBook reader to the computer using the supplied cable, click on the button Caliber Library and select, with a click, the book you want to transfer to your device. If you need to copy multiple titles at once, you can make a multiple selection by pressing and holding the key Ctrl / cmd of the keyboard.
On some eBook reader models, you may need to manually authorize synchronization with your PC by pressing the appropriate button displayed on the reader display.
When you are ready, click on the button Send to device and that's it: after a few seconds, the book should be correctly transferred to the eBook reader memory. Again, you can check the progress of the process by clicking on the button Works, located in the lower right corner of Caliber.
If you wish, you can also view the list of books on the eBook reader by clicking on the button Device which appears at the top. To read a book directly from your computer, double-click on its title to open it in the program's built-in reader.
To download a book from the device to the Caliber library, so as to be able to access it even when the eBook reader is disconnected, right-click on it and select the item Add books to the library from the proposed menu. As needed, you can make a multiple selection using the keys Ctrl / cmd keyboard. Books on both your computer and eBook reader memory are marked with a green check mark.
Note: it is not possible, via Caliber, to read, convert or save DRM protected books in the computer library.