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eBook Trifecta

Calibre

Being the proud new owner of a Kindle book reader, I’ve recently rediscovered my love for reading (after switching wholesale to audiobooks, which I still listen to). Brian (a.k.a. seventyfourmanx), pointed me an eBook Trifecta:

  1. Calibre – eBook management software (for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows)
  2. Drinkmalk Stanza/Aldiko Catalog Site – A huge ebook resource
  3. Stanza – An eBook reader for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch and Android users

With Stanza and Drinkmalk, you have access to a huge catalog of eBooks that you can download to your phone and then sync to your desktop. When I started this Kindle craze, I was a little worried about having to re-purchase all of my books in eBook format. So far, I’ve found what I needed at Drinkmalk. (As a disclaimer, I’m not encouraging you to pirate books. I already own physical copies of these books and am just looking to have them available digitally.) The Drinkmalk library is only accessible via Stanza. Luckily, Stanza has the ability to offload those books from your phone.

The main star of this post, though, is Calibre. Calibre handles translation of eBook formats and maintenance of your eBook library. Its main feature is the ability to translate eBook formats. In my own library, I had EPUB and PDF versions of books. I was able to translate those into the Kindle’s MOBI format and copy them to the Kindle all within the app.

You can also add metadata to your eBooks such as cover images, author, ratings, ISBN, etc. This comes in especially handy when you are browsing through the plethora of free eBook libraries such as:

Given all this, I already have a “stack” of books waiting to be read and re-read. This brings me much joy and happiness.

Thanks for the tips, Brian!

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July 21, 2010 - Posted by | How-To, Linux, Mac, Software, Windows | , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment

  1. Sweet, thanks for the tip Mike (and Brian). I just started reading on my iPhone and I have been looking for more books to read. Just finishing “The Man Who Was Thursday” by Chesterton. Its great to have a book available to read anytime I have a spare moment.

    Comment by Jos | July 21, 2010


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