Calibre Reviews

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Julia Dye | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 13, 2020

Convert, Edit, and Organize your eBook Library

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We use Calibre to manage our eBook libraries and to edit and produce new publications. I am the organization's primary user, although others throughout the organization use it occasionally as well. It allows us to keep our documents and publications organized, coherent, and current, even with multiple sources and devices. It's pretty indispensable.
  • Reformatting publications.
  • eBook editing.
  • Publication organization.
  • I'd like to see more customization.
  • More plugins and plugin notifications.
I don't know of any other product that does what Calibre does without costing an arm and a leg. If you have an .epub that you need to convert to .mobi or .pdf or many other formats, while having the ability to customize the metadata and even the source code, Calibre is the best tool out there.
Excellent documentation, both from the company and from the community of users, which is robust. Frequent updates to the software and its optional plugins.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 15, 2019

Calibre - All Digital, All in One Place

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Calibre is a niche application we use for knowledge management. Being in a technical field, we often purchase technical books for training or improving our knowledge on something. More and more, users want digital copies of these books, and they become difficult to manage from a format perspective. Calibre and it's corresponding server help us manage our digital knowledge in an accessible way that all our users can access. Calibre handles multiple ebook formats with ease, and lets users select the one that they want that is of value on their device. As a result, our users now have a centralized spot to look for a particular ebook, without having to resort to word-of-mouth management.
  • Management of multiple formats - Calibre does an excellent job handling multiple copies of digital media in different formats, making it available to users in their choice of format.
  • Robust plug-in system - Calibre has a robust plugin system that support extensibility from it's wide user base. Anything from managing metadata to integration with other applications.
  • Built in reader - Calibre has a built in reader for digital media files, enabling users to view the content before deciding to download the content to their device.
  • User Interface - Calibre's user interface is pretty out of date looking, and the icons are often confusing. If not for the text labels, it would probably be a pretty hard interface to navigate.
  • Calibre doesn't warn you about digital rights management until you try to open digital media containing it. It would nice to have that flagged ahead of time to remove the offending content and any chance of it being propagated amongst users.
  • Calibre's metadata management system is fine, but doesn't always make the best choices when choosing to preserve or replace metadata depending on what it found online. It'd be preferable to have it present both the "before" and "after" metadata options prior to replacing the metadata.
Calibre is the right tool if you have a a need for a shared knowledge management system whereby users can collectively access a shared pool of digital content. It eliminates scattered resources that your user base may have and replaces them with a single repository with version management that serves all major devices. The only situation I wouldn't suggest using library is when you have vast digital media libraries that contain DRM. Calibre doesn't handle DRM well. We've largely avoided this problem because our library is from DRM free publishers.
Not only has the customer support for Calibre been great, but the community surrounding it is great too. Users are ready and willing to jump in to help you solve a particular issue you're encountering with Calibre. As a result, I've expanded what we do with Calibre quite a bit through community support of its plugin infrastructure.
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Randolph Ramirez | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 14, 2019

An unlikely tool in mastering group knowledge

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While I've been using Calibre independently for years, my team has recently (in the past 3 years or so) adopted it as well. It has the ability to easily convert PDFs and non-compatible ebook formats into a format readable by your device of choice. This allows my team to trade off on older technical books and small press industry books without having to jump through too many hoops to find a device or software to read it on.

In addition, the news feature, when coupled with the magazine collection, helps the entire team stay on top of the industry and in sync with one another.
  • eReader format conversion.
  • Digital eBook library collection.
  • Metadata gathering for books and magazines.
  • Easy news collecting for regular reading.
  • The UI is ancient and was cumbersome even then.
  • The intelligence of the converter for PDF to ebook is very hit or miss and doesn't always produce satisfactory results.
  • It requires a physical connection to your machine. This would be the perfect tool if it had remote cloud-based operation.
Calibre is perfect for anywhere you need to maintain and organize a digital reading library that relies on multiple sources, formats and/or user devices. If you read on a single device and only obtain material through, say Amazon, this is a superfluous bit of software for you.
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Paul Li | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 04, 2019

Let Calibre Manage Your eLibrary

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Calibre is used personally by me. It provides an ideal platform for me to store various ebook formats, and converts them all to a common format that can be read by various digital readers.
  • Calibre supports various import format file types. After importing a particular digital ebook format, Calibre can be used to convert the ebook to a format preferred without loss of data.
  • Calibre offers a batch conversion routine. As the end user, I don't have to waste time manually converting one ebook at a time. Instead, I can select multiple ebooks and choose the "Bulk Convert" option.
  • With Calibre I have a digital library where all my ebooks are categorized and stored. I no longer have to search for their locations in my hard drive.
  • The Calibre ribbon interface could use some updating. When space is limited the ribbon menu ends with a set of arrows requiring the user to click on to drop down and see the rest of the menu. There should be an option to automatically shrink the ribbon to fit within the width of the Calibre window.
  • Calibre's Help command directs you to an online website for assistance. It would be great if there was an option to have a built-in help file that does not require an online presence.
Calibre is excellent for those who want to just use one format to store all their ebooks. This way you can just rely on one program to view your ebooks instead of needing to install various digital viewers.
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