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Subject: Calibre-Would like to use, but I am scared.....
Date Posted: 1/13/2011 7:58 PM ET
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Ok, I've read alot about Calibre. I would like to try to use it.  But I am so challenged in the area of using new software  that I don't know if I can do it.  I know....I sound like a big baby.    From what I've read, you can use it as a way to organize your e-books.  I like that idea.  I love organization.

So if anyone can help me, I would appreciate it. I make myself crazy with stuff like this.  It's out of my comfort zone & what I usually do is don't try it at all.

Recently, I learned how to download & resize something to use as a Nook wallpaper ( Shout out to Marilyn!!!!)  Normally, I would just think about doing it & never do it.

So....any help...would be great!

Donna

Date Posted: 1/13/2011 8:29 PM ET
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Donna, I am also fumbling my way through Calibre. See the Tips and Tricks thread in this forum, it has some info on it we are collecting.

Date Posted: 1/14/2011 10:42 AM ET
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Donna, I'm not an expert, but I use it and am constantly learning about it. And I know other forums where I can go to find answers.

What particularly do you want to know?

Date Posted: 1/14/2011 9:30 PM ET
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Well, I  know I have to download it which I plan to do tonight or tomorrow.  What are the benefits besides organizing your e-book library?  I'm not sure I know anything about it except for organizing e-books.

Thanks for asking, Cindy!

Date Posted: 1/15/2011 6:35 AM ET
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I've gotten to the part where I have figured out how to add books to Calibre from my Kindle device. I'm not sure what I want to do next.

Donna, don't feel bad. I think I am pretty software savvy and this one is a challenge for me.



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Date Posted: 1/15/2011 10:34 AM ET
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Basically, it's like listing books in a database, only you can actually tweek the book while in the database if they're not DRM'd. And you can load book into a reader by USB or by a server if you know how to get it all set up. I can load 50 books at a time onto my iPhone into Stanza through Calibre's built in server. For the Sony I plug it in and it shows at the top of the screen.

For anything DRM free, (and most of my stuff is DRM free and I save in Epub format) you can add your own metadata, or Tags, that some other readers can see. I have a Tag system to sort my books by certain subjects, and ways I list the title so that they'll sort the way I want them to. Usually I do that when storing the book on my hard drive, but I can do that in Calibre too. And I can set any picture I want to show on the screen when it's on my Reader.

By clicking on the top rows, I can sort by Title, Author(s), Date, Size, Tags, Series, Publisher, and I can make my own columns. I can open a file and change the contents, such as if I've gotten a fanfic from some site that inserts a lot of junk between the chapters. I can open the Epub, which shows the original html file, open it in Word, remove the junk, and save it again without leaving Calibre.

When I plug in my Reader, it'll show which files are on my Sony. (Can't fit them all, so this helps to see what I've got loaded and what I don't.)

I can go directly to the files on my device, delete them, change the tags, and even send them back to the Calibre library. (Handy when I accidently deleted a story on my hard drive, but had the copy on my Sony.)

I can't stand using the eReader Library that came with the Sony. Beautiful machine, sucky program. Slow, glitchy and difficult to work with. I rarely even bother with it any more now that I can use Calibre.

Date Posted: 1/15/2011 2:23 PM ET
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Jeannette put this You Tube link on another thread, and while it discusses Nook, at least as much of the 6-minute video is on Calibre. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHNEGlayEIQ     It will give you a good idea of what Calibre can do. 

She has a charming German accent. :-) 

Date Posted: 1/15/2011 4:56 PM ET
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Nice video!

Date Posted: 1/17/2011 4:33 PM ET
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I need some help with Calibre.  I downloaded it but all it seemed to do was download a toolbar I ddin't need.  I couldn't figure out how to do anyhting else but run a search on the toolbar.  Any ideas on how to get started with Calibre?

Date Posted: 1/17/2011 7:10 PM ET
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I don't have any toolbar with Calibre.  I don't recall if it wanted to install a toolbar or not but I never install those with any software.

I've never installed the Sony software, I just use Calibre.

Date Posted: 1/17/2011 8:02 PM ET
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There's another, older video by the author Here.

The original download page is here, in case you're not getting the correct program. Here.

The current version is 0.7.40 and the file you want is Calibre-0.7.40.msi (if you're Windows OS)

Download the program to your hard drive, then when it's done click on it and let it load. I don't remember if they offered a toolbar, but if so just unclick it so it won't download and continue on. It takes a few minutes to load. When you get it loaded you should have the option to start it right up.

There's a picture Here of what the Calibre program looks like open, without the name of the site on it though.

Once you see that screen, you should be ready to start.

Date Posted: 1/18/2011 4:54 AM ET
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i just deleted my old version of Calibre today, and installed the new 0.7.40 version.  i didn't get offered a toolbar at any point.

also, wow does the new version seem to be *much* faster than the older version i was running!

Date Posted: 1/18/2011 6:42 AM ET
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Ellen, did it save your book info or do you have to redo it? Since you actually uninstalled the old version?

I assume if you just install the upgrade that is not an issue.



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Date Posted: 1/18/2011 2:35 PM ET
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I install over the old version all the time. It reinstalls the program on my C drive, but doesn't change anything on my L drive, where the book files are stored.

They've always been there when I opened the program back up. (Knock on wood)

Date Posted: 1/18/2011 4:32 PM ET
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I install the new version over the old as well.  I'm curious as well Ellen.  Did you have to reimport your books into Calibre after uninstalling and re-installing?

Date Posted: 1/19/2011 4:09 AM ET
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Ellen, did it save your book info or do you have to redo it? Since you actually uninstalled the old version?

i was worried about that too, but it didn't touch my library when i uninstalled.  when i reinstalled, i just gave it the same directory for my library, and it picked up my old library with no issues.  i didn't have to reimport anything.

[i thought i was already running the newest version, and some stuff i wanted to do wouldn't work - but i was still running an old version.  the update notifications are a bit vague and i thought they were installing themselves, not just notifying me.  oops.  the uninstall & reinstall was only after much frustration, and i probably could have just done an update - but i didn't *know* i wasn't running the current version.  btw, the conversions from PDF seem to be much cleaner on this newer version too.]

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Subject: Calibre help & forums
Date Posted: 1/19/2011 11:18 AM ET
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Hi Everybody!  You might already know this but just in case, the creator of calibre has his own forum at Mobilreads that has a lot of help and people willing to answer questions about the program and even help you troubleshoot.  Sometimes it gets too technical but usually I can find an answer:  Hope this helps some:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=166

p.s. the owner often adds his comments so he watches the threads pretty carefully to make sure the information is correct.

Date Posted: 1/23/2011 8:54 AM ET
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Arica, I just read your post above--I think what happened is that you clicked on an ad on the Calibre install page, instead of actually installing Calibre.  I saw an ad there with a huge "download" button, which is purposely done to fool people into clicking on it when they are trying to download something else.  So you probably installed some kind of...I don't know what they're called...adware?

Try again to install Calibre but click only on downloading intructions in the Calibre dialogue box.  (It took a very long time to download Calibre on my old, slow computer.)

Diane

 

Date Posted: 1/23/2011 9:04 AM ET
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So, I downloaded Calibre.  Now I'm not sure what to do.  I am so not a computer technical savvy person. 

 

 

Date Posted: 1/23/2011 2:03 PM ET
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I am a Kindle reader, and am shy about launching into Calibre...what is the worst thing that can happen?  Pros/Cons?

Date Posted: 1/23/2011 3:59 PM ET
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So, I downloaded Calibre.  Now I'm not sure what to do. 

Click on the program to start the installation.

If you've got it installed, there's a demo at...

http://calibre-ebook.com/demo

and various demos at Youtube...

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=calibre+ebook&aq=f

Where you can see people using the program.

First off, where are your ebooks kept? On your device or on your computer?

You can copy the books on your device from it to Calibre, which will then keep a copy on your computer. And you can also copy them to a second place to feel safer. I originally used Calibre to convert books to epub, and then saved them somewhere else. I've now used it long enough to be comfortable just having them all in Calibre. And I back up the Calibre files for long-term storage and safekeeping off my computer.

So you can keep as many copies as you have space to keep, and for as long as you want a seperate copy of your library.