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Subject: Info About Calibre
Date Posted: 1/16/2013 4:23 PM ET
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I have a tablet, coby without Google Play, but I  was able to get the kindle app on it. Is Calibre worth getting?  What exactly does Calibre do?  I am not very tech oriented here so please speak simply:) lol

Date Posted: 1/16/2013 5:07 PM ET
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I use Calibre on my desktop machine. It is for organizing, converting, and backing up eBooks. I do not use it to read on. But it is a great database, with options to add sorts. There are third party add ons to convert formats. (And remove DRM, with acknowledgement that should be for your own use, not piracy.)

I am not familiar with their Android app.

If you have enough eBooks, having a way to index them becomes vital.

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Date Posted: 1/16/2013 5:15 PM ET
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Calibre is an ebook manager. You can find it here. It's a database and can convert DRM'less ebooks to other formats, so you can put them on various machines.

If you end up with a ton of ebooks and find them hard to manage thorugh the app, and want to store your ebooks on your own computer, then I'd advise looking into it. If you find another ebook retailer you want to purchase from, check to see if they can send it to your Amazon library. I bought the Harry Potter ebooks from Pottermore and that was one of the options.

It all depends on how many ebooks you have, where you get them. Unless you break DRM, most Kindle books won't let you change titles or formats.

Personally, I think if you're only going to deal with Amazon and get Kindle ebooks. I wouldn't worry about it until you find you have a need for something better than what Amazon provides in "Manage your Kindle" and the choices in the Kindle Library.



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Date Posted: 1/16/2013 5:20 PM ET
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This is a picture of what the inferface looks like on an older version. Here.

I don't use the part on the left with the author info. I hide it and put the book info (shown on the right) on the bottom of the screen, so I can see more columns.

For me, I get various books from various places, in various formats. I need it to keep track of what I've collected over the years.

Keeps me from buying the same book twice. smiley

Date Posted: 1/16/2013 5:28 PM ET
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Thank you, thank you!! This is exactly the info I needed. I don't have that many books, maybe 50. And I normally get them from Amazon, or Partay, etc so I haven't had any trouble getting them on my tablet. But someone told me I should use Calibre. I guess if I get a lot more books I might download it. 

I hate to sound stupid here, but what is DRM? I know it has something to do with other formats, but not exactly sure how? Sorry but I am very non techy here.

Subject: DRM
Date Posted: 1/16/2013 5:35 PM ET
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DRM = Digital Rights Management.

If you buy an eBook from Amazon, and download it to your Kindle, then it is formatted to only be readable on that particular Kindle.  If you wanted to loan the eBook to someone else with a Kindle, you could transfer it via USB and your computer to theirs, but it wouldn't work on theirs.  The only way to put the eBook with DRM onto more than one device is to have all the devices registered to the same account at Amazon, and download the book separately to each device.

Calibre can remove DRM in some cases.  So say for example you had a Kindle and a Nook.  You buy an eBook from Amazon and want to transfer it to the Nook.  Calibre could both pull the DRM form the book and convert it to a format you could read on the Nook.  Legal?  Ethical?

 

 

Date Posted: 1/16/2013 5:39 PM ET
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I hate to sound stupid here, but what is DRM?

It stands for "Digital Rights Management", and is how they protect their ebooks from being copied and passed around. Amazon puts in a code in each ebook you download that tells it it can only be opened on the machine (or Kindle4PC) that you have registered to your account.

You can have various devices on your Amazon account, but each one will have it's own code.

Barnes and Noble embeds your credit card number in each ebook you download. They figure you don't want to give your credit card number to strangers to read your book.

Some places put in 'watermarks', which are identifying information about you in the book. If they find the book on a Pirate site, they can track down who released it.

Ebooks are actually leased in most cases, not sold. You agree not to break DRM and not to pass around the ebooks except through their allowed channels. (For example, Amazon's lending library.)

Not all of Amazon's ebooks are DRM'd. They leave that choice up to the Publisher/Author. Some ebook retailers don't put DRM on their books, and their authors know this. They trust that their customers won't share and cut into their sales.

It's a big topic of discussion between Publishers, Authors and Customers right now, if you want to Google it.



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Date Posted: 1/16/2013 5:46 PM ET
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Thank you again! Wonderful information and in a way I can understand. This is something I don't think I will get into now as I am more than happy with the books I get from Amazon. Maybe in the future. Thank you again everyone. You were a big help!

Date Posted: 1/16/2013 7:25 PM ET
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Even if you get your eBooks from Amazon, you should back them up. Books can be removed from a site when their rights to sell it have transferred or expired. EBooks do go "out of print".
Date Posted: 1/16/2013 7:26 PM ET
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Neil--just a slight correction...Calibre in and of itself cannot remove DRM from books.  There are third party plugins that can be installed to Calibre to remove the DRM, but they don't come with Calibre.

Date Posted: 1/16/2013 8:02 PM ET
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Cindy - I don't use the part on the left with the author info. I hide it - How? I have tried to do that and can't figure it out!

Date Posted: 1/16/2013 8:04 PM ET
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I run the books I get from Amazon, when I want to read them, through Calibre and remove DRM, because I want to reformat. I prefer to have a space between paragraphs.

Date Posted: 1/16/2013 8:24 PM ET
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So you are saying I should still install Calibre? I will give it a try but I may have more questions if you don't mind. I am sorry about asking so many things. Still trying to get the hang of this and all the detailed stuff is sometimes hard to understand:)

Date Posted: 1/16/2013 8:35 PM ET
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There is a way to change the view, maybe under preferences? That gives you the option to move, delete, and add columns. I had the Dear Author website open when I edited mine. They had a whole post about customizing Calibre. I have a Nook, so I wanted to add Collections so the shelves would work. Also added a "read" column just to keep track.
Date Posted: 1/16/2013 8:42 PM ET
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Charity, with only 50 books, I don't think it is a big deal. But I have Nook books, Kindle books, iBook PDFs and third party sellers and publishers. I had trouble keeping track of what version and where. Calibre has solved that for me. I can sort by format, by author, by purchase date. I know you can customize it to keep track of what book is on which reader if you have more than one.

I send all my Kindle books to my computer, just so I can back them up and list them. Has really cut down on my duplicates. For a while I was getting the freebies from both B&N and Amazon so they could be on both machines. Now I can find what I have and where.

I also convert the unlimited Kindle books into ePubs, so they format better on my Nook. My tablet needs a different formatting set up than my reader.

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Date Posted: 1/16/2013 9:29 PM ET
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Cindy - I don't use the part on the left with the author info. I hide it - How? I have tried to do that and can't figure it out!

Drag your cursor over the divider between it and the main screen. You'll see two straight lines with a right and left arrow coming out of it. That means you can grab and move that wall.

Grabe and move it all the way to the left. The whole thing will disapear. To bring it back grab that wall again and drag it back to the right.

I can't remember if you do the same thing with the book info on the left or if you go into "Preferences" and selct the book info to be on the bottom. You can also resize it by moving the 'wall' up and down, or side to side.

I also convert the unlimited Kindle books into ePubs, so they format better on my Nook.

Calibre is wonderful for Fanfic. smiley With a plug-in you can download from some fanfic sites in batches, and it collects all the chapters into one file for each story, and downloads the metada and series info. The biggest part of my collection is fanfic I've collected since 95. This is so much easier than doing it the hard way!

 

Date Posted: 1/16/2013 9:43 PM ET
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Thank you Cindy! I have searched and tried everything and found no answers, but that did the trick! 

Date Posted: 1/17/2013 12:17 PM ET
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Charity,

Here's where you can get a good handle on DRM,  Apprentice Alf's Blog

-RD

Date Posted: 1/18/2013 7:34 PM ET
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How do you add book covers? For some reason, some books convert without any bookcovers. I'd like to add them on so I can see them in the right Calibre collumn.

Date Posted: 1/18/2013 8:12 PM ET
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Click on "edit metadata" from the toolbar. From there, you can either click "download cover" or "download metadata".

Date Posted: 1/18/2013 8:44 PM ET
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Thanks Rob! I went and looked real quick but will need to spend more time reading everything.

I Installed Calibre and now I have to go play with everything and get started. 

Date Posted: 1/18/2013 9:23 PM ET
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"Click on "edit metadata" from the toolbar. From there, you can either click "download cover" or "download metadata"."  


Thans Anne. I just added covers to all the books and was able to change out some ugly covers. yes

 

Date Posted: 1/18/2013 10:13 PM ET
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Another question: Is there any way to make my series books & trilogy books list in chronological order? How would I tag them to make them list that way?

Date Posted: 1/19/2013 7:24 AM ET
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EveDallas, if you go to the top of Calibre, and click on series, then click on author, you will have them lined up correctly...if your series metadata is correct. that is where "download metadata" under Edit Metadata can REALLY come in handy. You can also add or remove sources that Calibre gets metadata from, in preferences.

Date Posted: 1/20/2013 9:59 AM ET
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Wow...the newest version of Calibre has a feature where you can set it to automatically import from a file. I set it to "My Kindle Content" and so everytime I start kindle 4PC and download new books, they automatically get put into Calibre and cleaned. No more searching for books!

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