Free eReader Software: Calibre

My Kobo Touch did come with the designated Kobo software – Kobo Desktop. It wasn’t particularly bad software, but I prefer to use something which has a few more features.  Plus a few of the free ebooks I downloaded from non Kobo sites like Gutenberg were rejected by it.  So I use an excellent free alternative – Calibre.


Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books.


Calibre is a bit like a library for your e-Books.  You can enter various information about them, including, author, title, rating, your description, etc. and sort accordingly.  You can move your e-books to and from your e-Reader to your computer.  I prefer to edit all the information about my eBooks using Caibre rather than editing them on my Kobo.  It is also much faster to edit in bulk , for example, as you can see below, some Sherlock Holmes eBooks list the author as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and some as just Arthur Conan Doyle.  Calibre allows you to edit them all to have the same author name which makes them easier to locate on your Kobo.

The best thing about Calibre is that you can use it to convert your books from one format to another.  I often format my work documents from doc or pdf to ePub so I can read them on my Kobo.  To date, Calibre has managed to convert almost everything I’ve thrown at it.  The only thing it seems to struggle with are pdfs with lots of detailed pictures.  I’m not entirely sure what triggers this problem, for example it converted my Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland fine, but couldn’t convert my Lear’s Complete Nonsense Books.  I’m pretty sure it has something to do with pictures anyway.  But other than that it has converted everything perfectly.  The file types which I have successfully converted with Calibre are:

  • pdf
  • ePub
  • rtf
  • lit
  • mobi

If you want more information regarding this have a look at my post on how to convert using Calibre.

Calibre is also an e-Reader for your computer.  So if you want you can use the inbuilt reader to read eBooks of any format on your computer.  The built in reader also supports reading doc and txt files as eBooks.

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