Technologies for eBook formatting and publication has always kept on changing and this continuously opens up new opportunities for the companies offering eBook formatting services and publishing. However, along with that, new challenges intrude as those in the industry have to remain alert and adaptive to the changing technologies.
Calibre which was initially a conversion tool and personal library manager helped readers in converting their works to one format from another. It was sometimes also used along with other plug-ins and software for the removal of DRM.
Calibre later became an eBook formatting platform and released its 2.0 version earlier in August. This version comes with OS X and Android compatibility. Along with that, there is a comparison feature that lets the users in tracking the outcomes of their editing. It also aims to avail self-publishing authors and small publishers a complete eBook editing and formatting toolkit. This thus can be a major milestone which the companies providing eBook formatting and conversion services will surely leverage.
Another huge achievement of Calibre 2.0 is that it follows a democratic methodology as tools are provided not only for authors but also for the readers thus enabling a typical reader to determine the platforms via which they can access their eBooks and the way he renders on them. Readers can edit the text as well as the code. Adding images, hyperlinks and changing the text formatting is also feasible. Earlier this authority was confined only to the electronic book developers. This is surely a luxury to be appreciated as far as it is complemented with methods to ensure quality outputs.
Here’s a brief FAQ section on Calibre, which would help you to understand its use better:
What devices are compatible with Calibre?
Calibre is compatible with major as well as a few minor e-book readers tablets, smartphones, etc. You can also use the Connect to Folder function with any device that exports itself as a USB disk. You can also use the Calibre content server to set up a wireless connection with any device.
How can you set up compatibility between your device and Calibre?
Setting up compatibility with Calibre is very easy if your device behaves as a USB drive to the operating system. You can hire a professional service provider who can help you with this. You need to send the company a list of formats that are compatible with your device. Inform them if your device has the capability to detect files in the sub-directories. Send them the device information that Calibre would automatically obtain. This information would help the service provider to create a special device driver for you.
What if Calibre does not detect your device?
- You should add a single device to your system at a time. Do not connect multiple Calibre-supported devices at the same time.
- Apple does not permit third party software to link to its devices through a USB cable. Use a wireless connection using the Content Server.
- If you are using macOS and getting permission errors while linking a device to Calibre, you can address this by accessing System Preferences > Security and Privacy > Privacy > Files and Folders.
- The latest version should be downloaded from the main website. The bottom line of the main calibre window would display the version.
- Make sure that your operating system is finding the device. Your device should be found in Windows Explorer.
- Make sure that Calibre is seeing your device too. Visit Preferences → Ignored Devices.
- In case the above mentioned strategies fail, visit Preferences → Miscellaneous and select Debug device detection while keeping your device attached. Then raise a ticket at the Calibre bug tracker.
How can you connect a device that’s non-standard and unusual?
You can use Connect to folder function that you will find below the Connect/share button. Calibre offers a device plugin that you can use to link to a USB device that appears as a disk drive in the operating system. Note: on Windows, the device must have a drive letter for calibre to use it. Visit Preferences -> Plugins -> and finally choose ‘Get information’. When you use the user-defined plugin for a device that is normally identified by an in-built calibre plugin, you have to first disable the plugin so that you can now use the user defined plugin.
How to use Caliber with Apple devices?
You can easily transfer Ebooks to your Apple device by using the Calibre Companion iOS app. Calibre can connect to your Apple device as if a connection is established with a USB cable. You can search through files in your device in Calibre and click on the Send to device option to send files to your system wirelessly.
How can Calibre be used with Android devices or Kindle Fire HD?
You can link your Android device to Calibre in two ways. First, by using a USB cable and second, by setting up a wireless link. Begin by installing an e-book reading app on your Android device. Examples of such apps include Mantano, Kindle, FBReader, etc.
How to use a USB cable?
Link your device to the computer using a USB cable. Calibre will be detecting the device automatically. You can then send books to the device by clicking on the Send to device button. Remember that on macOS and Linux devices, only one program can get linked to an Android device, so your device should not get opened in the OS File manager.
However, this new version is beneficial only for those who wish to create and edit eBooks ie. for digital conversion professionals. For others, who are just passive readers and need only to read as well as manage eBooks, the older versions are enough.