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.
However, this new version is beneficial only for those who wish to create and edit eBooks. For others, who are just passive readers and need only to read as well as manage eBooks, the older versions are enough.