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4 More Cool Tricks for Calibre

October 16th, 2012 by · 5 Comments · tips and tricks

Earlier today I posted a mention of a new cloud storage option for your ebook collection. QuietThyme is still in beta and it offers you the chance to access your ebooks from annoyware via an interface which is ebook friendly (it supports ebook metadata in ways that Dropbox, et al do not).

As I was writing about QuietThyme I was reminded about a similar trick which you can do with calibre, Dropbox, and an app called calibre2OPDS. It takes a little bit more work but it lets you upload your entire library and access it everywhere.

And since there are a number of calibre tricks I would like to share, I’ll go ahead and cover them all in this post.

This post is a follow up to the one I wrote a couple weeks back. That one covered 5 useful tricks for calibre. If you’ve used the app then you probably there’s far more than 9 calibre features, so I will probably add another post in this series.

Read the News

Calibre is known as an ebook library tool but it does a lot more. One featured loved by a number of dedicated readers is fetching the news. This lets you set a schedule for calibre to scan and download the contents of news sites and blogs. Calibre has to be running and your computer turned on, but the nice part is that calibre comes pre-configured with over 1300 news sources from all over the globe.

Wiki Reader

In my previous calibre post I showed a few plugins which added extra abilities (like removing DRM). Here is another. Wiki Reader is a plugin which lets you grab the contents of one or more Wikipedia articles and build them into an ebook.

You can find the plugin over on MobileRead.

Import eBooks from an eReader or Tablet

One feature that I keep forgetting, but is terribly useful, is how calibre can find ebooks on your tablet or ereader and add them to your calibre library ebook collection. This might not happen to you, but I often download ebooks from free ebook sites (Manybooks, Feedbooks, author’s websites, etc) to whichever tablet I am using. I don’t always remember to get a copy later to add to calibre, but that is largely because I don’t have to.  All I need to do is plug in my tablet via USB and calibre will copy the ebook files off of it.

calibre2OPDS

If you have a well maintained calibre library, and you have an account at Dropbox, you might want to consider combining them in a clever way.  While you can always upload your ebooks and download them manually, there is a better option.

Calibre2OPDS is an app for Windows, Linux, and OSX which build an OPDS catalog based on the contents of your calibre ebook library.  Upload your ebook library to Dropbox, add the OPDS catalog generated by Calibre2OPDS, and assuming you follow all the steps you will be able to download your ebooks from inside reading apps like Stanza, Moon+ Reader, and others.

What’s Next?

So what’s your favorite calibre feature?

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5 Comments so far ↓

  • cookie

    I want to sync my ereader and tablets directly with calibre in the same way people do this with amazon via the internet. And no, not by way of some crappy rooted/hacked ereader approach.

  • Jon Jermey

    cookie — you can do this for Android tablets with the Calibre Companion app.

    • cookie

      I did buy the companion app and do like it for sending ebooks to my device.

      However, what I really want is to sync the last page read as I can do with Amazon’s devices and apps.

      • Soul_Est

        You can do so with FBReader via the FBSync application. You can also do the same for CoolReader by syncing the .cr3 folder in the /sdcard folder via Dropbox using the Dropsync application, via Sugarsync using the their application, or via SpiderOak using their application.

  • Elmari

    I have Calibre on my PC and Calibre Companion on my Galaxy Tab. But cannot get my tab to download the books that I have on my PC. I tried to change my IP address but with no luck. Please help me because it seems to me that the IP address is the problem.

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