Using Calibre For E-book Management


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Calibre is a "free and open source e-book management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books." More information can be found at:

This webinar will provide an overview of calibre, explore a few legal issues, and provide 5 live demonstrations to help you learn how powerful calibre is when used with today's most popular phones, tablets, and dedicated e-reader devices.

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Using Calibre For E-book Management

  1. 1. @cmairn
  2. 2. What is calibre?calibre is a “free and open source e-booklibrary management application developedby users of e-books for users of e-books.”
  3. 3. What can calibre do?• Manages your e-book collection.• Converts many e-book formats.• Syncs to a variety of e-readers.• Downloads RSS feeds & converts to an e-book.• Comprehensive e-book viewer.• Content server for online access to your collection.
  4. 4. Is it legal to convert e-book formats?
  5. 5. YES and NO
  6. 6. “You might be tempted to look for someway to remove DRM from e-books inorder to facilitate conversion. A word ofwarning about doing this: In the USAthere is a law known as the DigitalMillennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Thislaw makes it illegal to circumvent a copyprotection system (DRM is such a copyprotection system). It also makes it illegalto produce tools, distribute tools, and aidin circumvention. Not everyone lives inthe USA, but many countries have similarlaws. Check your local laws and realizethat even though you may only want toread an EPUB book that you’ve legallypurchased on your Kindle, it may not belegal to do so. If you don’t like thissilliness—and I don’t—then speak up towhoever in your country makes therelevant laws.”
  7. 7. WARNING!
  8. 8. Going further, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act states:“ … the public will have the continued ability to make fair use of copyrightedworks. Since copying of a work may be a fair use under appropriatecircumstances, section 1201 does not prohibit the act of circumventing atechnological measure that prevents copying. By contrast, since the fair usedoctrine is not a defense to the act of gaining unauthorized access to awork, the act of circumventing a technological measure in order to gainaccess is prohibited.”Exception #1:Nonprofit library, archive and educational institution (section 1201(d)).The prohibition on the act of circumvention of access control measures issubject to an exception that permits nonprofit libraries, archives andeducational institutions to circumvent solely for the purpose of making agood faith determination as to whether they wish to obtain authorizedaccess to the work.
  9. 9. Would you be willing to help a patron accessand/or transfer an e-publication using Calibre?Why or why not?
  10. 10. calibreDemos
  11. 11. Demo 1 Find an e-book andtransfer it to a device.
  12. 12. Demo 2Convert a DRM-free e-book to another format.
  13. 13. Demo 3 Over-the-air (OTA)e-book transfer to a Kindle Fire
  14. 14. Kindle Fire
  15. 15. Demo 4Create an e-bookfrom RSS feeds.
  16. 16. Demo 5Playing with theContent Server
  17. 17. calibre ResourcesGet calibre! User Manual: Watch it in action! MobileRead Forums:
  18. 18. Let’s Hangout!