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1 The Graphical User Interface 3,2 Adding your favorite news website 25. 3 The E book viewer 57,4 E book conversion 61,5 Editing e books 79. 6 The calibre Content server 113,7 Comparing e books 121. 8 Editing e book metadata 125,9 Frequently Asked Questions 129. 10 Tutorials 153,11 Customizing calibre 229,12 Command Line Interface 267.
13 Setting up a calibre development environment 317. 14 Glossary 343,Python Module Index 345,calibre User Manual Release 4 8 0. calibre is an e book library manager It can view convert and catalog e books in most of the major e book formats. It can also talk to many e book reader devices It can go out to the Internet and fetch metadata for your books It can. download newspapers and convert them into e books for convenient reading It is cross platform running on Linux. Windows and macOS, You ve just started calibre What do you do now Before calibre can do anything with your e books it first has to. know about them Drag and drop a few e book files into calibre or click the Add books button and browse for the. e books you want to work with Once you ve added the books they will show up in the main view looking something. Once you ve admired the list of books you just added to your heart s content you ll probably want to read one In. order to do that you ll have to convert the book to a format your reader understands When first running calibre the. Welcome wizard starts and will set up calibre for your reader device Conversion is a breeze Just select the book you. want to convert then click the Convert books button Ignore all the options for now and click OK The little icon. in the bottom right corner will start spinning Once it s finished spinning your converted book is ready Click the. View button to read the book, If you want to read the book on your reader connect it to the computer wait till calibre detects it 10 20 seconds. and then click the Send to device button Once the icon stops spinning again disconnect your reader and read. away If you didn t convert the book in the previous step calibre will auto convert it to the format your reader device. understands, To get started with more advanced usage you should read about The Graphical User Interface page For even. more power and versatility learn the Command Line Interface page You will find the list of Frequently Asked. Questions page useful as well, If you have more questions or want to discuss calibre with other users or ask for help with specific things there are.
forums and other help resources available1,1 https calibre ebook com help. Contents 1,calibre User Manual Release 4 8 0,2 Contents. The Graphical User Interface, The Graphical User Interface GUI provides access to all library management and e book format conversion features. The basic workflow for using calibre is to first add books to the library from your hard disk calibre will automatically. try to read metadata from the books and add them to its internal database Once they are in the database you can. perform various Actions page 4 on them that include conversion from one format to another transfer to the reading. device viewing on your computer and editing metadata The latter includes modifying the cover description and tags. among other details Note that calibre creates copies of the files you add to it Your original files are left untouched. The interface is divided into various sections,Actions page 4. Preferences page 10,Catalogs page 11,Search sort page 11.
The search interface page 12,Saving searches page 14. Virtual libraries page 15,Guessing metadata from file names page 15. Book details page 16,Tag browser page 18,Cover grid page 20. Cover browser page 21,Quickview page 21,Jobs page 22. Keyboard shortcuts page 22,calibre User Manual Release 4 8 0.
1 1 Actions, The actions toolbar provides convenient shortcuts to commonly used actions If you right click the buttons you can. perform variations on the default action Please note that the actions toolbar will look slightly different depending on. whether you have an e book reader attached to your computer. Add books page 4,Edit metadata page 5,Convert books page 6. View page 6,Send to device page 6,Fetch news page 7. Library page 7,Device page 8,Save to disk page 8,Connect share page 9. Remove books page 10,1 1 1 Add books, The Add books action has seven variations accessed by doing a right click on the button.
1 Add books from a single directory Opens a file chooser dialog and allows you to specify which books in a. directory should be added This action is context sensitive i e it depends on which catalog page 11 you have. selected If you have selected the Library books will be added to the library If you have selected the e book. reader device the books will be uploaded to the device and so on. 2 Add books from directories including sub directories One book per directory assumes every e book file. is the same book in a different format Allows you to choose a directory The directory and all its sub. directories are scanned recursively and any e books found are added to the library calibre assumes that each. directory contains a single book All e book files in a directory are assumed to be the same book in different. formats This action is the inverse of the Save to disk page 8 action i e you can Save to disk delete the books. and re add them with no lost information except for the date this assumes you have not changed any of the. setting for the Save to disk action, 3 Add books from directories including sub directories Multiple books per directory assumes every e. book file is a different book Allows you to choose a directory The directory and all its sub directories are. scanned recursively and any e books found are added to the library calibre assumes that each directory contains. 4 Chapter 1 The Graphical User Interface,calibre User Manual Release 4 8 0. many books All e book files with the same name in a directory are assumed to be the same book in different. formats E books with different names are added as different books. 4 Add multiple books from archive ZIP RAR Allows you to add multiple e books that are stored inside the. selected ZIP or RAR files It is a convenient shortcut that avoids having to first unzip the archive and then add. the books via one of the above two options, 5 Add empty book Book Entry with no formats Allows you to create a blank book record This can be used. to then manually fill out the information about a book that you may not have yet in your collection. 6 Add from ISBN Allows you to add one or more books by entering their ISBNs. 7 Add files to selected book records Allows you to add or update the files associated with an existing book in. your library, The Add books action can read metadata from a wide variety of e book formats In addition it tries to guess metadata. from the filename See the Guessing metadata from file names page 15 section to learn how to configure this. To add an additional format for an existing book you can do any of three things. 1 Drag and drop the file onto the Book details panel on the right side of the main window. 2 Right click the Add books button and choose Add files to selected books. 3 Click the Add books button in the top right area of the Edit Metadata dialog accessed by the Edit metadata. page 5 action,1 1 2 Edit metadata, The Edit metadata action has four variations which can be accessed by doing a right click on.
the button, 1 Edit metadata individually Allows you to edit the metadata of books one by one with the option of fetching. metadata including covers from the Internet It also allows you to add or remove particular e book formats. from a book, 2 Edit metadata in bulk Allows you to edit common metadata fields for large numbers of books simultaneously. It operates on all the books you have selected in the Library view page 11. 3 Download metadata and covers Downloads metadata and covers if available for the books that are selected. in the book list, 4 Merge book records Gives you the capability of merging the metadata and formats of two or more book. records You can choose to either delete or keep the records that were not clicked first. For more details see Editing e book metadata page 125. 1 1 Actions 5,calibre User Manual Release 4 8 0,1 1 3 Convert books. E books can be converted from a number of formats into whatever format your e book reader. prefers Many e books available for purchase will be protected by Digital Rights Management2 DRM technology. calibre will not convert these e books It is easy to remove the DRM from many formats but as this may be illegal. you will have to find tools to liberate your books yourself and then use calibre to convert them. For most people conversion should be a simple one click affair If you want to learn more about the conversion. process see E book conversion page 61, The Convert books action has three variations accessed by doing a right click on the button.
1 Convert individually Allows you to specify conversion options to customize the conversion of each selected. 2 Bulk convert Allows you to specify options only once to convert a number of e books in bulk. 3 Create a catalog of the books in your calibre library Allows you to generate a complete listing of the books. in your library including all metadata in several formats such as XML CSV BiBTeX EPUB and MOBI The. catalog will contain all the books currently showing in the library view This allows you to use the search. features to limit the books to be catalogued In addition if you select multiple books using the mouse only. those books will be added to the catalog If you generate the catalog in an e book format such as EPUB MOBI. or AZW3 the next time you connect your e book reader the catalog will be automatically sent to the device. For more information on how catalogs work read the Creating AZW3 EPUB MOBI catalogs page 221. 1 1 4 View, The View action displays the book in an e book viewer program calibre has a built in viewer for. many e book formats For other formats it uses the default operating system application You can configure which. formats should open with the internal viewer via Preferences Interface Behavior If a book has more than one. format you can view a particular format by doing a right click on the button. 1 1 5 Send to device, The Send to device action has eight variations accessed by doing a right click on the button. 1 Send to main memory The selected books are transferred to the main memory of the e book reader. 2 https drmfree calibre ebook com about drm,6 Chapter 1 The Graphical User Interface. calibre User Manual Release 4 8 0, 2 Send to card A The selected books are transferred to the storage card A on the e book reader. 3 Send to card B The selected books are transferred to the storage card B on the e book reader. 4 Send specific format to The selected books are transferred to the selected storage location on the device in. the format that you specify,5 Eject device Detaches the device from calibre.
6 Set default send to device action Allows you to specify which of the options 1 through 5 above or 7 below. will be the default action when you click the main button. 7 Send and delete from library The selected books are transferred to the selected storage location on the device. and then deleted from the Library, 8 Fetch Annotations experimental Transfers annotations you may have made on an e book on your device to. the comments metadata of the book in the calibre library. You can control the file name and folder structure of files sent to the device by setting up a template in. Preferences Import export Sending books to devices Also see The calibre template language page 161. 1 1 6 Fetch news, The Fetch news action downloads news from various websites and converts it into an e book that. can be read on your e book reader Normally the newly created e book is added to your e book library but if an. e book reader is connected at the time the download finishes the news is also uploaded to the reader automatically. The Fetch news action uses simple recipes 10 15 lines of code for each news site To learn how to create recipes for. your own news sources see Adding your favorite news website page 25. The Fetch news action has three variations accessed by doing a right click on the button. 1 Schedule news download Allows you to schedule the download of your selected news sources from a list of. hundreds available Scheduling can be set individually for each news source you select and the scheduling is. flexible allowing you to select specific days of the week or a frequency of days between downloads. 2 Add a custom news source Allows you to create a simple recipe for downloading news from a custom news. site that you wish to access Creating the recipe can be as simple as specifying an RSS news feed URL or you. can be more prescriptive by creating Python based code for the task For more information see Adding your. favorite news website page 25, 3 Download all scheduled news sources Causes calibre to immediately begin downloading all news sources that. you have scheduled,1 1 7 Library, The Library action allows you to create switch between rename or remove a Library calibre allows. you to create as many libraries as you wish You could for instance create a fiction library a non fiction library a. 1 1 Actions 7,calibre User Manual Release 4 8 0, foreign language library a project library or any structure that suits your needs Libraries are the highest organizational.
structure within calibre Each library has its own set of books tags categories and base storage location. 1 Switch create library Allows you to a connect to a pre existing calibre library at another location b. create an empty library at a new location or c move the current library to a newly specified location. 2 Quick switch Allows you to switch between libraries that have been registered or created within calibre. 3 Rename library Allows you to rename a Library, 4 Pick a random book Chooses a random book in the library for you. 5 Remove library Allows you to unregister a library from calibre. 6 Export import all calibre data Allows you to either export calibre data for migration to a new computer or. import previously exported data, 7 library name Actions 7 8 etc give you immediate switch access between multiple libraries that you have. created or attached to This list contains only the 5 most frequently used libraries For the complete list use the. Quick Switch menu, 8 Library maintenance Allows you to check the current library for data consistency issues and restore the. current library s database from backups, Note Metadata about your e books e g title author and tags is stored in a single file in your calibre library. folder called metadata db If this file gets corrupted a very rare event you can lose the metadata Fortunately calibre. automatically backs up the metadata for every individual book in the book s folder as an OPF file By using the Restore. database action under Library Maintenance described above you can have calibre rebuild the metadata db file from. the individual OPF files for you, You can copy or move books between different libraries once you have more than one library setup by right clicking.
on the book and selecting the action Copy to library. 1 1 8 Device, The Device action allows you to view the books in the main memory or storage cards of your device or. to eject the device detach it from calibre This icon shows up automatically on the main calibre toolbar when you. connect a supported device You can click on it to see the books on your device You can also drag and drop books. from your calibre library onto the icon to transfer them to your device Conversely you can drag and drop books from. your device onto the library icon on the toolbar to transfer books from your device to the calibre library. 1 1 9 Save to disk, The Save to disk action has five variations accessed by doing a right click on the button. 8 Chapter 1 The Graphical User Interface,calibre User Manual Release 4 8 0. 1 Save to disk Saves the selected books to disk organized in directories The directory structure looks. Author sort,Book Files, You can control the file name and folder structure of files saved to disk by setting up a template in. Preferences Import export Saving books to disk Also see The calibre template language page 161. 2 Save to disk in a single directory Saves the selected books to disk in a single directory. For 1 and 2 all available formats as well as metadata are stored to disk for each selected book Metadata. is stored in an OPF file Saved books can be re imported to the library without any loss of information by. using the Add books page 4 action, 3 Save only your preferred format to disk Saves the selected books to disk in the directory.
structure as shown in 1 but only in your preferred e book format You can set your preferred. format in Preferences Interface Behaviour Preferred output format. 4 Save only your preferred format to disk in a single directory Saves the selected books to. disk in a single directory but only in your preferred e book format You can set your preferred format. in Preferences Interface Behaviour Preferred output format. 5 Save single format to disk Saves the selected books to disk in the directory structure as shown. in 1 but only in the format you select from the pop out list. 1 1 10 Connect share, The Connect share action allows you to manually connect to a device or folder on your computer. It also allows you to set up your calibre library for access via a web browser or email. The Connect share action has four variations accessed by doing a right click on the button. 1 Connect to folder Allows you to connect to any folder on your computer as though it were a. device and use all the facilities calibre has for devices with that folder Useful if your device cannot. be supported by calibre but is available as a USB disk. 2 Start Content server Starts calibre s built in web server When started your calibre library will. be accessible via a web browser from the Internet if you choose You can configure how the web. server is accessed by setting preferences at Preferences Sharing Sharing over the net. 3 Setup email based sharing of books Allows sharing of books and news feeds by email Af. ter setting up email addresses for this option calibre will send news updates and book updates to. the entered email addresses You can configure how calibre sends email by setting preferences at. Preferences Sharing Sharing books by email Once you have set up one or more email addresses. this menu entry will be replaced by menu entries to send books to the configured email addresses. 1 1 Actions 9,calibre User Manual Release 4 8 0,1 1 11 Remove books. The Remove books action deletes books permanently so use it with care It is context. sensitive i e it depends on which catalog page 11 you have selected If you have selected the Library books will be. removed from the library If you have selected the e book reader device books will be removed from the device To. remove only a particular format for a given book use the Edit metadata page 5 action Remove books also has five. variations which can be accessed by doing a right click on the button. 1 Remove selected books Allows you to permanently remove all books that are selected in the book list. 2 Remove files of a specific format from selected books Allows you to permanently remove e book files of. a specified format from books that are selected in the book list. 3 Remove all formats from selected books except Allows you to permanently remove e book files of any. format except a specified format from books that are selected in the book list. 4 Remove all formats from selected books Allows you to permanently remove all e book files from books that. are selected in the book list Only the metadata will remain. 5 Remove covers from selected books Allows you to permanently remove cover image files from books that. are selected in the book list, 6 Remove matching books from device Allows you to remove e book files from a connected device that match. the books that are selected in the book list, Note Note that when you use Remove books to delete books from your calibre library the book record is permanently. deleted but on Windows and macOS the files are placed into the recycle bin This allows you to recover them if you. change your mind,1 2 Preferences, The Preferences action allows you to change the way various aspects of calibre work It has four.
variations accessed by doing a right click on the button. 1 Preferences Allows you to change the way various aspects of calibre work Clicking the button also performs. this action, 2 Run Welcome wizard Allows you to start the Welcome wizard which appeared the first time you started calibre. 3 Get plugins to enhance calibre Opens a new window that shows plugins for calibre These plugins are. developed by third parties to extend calibre s functionality. 4 Restart in debug mode Allows you to enable a debugging mode that can assist the calibre developers in. solving problems you encounter with the program For most users this should remain disabled unless instructed. by a developer to enable it,10 Chapter 1 The Graphical User Interface. calibre User Manual Release 4 8 0,1 3 Catalogs, A catalog is a collection of books calibre can manage two types of different catalogs. 1 Library This is a collection of books stored in your calibre library on your computer. 2 Device This is a collection of books stored in your e book reader It will be available when you connect the. reader to your computer, Many operations such as adding books deleting viewing etc are context sensitive So for example if you click the. View button when you have the Device catalog selected calibre will open the files on the device to view If you have. the Library catalog selected files in your calibre library will be opened instead. 1 4 Search sort, The Search Sort section allows you to perform several powerful actions on your book collections.
You can sort them by title author date rating etc by clicking on the column titles You can also sub sort i e. sort on multiple columns For example if you click on the title column and then the author column the book. will be sorted by author and then all the entries for the same author will be sorted by title. You can search for a particular book or set of books using the Search bar More on that below. You can quickly and conveniently edit metadata by selecting the entry you want changed in the list and pressing. You can perform Actions page 4 on sets of books To select multiple books you can either. Keep the Ctrl key pressed and click on the books you want selected.

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