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With over 20 years of experience in large and small systems design and implementation. Currently based in the Raleigh NC area.


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I have been an avid reader all of my life. Everything from SciFi and Fantasy to Technical Books and a little of everything in between. Being a geek, I was of course an early adopter of eBooks. Over time my eBook collection became huge, on the order of over 10,000 books and publications. Long before I reached that point I needed a way to manage that collection. After several different attempts I finally settled on a program called Calibre (pronounced cali-ber according to the developer) which I have now been using for just slightly under 2 years.

This program truly changed the way in which I manage and use eBooks. In fact it was the driving factor that changed how I read. Calibre allows you to slice and dice your collection using user defined tags and categories, as well as metadata such as author, publisher, tags etc. It allows you to copy books between your main library and any device that connects as a USB drive. It directly supports most popular eReaders such as the Nook and Kindle, as well as most smartphones like the Blackberry, Android based phones and Windows 7 based phones. I have an Android Droid 2 Global, and a Color Nook both of which are supported. I can move and copy books between these devices easily.

I added Dropbox to the mix to enable me to keep my library accessible on any device that I have a Dropbox client for, such as my phone and my laptop. Now from anywhere I can reach my library and even add books remotely to it!

One of my favorite features of Calibre is it’s ability to convert between just about any format:

Input Formats: CBZ, CBR, CBC, CHM, EPUB, FB2, HTML, LIT, LRF, MOBI, ODT, PDF, PRC, PDB, PML, RB, RTF, SNB, TCR, TXT

Output Formats: EPUB, FB2, OEB, LIT, LRF, MOBI, PDB, PML, RB, PDF, SNB, TCR, TXT

With my Nook, I have the client software installed on my home system, my laptop, my cell phone, and my Nook of course. I can read a book on any device, and when I switch devices my place in the book is remembered. If you have even thought about eBooks, I would strongly recommend looking into the possibilities. I can now read and enjoy my books anywhere without having to lug around hard copies.

Cheers,

Robert Porter

Posted on Sunday, April 10, 2011 2:29 PM | Back to top


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