Calibre 0.6 Adds More E-Book Formats

Jul 28, 2009

Developer Kovid Goyal introduced many new features in version 0.6.0 of his Calibre e-book suite. With the 0.6.1 update, he also fixed numerous bugs.

The Calibre 0.6.x branch supports more e-book formats. Before, the software supported Epub, LRF and Mobi, but now the completely reworked conversion tool also supports FB2, OEB, LIT, PDB, PML, RB, PDF and TXT as output formats. The list of input formats is still longer.

The built-in e-book viewer, long limited to the LRF Sony format, can now read all formats that Calibre can convert. The viewer also provides a bookmark manager and optional end-of-line hyphenation. It also provides 60 additional news source download recipes and device drivers for reader hardware.

The Calibre release notes provide full details. Contributor Dmitri Popov had written an article that described the earlier version of Calibre in the July issue of this magazine.

Calibre is under GPLv3 license for Linux, Mac OS and Windows download. The application requires Python 2.6 or later. A tarball of the source code is also available.

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  • Calibre + Bebook

    Everyone with an ereader should definitely check out this program. It's very easy to handle even a large collection of books in a lot of different formats.
  • Calibre - work to be proud of

    I have used Calibre for a while now, and I must say that I am impressed. It's fantastic that I now can convert most of the formats out there, and in addition I can download meta data and book covers.
    From 23-July until today 28th July, there have been 3 updates (release + bug fixes). Seems like the programmer have restless days.

    It's not often I donate to programmers, but now I will. This is a fantastic program.

    From a happy Sony e-reader - reader
  • Wow

    Seriously, Calibre is possible the open source project in which I have seen the most progress from a completely usable program into.... an ever more usable one!

    I mean there are oodles of people on the linux kernel, on Gnome, KDE and such and frankly, after 4 years of using Linux on Desktop I can scarcely say the changes were as drastic as those I saw on Calibre in a mere 6 months.

    Go Calibre!
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