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Calibre Review

Calibre is an eBook creator that takes things a step beyond normal eBook software by providing a way not only to create your own eBooks, but also to catalogue eBooks you already own into an organized digital library.

Our Verdict

You will be able to upload pretty much any text or graphics you want to Calibre, but it does not have the ease of use of more creative-focused eBook services.

For

  • There is excellent file support.

Against

  • It is designed with an eye toward cataloguing eBooks rather than making it easy to create them.
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Calibre image: You can download Calibre onto your computer directly from its site.

Calibre image: You can download Calibre onto your computer directly from its site.
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Calibre image: Since it functions as a library and an eBook creator, you can sync your eBook device with it.

Calibre image: Since it functions as a library and an eBook creator, you can sync your eBook device with it.
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Calibre image: If your book is purchased, it is catalogued on Calibre like any other publication.

Calibre image: If your book is purchased, it is catalogued on Calibre like any other publication.
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Calibre image: Calibre is compatible with both Macs and PCs.

Calibre image: Calibre is compatible with both Macs and PCs.

Calibre is an eBook creator that takes things a step beyond normal eBook software by providing a way not only to create your own eBooks, but also to catalogue eBooks you already own into an organized digital library. Even though it does so at the expense of some of its other features, this is one of the best eBook creator options for you if you want to create and organize your eBooks.

Most eBook maker software, apps and services focus exclusively on helping you create eBooks, and with Calibre you may feel disconcerted by the emphasis on creating a library in the initial setup. However, if you can get past that, there are enough functions on here to match its competitors in creative capability. You can publish your eBooks in Spanish, French, German and Italian, and there are also selling capabilities. You can render photos to make them clearer, which is very useful for visually-oriented eBooks. However, it lacks functions such as customizable page transitions, like you might find with our top pick, Atavist

The format capabilities are pretty limited, with an emphasis on written-word digital novels, but magazines and picture books are also options. There are no templates for comic books or educational materials, and no family photo album template, which is a common use for eBook enthusiasts who do not publish their work.

The file support on Calibre is wonderful, with everything except sound and video files as an option for this eBook creator. You can insert graphics, as well as PDF, PDB and MOBI files. Whether you use this creator on a Mac or a Windows PC, you will be able to use nearly any file type you want to create your eBooks.

The support services are also wonderful, and they are designed to make sure you know how to navigate the eBook creator yourself once you have it downloaded onto your computer or iPad. The tutorials in particular are very useful, with clear videos and a step-by-step instructions showing you how to work both the library aspect and the creative aspect of the service. It is also convenient that this is purely a download option, so you don't have to order it and await its arrival or venture out to buy it in a store. There is also an excellent Frequently Asked Questions page on the Calibre site, and it covers all aspects of the service.

Despite its shortcomings in creating certain formats, Calibre has enough support services and file options to earn it a strong recommendation for any eBook writer who wants to create, publish and catalogue his or her digital novels.