Calibre – a Kindle’s best friend, Part 1
This is the introductory post on the calibre software and will cover basic installation and setup, followed by standard periodical downloads and subscriptions. Future posts will explore more of its features and uses–automization of the calibre subscription process; custom periodicals and blog feeds (via user-defined “recipes”); converting different eBook formats into Kindle-friendly .mobi format; editing metadata of eBooks; integration with Instapaper; organization of your eBooks.
I can honestly say that the calibre software is a must-have for ereader owners (Kindle, iPad, nook, Sony, etc) who regularly read periodicals, blogs or internet-clipped articles.
Installation and Setup
Step 1: Download the free calibre software for your computer (Windows, OS X, Linux)
Step 2: Install the program, accepting the default options
Step 3: Open calibre – the Welcome Wizard should lead you through setting up your software for your specific ereader device. If not, make sure you do the following:
- Choose your default eBook output: “Preferences”->”General”->”Preferred output format”->select “MOBI”
Subscribing to a periodical
[Note: You can connect your Kindle to your computer via the USB cable at any time]
Step 1: Click the icon labeled “Fetch News”
Step 2: Locate a desired publication in the catorgorized tree-list (note: there is a )
Step 3: Click the “Download Now” button and/or check the “schedule” box if you would like to make this a regularly and automatically downloaded periodical.
Step 4: Repeat the same for any other desired publications, clicking the “OK” button when you have finished.
If your Kindle is already connected to the computer, calibre will automatically transfer the publications to your Kindle as soon as they finish downloading. If not, connecting your Kindle to the computer at any time while calibre is running will cause calibre to automatically transfer the publications to your Kindle.
That is it for the basic introduction to calibre–the next post will cover more advanced scheduling techniques including auto-waking of your computer and calibre software.