Calibre’s Open Source Software Makes It Easy to Read Free eBooks (and Much More)

We at Open Culture have discovered a handy piece of software that will make it easier to use our collection, 600 Free eBooks for iPad, Kindle & Other Devices. Calibre is a free e-book library management software that lets users convert e-books from one format to another.

Say that you’ve downloaded Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in the open ePUB format and want to move the book onto your Kindle. Calibre can convert the text into all of the major e-reader formats, including Kindle’s proprietary format. The program will then sync the text to your device and you’re good to go.

Calibre supports e-book formats used by major manufacturers (including Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble and Sony), but if your device isn’t listed in the program’s list, Calibre’s “generic device” option will most likely do the job.

The program also offers a default viewer for reading texts on your computer, and books can be converted from one platform to another, making it easy to move books from your phone to iPad to laptop and beyond.

Calibre fills a niche for e-book readers, providing a simple way to manage e-libraries. The program also helps manage and organize online magazines, newspapers and other reading materials. Click “Fetch News” and Calibre will scan selected online news outlets and catalog them in your collection.

You can even buy books by using Calibre’s interface to search for the best price on a selected title.

You can download Calibre here and then start mining our ever-growing collection of Free eBooks.

Kate Rix writes about digital culture and education. Find more of her work at


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  1. Stephen says . . . | October 26, 2012 / 1:39 am

    What took you so long? Anyway, MakeUseOf have an excellent, downloadable Calibre manual at

  2. Janet says . . . | October 26, 2012 / 7:43 am

    Handy indeed, nothings annoys me more than not being able to move around my downloads to different platforms, and the fact that its open source makes it a must have. Thanks for the free ebooks link!

  3. shankaragouda i madabal says . . . | November 21, 2012 / 2:23 am

    This information is very good helps to readers

  4. patti says . . . | February 13, 2013 / 7:11 pm

    my message is I want go to college somewhere and I want learn from you guys
    sincerely Patti

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