Kindle Paperwhite vs. Kindle Touch: First impressions

By Chris Meadows
September 22, 2015 // 3 Comments

Today I received a new (refurbished) current-generation Wi-Fi Kindle Paperwhite. I saved $20 over regular price, and then another $20 thanks to the promotional offer Amazon gave me when my Touch wouldn’t download updates. On the principle that if I’m going to cover e-readers, I should have [...]

Converting PDF documents: Use a web tool, or use Calibre

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

PDFs are tricky critters, aren’t they? Not precisely e-books in the truest sense of the word, they are more like ”dehydrated” printed documents—simply a printed form with the paper removed. But sometimes they’re all you’ve got—so you have to convert them into something else. A few [...]

Tutorial Tuesday: How to Add a Book to Calibre

By Joanna Cabot
June 23, 2015 // 3 Comments

Calibre is a free software program which makes it easy to organize your eBooks and send them to your device. Here is a refresher on how to add a book to Calibre! First, you need to download the Calibre eBook library software, if you haven’t already. You can find it here: Then you need to save [...]

Does anyone even want cross-platform e-book interoperability?

By Chris Meadows
June 6, 2015 // 6 Comments

Proprietary e-book formats have been around for quite some time. Most major commercial vendors use proprietary formats to one extent or another, be they Amazon’s Kindle format or the proprietary DRM that Barnes & Noble and others put on top of EPUB. Given that they help to chill competition [...]

How to clean up your Calibre library

By Joanna Cabot
November 4, 2014 // 4 Comments

I find Calibre one of those most useful eBook tools for people like me who still like to have a downloadable copy. I can see the writing on the wall on that—I fully expect the kids I know to grow up with a ‘read once and then move on’ model which they’ll learn from [...]

5 fun ways to use Calibre’s custom fields

By Joanna Cabot
October 15, 2014 // 2 Comments

When Juli and I wrote last year about awesome ways to use the Calibre eBook program, one of the uses I described was using the custom field option to manage the Kobo’s bookshelf feature. Now that I am back in Camp Kindle again, I did a little library cleanup over the weekend and removed the [...]

Keeping it simple with Calibre

By Joanna Cabot
June 17, 2014 // 2 Comments

As a heavy user of the Calibre ebook library program, I have been interested to see my usage evolve over the years. I began with the premise—which I still maintain—that Calibre would be a digital bookshelf for me, the e-version of a physical shelf which one could browse and view. I like [...]

App Review: Google Play Books for Android

By Chris Meadows
June 17, 2014 // 10 Comments

I hadn’t paid much attention to Google Play Books before. I’d installed and even paid for readers like Aldiko and Moon+ (TeleRead review), and snagged a couple freeish ones like UB Reader, but Play Books just sat in my app drawer, unused, like most of the pack-in Google apps. But when I came [...]

Ars Technica exhaustively documents all Android versions

By Chris Meadows
June 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

In the interest of documenting it for the historical record, Ars Technica has just posted an immense 40,000-word retrospective on all versions of Android to date, with as many screen shots and as much information as they can gather. It’s possibly the biggest article I’ve seen on their site, at [...]

Put your e-books on a shelf with Digital Library Wallpaper

By Chris Meadows
June 4, 2014 // 1 Comment

One of the problems paper bibliophiles often cite in e-books is that you can’t show off your e-book collection on your shelves. It’s all hidden inside a computer. But Engaget reports that Vodaphone Romania has found a clever way around that as part of its own e-book lending program. which it [...]

Dropbox uses file hashes to comply with DMCA requests. So what?

By Chris Meadows
April 2, 2014 // 1 Comment

Surprise! Dropbox has anti-piracy measures in place. You’ve probably seen the stories by now. When you right-click that file on your drive and ask for a public link that you can share so your friend can download it, Dropbox runs a hash on the file—it basically takes the file’s fingerprint by [...]

Calibre Reaches 1.0 Status

By Joanna Cabot
August 23, 2013 // 2 Comments

Calibre, the popular e-book manager, has finally reached 1.0 status. The news, announced on their blog yesterday, begins with an entertaining look at the genesis of Calibre seven years ago, and then enumerates the features that pushed it into 1.0 status: • A cover grid view • A faster [...]

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