Creating Chapter Breaks in Calibre from Word Docs

By libertyc
August 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

Now that Calibre can convert Word documents into e-books, it’s become even easier to create books with proper chapter breaks. I’d experimented with the “Edit ToC” feature in Calibre before, but I hadn’t been able to get it to work quite right. Then over the weekend, as [...]

Marvin and Calibre: Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly (video)

By libertyc
July 16, 2013 // 2 Comments

Since I just received a shiny new iPad (fourth generation) as an early birthday present, I’ve been doing more reading in Marvin, which I reviewed earlier this year. There have been several updates since my initial review, and one of the things I noticed was a “Calibre Connector” [...]

A question for our readers: Is the Mac price premium still worth it?

By libertyc
July 14, 2013 // 14 Comments

Here’s a question the ‘Tablet Revolution’ has me asking: Is it still worth it to buy a Mac over a PC? It used to be a slam-dunk “yes” for me. Every PC laptop I have ever owned has died at exactly two years old, and every Mac has passed the four- or five-year mark [...]

End-of-month roundup: My Answers Expert articles

By libertyc
June 30, 2013 // 0 Comments

Just a quick end-of-the-month postscript to add four more Answers Expert articles I wrote with e-reader relevance. From here on out, I will probably limit these posts to one a month at the end of the month, though you can get instant notification of each new article as I write it if you follow my [...]

Kobo Mini on sale for $39.99 until July 18

By libertyc
June 23, 2013 // 6 Comments

Want to do a “little” reading? Kobo has just put its Kobo Mini 5” e-ink reader on sale for 50% off until July 18th—$39.99 rather than $79.99. Light, touch-sensitive, Wi-FI capable, and 2 GB of on-board storage. It even has a built-in very basic web browser akin to the Kindle’s. Of course, [...]

DIY E-Book Conversion vs. Paying For It

By libertyc
June 23, 2013 // 2 Comments

Back when I reviewed Paul Salvette’s book, “The Ebook Design and Development Guide,” I was all about doing it myself. I devoured Salvette’s book and had visions of drop-caps and other features that would make my next book stand out from other self-published books. I was [...]

Calibre now converts .docx files

By libertyc
June 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

This is a huge new feature, and one that makes me very happy. I like to download stories, compile them in Word to make one big document and then use Calibre to convert them into something I can read on an e-reader. And I’m picky; I like my italics, bolding and other formatting. Previously, [...]

Top 5 Apps for Writers

By libertyc
May 30, 2013 // 1 Comment

From MediaShift comes a roundup titled “The Top 5 Apps for Authors.” Such things are inherently subjective; of the five mentioned (, Feedly, Scrivener, Tweetdeck/Hootsuite and Tweetwall) there is only one I personally use. And of course, there are apps I use often that this [...]

Back up your BooksOnBoard purchases, NOW!

By libertyc
April 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

BooksOnBoard has (hopefully temporarily) shut down their site for new purchases, though you can still download titles from your library. Instead of their usual welcome screen, you will be greeted by this when you attempt to access the site: That sounds concerning but not too worrisome. However, [...]

The Annual Calibre Library Cleanup, and What I Learned This Year

By libertyc
March 28, 2013 // 5 Comments

Every year, at around this time, I do a big e-book purge. Something about March Break brings out the spring cleaning demon, and when I need a break from cleaning my physical home, I curl up with my Macbook and tackle my digital one. My goals in years past have been to clean up metadata and cover [...]

Using Calibre for E-Book Management, Chapter 11: Even More Plugins!

By libertyc
March 5, 2013 // 2 Comments

This post is part of TeleRead's "Using Calibre for E-Book Management" Guide: Ch. 1 | Ch. 2 | Ch. 3 | Ch. 4 | Ch. 5 | Ch. 6 | Ch. 7 | Ch. 8 | Ch. 9 | Ch. 10 | Ch. 11 TeleRead’s Juli Monroe did a great job explaining what a Calibre plugin is, and how to install one. But of course, every [...]

Using Calibre for E-Book Management, Chapter 10: Plugins

By libertyc
March 2, 2013 // 4 Comments

This post is part of TeleRead's "Using Calibre for E-Book Management" Guide: Ch. 1 | Ch. 2 | Ch. 3 | Ch. 4 | Ch. 5 | Ch. 6 | Ch. 7 | Ch. 8 | Ch. 9 | Ch. 10 So far everything we’ve written about a number of uses for a default Calibre installation. However, one of the best features of [...]

Using Calibre for E-Book Management, Chapter 9: Calibre Portable

By libertyc
March 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

This post is part of TeleRead's "Using Calibre for E-Book Management" Guide: Ch. 1 | Ch. 2 | Ch. 3 | Ch. 4 | Ch. 5 | Ch. 6 | Ch. 7 | Ch. 8 | Ch. 9 | Ch. 10 Do you spend time on computers that are not your own, but still want your e-book library with you? Perhaps you’re visiting family [...]

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