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Old 10-11-2013, 12:53 PM   #1
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Why I love Calibre

Why I love Calibre

1. It works!: Kovid Goyal has written a jewel of an application that has become the Swiss Army Knife of book management. Of course I use only a couple features (either don't understand or need others) but they work every time. I get regular updates and since I've had it not once has the install failed.

2. Support: Not only does it work, when I ask a favor I usually get help. Kovid makes time to jump in and offer help and makes room for the community to step in also. All of you have been very helpful even when I ask for something that can't be done. The last time it was to automate a tedious process and someone posted some script for the bulk-update which works perfectly.

3: It's free: I contribute now and then but likely wouldn't be able to afford an expensive application. Certainly one priced appropriately for all the features.

4: Capacity seems unlimited: I have over 2K books in Calibre and it runs the same today as when I started. Search takes a tad longer but is still plenty fast (AND it searches multiple columns).

Every time I open Calibre I feel good about it. It suits my needs to a "T". I am a very retired man who is a full time caretaker for a family member and mostly read to pass time. I've read over 600 books in the past 2 years and stocked up on Amazon Free books as I'm afraid they will stop being free. Still I'm picky and get only ones I think I'll like.

When asked what I do I tell them I'm a book keeper. Books are wonderful and provide me much enjoyment. Calibre is a big help in that, so thank you very much!
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Old 10-11-2013, 12:59 PM   #2
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What impresses me most about Calibre is not the superb user interface, nor the large range of features. It's the way they keep it constantly up to date for new readers, firmware, ebook formats, etc. As a sometime software developer myself, I know what a huge headache that can be.

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Thanks, always nice to hear from happy users. Keeps me motivated.
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Old 10-11-2013, 03:52 PM   #4
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Smile Another thank you

I want to add another thank you. I love the software. I use it just about every day. Without it, my ereader would be almost useless.
Thank you!
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Old 10-11-2013, 04:04 PM   #5
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You know, I don't think I've said Thank You recently either. I've got a lot of books and without calibre there to assist me in managing them in something like a logical and orderly fashion -- on my part, not calibre's -- I don't know what kind of awful mess I would be in.

Of course, as great as the software is, I do think it has room for improvement. So when do you perfect the humaniform robotic replacement that will go to work for me, wash the dishes, clean the house, run errands, and do all those other distractions so that I can dedicate more time to getting my database in order?

And then, what would I do with myself once the database is actually completed and perfected?
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Old 10-11-2013, 05:08 PM   #6
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I think Calibre is the best thing since sliced bread!
I enjoy getting my Friday morning update.

Thanks Kovid and keep up the good work!
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Old 10-11-2013, 08:09 PM   #7
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Cool Kovid, thanks for Calibre!

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Why I love Calibre

1. It works!: Kovid Goyal has written a jewel of an application that has become the Swiss Army Knife of book management. Of course I use only a couple features (either don't understand or need others) but they work every time. I get regular updates and since I've had it not once has the install failed.

2. Support: Not only does it work, when I ask a favor I usually get help. Kovid makes time to jump in and offer help and makes room for the community to step in also. All of you have been very helpful even when I ask for something that can't be done. The last time it was to automate a tedious process and someone posted some script for the bulk-update which works perfectly.

3: It's free: I contribute now and then but likely wouldn't be able to afford an expensive application. Certainly one priced appropriately for all the features.

4: Capacity seems unlimited: I have over 2K books in Calibre and it runs the same today as when I started. Search takes a tad longer but is still plenty fast (AND it searches multiple columns).

Every time I open Calibre I feel good about it. It suits my needs to a "T". I am a very retired man who is a full time caretaker for a family member and mostly read to pass time. I've read over 600 books in the past 2 years and stocked up on Amazon Free books as I'm afraid they will stop being free. Still I'm picky and get only ones I think I'll like.

When asked what I do I tell them I'm a book keeper. Books are wonderful and provide me much enjoyment. Calibre is a big help in that, so thank you very much!
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What impresses me most about Calibre is not the superb user interface, nor the large range of features. It's the way they keep in constantly up to date for new readers, firmware, ebook formats, etc. As a sometime software developer myself, I know what a huge headache that can be.

Mike
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I want to add another thank you. I love the software. I use it just about every day. Without it, my ereader would be almost useless.
Thank you!
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You know, I don't think I've said Thank You recently either. I've got a lot of books and without calibre there to assist me in managing them in something like a logical and orderly fashion -- on my part, not calibre's -- I don't know what kind of awful mess I would be in.

Of course, as great as the software is, I do think it has room for improvement. So when do you perfect the humaniform robotic replacement that will go to work for me, wash the dishes, clean the house, run errands, and do all those other distractions so that I can dedicate more time to getting my database in order?

And then, what would I do with myself once the database is actually completed and perfected?
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I think Calibre is the best thing since sliced bread!
I enjoy getting my Friday morning update.

Thanks Kovid and keep up the good work!



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Old 10-11-2013, 08:16 PM   #8
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No doubt the perfect thanks would to be to use that PayPal button on the software update page! I actually did it last week. I think it's probably the first piece of shareware that I've actually voluntarily paid money for!
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Old 10-11-2013, 10:48 PM   #9
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Without Calibre and some of its plugins, I would not even be able to organize and read ebooks in an orderly fashion.

We'll suggest a Nobel Prize for Kovid when he's around 96, keeping in line with the current practice of waiting so long to acknowledge people's efforts that they're about to die at the time they're being considered
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Old 10-11-2013, 11:42 PM   #10
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Time to pile on...
I've used all the available systems, free and paid for. I've had problems with them all or didn't like how they worked...especially no response from the people responsible for it when it doesn't work as advertised.

I love, love, love Calibre and have contributed...though not nearly enough as it is worth.

Thank you, thank you, thank you...
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Old 10-12-2013, 10:24 AM   #11
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Without calibre my ebook and fanfic collection would be a horrendous mess scattered across multiple hard disks and in danger of being lost any time my laptop sneezes. Thank you Kovid!
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Kovid Goyal has written a jewel of an application that has become the Swiss Army Knife of book management.
What a great way to describe this utterly invaluable application!

Other than Outlook, it is the only application that is always running on my laptop.
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Old 10-13-2013, 01:31 PM   #13
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Calibre is one of the (IMHO) very few applications that show that open source can work.
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Old 10-13-2013, 06:45 PM   #15
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Yes to all of the above. Thank you! And thanks to those who wrote the wonderfully helpful plugins for those like me who can't figure out the technical things.
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