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Old 10-28-2009, 01:41 PM   #1
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Calibre Gets Some Love (?) From Wired

Calibre got mentioned today in a Wired article directed at non-US International Kindle users.
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/...tional-kindle/

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Calibre is a clunky piece of software with looks only a mother could love. It is also very powerful, kind of like an iTunes for e-books, and runs on OS X, Windows and Linux
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Calibre’s best trick, though, is its Fetch News feature. This works just like podcasting, only it’s for text (and pictures). Choose from a built-in list of newspapers and magazines (Wired.com is in there) and it will scrape the site at scheduled intervals and crunch the articles into an e-reader-friendly form. When you plug your Kindle into the computer, Calibre sees it and automagically sends the new issues across. They’re formatted just like the newspapers you might buy from Amazon.

Dig a little further and you can add custom sources. Plug in the URL of a newsfeed, choose persistence and schedules and you’re good to go. Calibre will grab any new items and package them up into an e-newspaper for you. It can even grab your feeds from Google Reader or Instapaper (and it does a better job that Instapaper’s own solution).

It’s far from polished, and under the hood the Python scripts which go out and do the dirty work sometimes cause your computer’s fans to spin up like leaf-blowers, but it works, and it is almost ridiculously powerful. It is also free and open source, and exactly the kind of thing we will likely never see from the likes of Amazon, Sony or Apple because of licensing restrictions.
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Old 10-28-2009, 02:08 PM   #2
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While they do call it clunky it does reference it as your way to un-cripple your international kindle Nice
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Old 10-28-2009, 03:08 PM   #3
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I'm betting the person that wrote that article uses OS X
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Old 10-28-2009, 03:27 PM   #4
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I'm betting the person that wrote that article uses OS X
"sometimes cause your computer’s fans to spin up like leaf-blowers"

Definitely sounds like he's running a Macbook
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Old 10-30-2009, 05:26 PM   #5
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Not especially clunky on my MacBook... and I love it!
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Not especially clunky on my MacBook... and I love it!
I puzzled over that comment, as well, since Calibre looks and behaves mostly the same in Windows and the Mac. The only conclusion I could draw was he was referring to an expectation by Mac users that applications use only a single windowing toolkit, are generally more polished, and follow a consistent set of UI guidelines.

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Old 10-30-2009, 07:29 PM   #7
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Yeah Mac users tend to get very upset if any application dares to be different
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