Originally Posted by taosaur
That's just strange to hear. My first attempt at using Calibre was as a reader for a netbook (years ago), and I found it awful.
Interesting. I am the exact opposite in my experience and feelings thereof. Calibre was my first exposure to epub books in general, combined with Project Gutenberg. I liked the way I could either turn a page with a mouse click, a space bar, or even scrolling down line by line at my whim with a down arrow, and when I finally bought a Kobo (my first dedicated e-reader) I remember being annoyed that I couldn't do the same things as I had started to feel entitled to with calibre.
I installed FBreader and never made friends with it. It just didn't read the way I had enjoyed. So I often just revisit calibre for the purpose of reading because it embodies all I want in an e-reader and e-book organizer.
I have a Sony T1 now for my e-reader having given my 2 Kobos away to my husband and daughter, and while I like it the best of all I have had so far, any future e-reader purchases will be critically compared to my calibre experience.
My netbook, which I still have, is an Asus eeepc 1001px that runs on Linux.
Despite being a linux user, I am not technically adept, and wish I could explain more articulately just WHAT makes calibre so special to me as an ereader as well as an organizer. Maybe the gazillion fonts I can use at will? the "more sizes", the ability to full screen or minimize the bookreader at will? Maybe other desktop readers can do it too, but I've tried everything I can get my hands on.