Read E-Books on Your Desktop with Calibre

June 8, 2011, By Christian Cawley

There are plenty of ways to read an e-book, from mobile phones to tablets to dedicated e-readers such as Nook and Kindle to the old tried-and-tested method of downloading the title to your computer and reading it.

While it might be pretty easy to read a PDF, however, the various formats such as EPUB and so on can be trickier to open, which is where dedicated e-book software comes in handy. These apps are designed to help you download and manage any e-books that you have downloaded or purchased, displaying the content in an easy to read manner on your display.

Handheld readers might feel more like a traditional book, but software such as Calibre for Windows is easy to use and gives you the chance to read content on your desktop or laptop computer, the way e-books used to be read!

Use Calibre e-book reader in Windows, Mac OS X or Linux

Install and Use Calibre

This e-book reader is available free from (Windows, Mac and Linux versions are all available) and the download for the software is around 40 MB. Within minutes you should be able to install and use Calibre, and be readying yourself for the opportunity to read countless legendary volumes for free on your computer!

In addition to providing a means of viewing e-books on your PC, Calibre can also be used to sync titles with your preferred reader. Upon launch you will get the chance to select a device and prepare it for syncing, but if you don’t want to do this, simply click Cancel. At this point you will be prompted to select a folder to store your downloaded books in, and when this is done Calibre will fully load!

By default you will see that a quick start guide to Calibre is listed as the first title, but you can quickly get online and download new books via Get Books. This opens a menu that you can use to select which stores and libraries should be checked for the required title; the selection is quite large, so you might opt to limit yourself to Amazon and Barnes & Noble, or else go all out and select them all.

With the stores selected, search for a title. The results will come back one by one, and when your preferred result is displayed, select it to download and then once this has finished the title is ready to read on your computer.

Why Books Come Free

Using Calibre or any other e-book reader, you can access DRM free titles from antiquity and the modern age. Basically, anything title that is out of copyright is available free from the various archives of free e-book libraries such as Project Gutenberg, where many titles have been digitized and made available online.

The reason these titles are copyright free is thanks to the legal convention that states that for works created after January 1, 1978, the protection of copyright lasts for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years.

As such, many classic titles such as those by H.G. Wells, Jane Austen and James Joyce are able toll-free!

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