- How to use Calibre –
Calibre turns your manuscript into an ebook. One of the best free ebook management software you can use.
Calibre – What is Calibre? And how to install it?
You may or may not of come across this amazing piece of ebook management software. It can seem completely bewildering to the novice but it is a very powerful tool in helping you make an ebook. It helps you publish your ebook and helps you convert an ebook to Kindle or to any other ebook format of your choice simply from a drop down menu.
I believe Calibre is going to become more important now more than ever as Kobo is going to allow writers to upload their own ebooks to their platform rather than submit a Doc file that Smashwords demands.
Let me explain first what Calibre is and does.
Calibre will take your manuscript either as a Doc file or as a HTML prepared manuscript. If you want to know more about that, then please look at my other tutorials on how to add HTML and what HTML code you need to add to your manuscript to make it work on every ereader without any errors.
I also provide a free HTML Template for you, in-case you don’t want to add the code yourself. All you do with the template is add your manuscript.
Calibre – What is it?
Calibre was written by Kovid Goyal and he has very kindly given it out to the community. I don’t know him personally but I want to thank him for an amazing piece of software.
The software not only helps you create your final product, but also helps you to organise your ebooks. It has a built in ebook reader to so you can preview your finished product. It will read directly from your Kindle or other ereader. You can add or delete ebooks from your ereader using Calibre.
The creator of Calibre has created a video demo of the product and is worth watching to get an impression of what it can do.
So, Calibre can sink to your ereading device. It can organise and be your library manager. It is a conversion tool. It has a built in ereader. It has a built in webserver so you can email books or access your collection from any computer in the world. It can also fetch news feeds and articles from your favourite websites and convert them an ebook and upload them to your ereading device.
The articles will be full versions and not summaries.
It is a very powerful ebook management software.
Calibre – How to install it?
I am going to show you how to download, install and help you convert your manuscript using only Calibre.
Let’s get started.
First you need the software. Go to this link. Calibre. And click on the blue button – Download Calibre.
Fig 1. Shows you the Home Page.
You could also click the image on the website and it will take you through calibre’s demo video with vocal instructions by the creator.
When you click on the blue link you will be taken to a screen that gives you the options to choose what operating system you use.
Fig 2. The operating system screen
After clicking on the OS of your choice, I am choosing Windows, it takes you to another screen just to confirm your selection.
You can see this in Fig 3.
If you are happy then just click on Download Calibre.
Fig 4. Shows you the pop up download box. The image you see here may be different from what you usually see. I was using Firefox at the time.
Whatever browser you are using please remember where you download the software.
Fig 5. Shows you that I downloaded Calibre to my Desktop.
It’s an easy place to find my downloads and allows me to later on save the software to another location. But for convenience the Desktop is a good place to save Calibre.
Just to make a note. Depending on the time and date of when you read this article, when you come to download the software the version number will probably be different as the creator keeps improving on the previous version.
Once the software has been downloaded, Firefox will display the downloaded box as you can see on Fig 6.
You can open the software from the download box or close it and open the software from where you downloaded it to.
If you want install the software from the download box then right click the software as shown in Fig 7.
Choose Open. You can also choose Open Containing Folder which in this case would open up a folder showing the contents of my Desktop. If you click remove from list, that would only delete the file name from the download box, it would not delete the actual file on the Desktop.
I am going to presume you chose Open.
Fig 8. Shows a Security Warning box. Don’t worry about this as this is normal. The software is safe so just click on Run. If you want me to explain what a Digital Signature is send me a comment.
Fig 9. Simply shows an install box.
After that Fig 10. Displays the Caliibre Welcome Screen.
You haven’t installed it yet. From here you will be guided so you make a clean install, but I will throw my pennies worth in just to make sure.
If the Next button is not highlighted, then click somewhere on the screen or wait a minute or two. When you see the Next button, click it.
This next page is important.
Fig 11. Is the Public License that the software is covered under. Be my guest and reading. As the software is Open Source you the user have permission to distribute the software but you cannot change the software.
Pretty good of the creator.
What is important is the next thing you HAVE to do.
Fig 12. Shows you a small box. You have to check it if you want to carry on.
In simple terms, if you check it you agree with the license and you can then carry on with the install.
Notice after checking the box, the Install and Advanced buttons become active. That’s what we need.
If you choose Install, then you will see Fig 13.
A direct install of the software. It takes a few moments and is completely automated. This will install Calibre in the Default Windows Location, something like c:\Windows\programs\Calibre\
If you choose Advance you will see Fig 14.
Here it allows you to choose where you want to install.
I always do this as I always install on a different partition or on a separate hard disk.
You can choose the Change button and choose your location or just change the Default C:\ to what I have which is D:\Calibre2\
If you do this you will notice a few more steps to be taken.
Fig 15. Displays Product Features which allows you to install or not install certain features.
I would just leave everything as is and click Install.
If you want to play around then you can click on any of the drop down menus.
Fig 16. Shows you what you will see.
The drop down menu gives you a clear choice of what you may want to do.
Fig 17. Shows you what you will see when you are happy with you install choices or when you have clicked Install.
This takes a few minutes and is just validating your choices so you can have a working installation.
Fig 18. Will start to copy new files to your installation location.
This will take a few moments and the status bar will show you your progress.
Sometimes it won’t move then suddenly jump. The whole process should not take more than 5 minutes.
Fig 19. Is very similar as Fig 18, but it will remove some backup files that it does not need.
This will not affect your installation. My recommendation is to just go away and make a cup of tea.
Computers don’t like being watched!
Fig 20. Is success!
See the tick in the Launch Calibre. That is automatic so if you click on Next, Calibre will then load up.
Fig 21. Calibre Home Page
This is the Home Screen and it already has a document installed and ready to read.
It is Calibre’s Start Guide. It’s worth reading.
That’s it for installing Calibre. It really is a breeze to install.
My next tutorial is how to use the Calibre. For now, install the software and read the guide.
Ian S. Rutter is an indie publisher of a children’s book called ‘The Faeries of Birchover Wood’ He is writing the sequel, a short story and a horror novel. For fun he spends time with his three children and his wife. He loves reading, drawing, walking and daydreaming.
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