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Ebook Tips & Tricks

August 30, 2018

The other day I was looking through digital library. I have 3714 ebooks in my library. I actually have more, but they’re sitting on an external drive and not on my computer. Now, there’s no way I can keep those 3700 books on my reading device without it wanting to take a long vacation, instead I keep them in a digital library of sorts.

There’s a great program available for both Windows and Macs. And it’s free!

Calibre (you can download it here) is ebook management software. And as long as the book doesn’t have DRM protection, you can add it to the software. From there you can add tags, categorize things, even change titles. (I tend to add series names and numbers to the titles).

One of Calibre’s best features is the ability to transfer books from your computer to your device. This is perfect for those who don’t have access to the internet and they want to add some books to their device.

You just need a usb cord (the one that comes with the device works) to attach the device to your computer and then select which books to transfer.

I have been using Calibre for years and have never had a problem. In fact, it even has plug-ins you can add to help with your organization.

The best part about Calibre is that you can put an epub or mobi in Calibre and it will convert it to the other file. I get a lot of books from other stores, so I have a lot of epubs. But it’s not a problem to add them to Calibre and then transfer them to my Kindle.

So why am I sharing this with you all? Well, sometimes there are special sales at other stores, like Kobo, and you can take advantage of those deals regardless of the device. You just have to download the file to your PC. This also works with Google Play and Apple Books. Barnes & Noble requires some extra steps, but you’ll have to search those out.

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