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Posted by on Nov 14, 2012 in Guides / Tips |

5 alternatives Calibre

5 alternatives Calibre

Yesterday we told you about just the different ways we have of maintaining order in our digital library . Most fundamentally, I think, is to install a transmission that allows us to manage ebooks everything quickly and intuitively. On several occasions we tell you the best product for this seems , but sometimes we can sin of “fanaticism” for specific applications rather than offering alternatives also. Calibre is what we consider the best manager of ebooks, but not alone.

Calibre is many things at once: is a file converter-although often Calibre converted files are not read by the Kindle for compatibility, but mainly is an organizer, a virtual library. Each gauge uses the way best look, but clearly has some flaws that need to be supplemented with other tools. The issue of conversion is the most worrisome, especially Kindle support.

When we seek alternatives to Calibre, we have to look to meet our needs. Obviously that will vary depending on the person but find a core that needs its election program do a number of tasks:

  • That supports all formats of or at least the most used
  • That is available for your operating system
  • Have ability to edit the metadata of files
  • Have the ability to convert files from one format to another

Although Calibre is best done these things, we have to evaluate what other programs do it too, because there are many people who enjoy the use of Calibre for anything and prefer to use some of these apps instead. We have made a selection 5, although we admit that there are not many alternatives.


Mobipocket is not exactly the most beautiful alternative to Calibre. In fact have enough to work on its interface. But beyond that, it can fulfill its task very well as a replacement. To have additional functionality, the electronic book reader, something lacking Calibre. Its main features are:

  • Storing ebooks: with support for many formats like Mobi-used by the reader the Kindle, but also the most used to read on smartphones and tablets with different operating systems.
  • Creating content to post format: this is an interesting new feature that allows create your own ebooks from other formats that we can create from a PC either.
  • News reader with the main news of the day, with the option of using RSS feeds for customization.
  • Organization library: with Mobipocket can create reading lists, edit the metadata of the files, add ratings to the books we read, use an advanced search engine.
  • Reader Mobile: has a set of applications for BlackBerry smartphones and also the most forgotten great team but with that screen should not be ideal for reading, really.

Finally, we have the usual features: highlight paragraphs in the text, font selection and other customization options, and many more options. It is a very complete suite so it should be a good replacement for Calibre.


GCstar is an Open Source application that allows us to manage “collections”. This means that we will not only be limited to e-books but also have possibilities to manage and order movies, music, comics, video games and more. Anyway, all you can be “collectible” can be managed from this program.

It is a good management tool. But unfortunately does not give us much more and requires that we have some things to work properly preinstalled-the list can be seen in full on page GCstar units -. If we look for something different can be a good option, besides being complimentary.


This is another program that allows us to read and manage eBooks inside the computer. Lucidor has some important limitations in terms of formats which will depend on the type of player we have, for example, if we have a Kindle should we look for another option because mobi format is not supported by this application, but it has some interesting features but for power users seeking to supplement their experience with other tools, beyond simply reading on a Kindle or a Nook.

  • Reading ebooks in EPUB format (a format supported by several popular brands of readers, except Kindle. In this case we will have to use a converter if we got to come up with an ebook in this format, and often the resulting file does not is optimal. Moreover, Lucidor is a file converter so if you have a Kindle is not recommended).
  • Reading OPDS catalogs : OPDS means Open Publication Distribution System, and is as the name implies a distribution system that generates e-book catalogs. These catalogs are very simple to create using metadata with the files, and this is one of the features that are replicated from Calibre.
  • Search online catalogs to download books to be as open platform has a feature that allows you to search among the catalogs that are uploaded on the internet to download books. In Calibre have similar functionality, though, if we allow piracy, always from legitimate sources that involve some payment. In OPDS catalogs you can find everything.
  • Finally, it allows us to take feeds taken from the web and convert into ebooks.

Lucidor is a very powerful tool, especially for users of OPDS, but unfortunately also lacks the functionality to convert files. Considering that there are people who use Calibre to turn around a book from one format to another, you can supplement that experience with large Lucidor capabilities.

Adobe Digital Editions

Adobe is a name familiar to all through its Creative Suite, but the publishing world not lost. I do not think that Adobe Digital Editions is a complete replacement for Calibre, but you can try to see if it meets our growing needs. It is oriented towards “digital publication for professionals” and is basically an attempt to get into the Adobe so profitable market online book stores, no doubt led by Amazon. Has the support of Adobe, obviously, but also allows us to download and buy electronic books, create libraries, and more. It has some interesting features, and even have some free books to download.

  • It has some pretty basic features like using markup to highlight some of the things we’re reading text in PDF and EPUB files, add comments, read in full screen on the computer, as we said, Calibre lacks a reader.
  • Accessibility has more features than other apps we’ve seen, synchronizing with other applications in Mac and Windows, enabling access voice reading software, high contrast, etc..
  • You can borrow books in libraries around the world, attention may be subject to certain countries.
  • Ebooks can be printed through this program. In addition, it supports the Retina Display iPad and gives us a range of options for organizing collections catalogs and are very efficient.

Adobe Digital Editions is a very powerful program, but it would be ideal to incorporate more formats so you have more users coming to other ebook readers-the fact of not having as mobi format supported is a blow.


This is one of the simplest but no longer has some interesting features and can be of much interest to most minimalist users who do not want to have too many features and an attractive design, but want to do well the programs job. What it does have is the ability to “aestheticize” more ebooks, something you do not have other applications.

  • With Alkinea ebooks can become LibreOffice files; resulting formats are compatible with Kindle and readers that support EPUB.
  • Alkinea philosophy is that e-books are not only accustomed to text-typography-uniform and nothing else. So add more fonts, and design elements that make these digital books are much more attractive.
  • It is an ideal application for authors, rather than writers, because you create files compatible with the Amazon store. Calibre does not have an element called KindleGen that is required to have a mobi “official”, to put it in some way. Alkinea as converter does have KindleGen.

Alkinea is a good option for those looking addition to reading ebooks, also create them. However we do not offer too many organizational features.

In short, we can see that Calibre can be imitated but never completely replaced. It has its flaws but is still an excellent tool for managing and converting our electronic books without having to use additional software. For critics of Calibre, here are these other options. Some are more powerful than others-in short, the only one that is matched is Mobipocket, but all have something to offer.

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