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Calibre Open-Source eBook Management App Gets Major Release After Two Years

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Believe it or not, it's been two years since the Calibre 3.0 series was introduced, and now, the time has come for fans of the best free ebook management software to get a brand-new release that introduces new technologies and new features, along with dozens of improvements.

"It has been two years since Calibre 3.0. This time has been spent mostly in making the calibre Content server ever more capable as well as migrating calibre itself from Qt WebKit to Qt WebEngine, because the former is no longer maintained," said developer Kovid Goyal.

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Calibre Gets First Major Release in 2 Years, Adds New Ebook View

  • Calibre Gets First Major Release in 2 Years, Adds New Ebook Viewer

    Calibre 4.0 is the first major release of the app in nearly 2 years and succeeds Calibre 3.0, which was released back in 2017.

    “It has been two years since calibre 3.0. This time has been spent mostly in making the calibre Content server ever more capable as well as migrating calibre itself from Qt WebKit to Qt WebEngine, because the former is no longer maintained,” writes Kovid Goyal, Calibre’s chief developer.

    Among the new features and improvements that are on offer in Calibre 4.0 is a new ‘distraction free’ ebook viewer that, early feedback suggests, is a step down from the previous one (and also apparently much slower).

Calibre replacement considerations

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    Calibre is an amazing software: it allows users to manage ebooks on your desktop and a multitude of ebook readers. It's used by Linux geeks as well as Windows power-users and vastly surpasses any native app shipped by ebook manufacturers. I know almost exactly zero people that have an ebook reader that do not use Calibre.

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