Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may already know, Calibre is an open-source book management software, with many interesting features including e-book conversion, e-book viewer, library to ebook reader synchronization and support for the most popular eBook formats, including: epub, cbz, mobi, fb2 . Being multi-platform, the app works on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.
The latest version available is Calibre 1.47, which has been released a while ago, coming with some changes. From the changelog:
- Cover Grid: Now you can have your own defined emblems (icons) to be displayed next to covers, based on simple rules you create
- E-book Viewer: Now you can use wiktionary.org and wordnik.com as dictionary providers instead of dict.org
- Edit Book: You can now customize the templates used when creating new, blank HTML/CSS files via Preferences->Editor settings
- Comic Input: When sorting the pages inside a comic, recognize numbers, so that page2 sorts before page10
- Conversion: When inserting a metadata jacket, format the series number using roman numerals. This behavior can be disabled by using a custom jacket template
- Template language: New function author_links: for each author of a book returns the author link value entered in Manage Authors.
In this article I will show you how to install Calibre 1.47 on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, LXLE, Elementary OS, Pinguy OS, Peppermint, Linux Lite, Deepin, Debian, Kwheezy, Crunchbang, SparkyLinux and other Ubuntu and Debian derivative systems.
There is no repository available for Calibre 1.47, but the developers provide us a python oneliner for installing the latest Calibre version. Also install the dependencies, in order to avoid installation issues.
$ sudo python -c "import sys; py3 = sys.version_info > 2; u = __import__('urllib.request' if py3 else 'urllib', fromlist=1); exec(u.urlopen('http://status.calibre-ebook.com/linux_installer').read()); main()"
The installation script downloads and extracts the latest Calibre installer, and installs the app in /opt/calibre, by default. But the user can easily change the installation destination.