How To Install Calibre 2.1.0 On Ubuntu, Debian And Derivatives

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 2.1.0, which has been recently released, coming with support for the Kobo Aura H2O, support for firmware 3.8.0 for HTC C has been implemented and a lot of bugs have been squashed. For information about this release, see the changelog.

how to install Calibre 2.1.0 on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, LXLE, Elementary OS, Pinguy OS, Peppermint, Linux Lite, Deepin, Debian, Kwheezy, Crunchbang, SparkyLinux

In this article I will show you how to install Calibre 2.1.0 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 2.1.0, 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[0] > 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.

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One comment on “How To Install Calibre 2.1.0 On Ubuntu, Debian And Derivatives
  1. TJ says:

    v2.1 fixes an issue that crashed v2.0 when invoked with the default startup “–detach” option.

    Also, any of the Calibre v2 series breaks the de-DRM plugin that allows importing DRM’d books for use on another device. (When I buy a Kindle book, I sometimes want to read it on a spare Kobo I keep in the car. There are many legitimate reasons to remove DRM from ebooks.)

    Apprentice Alf fixed the problem with a new Tools v6.0.9 de-DRM utility set at http://apprenticealf.wordpress.com/

    Both Calibre 2.1 and Tools v6.0.9 are worth upgrading. Calibre starts much faster and, with the Tools v6.0.9 plug-in, reads DRM’d files faultlessly and can save them out in an alternative format if desired, or reformat them (with more readable ragged-right margins, for example) for use on an ereader.

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