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Entries in e-reader (2)


Managing your e-book collection


While I have been waiting for my Kindle e-book reader to arrive I have been looking around the internet for tools to manage my soon to be e-book collection. Today I found a very useful program called Calibre. This program allows me to sync my collection with my portable e-book reader as well as converting e-books from one format to another. You can also read book and other publications from the built in Calibre reader. If you are currently exploring e-book readers I suggest you take a look at Calibre if you find it valuable why not make a donation to the developer to help continue the development of this product. To find out more about Calibre I have included a link to their site.

To Donate


While I was looking around the net I found a very useful Wiki that gives a lot of information on the various e-book formats and what portable devices support what format. In fact this Wiki is a real one stop information centre for all things e-book. To start your journey into e-books again I have provided a link to the Wiki.

If you have other sites please share them here.

See my previous Kindle post





This year Santa brought me a Kindle (well he will when it gets here in early January) but in the meantime I have been looking for book sites that I can use when it arrives.

For those that don't know what a Kindle is it's an e-book reader that is made by Amazon. You can purchase books from Amazon and download them to your Kindle but there are also free book sites that also work with the Kindle. I have selected a few to list here.


  1. Project Gutenberg: 33,000 free e-books, including all of the classics, available in Kindle, HTML and simple text formats.
  2. Google E-Bookstore: The free section is filled with thousands of free, scanned copies of books, available in Kindle-friendly PDF formats.
  3. Internet Archive: Millions of primarily rare, out-of-print works in multiple languages and formats (including Kindle), especially useful for academic work.
  4. Open Library: 20 million user-contributed items in multiple editions and formats (including Kindle).
  5. Nearly 30,000 titles, many of which have been pulled from Project Gutenberg. Has a good collection of little-known Creative Commons works.
  6. LibriVox: Thousands of free audiobooks.

(thanks to Mashable for the list.)

Do you already have a Kindle? If so what do you think of it and what book sites do you use to populate your Kindle with good holiday reading material?