Calibre Imports and Exports eBooks From Kindle, iPad, and Other Mobile Devices

Review of Calibre Software

Do you read eBooks and want to read them on multiple devices? Calibre is a free desktop program that lets you move them between devices and computers.

Do you have eBooks that you’d like to transfer to your mobile phone or tablet? Calibre is an Open Source desktop application for moving eBooks between mobile devices and computers. Calibre is free to use and runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

Calibre has a simple intuitive interface and it’s fairly straight-forward to use. It takes books stored on your computer and lists them within the application’s library. Books may need to be added manually, but the program can automatically pull meta data out of the eBook file of every title and display it within its detail panel.


Books can be instantly sent to your mobile device with a simple right-click.

send to device

Books can also be transferred off the mobile device and saved to the computer’s disk.

save to disk

The program includes a built-in eBook viewer for reading nearly any format book on the computer.

calibre ebook reader

Unfortunately, many of the books downloaded to the Kindle via Amazon will be protected with DRM and this means you cannot copy them off of the device. You can get around this by installing a de-DRM plugin to Calibre, but it can be a bit complicated to set up.

drm calibre

Considering it’s free, is cross-platform, and works with tons of different mobile devices and formats, Calibre is a groovy desktop application. If you have a device capable of reading eBooks  you can try it out for yourself at

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Ziggy

    February 1, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Great posting, Austin. I’ve been looking for something like this and now I’ve got it! Headed over to Calibre’s site where I found a very informative video demo of the program, which is a must see for those planning to install it. I particularly like the “Get News” feature and some of Calibre’s free offerings for reading. i’ll be bookmarking your page for additional help.

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