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Calibre Ebook Editor

What's new - Calibre release () - Previous calibre releases. calibre is a powerful and easy to use e- book manager. Users say it's. E-books typically have a cover image. This image is indicated in the Files.

While you can use online services such as Google Books for that, it means moving all your documents to the cloud to a remote server you have zero control over. Calibre is an ebook management tool that aims to be the complete solution for all things ebooks. Up until now that meant an interface to manage all local ebooks in a central local location, sending books to devices, connecting to applications such as iTunes, and converting ebooks into a different format. The developers of the program have released Calibre 2. The editor supports the formats epub and azw3 Kindle for now, which means that you may need to convert other formats into a supported one before you can use the editor. To use it, simply right-click on an ebook and select the edit option from the context menu there. If it is in the right format the editor opens, if not, you are reminded to convert it to a supported format first. The editor divides contents into three panes. The left pane displays all files including styles, cover images or individual book pages, the middle pane code, and the right pane a preview of the selected file. You can only edit in the code directly, but can click on a word in the preview area to be taken to the position of it in the code which simplifies things a lot. As far as editing goes, you can edit text but also the code itself.

Not sure why its being touted as new in version 2. Calibre is also available as a Windows-only portable version read: My UI suggestions for Calibre are making the icons customizable, even more customization for the Cover Browser, and reducing the space between the items on the left sidebar.

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Then, in the other editor instance, right click in the File browser and choose Paste file from other editor instance. You can add a new image, font, stylesheet, etc.

This lets you either import a file by clicking the Import resource file button or create a new blank HTML file or stylesheet by simply entering the file name into the box for the new file. You can easily replace existing files in the book, by right clicking on the file and choosing replace.

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This will automatically update all links and references, in case the replacement file has a different name than the file being replaced. Edit book has a very powerful search and replace interface that allows you to search and replace text in the current file, across all files and even in a marked region of the current file.

You can search using a normal search or using regular expressions. To learn how to use regular expressions for advanced searching, see All about using regular expressions in calibre. Type the text you want to find into the Find box and its replacement into the Replace box.

You can the click the appropriate buttons to Find the next match, replace the current match and replace all matches. Using the drop downs at the bottom of the box, you can have the search operate over the current file, all text files, all style files or all files. You can also choose the search mode to be a normal string search or a regular expression search.

Remember, to harness the full power of search and replace, you will need to use regular expressions. See All about using regular expressions in calibre. To save a search simply right click in the Find box and select Save current search. This will present you with a list of search and replace expressions that you can apply.

You can even select multiple entries in the list by holding down the Ctrl Key while clicking so as to run multiple search and replace expressions in a single operation. You can do pretty much any text manipulation you like in function mode. There is also a dedicated tool for searching for text, ignoring any HTML tags in between. Edit book has various tools to help with common tasks. These are accessed via the Tools menu. There is a dedicated tool to ease editing of the Table of Contents.

Simply double click on any entry to change its text. You can also re-arrange entries by drag and drop or by using the buttons to the right. For books that do not have a pre-existing Table of Contents, the tool gives you various options to auto-generate a Table of Contents from the text. You can generate from the headings in the document, from links, from individual files and so on. You can edit individual entries by clicking on them and then clicking the Change the location this entry points to button.

This will open up a mini-preview of the book, simply move the mouse cursor over the book view panel, and click where you want the entry to point to. A thick green line will show you the location. Click OK once you are happy with the location. The Check Book tool searches your book for problems that could prevent it working as intended on actual reader devices. Any problems found are reported in a nice, easy to use list.

Clicking any entry in the list shows you some help about that error as well as giving you the option to auto-fix that error, if the error can be fixed automatically. You can also double click the error to open the location of the error in an editor, so you can fix it yourself. This allows you to either choose an existing image in the book as the cover or import a new image into the book and make it the cover. If an existing cover in the book is found, it is replaced.

The tool also automatically takes care of correctly marking the cover files as covers in the OPF. Please make sure that you have the necessary copyrights for embedding commercially licensed fonts, before doing this. However, be aware that once the fonts are subset, if you add new text whose characters are not previously present in the subset font, the font will not work for the new text. So do this only as the last step in your workflow. Convert plain text dashes, ellipsis, quotes, multiple hyphens, etc.

Note that the algorithm can sometimes generate incorrect results, especially when single quotes at the start of contractions are involved. Create rules to transform the styling of the book. For example, create a rule to convert all red text to green or to double the font size of all text in the book or make text of a certain font family italic, etc. These extra rules can slow down readers that need to process them all.

Be aware that auto-fixing can sometimes have counter-intuitive results. The code is auto-indented so that it lines up nicely, blank lines are inserted where appropriate and so on.

Therefore, beautification could potentially change the rendering of the HTML.

To avoid this as far as possible, the beautify algorithm only beautifies block level tags that contain other block level tags. This can sometimes mean that a particular file will not be affected by beautify as it has no suitable block level tags. In such cases you can try different beautification tools, that are less careful, for example: HTML Tidy. You can also have calibre automatically generate an inline Table of Contents that becomes part of the text of the book. It is generated based on the currently defined Table of Contents.

If you use this tool multiple times, each invocation will cause the previously created inline Table of Contents to be replaced.

This tool is used to set semantics in EPUB files. Semantics are simply, links in the OPF file that identify certain locations in the book as having special meaning. You can use them to identify the foreword, dedication, cover, table of contents, etc. Simply choose the type of semantic information you want to specify and then select the location in the book the link should point to.

This tool can be used to easily remove specified CSS style properties from the entire book. After removing the style information, a summary of all the changes made is displayed so you can see exactly what was changed.

The tool can be accessed via Upgrade book internals. Checkpoints are automatically created every time you run any of the automated tools described in the previous section. Checkpoints are particularly useful for when changes are spread over multiple files in the book or when you wish to be able to revert a large group of related changes as a whole.

You can compare the current state of the book to a specified checkpoint using the Comparing e-books tool — by selecting the checkpoint of interest and clicking the Compare button.

The Revert to button restores the book to the selected checkpoint, undoing all changes since that checkpoint was created. The File preview gives you an overview of the various files inside The live preview panel shows you the changes you are making live with a second or two of delay. As you move the cursor around in the editor, the preview panel will track its location, showing you the corresponding location in the book.

Clicking in the preview panel, will cause the cursor in the editor to be positioned over the element you clicked. If you click a link pointing to another file in the book, that file will be opened in the edit and the preview panel, automatically. You can turn off the automatic syncing of position and live preview of changes — by buttons under the preview panel.

The live update of the preview panel only happens when you are not actively typing in the editor, so as not to be distracting or slow you down, waiting for the preview to render. The preview panel shows you how the text will look when viewed. However, the preview panel is not a substitute for actually testing your book an actual reader device. It is both more, and less capable than an actual reader.

It will tolerate errors and sloppy markup much better than most reader devices. It will also not show you page margins, page breaks and embedded fonts that use font name aliasing. Use the preview panel while you are working on the book, but once you are done, review it in an actual reader device or software emulator. The preview panel does not support embedded fonts if the name of the font inside the font file does not match the name in the CSS font-face rule.

You can use the Check Book tool to quickly find and fix any such problem fonts. One, perhaps non-obvious, use of the preview panel is to split long HTML files. While viewing the file you want to split, click the split mode button under the preview panel. Then simply move your mouse to the place where you want to split the file and click. A thick green line will show you exactly where the split will happen as you move your mouse.

Once you have found the location you want, simply click and the split will be performed. Splitting the file will automatically update all links and references that pointed into the bottom half of the file and will open the newly split file in an editor.

You can also split a single HTML file at multiple locations automatically, by right clicking inside the file in the editor and choosing Split at multiple locations. This will allow you to easily split a large file at all heading tags or all tags having a certain class and so on.

The Live CSS panel shows you all the style rules that apply to the tag you are currently editing. The name of tag, along with its line number in the editor are displayed, followed by a list of matching style rules. It is a great way to quickly see which style rules apply to any tag. The view also has clickable links in blue , which take you directly to the location where the style was defined, in case you wish to make any changes to the style rules.

Style rules that apply directly to the tag, as well as rules that are inherited from parent tags are shown. The panel also shows you what the finally calculated styles for the tag are. Properties in the list that are superseded by higher priority rules are shown with a line through them.

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The Table of Contents view shows you the current table of contents in the book. Double clicking on any entry opens the place that entry points to in an editor.

Words are shown with the number of times they occur in the book and the language the word belongs to. Language information is taken from the books metadata and from lang attributes in the HTML files. This allows the spell checker to work well even with books that contain text in multiple languages.

You can double click a word to highlight the next occurrence of that word in the editor. This is useful if you wish to manually edit the word, or see what context it is in.

To change a word, simply double click one of the suggested alternative spellings on the right, or type in your own corrected spelling and click the Change selected word to button. This will replace all occurrences of the word in the book. You can also right click on a word in the main word list to change the word conveniently from the right click menu. You can have the spelling checker ignore a word for the current session by clicking the Ignore button.

How to Edit eBooks in EPUB or AZW3 format Using Calibre

You can also add a word to the user dictionary by clicking the Add to dictionary button. The spelling checker supports multiple user dictionaries, so you can select the dictionary you want the word added to.

You can also have the spelling checker display all the words in your book, not just the incorrectly spelled ones. This is useful to see what words are most common in your book and to run a simple search and replace on individual words.

If you make any changes to the book by editing files while the spell check tool is open, you should click the Refresh button in the spell check tool.

If you do not do this and continue to use the spell check tool, you could lose the changes you have made in the editor. The spelling checker comes with builtin dictionaries for the English and Spanish languages. The spell checker can use dictionaries from the LibreOffice program in the. You can download these dictionaries from The LibreOffice Extensions repository.

This shows you all unicode characters, simply click on the character you want to type. If you hold Ctrl while clicking, the window will close itself after inserting the selected character. This tool can be used to insert special characters into the main text or into any other area of the user interface, such as the Search and replace tool.

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