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Calibre Companion

by MultiPie Ltd
Rated: All Ages
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)

Price: $3.99
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  • Change Wi-Fi connectivity state
  • Open network sockets
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 4.1.6
  • CC now has cloud support!
  • V4.1.6:
  • - Updated languages: Spanish, German
  • * Show default cover in widget for books without covers
  • * Prevent 2 rare crashes
  • V4.1.5:
  • - CC database included in backup & restore
  • - Switch to new FAQ system (http://cc_faq.multipie.co.uk/)
  • * Fix crash when sort value is missing in calibre database
  • * Fix cloud series sort when using calibre 2.34 or later
  • * Fix seeing deleted libraries in Google Drive
  • * Misc bug/crash fixes

Product Details

  • ASIN: B009OD5I88
  • Release Date: October 11, 2012
  • Rated: All Ages This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #948 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Calibre Companion (CC), recommended by calibre developers, is three applications in one:
  • - a superb device-based calibre library organizer
  • - a high-performance WiFi-based calibre device emulator
  • - a calibre content server (web access) client

Product Description

Calibre Companion (CC), recommended by calibre developers, is three applications in one:
- a superb device-based calibre library organizer
- a high-performance WiFi-based calibre device emulator
- a calibre content server (web access) client

1) CC is a device-based calibre library organizer. Once you put books on your device using one of the connection methods described below you can:
- view a book's metadata (author, tags, series, rating, dates, etc.).
- sort and group books by their metadata.
- see book lists by cover or by list.
- mark books read and sync this information with calibre.
- launch your book reader application to read a book (works with most reader applications except for Amazon Kindle).

2) CC can connect to calibre over WiFi and be detected by calibre as a device. Once connected, you use calibre to move books to and from your device. Calibre automatically updates all the book metadata stored by CC to match the latest in your library. No other app, reader or browser, offers this level of integration with calibre.

3) CC can connect to calibre’s content server over WiFi to browse your library and download books to your device.

For more information see our FAQ (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=188899)


Notes:
1) CC is not a reader app. You must install and use one of the many excellent reader apps available.
2) CC requires that you use calibre calibre 0.9.02 or later, available at http://calibre-ebook.com/. Some CC features such as syncing book read information require newer versions of calibre.

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Permissions explanation:
- Allow Wi-Fi multicast reception: multicast is required to be able to find calibre without requiring you to enter an IP address.
- Users with Jellybean (Android 4.1): You will also see a permission about “Test access to protected storage”. This is caused by a change Android is making regarding SD card access, and simply means our app can save books on your external storage.

Technical Details

Size: 3.9MB
Version: 4.1.6
Developed By: MultiPie Ltd
Application Permissions: ( Help me understand what permissions mean )
  • Change Wi-Fi connectivity state
  • Open network sockets
  • Access information about networks
  • Enter Wi-Fi Multicast mode
  • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
  • Read from external storage
  • Get notified that the operating system has finished booting
  • Write to external storage
  • com.android.alarm.permission.SET_ALARM
  • Allows installation of home screen shortcuts
Minimum Operating System: Android 2.3
Approximate Download Time: Less than 30 seconds

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is By Far My Favorite App! BUY IT!! December 9, 2013
By JiggsKC
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If you know anything about Calibre, you know they constantly update, and they deliver an amazing way to get your Mobi, EPub, AZW3, & PDF files converted and onto your device.

I'm using the Kindle Fire HDX 7" & it works great as a wire free way to access my Calibre Mac App. I can send e-books, update meta-data, and it works seamlessly with Moon+ e-reader. Get the most out of your ebooks. GET CALIBRE.

Note: this is a companion app, you WILL NEED a computer with the full size Calibre App, and Wi-Fi access.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works well on Fire HD 8.9 and HDX 8.9 April 10, 2014
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I love Calibre Companion (CC), because it is a great companion to Calibre. Duh. With ~2,000 books in Calibre, I can't imagine using anything else to manage them all. And having CC makes it easy to transfer books to my Fire without having to plug it in. That's a big plus since the weak link in any Fire is that Micro USB cable connection. The more you use it, the more likely it will eventually fail. Plus, CC lets me see all the metadata associated with a book, which formats I have available, and all sorts of other useful things. This very well supported app is regularly updated, and the updates in the Amazon store appear to be keeping up to date with those on Google Play, which is good. And the Fire automatically updates without intervention on my part, even better.

A tip for new CC users: Change the default folder to the Kindle or Books folder so that your books show in both CC and the native Books interface. This is easy to set -- go to Formats and Folders at the top of the Settings menu and change the location to /mnt/sdcard/Books. (It's different on the FireHDX but it's still <internalstorage>/Books, I just don't have my HDX in front of me to remember what the <internalstorage> folder is.)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love it! July 21, 2013
I've been using Calibre for many years, with two generations of Sony Reader, and now with a Google Nexus. This app is the greatest! I always had problems not wanting to load too many books (I have just under 2000 ebooks at this time) because managing and navigating on the readers was a pain. Now I just have loaded everything on my Nexus, and can sort by most recent, series, author, etc. This was definitely money well spent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works great! June 22, 2014
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You don't need a separate e-reader, Calibre recognizes the Kindle and converts the books. I've sent a few books downloaded from Project Gutenberg.

I'm using the latest Calibre 1.41 64-bit on Win7 with a Kindle Fire HD (2012). In Calibre Companion, connect as wireless, not to the server. Once you are connected, on your computer, right click on the book in Calibre. Send to device, send to main memory. Answer yes on the popup to convert. Books go straight to your carousel. You can also find them in Books > Device. The covers on the converted books are mostly generic, don't know if there is a way to prettify them before converting.

It doesn't say Kindle, just "device" so you can only connect one device at a time.

Calibre only works with non-DRM books, and I do have one non-DRM book of short stories that I bought from Kobo. It converted, but not the index. A few other e-reader apps couldn't see the index either for this book, so not sure what's causing the problem.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good app!! March 21, 2013
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I love this app as it allows me to transfer books to my tablet from my computer even easier than easytether! I can catalog and set up my own library within my tablet and read more than one book at a time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great application! January 5, 2014
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I have used Calibre on my laptop for years. I got a new Kindle Fire :( and could suddenly no longer use Calibre to put my books on my new Kindle. Until I found Calibre Companion, I was dead in the water on reading. This $2.99 app has been great. Just as easy to get my books onto my kindle fire as it was on my old kindle using a USB cable. I recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I keep my ebook library on a Mac desktop, constantly running Calibre (the freeware ebook catalog - a must-have app). The app allows me to reach out to the library and download books no matter where I am.
1. Download, install and run Calibre on a mac/pc/linux device on your home LAN where you keep all your ebooks. This is your Calibre server and will run 24/7.
2. Pay a yearly fee ($35 I think) to Dyndns.org to apply a domain name to your router's IP address (i.e."rickscafeamericain.dyndns.org")
3. Pick an unused port and set up a forwarding on your router for that port directly to your calibre server. Pick a good username and password and set them up inside Calibre.
4. Download this app to your smartphone or tablet and set it up so that wherever you are in the world, it will always connect to your calibre server via the port you set up (i.e. rickscafeamericain.dyndns.org:1234).
As long as your server is running at home, this app will reach out to your server and let you choose books to download from a menu (sorted by title, author, series, etc.) to read with a separate ereader (I use coolreader). When you're done reading the book, delete it and download another. Why waste your phone's memory carrying around your entire collection when you can download each book as you need it?
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 2nd gen kindle fire January 7, 2013
Will not workwith 2nd generation Kindle Fire. It took a long call with customer service to figure it out. I will find something else.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars doesn't connect as wireless device on BBQ10 !
Neither with default settings nor with fixed IP/port. Please fix this! Otherwise a great app
Published 9 days ago by alejandro
4.0 out of 5 stars Best app for reading ebooks of all formats.
Was looking for an Android equivalent to the highly successful desktop version. No other app can accomplish this feat for me so did not mind paying. Read more
Published 11 days ago by y2reply
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Too complicated
Published 22 days ago by Shanise C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Works great! Well designed and user friendly.
Published 1 month ago by Wonder Warthog
1.0 out of 5 stars Does absolutely nothing or just doesn't work with Kindle Fire ...
Does absolutely nothing or just doesn't work with Kindle Fire HD. Could not download even when plugged in to computer. Had to use Calibre for PC to manage everything. Worthless. Read more
Published 2 months ago by tmtrvlr
5.0 out of 5 stars Networked ebook library awesomeness
If you use Calibre, and if you read on devices, this app is a must! Only negative is that it does not seem to work on Kindle eReaders, which is where I do most of my reading. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sujit Vasudev
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Works as described
Published 2 months ago by julio meraz
5.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't be without it!
An essential app for any tablet or phone!
Published 2 months ago by Moondragon
5.0 out of 5 stars It's The Real Deal...
I've been using Calibre book management software on my pc for years. I'm more than happy to pay for this app. It's worth the price and then some. Read more
Published 3 months ago by WestEasterner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great app
Published 3 months ago by lisa k
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