Calibre 1.26, an eBook reader and management software developed for multiple platforms, including Linux, is now available for download and features more improvements for the book editor.
Calibre used to be just an eBook reader that was also capable of transforming eBooks from one format to another, but the application received a massive amount of improvements in the past year. One of the most important new features is the ability to edit individual books and the latest version of Calibre, 1.26, features an improvement that will make a lot of users happy.
According to the developer, users can now import HTML or DOCX files as new books, without having to do a full conversion, which was quite a hassle until now. This particular function can be found if you open File->Import HTML or DOCX. The document will be imported as an EPUB file, with very few modifications.
Another piece of good news is that the Linux binary installer has received quite a few improvements, after a long hiatus in this area.
“It now creates an un-installer (calibre-uninstall) that will remove all files created by the installer. It also no longer asks for the installation directory. If you wish to change that, you need to specify it in the installation command itself,” said the developer in the official changelog.
The developer also explained that the binary installer is now downloaded from github, via HTTPS, and if the user makes an isolated installation, it no longer requires root privileges.
Other changes include the implementation of an option to merge the downloaded comments into existing comments, instead of overwriting (Preferences->Metadata download), an option to automatically beautify individual files whenever they are opened for editing (it can be disabled if you don't like it), and the ability to display custom column metadata.
A number of smaller bugfixes have also been added. For example, abbreviations like '60s and measurements in feet and inches like 1' 2" are now handled correctly, a fix for the conversion of CSS has been implemented, and the Book details popup dialogue is now displaying the recently downloaded metadata.
If you decided to compile your own version of Calibre, be warned. It has a lot of dependencies and it can be quite tricky. Fortunately, the developer also provides a complete list of dependencies, if you feel brave enough.