If you’re using Sony’s ebook readers, Calibre is a must-have piece of software.
It replaces the rather basic Sony Library software that comes with the readers. It handles converting ebooks from multiple formats to Sony’s format, and handles transferring them to the device. Additionally, it can handle batch converting comics to a single file that the ebook reader can read.
The conversion options it offers are quite extensive, ranging from setting the margins and font size to the actual layout on the page. It also lets you preview it in the software so you can get a feel for what it’ll look like in the reader.
Calibre also handles doing batch conversions, so if you have a large amount of ebooks that you need converted with teh same options, it can cut a lot of time out of the process.
Perhaps the most interesting feature it offers is automatically downloading RSS feeds and converting them to work on reader. It’s reminiscent of AvantGo’s old news service for the really old Windows CE PDAs. If you’re going to be syncing your reader daily, it makes sense to use it. It’s a little tricky to set up, but there are a lot of sample feeds setup that you could use on their website.
Calibre is free, and can be downloaded at the website at the top of the article.