Managing your E-Book Collection
If you're like many people, you have quite a collection of e-book's to read on your Barnes & Noble nook. Probably not all of these files were purchased from Barnes & Noble directly, so you're left with the task of managing those files as well. Books purchased from other places may work perfectly with your nook, but since Barnes & Noble doesn't manage them, you risk losing a book you purchased if you aren't careful.
Maybe like me, you like being able to read major news websites on your nook without having to wait for the slow Internet connection and web browser. It's also possible to get a daily download of major news websites sent to your nook using Calibre
Calibre is "the one stop solution to all your e-book needs". Essentially Calibre is a desktop application that you install on your desktop PC and use to manage your e-book collection. Calibre is essential for any serious e-book user. With it you can convert any e-book that does not include DRM (digital rights management,) store and backup your books, manage sending those books to your nook e-book reader and even automatically download hundreds of websites like cnn.com, Engadget.com or even more localized news sites like The Miami Herald.
Calibre does more than manage files for the nook, though. It can automatically download documents to your iPod, iPhone, Blackberry, Sony reader, Amazon Kindle and more. It's the one-stop e-book management shop. It can even run a "content server" to allow many of your devices to access your library directly over the Internet. If you have a rooted Barnes & Noble nook, you can use this feature through their application, Trook, directly from your nook. I use this feature when I'm on the road and have finished whatever I'm currently reading. I can connect to the Internet on my nook and search through various tags, categories, series or authors to find the next thing in my library that I want to read.
Calibre is also good for backing up books you've purchased through Barnes & Noble, in the unlikely event that they were to stop hosting your documents or have some sort of glitch and lose a book you purchased.
Calibre is definitely a must-have for any serious e-book reader.