Calibre is a very versatile eBook manager that is packed full of features. IT has the ability to convert eBooks to a desired format, syncing, news downloading (which is then converted to a format viewable on your device), an internal eBook reader and an eBook server that allows you to access your eBook library wirelessly on the go. Calibre can be downloaded HERE.
If you are experiencing issues connecting your Android device to caliber, there are several simple steps that need to be taken after connecting the USB cable to your Android device and computer:
First and foremost, ensure that USB debugging mode is not enabled. This can be done by sliding the notification bar at the top of the screen down after connecting the Android device to your computer via USB cable. If you see a USB debugging notification, click on it to disable them now and in the future. USB debugging mode is a mode typically only needed by coders developing apps and such for the Android operating system.
Now, USB mass storage needs to be enabled. This is done by once again sliding the notification bar down from the top of the screen on your Android device. Click on “USB Connected” and select “USB drive” when prompted. This will allow your computer to access the Android device’s memory via USB.
If you are still having problems, ensure that you have some form of accessible internal memory on your device, or that you have an SD card inserted into the device. If you don’t have any storage space on the Android device, there will be no way utilize the USB mass storage mode.
Once you have the device recognized by Calibre, there will be a new column in your eBook library, indicating which books are stored on the device. To send an eBook to your Android device, simply right-click on the desired title, select “Send to Device,” then select “Send to Main Memory.
There are a number of excellent eBook reader apps for Android device, but my preferred app is called Aldiko. It is available for free in the Android Market. While there is a “for pay” version, it has the same features as the free version. Try out the free version, and if you like it, buy the full version, as it will help support further development of Aldiko. Find out more about Aldiko by clicking HERE.
Remember that when you are done transferring eBook, or any other data for that matter, via USB, you will need to disable the USB connection. This is done by sliding the notification bar down from the top of the screen on your Android device and clicking “Turn off USB drive.” When prompted, select “Turn Off.”
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