When comparing Adobe Digital Editions vs Calibre, the Slant community recommends Calibre for most people. In the question“What are the best desktop readers?” Calibre is ranked 1st while Adobe Digital Editions is ranked 4th.
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Pro Well-designed library management
All books are automatically divided in categories such as "not read", "borrowed", "purchased", "recently read", and "recently added" and additional categories can be added manually. They can be sorted by various criteria including "title", "author", "publisher", "date of addition", and "number of pages". Great for managing large quantities of books.
Pro Can be used with a variety of screen readers
ADE supports JAWS, Window-eyes, NVDA and Voiceover.
Pro Built-in annotation tools
You can highlight and leave notes in the app.
Pro Open Source
Calibre is available for Linux, OS X, and Windows, 32-bit or 64-bit.
Calibre has an optional portable build that can be stored on external media along with the users library. It can then be opened from the external media on any windows device.
Pro Powerful book management software, very customizable and scriptable
Features include metadata editing and downloading, coverpage downloading., book tagging and categorization, webpage-to-ebook converter for popular websites, etc. Lots of plugins available to extend functionality.
Con No support for Linux
Doesn't have a Linux version.
Con Can't edit metadata
Lacks a built-in metadata editor.
Con Average, non-power users might find the interface somewhat daunting
The interface, while functional is not the most attractive or intuitive which may put some people off and discourage their use.