When comparing Calibre vs Amazon Kindle, the Slant community recommends Calibre for most people. In the question“What are the best desktop readers?” Calibre is ranked 1st while Amazon Kindle is ranked 7th.
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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.
Pro Ease of use
Clean, simple user interface.
Synchronization between devices. Easily pick up on where you left off reading on your Kindle, smartphone, or tablet.
Available for free on Windows and Mac, and also a very good web app.
Pro Send to Kindle
The Kindle platform allows users to upload their own eBooks and documents to be read on any of the Kindle apps or devices.
Pro Built in store
The Kindle app for Android features an in built eBook store within the app that sells eBooks, magazines, newspapers, comic books and graphic novels. Amazon also offers one of it not the biggest eBook store available today.
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.
Con Can't save text highlights or annotate
Con No support for EPUB files
Con Not good for students research
The eBooks available from Amazon do not offer normal page numbers, printing or even copy paste, which makes using any of the ebooks for reports or papers pretty much impossible.