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  • Kindle Voyage wifi with special offers $149.99
  • Borderless tables in kindle?
  • highlight feature
  • Glo Kobo help please
  • Problem with
  • Stretch the cover to fit the screen?
  • calibre-server no longer installs on Raspberry Pi
  • Replacing characters in title & author
  • How Do I Move Genre and Tag Lists Between Libraries?
  • Saving a modified epub in Sigil correctly
  • Display on UHD (4k) monitors
  • Install/upgrade calibre error (Ubuntu 12.0.5)
  • Agents - Negotiating Infanticide
  • Giving a Kindle as a present
  • Error in book listing

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    Kindle Voyage wifi with special offers $149.99

    The Kindle Voyage with special offers and wifi only is available on Amazon for $149.99. Is this old news?

    Borderless tables in kindle?

    Is it possible to have borderless tables in your kindle mobi files?

    In my word document my tables show up as borderless, however when I try to preview it using the kindle previewer, there are now grey borders around my tables which is very frustrating. If I change it to have borders then its black borders. Is there a way to format it in word so that there are no borders when I upload my document to be converted to the kindle mobi format?

    highlight feature

    is there a highlight feature in calibre?

    if not, will there be?

    Glo Kobo help please

    Hi all

    I have an original Kobo Glo which still reads fine but the USB port (although still charges) doesn't connect to my laptop. Because of this I have had to mess around with the device a number of times in the last year or so to get my books sideloaded from calibre. Sometimes I use the extra SD card but this can be tempremental and other times I use the Calibre Content Server feature but this is a lot more long winded than it should be (see below)...
    1. Is it possible to get a shortcut to the web browser on my home page (like I used to have a number of updates ago)? and
    2. How do I set a homepage on the web browser (so I can set it to my calibre content server ip address also like I used to have)? When I set this originally, the option to set homepage I think was quite obvious but this just seems to have disappeared off the screen now.

    I don't use the browser for any other purpose as it really is just too slow and draggy.

    Any ideas are welcome.


    Problem with

    Hello !

    Since last week, the recipe "" (not The Atlantic) does not seem to work anymore : I only get photos and no article on the built-in reader of Calibre. On my Kindle Oasis, the articles appear, but as subtitles or summaries, under the headlines, and are therefore unreadable.

    Am I the only one having this problem ? :help:


    Stretch the cover to fit the screen?

    Hey guys,

    I suspect I'm doing something wrong/missing some setting. But the screensaver on my Aura tends to display the covers with bars on the sides (Pillarboxing). I'm sure it has something to do with the original image resolution, but is there a way to stretch the image to fill the screen?

    I sideload all my ePubs as kepubs using Calibre and one of the Kobo Extended plug-ins.

    calibre-server no longer installs on Raspberry Pi

    Up to and including Calibre 3.23, all versions Calibre 3.x were installable on Raspberry Pi (on top of Raspbian OS's own Calibre 2.75.1) using the .deb installers here:

    But this suddenly changed 11+ days ago with 3.24.2, and 3.25 unfortunately also fails since then :(

    This is what used to work, since 2017:
    echo "deb testing main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/rpi-testing.list
    apt update
    apt -y install calibre calibre-bin

    The error is:
    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    calibre : Depends: python-pyqt5 (>= 5.10.1+dfsg-2) but 5.10.1+dfsg-1+rpi1 is to be installed
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
    Hit:1 xenial InRelease
    Hit:2 stretch InRelease
    Hit:3 stretch InRelease

    What else should we try?!

    PS does anyone know who is packaging for Raspbian, within, such that we might hopefully contact them too?

    CLARIF: this is part of Internet-in-a-Box (, formerly known as by One Laptop Per Child) that is used broadly by schools in the developing world. Teachers on many continents are Very Eager for a solution (:

    Replacing characters in title & author

    Hello there! I'm hoping some of the smart people here can help me. I'm using Calibre portable version, and I just imported a bunch of books that I want to rename & reorganize. However, the import used characters that I don't want in my filenames, for example using a colon in the title. Is there a way to tell calibre to, for example, replace colons with dashes? or semicolons with ampersands for the authors?

    Thanks so much!

    How Do I Move Genre and Tag Lists Between Libraries?


    I have a couple of questions that have just come up.

    I just created a new library in explorer - actually, just a folder creation. While in my main library in calibre, I clicked on "Switch/create Library..."; then checked "Create an empty library at the new location"; then checked "Copy structure from the present library"; and finally selected the new folder I created earlier followed by "OK".

    It created the new library just fine so I added a few books and set about fixing the meta data for each. But, when I went to select a genre from the first library, they were blank!

    Does that mean I will have to type them in again or is there a simple way to transfer them from the first library?

    There is a second question along those lines: Is there a way to edit those lists and delete unneeded and/or erroneous entries?

    Thanks in advance.


    Saving a modified epub in Sigil correctly

    Using Sigil 0.9.9 on my Windows box, I have edited some text in an epub. I have put span tags around some words and put CSS into its css file for grey background.

    Sigil shows those words with grey background.

    Now, when I save this file with Sigil and open it using Firefox's EPUB Reader, that part is not shown with grey background.

    Did I miss anything to achieve the effect of saving my modifications?

    Display on UHD (4k) monitors

    It is not a great thing, but as the constellation I use may not be used very often I thought it makes sense to report it.

    I have two monitors: a 23"/HD and a 27"/UHD where the second one extends the first one.. In the Windows 10 settings the first one is configured to use 100% scaling for text, apps and other elements while the second one is set to 150%.

    When I move windows from the primary to the secondary screen the window is enlarged to 150% and shrinked to 100% when moved back. This is true for all applications I used so far - except Sigil.

    In Sigil the font changes for the menues, buttons and headers, but the corresponding fields do not resize (clipping the strings) and the icons in the toolbars also remain the same. Also some lines in the Book Browser get bigger while most of them remain small. The attached screen capture shows the problem.

    I guess this problem also occures on single schreen systems when the scaling is set to a value other than 100%


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    Install/upgrade calibre error (Ubuntu 12.0.5)

    I tried to upgrade my Calibre (0.8.38) because I want to install the Kobo plugins.
    But I don't understand the error messages I get in the terminal window. I use the commandline from the downloadsite.
    Is there an easy solution for this ?

    thank you,

    peter@Laptop:~$ sudo -v && wget -nv -O- | sudo sh /dev/stdin
    [sudo] password for peter:
    Using python executable: /usr/bin/python3
    2018-06-18 12:41:10 URL: [30829/30829] -> "-" [1]
    Installing to /opt/calibre
    Downloading tarball signature securely...
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File "<string>", line 1, in <module>
    File "<string>", line 775, in script_launch
    File "<string>", line 732, in main
    File "<string>", line 678, in run_installer
    File "<string>", line 648, in download_and_extract
    File "<string>", line 640, in get_tarball_info
    File "<string>", line 597, in get_https_resource_securely
    File "<string>", line 505, in __init__
    File "/usr/lib/python3.2/http/", line 1133, in __init__
    context.load_cert_chain(cert_file, key_file)
    ssl.SSLError: [Errno 336265225] _ssl.c:1701: error:140B0009:SSL routines:SSL_CTX_use_PrivateKey_file:PEM lib

    Agents - Negotiating Infanticide

    Dear All,

    I haven't yet found an agent who'll accept my draft novel. But I have found one who's interested, and negotiations have started.

    I think we've all heard the expression 'kill your babies'. It's applied to the forms of radical revision you're sometimes required to do on instructions of agents. The infanticide has started.

    I won't attempt to give you a detailed summary of the situation, but the main issue is that the agent objects to one voice in my novel. This voice is bitter, cynical and funny. It's also arcane, verbose, and (according to the agent) sermonizing. I suspect that the agent is going to require annihilation of this voice.

    Any advice on how to react? And on how to deal with agents in general?

    I feel surprisingly tense about this. My first (unspoken) reaction was this voice is essential, and cannot be removed. I'm now moving to a second position: how could this voice be adapted in order to become what the agent would regard as acceptable?

    For the record, I've been trying to find an agent for six months, and this is the 19th agent I've approached.

    Any advice would be welcome!

    much thanks,


    Giving a Kindle as a present

    I want to give an old but not very technically competent friend a book-reader as a present for his 70th birthday. I use a Kindle Voyage myself and that's what I would go for: it's pretty simple to use.

    I'd like to pre-load it with a few books - public domain works from MobileRead probably.

    However, I think I remember that many of the Kindle functions are disabled until the reader is registered with Amazon, and it's a bit of a problem registering it with his Amazon account if the present is to be a surprise (and I don't know if he has one anyway).

    Is there a way round this? Suggestions would really be appreciated.

    Error in book listing

    Connection to a content-server (Calibre on Raspberry)

    Sort for Author

    Letter "S" - - - > 229 authors

    Author "Unknown" - - - > 113 titols

    ERROR the application has stopped

    With other authors with less books no errors

    Yesterday I sent the log of the error.
    Please le me know what's wrong.
    I can give You other info if necessary
    Thank You
    Stefano - Italy


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