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Your eBook library, synced across all of your computers, regardless of what operating system you use. That’s what you get when you mix Calibre, the ultimate in ebook management Calibre - Mighty eBook Management Software Calibre - Mighty eBook Management Software Read More with Dropbox, the ultimate file syncing application DOWNLOAD The First Unofficial Guide To Dropbox DOWNLOAD The First Unofficial Guide To Dropbox Read More . Since Calibre and Dropbox both work on Linux, Mac and Windows you can read your books anywhere. All of your books will be synced across all of your devices, including your bookmarks (if you use Calibre’s built-in reader app).

Electronic books are great, particularly if you know where to find free eBooks The Best 6 Sites to Get Free Ebooks The Best 6 Sites to Get Free Ebooks Read More . But if you own multiple computers that you like to read on, running multiple operating systems, reading electronically can be a touch annoying.

Combining Dropbox and Calibre automatically puts all of your ebooks on all of your computers. Sit down at any machine and find all of your books. Books don’t take up as much room as movies or music, so your Dropbox won’t fill up too quickly. Heck, you can even open your books on your iPhone or iPad if you want.

Step 1: Get Dropbox

The first thing you need to do is set up Dropbox, assuming you haven’t already. Don’t worry; it’s painless. Just head over to Dropbox and sign up for an account. Once you do you’ll be given a program to download. Set this up on your computer and you’re pretty much good to go.

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Dropbox can do a lot of things, and you can learn all about it in the unofficial Dropbox guide DOWNLOAD The First Unofficial Guide To Dropbox DOWNLOAD The First Unofficial Guide To Dropbox Read More . For now, all you need to know is that files in your Dropbox are synced to all of your computers.

Step 2: Move Your Library

Do you already use Calibre? If not, go ahead and download Calibre. During the installation process you’ll see a window like this:

Be sure to set the library to be a folder in your Dropbox, named however you like. If you already use Calibre you’re going to need to move your library. The simplest way to do this is run the welcome wizard, which you’ll find under preferences:

This will give you the option to re-define where your library is; point it toward a folder in your Dropbox. You may need to move your books to the new location after doing this, but it’s worth it!

Step 3: Repeat As Necessary

Done? Fantastic! Now repeat the process on every computer you own. Once you install Dropbox on a second computer you’ll find that your library is automatically synced to it. Simply tell Calibre where it can find your library. As Calibre stores the database and your books in the same folder, your library will automatically sync across all of your computers.

Optional: iPad/iPhone Support

Is syncing across your computers not enough for you? Well, you can access your Dropbox’d ebooks on your iPhone or iPad as well. Just follow the directions over at teleread to find out how. This won’t give you the ability to sync your bookmarks, but it’s a cool way to get access to your ebook collection on the go.

Conclusion

We’ve certainly talked about unique and cool ways to use Dropbox 4 Unique and Cool Ways To Use Dropbox 4 Unique and Cool Ways To Use Dropbox Read More before, but find myself thinking of new ones all the time.

Could you use this to sync your library, or is your personal library too massive? Do you have any other cool Dropbox ideas? As always, feel free to share in the comments below!

  1. esteban
    April 29, 2015 at 12:12 am

    I am using this method with google drive.
    I lost the covers, maybe
    In PC X, the folder is: C:UsersreneGoogle DriveBiblioteca
    In PC Y, the folder is: C:UsersasinfGoogle DriveBiblioteca

    Thats because I have a different user name

  2. Philharmania
    February 21, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I use SpiderOak for my Calibre library. It's actually a very competent alternative to Dropbox. SpiderOak is cross-platform(I use it on Windows and Ubuntu) and can really backup/sync any folders anywhere. It may not sync at once when something is changed, but it has a button to scan the directories and update changes any time you want.
    I intend to use Dropbox for frequently-modified files because of it's instant sync speed and LAN sync. For ebooks, the data is more or less static once you upload to the server so SpiderOak works perfectly.

    • jhpot
      February 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm

      Not a bad tip; SpiderOak is one I'm going to have to check out someday.

  3. Philharmania
    February 21, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I use SpiderOak for my Calibre library. It's actually a very competent alternative to Dropbox. SpiderOak is cross-platform(I use it on Windows and Ubuntu) and can really backup/sync any folders anywhere. It may not sync at once when something is changed, but it has a button to scan the directories and update changes any time you want.
    I intend to use Dropbox for frequently-modified files because of it's instant sync speed and LAN sync. For ebooks, the data is more or less static once you upload to the server so SpiderOak works perfectly.

  4. Kaushik
    February 3, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Here is a template for you to use:

    Combine Dropbox & X For Universal Access To All Your Y

    Step 1: Install Dropbox
    Step 2: Install X
    Step 3: Move library/folder Y of X to Dropbox folder
    Step 4: Access Y from everywhere

  5. Kaushik
    February 3, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Here is a template for you to use:

    Combine Dropbox & X For Universal Access To All Your Y

    Step 1: Install Dropbox
    Step 2: Install X
    Step 3: Move library/folder Y of X to Dropbox folder
    Step 4: Access Y from everywhere

  6. Djangelic
    February 2, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    I would do this, but I have a 10 gigabyte Calibre Library, and I am still using free Dropbox, so that isnt going to work :( But i do use the content server option to get universal access to my books :)

    • jhpot
      February 3, 2011 at 2:27 am

      You, sir, have a much bigger library than me. Good job.

  7. Jason Clark
    February 2, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Use caution doing this. Dropbox is a caps sensitive backend in a non caps sensitive world, so occasionally when adding a book dropbox will munge the folder name and you will lose the book in your library browser. Example
    Say you have a book by Neil Stephenson and one by neil stephenson. When you add this into your library, dropbox will get a little pissy and make one of those directories read neil stephenson(Case Conflict). The data is still there, but since the directory name changed, calibre can't find it anymore. Just be cautious in how you enter your authors and you wont have a problem. I've been doing this for a year myself and once I figured out where all of my books were going and why, I haven't had a problem since.

    • jhpot
      February 3, 2011 at 2:27 am

      I appreciate the warning, Jason. Thanks.

    • Todd
      March 23, 2011 at 12:36 am

      Thanks for that - I didn't realize it was a Dropbox thing; I thought maybe it was a mismatch in Calibre versions across multiple platforms.

      If you correct casing, change it to an intermediate value first that varies by something /other/ than case - change "john smith" to "John SmithX", and then change "John SmithX" to "John Smith" and you should be ok.

  8. Jason Clark
    February 2, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Use caution doing this. Dropbox is a caps sensitive backend in a non caps sensitive world, so occasionally when adding a book dropbox will munge the folder name and you will lose the book in your library browser. Example
    Say you have a book by Neil Stephenson and one by neil stephenson. When you add this into your library, dropbox will get a little pissy and make one of those directories read neil stephenson(Case Conflict). The data is still there, but since the directory name changed, calibre can't find it anymore. Just be cautious in how you enter your authors and you wont have a problem. I've been doing this for a year myself and once I figured out where all of my books were going and why, I haven't had a problem since.

  9. EM
    February 2, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    I'd done this already, and I can really recommend it. Until I get an ebook reader, my netbook has to function as one when I'm traveling, and this is the best way of using it for reading without extra work.

  10. Wilson Davalos
    February 2, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    I've been using this method for sometime, on my Android. I actually like using the Adobe PDF App to read my ebooks. I hope that more people will take advantage of this.

    • Frivas
      February 6, 2011 at 9:58 pm

      This is my method too, from the begining...

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