You can teach a student a lesson for a day;
but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity,
he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.

[Clay P. Bedford]

Calibre I’ve been studying about eBooks—production, distribution, promotion, etc. In this image of my computer dock is a row of software I’ve been using: left to right is Adobe Dreamweaver, TextEdit, Calibre, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Adobe Digital Additions, Barnes & Noble Reader, and Amazon Kindle Reader. The first two help me in formatting and the last four are eBook readers but Calibre is the boss.

Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books.

I’ve been successful in using it to save a piece of writing in three of the main formats used by eBook readers. Now I just need to polish my skills to get consistent and predictable results. When I get further along, I’ll share my discoveries on my blog.

A word about eBooks—I too love a paper and ink book to hold and read. On the other hand, I find that some books that I enjoy reading are handier to read in my iPod touch, and don’t clutter my bookshelves after I’ve finished with them.

A word about free software—if you like and use the software, do donate to its development so the programmers can afford to keep improving it.