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Stanza, Calibre, the iTouch and the Mac

I had a reader email me because she couldn’t get Stanza Desktop to work with her iTouch nor could she get Calibre to work with Stanza. After much trial and error on her part, she got both to work. She gave me permission to share these results so that if anyone else was having problems, they might be able to reference her solution. Thanks Helen!

First, go to System Preferences -> Sharing and click on Personal Web Sharing to see the host name of your computer. You’ll need this when adding a catalog to Stanza

Stanza + Calibre

Stanza can access Calibre contents over the internet. You must set up Calibre to be a content server. This is done by accessing the “configure” option on Calibre (located by the little wrench on the upper right hand side).

On The Computer (these are for a Mac but the idea is the same for all ‘puters)

  • In System Preference > Sharing > Firewall (should be on with everything selected in Advanced)
  • Click “New”
  • Set Port Name at “Other”
  • Set TCP Port Number at 8080
  • Enter Description “Stanza”

The iPhone

  • In the Library, Click on “Shared Books”
  • Tap Books in calibre (on NAME OF YOUR COMPUTER)
  • Enter User name and password
  • Tap “Submit”

Stanza + Stanza Desktop

  • Go to system preferences > sharing > firewall >
  • Click   button ‘new’.  
  • Set the port name to ‘other’.  
  • Enter TCP port number 9562 and name Stanza (leave the UDP port number field blank).

Then OK it and Stanza should appear on the list (pointing to that entry will confirm the port number). If you need to, you can turn the Stanza port on your computer on or off using the Services tab.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Jane O
    Mar 30, 2009 @ 19:11:32

    I think this is one of the reasons people don’t buy ebooks or ereaders.

    I can see the ebook as the wave of the future, but this situation is prime example of why I (and probably a lot of other people) don’t invest in an ereader.

    Before I do, the initial cost will have to come down (waaaay down), the cost of ebooks will have to be consistently lower than the cost of paper books, and it will have to be possible to read any ebook on any ereader WITHOUT having to go through contortions to make it work.

    Either the manufacturers have to get together and decide on a single format or something is going to go the way of the betamax.

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  3. John
    Nov 20, 2009 @ 06:43:09

    Thanks it worked like a dream even on Windows 7!

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