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App Directory · Downloads · Productivity Money · Jobs · Security · DIY Top stories How to Upgrade to iOS 7 Right Now How Can I Turn Off "Seen By" Messages in Facebook Chat? Adam Pash Ask Lifehacker 4/05/10 4:30pm 646,799 2 136 How Can I Convert PDFs and Other Ebooks to the ePub Format? Dear Lifehacker, I've got a lot of ebooks in PDF and other formats, but some e-readers like, oh, th is iPad I just bought only support specific formats with their default reader apps . What's the best way to convert those PDFs to ePub? Ads by Google Download Free Software Download Free PC Manager Software. Easy File Transfer. Download Now ! mobogenie.com/download-software Signed, Sheepishly Sporting an iPad Dear Sheepish, The fact is, ebooks are still going through a lot of growing pains, which often leaves ebook early adopters like you in the lurch. As the always excellent Matt Buchanan over at Gizmodo explained, the ebook industry is in a place much like t he music industry was in the late nineties: Everyone's looking for a standard fo rmat they can all agree on, DRM is getting in the way, and for the moment, at leas t it looks like ePub is as close to the MP3 of ebooks as it comes. Unfortunately, ePub is the only ebook format iTunes accepts (again, for now). On the plus side, ePub is a free and open standard, which is a very good thing though DRM can still muck up ePub, so it's not all roses and puppy dogs. Related Giz Explains: How You're Gonna Get Screwed By Ebook Formats "We use the epub format: It is the most popular open book format in the world." That's how Steve Jobs announced the iPad. And wow, Read iTunes 9.1 Takes ePub eBooks, But Not Much Else I just threw a few ebooks at the iTunes 9.1 update, which brings iBooks support (to get ready for the iPad). Things are not bad, but they're not Read The point is, even though in an ideal world ebook readers could handle virtually any format effortlessly and without any extra work on the users' part, there ar e worse things you could convert your ebooks to than ePub. So without further ad o, here's how you can convert nearly any (non-DRMed) ebook format into ePub on W indows, Mac OS X, or Linux. (Note: These steps focus on PDF-to-ePub conversion, but the same basic strategy can help you convert nearly any ebook from one forma t to another, provided it's not protected by DRM.) Download and install Calibre, the free and cross-platform ebook management t ool we've featured a couple times before. The screenshots below were taken on OS X, but Calibre works on Windows and Linux, as well.
How Can I Convert PDFs and Other Ebooks to the ePub Format?Expand The first time you start Calibre. select Default as your device type. and the output format should default to EPUB. you should see your newly converted ePub ebook. Convert! When everything looks how you like it (you can change the book cove r if you're not happy with how it looks here). but I found going with default wo rked fine for me. Open a pdf in Foxit PDF Reader. If you're an iTunes/iPad user and you want to get that ePub boo k on your device. (See s creenshot below. Select all the text. 1. How Can I Convert PDFs and Other Ebooks to the ePub Format? Move Your New ePub Book to Your Device: Once the conversion's complete. then click the Conv ert E-books button in the toolbar. righ t-click your newly-converted book and select Open containing folder to find your new ePub-formatted ebook. If it's not. click OK and let the conversion r oll. 5 additional replies awaiting review. Got a preferred method of your own for converting ebooks from one format to another.) You could get more specific. edit any m etadata if it's not already to your liking (right-click the book in Calibre and select Edit meta information -> Edit metadata individually). How Can I Convert PDFs and Other Ebooks to the ePub Format? It's clearly not a perfect method. and I wanted to keep this as device agnostic as possible. you'll see the Input format. You can stop here if all you wanted was to convert th e ebook to ePub. ($59) . How Can I Convert PDFs and Other Ebooks to the ePub Format?Expand (Click the image above for a closer look. plug it in. just choose E PUB from the drop-down. but huge thanks go to the developers behind C alibre for making it a relatively painless process especially at a time when ebook standards are still this unformed. you'll see th e Output format. 11 participants monsterbluesAdam Pash Here's how I do it. Next time you launch iBooks. ready to read. make sure you've got iBooks installed.S. and just drag the book from iTunes to your iPad in the iTunes sidebar under Devices. simply drag and drop the converted ePub book into iTunes. Discuss 66 discussions displayed because an author is participating or following a parti cipant. Enjoy! And that's it. Paste all the text in UltraEdit. Lifehacker P. Verify that you've got the correct Input/Output formats: On the far left of the Convert window. 3. The input format should default to the format the ebook is alre ady in. Hope that helps! Love and reading.) Drag and drop the ebook you want to convert to ePub into Calibre. (free) 2. If y ou're using an iPad. let's hear about it in the comments. On the far right.
exe] to convert to mobi format add book cover image. save all .. making it a pain to read anything with a complicated text structure. 4/05/10 6:16pm inhacks and 7 others.000 books in my library) then I used Stanza to convert them in ~20 file chunks then file. but I've got a Kindle. sometimes people forget to read the article before com menting.. Would sure be nice if they did though. 5. tables. 4/05/10 5:36pm aok1425monsterblues If the PDF is available online. 4/05/10 5:28pm TheNamemonsterblues @monsterblues: Hmm . I have ~3. Thanks.. Rosemary JayneAdam Pash If you're doing mass conversions (ahem. 4/05/10 4:42pm osiris73Jeff Kibuule @dagamer34: Yeah. Conversions can screw up formatting. otherwise.. calibre will work ok. Yeah... Just change step seven to somethin g else. 12 participants jlcdAdam Pash No Windows Love? It is still the most OS used around the world. Spell check. or you could probably do exactly the steps listed in Mr. but any of the good readers for Android use epub. Use macros I created to create a table of contents and html. the PDF still loads. They don't r ead pdf. Use [html2mobi.4. Graphics 4/05/10 9:54pm h4x0rmx and one other. 4 participants Jeff KibuuleAdam Pash If it's an actual "book" book with only text... 7. 6. Pash's tutorial simply changing the Output box from "EPUB" to "MOBI" in step 4. free. 4/05/10 6:11pm werekitJeff Kibuule Definitely go with GoodReader if your reading any PDF that has pictures. right? Good arti cle for those who can use it. Even w/o internet access. Windows and Linux.. that's not epub. you can just load it in Safari. But that'd be .. *scroll scroll* Mac pictures! What? Gotta say something about Windows! *scroll t o comments* 4/05/10 5:49pm Senethior459 and 8 others. g et a good PDF reader like GoodReader and ignore the ePub format.admittedl . then save that l ink on the home screen. Use the Reformat Paragraph function to remove the extra line breaks. 4/05/10 4:43pm monsterbluesjlcd @jlcd: Calibre is available for Mac. 4/05/10 5:14pm Xeratunmonsterblues 1 @monsterblues: It's okay.
but the app in question displays ePub books.or even more bizarre MS Turd . Yes. and all my new additions are PDF. but then you have to pick them off one by one. 4/06/10 3:23am dbowker3ddjert . pdf and probably s ome more formats I forgot. 4/05/10 7:10pm cisco_03coffinmouth @coffinmouth: trim and neat solves that problem 4/05/10 7:38pm 7 participants djertAdam Pash "it looks like ePub is as close to the MP3 of ebooks as it comes" I have to disagree with this one. ps. 4/05/10 5:50pm 2 participants coffinmouthAdam Pash Sure it's easy to get ePubs onto an iPad. I've done it though. tr3. 4/05/10 6:16pm d99maOranges w/Cheese @Oranges w/ Cheese has 2 cats! ahahaha. rtf. lit. I have prc. Apple released one program and some devices locked into epubs. really). I've got gigs of PDF artic les. Also it's worth noting that Calibre has an option to let you access all of your books via Stanza for iPhone//iPod Touch/presumably iPad . Having to convert them would be a dealbre aker. And yes.so you can download t hem wirelessly. pdb. especially when I figured out how to use it with Automator.: The iPad (like the iPhone) has no probl em displaying PDF files. doc. txt. 4/06/10 5:29am Steven Thompson rinneAdam Pash If you're crazy like I am. you can create an ebook by doing all the HTML hand so that you have all the great chapter/and other formatting that Calibre doesn't d o well for pdfs. and it takes forever for a book with say 50 chapters. chm.docs? But thank you for the condescending tone. Never seen one epub. I'm reading ebooks for more than 15 years (yes .: Or academia. I have a hint: what about some feedback? Maybe if you buy on features not on hype next time the manufacturers will deliver features not hype. man y people bought the iPad just because it has the Apple logo on it without thinki ng if it really does what they want it to do (in this case read the ebooks they have). Never heard about one worth down loading or buying. Good plan o r what? 4/06/10 1:14am rockhopperdjert @djert: you use postscript as a an eBook format? .y I'm now using Calibre to sort all the MetaData but the conversion was so much faster using Stanza. 4/06/10 7:53am 3 participants Oranges w/CheeseAdam Pash Wait WHAT? It doesn't suppport PDF either? And they realistically expect this to catch on with BUSINESS CUSTOMERS? Give me a break! 4/05/10 5:42pm dagwudOranges w/Cheese @Oranges w/ Cheese has 2 cats! ahahaha.
.. 4/06/10 6:13am vlatro and 3 others. Kinda like how PDF has become the equivalent for downloading of non-editable doc uments. " Really? So the mo re 1 million titles that Barnes and Noble has in ePub. 4/06/10 6:18am wygit and one other. at least not comparable to the huge amounts of illegal music in mp3 (which everybody was using much before iTunes even exis ted) 4/06/10 1:44pm KingArkon . . WAVE. WMA.t. 4/06/10 9:20am Dirk AngerKingArkon @KingArkon: First: I meant '00s (that's pretty obvious) and then. 4/05/10 11:47pm bellilreddevil3 @reddevil3: "Comic Rack" has some nice scripts built in which will do mass conve rsions. 4 participants reddevil3Adam Pash Will this work with ..c. WAV. DRM is and for the moment. there's not mu ch of an industry outside of iTunes.M4R e. AIF. plus a lot of user scripts in the forums. ePub is meant for reflowable text.. AAC.cbr files are just JPEG files contained in a renamed RAR file.cbr files too? Mike-RaWarereddevil3 4/05/10 10:30pm @reddevil3: No. . Wheather we should use MP3.M4A. the MP3 of ebooks as is in a place much like the music industry was in the late looking for a standard format they can all agree on. at least it looks like ePub is as close to it comes" What? I thought by the late 90s (and the late 10s) the industry had agreed that the standard format was the same they agreed by the late 80s (the CD).@djert: " Never heard about one worth downloading or buying. 3 participants Dirk AngerAdam Pash " the ebook industry nineties: Everyone's getting in the way. . plus the vast number of f ree titles out there are just not enough for you? I think it would have been mor e honest to say you never saw one you wanted because you had never bothered to a ctually look for any. And by then the users agreed that the standard format was "whatever you don't ha ve to get up from your chair to look for" 4/06/10 8:28am KingArkonDirk Anger @Dirk Anger: I think what is meant is not the physical CD but it's digital equiv alent.
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