MacMost Now 395: Converting Books to EPUB Format

If you use iBooks on your iPad or iPhone, you can only read books in EPUB format. If you have books in text or PDF format you may want to convert them to EPUB so you can read them in iBooks. You can do this with Calibre, a free open-source e-book library application.

Comments: 10 Responses to “MacMost Now 395: Converting Books to EPUB Format”

    Joshua Needham
    14 years ago

    I found the setting to be a bit daunting. I have used it for a couple of technical books but wasn't to happy with the result. I'm thinking some refinement in the setup of setting would help but really couldn't find any info on it anywhere.

    14 years ago

    Why not just use Goodreader? Formatting is unchanged, and it is simple to get your PDF books on your iPad.

      14 years ago

      I say that at the end of the video -- use Goodreader for better PDF viewing. But some PDFs are nothing more than text wrapped inside a PDF. For those, it might be nice to convert to EPUB so you can resize and reflow the text in an e-book reader like iBooks. It can make for a nicer reading experience.

    14 years ago

    Calibre as in the calibre of a gun or the standard reached by something. I believe in American English it is spelled caliber - none the less same pronunciation - cal-i-ber

      14 years ago

      The name comes from "libre" as in library. That's why I pronounced it as such. I see now that the developer wants it pronounced "caliber" anyway. I onder why? Anyway, as long as the URL shown works, the pronounciation error won't matter too much.

    14 years ago

    Gary, how can I get a copy of your book on pdf? I have the paper copy.

    14 years ago

    Very cool and helpful!
    Thank you Gary.

    14 years ago

    Hi Gary,
    Great tutorial on using epub converter. I've been looking for ways to read technical papers and reference books on my iPhone.
    I have drag the epub version of a book into iTunes and I can see it in the library. How do I transfer it, into my iPhone-Stanza apps then? I downloaded Stanza desktop, enable sharing and go to the iPhone Stanza apps and GetBooks-> Shared-> use my Mac iP address with port 8080.
    It says it can not found it.
    Is there another way to do this or am I missing something?

      14 years ago

      For an app like Stanza on the iPhone, just follow their instructions. If it isn't working, then connect their support. I'm not a Stanza user, so I can't be of any help.
      For iBooks, you would just add the book to your iTunes collection and then sync your iPhone. Make sure you have iBooks on your iPhone and make sure that you set books to sync.

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