Converting existing books to iPad format?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by philstubbington, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. philstubbington macrumors member

    Apr 19, 2010
    Henley On Thames, Oxfordshire, England
    Does anyone know of any suitable Mac OS X software to scan existing books to a format readable by the iPad?

    Any recommendations (assuming there's more than one option, of course) gratefully received!

  2. za9ra22 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2003
    Calbre at and Stanza at are both capable of converting multiple file formats to the ePub file standard the iPad uses. Stanza is perhaps better for files such as text and rtf, while Calibre is reasonably good at lit, lrf etc.
  3. WERA Cannoli macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2010
    I couldn't get Calibre to encode my PDF's correctly to epub format. It would always mess up the TOC and create hundreds of entries all labeled Index 1. I gave up and went with GoodReader to view them as PDF's. Couldn't be happier.
  4. orchid888 macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2010
    iPad book via Photos

    My book is heavily photographic, and written in Quark, I'm getting a sample epub of it done by a company in Guildford (UK) but in my desperation to see it on the iPad I came upon a way that for this book could hardly be improved upon. I exported each page as an eps file, then saved each eps file within Photoshop in sequence (so chronology of creation = page numbering) and then put them all in one folder and put that into the folder on my Mac I have designated for all my photos for the iPad. Terrific result, and the 132 pages take up just 130 megs, and you have the advantage that double-tapping on the screen gives a zoom on any photos embedded in each page. I cannot see how the epub format could equal this, and for sure there will be greater loss of photo quality. Apple need to create a new category for sale on iTunes, of DIY photo albums. The folk like me could choose to share our photos or books of photos in that manner, very easily. This approach will of course only suit those who have books which are like mine heavy with photos.
  5. jodorowsky00 macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2010

    I know something better than that.
    Get all the pages you have already numbered and zip them, then use cloud readers. It will read all your pages and make a timeline so next time your reading it will he'll you the page your at and it will index it. It will be like a book.

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