PDF to epub for ibooks

Discussion in 'iPad' started by moocat, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. moocat macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2010
    Norman, OK

    I have been trying to convert some PDFs to epub format. Unfortunately the output from calibre is indigestible. Does anyone have a good solution for converting PDFs to epub while preserving images and formatting? Thanks for your help. :)

    Note: I already have good reader and find it far less polished than iBooks.
  2. jodorowsky00 macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2010
    What do you want the PDF to do?
    Because if you think that spending time converting is convenient then you have too much time.
  3. moocat thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2010
    Norman, OK
    Preserve formatting when converted to epub. I have a huge collection of Pdfs that are valuable to me and I would take the time to convert. I really don't see how it would be all that time consuming anyway. I'm sure batch converting would be a possibility. I just don't know my way around ebook software. There is no need to be a jerk.
  4. kevhui macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2008
    I heard GoodReader is good to veiw PDF files but not sure if it suits you.
  5. jodorowsky00 macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2010
    No it does not take 30 seconds, caliber hates images in PDFs an usually can't convert them , also is your PDF is not a nicely written or is a scan of a book it usually can't convert it well and when imported to iBooks it lags and feels bugy. if you like your PDFs get for 99c or comic reader mobi for 13 bucks.
  6. jodorowsky00 macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2010
    Every one with a iPad should have goodreader it's much more than a PDF reader.
  7. elmo151 Guest

    Jul 3, 2007
    I have the same question. No answers here yet. I did discover an app called papers which does a superb job of moving pdf's to the iPad. There is a corresponding mac application and synch works flawlessly.
  8. calvin2006 macrumors regular

    May 15, 2006
    Phoenix, AZ
    Have you tried http://epub2go.com/Web/Default.aspx? I am waiting on a 3G iPad, but I was wondering how good this site is at keeping fonts/format of a document it converts. If anyone tries it out, let me know what you think.
  9. bluehaze013 macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2007
    Umm I've just converted like 10 pdfs into books and they look just as if I downloaded them from the ibook store no lag and no feeling buggy and yes they took approx 30 seconds each on my pc. I am not sure what you are doing wrong but I can assure you it works just fine for me.
  10. freddystewert macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2011
    Calibre is good for free software. but it does tend to have some formatting issues and I have never been able to create a working TOC and Index links. if u are looking to get a more professional looking and feeling pdf to .epub conversion(like if u wanted it to be sell your book online) u should check out this site! pdf to epub converter
  11. Dhelsdon macrumors 65816


    Feb 5, 2010
    Canadian Eh!
    I used ePub Bud. They are a website that offers a ton of free eBooks. you can submit all your ebooks and they do all the converting for you!
  12. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    iBooks is kind of cute, but it is like driving a compact car instead of a top of the line luxury car. Wow. GoodReader is powerful stuff. A drug I couldn't live without. Converting a perfectly good PDF to an ePub file? That sounds awful.

    Anyhow, there are lots of issues. Have you done OCR on the file and converted the image to text (if needed)?
  13. Rockyroadrash macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2013
    This works

    I have success with this procedure.
    Go to www.ZamZar.com
    follow instructions to upload .pdf file
    select .epub to convert to
    open email on fondle-pad and select link to your conversion.
    download file and open with ibooks.
  14. Mr. Buzzcut macrumors 65816

    Mr. Buzzcut

    Jul 25, 2011
    iBooks supports PDF now.
  15. Barhen, Jul 15, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2014

    Barhen macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2013
    A pdf reader would be better for this instead of trying to convert to epub..
    I am not exactly sure what you are trying to do.. read a book? notes? etc.. little more information would clarify what it is you need it to do other than convert file types... If its for books... ibooks kinda sucks for PDFs as you noticed, which made me switch to another book management app which I guess is what you are looking for... that accepts PDFs? Goodreader is the best for pdf books...

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