Make iPad-Friendly ePub books for FREE

by laird
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Convert your pdfs into epub format (what iPad uses)...

Go to Calibre.

Grab the appropriate epub generator for your operating system.

Give the resulting book to your customers as an announced/unannounced extra, an upsell or OTO. They drag it into itunes and then can transfer it to their iPad.

Del
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  • Profile picture of the author Pete Egeler
    Laired,

    Having just completed an extensive test, it should be noted that there's a bit more to it than just uploading the epub file. It does NOT work by just offering the .epub file to customers with instructions to drag it into iTunes and transfer it. It won't load into the iPad, Pod, Phone, etc. in that manner

    Pete

    Originally Posted by laird View Post

    Convert your pdfs into epub format (what iPad uses)...

    Go to Calibre.

    Grab the appropriate epub generator for your operating system.

    Give the resulting book to your customers as an announced/unannounced extra, an upsell or OTO. They drag it into itunes and then can transfer it to their iPad.

    Del
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    • Profile picture of the author John Henderson
      Originally Posted by Pete Egeler View Post

      Having just completed an extensive test, it should be noted that there's a bit more to it than just uploading the epub file. It does NOT work by just offering the .epub file to customers with instructions to drag it into iTunes and transfer it. It won't load into the iPad, Pod, Phone, etc. in that manner
      So, would IMers have to offer their e-books thru a 3rd party e-publisher like this one...?

      E-Books on the iPad: Who Controls the iBookstore's Inventory?
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  • Profile picture of the author JMartin
    It's not always that simple.

    I own an iPad and use it a lot for PDFs/etc. As a test a week ago I ran a PDF through calibre so I can test it in iBooks.

    The process:

    0. Convert to epub.
    1. Drag epub into iTunes (books section)
    2. Sync iPad
    3. book now shows when iBook app is launched.

    The problem is the formatting was absolute CRAP. I mean pure junk. I tried a newsletter I designed and it looked somewhat better, but still not good.

    If your PDf is all text without special formatting, it will work decently. If it has images, formatting, etc, it will look amateurish.

    GoodReader for the iPad is 99 cents and handles PDFs and more. Most of us have this, which is why it's a top selling app . . . battling Pages for the #1 spot.
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    • Profile picture of the author bahnsurf
      Originally Posted by JMartin View Post

      It's not always that simple.

      I own an iPad and use it a lot for PDFs/etc. As a test a week ago I ran a PDF through calibre so I can test it in iBooks.

      The process:

      0. Convert to epub.
      1. Drag epub into iTunes (books section)
      2. Sync iPad
      3. book now shows when iBook app is launched.

      The problem is the formatting was absolute CRAP. I mean pure junk. I tried a newsletter I designed and it looked somewhat better, but still not good.

      If your PDf is all text without special formatting, it will work decently. If it has images, formatting, etc, it will look amateurish.

      GoodReader for the iPad is 99 cents and handles PDFs and more. Most of us have this, which is why it's a top selling app . . . battling Pages for the #1 spot.
      Hi Jason,

      Can calibre be done in words format?

      I know some indian companies are helping people to convert pdf to ibook or apps. But they need you to pay certain sum of money to get it convert than revenue share which i don't think will work out even long term - at least for me.

      What your take on this?

      Regards
      Jeffrey
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  • Profile picture of the author JonMills
    Interesting. There seems to be a few main formats for different products

    epub
    mobipocket

    I have yet to test it out but I would really love to take my book and change it to several formats for viewing on all the various devices at least

    ipad
    itouch/iphone
    kindle
    sony reader

    I just tested converting of my pdf which has a lot of images in it to epub format using calibre but I think i will run into what Jmartin above said concerning whether or not it will look right because of all the images.

    A pdf with lots of screenshots may need to be adjusted manually before it can be converted.

    Anyone tried calbre with pdf/lots of images, update us on what it looked like, maybe even post a screenshot
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  • Profile picture of the author JonMills
    Here is some more information about a program that works with kindle 2 that automatically detects epub or pdf format and converts it to .mobi format

    Kindle 2 Gets PDF and EPUB eBook Converter - amazon kindle - Gizmodo

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  • Profile picture of the author Mark B
    Thanks to all for the info in this thread. Just the other day I was thinking about this, about how it would be done. But now I've got some links to start my research. Thanks all.
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    • Profile picture of the author Pete Egeler
      Okay, folks. So, here's how you do it.

      IF you don't have books crammed full of graphics (hard to find, nowadays,) simply convert your .pdf's via calbre. THEN, you can zip the folder, upload it to your site, and your customers can download, unzip and sync to their iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone (if they have the app to read books.)

      Yes, it's been tested. Yes, it works.

      You're welcome.

      Pete

      PS: That's how I'm re-working my stuff now so I can offer it in both pdf & epub formats.
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  • Profile picture of the author SageSound
    A little off-topic, but if you're creating an eBook in Word or Pages, then saving normally as a PDF file, what's the best route to also save it in ePub format to skip the PDF conversion?

    Word/Windows doesn't know about it. I've got Pages as part of iWork on my iMac, but haven't really used it. I've also got Office : Mac.

    Wouldn't that be a better way to go than Word -> PDF -> ePub or Pages -> PDF -> ePub?

    -David
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    • Profile picture of the author Pete Egeler
      Originally Posted by SageSound View Post

      A little off-topic, but if you're creating an eBook in Word or Pages, then saving normally as a PDF file, what's the best route to also save it in ePub format to skip the PDF conversion?

      Word/Windows doesn't know about it. I've got Pages as part of iWork on my iMac, but haven't really used it. I've also got Office : Mac.

      Wouldn't that be a better way to go than Word -> PDF -> ePub or Pages -> PDF -> ePub?

      -David
      David,

      Your idea may well be a better way to go, however.. and I could be wrong... the ability to transfer from .pdf to .epub comes from a 3rd party, not Apple.

      Apple, and other 3rd parties want your cash. So, they charge you to convert your publication. In fact, I've seen some locations that charge you to convert your publication to the .epub format, and you STILL have to pay the fees to Apple to see if they will accept your content.

      With Calbre you do the job all by your lonesome.

      Pete
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      • Profile picture of the author jonv
        Hey pete,

        You think you would be able to help me out getting my book/report converted into a apple acceptable epub format, i've been focusing on this for quite some time now and have been finding it very difficult for it to come out straight without any crazy qwirks or "sideeffects"

        Originally Posted by Pete Egeler View Post

        David,

        Your idea may well be a better way to go, however.. and I could be wrong... the ability to transfer from .pdf to .epub comes from a 3rd party, not Apple.

        Apple, and other 3rd parties want your cash. So, they charge you to convert your publication. In fact, I've seen some locations that charge you to convert your publication to the .epub format, and you STILL have to pay the fees to Apple to see if they will accept your content.

        With Calbre you do the job all by your lonesome.

        Pete
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  • Profile picture of the author drmani
    Originally Posted by laird View Post

    Convert your pdfs into epub format (what iPad uses)...

    Del
    You could also use Smashwords - Smashwords - Ebooks from independent authors and publishers

    Their premium catalog distributes to iBookstore, and also Sony reader,
    Kindle (Amazon.com), BN.com and others. Needs some formatting to
    fit their style guide, but well worth the effort.

    My book, "Think, Write & Retire" just got accepted into the premium
    catalog, and I look forward to reporting on how well it does in the
    digital format.

    All success
    Dr.Mani
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