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    Thats great for HTML and Text, but elaborate PDF docs with tables and images get all messed up or removed or doesn't convert at all.

    Any one suggest a good epub converter for PDF's such as service manuals with linkable items within included? The linking doesn't have to work, but at least the search function.

    DNAML was one I found while looking about on the net a short while, but $149 is steep when I'm not even sure the outcome will be correct and I wasn't able to find a true MAC working version.

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    Max, Sigil isn't a converter. It's an editor/creator.

    I only use it when I know I am going to end up reading the book a few times and I want it to look its best. I basically copy the text from the PDF, txt file, html, etc. into Sigil and then I edit it.

    I edited The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Sigil because I wanted to insert the Alan Lee's artwork (like I have in my hardcover editions). Below is a sample of the artwork. BTW, it looks great on the iPad's screen .
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    @abblepc try the good reader app for 99 cents .... It does pretty good on PDF's.
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    Changing Cover

    Quote Originally Posted by Max View Post
    I was a little dissapointed when I didnt find Dan Browns The Lost Symbol in the iBook Store, I have it in pdf format on my laptop and in my quest to get it over to my iPad I found Calibre!

    Calibre ebook converter is a free program for both Windows and Mac OS X and can be be downloaded for free from Calibre ebook.com. It converted The Lost Symbol in a lttle over 3 minutes. When the conversion was done I simply clicked Add to Library in iTunes 9.1 and there it was in my Books. The only catch seems to be that the cover gets a smaller format on your bookshelf on the iPad, but hey, I can live with that!





    Happy reading!
    When converting in Calibre click on "Edit Meta information" and you can change the cover.

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    Just tried this program and it works great. Now I am wondering what settings you guys are using? Under conversion page setup, it dosen't have a setting for Ipad so do you just use the default???

    thanks a bunch
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    when using these programs, does it give the book feel? ie page turning, contents, bookmarking etc...
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    Fixing the ebook cover

    Quote Originally Posted by Max View Post
    I was a little dissapointed when I didnt find Dan Browns The Lost Symbol in the iBook Store, I have it in pdf format on my laptop and in my quest to get it over to my iPad I found Calibre!

    Calibre ebook converter is a free program for both Windows and Mac OS X and can be be downloaded for free from Calibre ebook.com. It converted The Lost Symbol in a lttle over 3 minutes. When the conversion was done I simply clicked Add to Library in iTunes 9.1 and there it was in my Books. The only catch seems to be that the cover gets a smaller format on your bookshelf on the iPad, but hey, I can live with that!





    Happy reading!
    Click on "Edit Meta information" and you can change the cover to any jpg you have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghuda View Post
    when using these programs, does it give the book feel? ie page turning, contents, bookmarking etc...
    These programs are used to create an ebook in epub format. Any book loaded loaded into iBooks will have features you mention since they are apart of iBooks (not the book). The only exception that I know of is the table of contents. The TOC must be set up in the book. Sigil can so this. Calibre will create a TOC if it was in the original file.

    In a nutshell, if you create your epub ebook properly you won't be able to tell it from a store bought book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wot_fan View Post
    Max, Sigil isn't a converter. It's an editor/creator.

    I only use it when I know I am going to end up reading the book a few times and I want it to look its best. I basically copy the text from the PDF, txt file, html, etc. into Sigil and then I edit it.

    I edited The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Sigil because I wanted to insert the Alan Lee's artwork (like I have in my hardcover editions). Below is a sample of the artwork. BTW, it looks great on the iPad's screen .

    ha ha...Ill go put on the idiot hat right now! Awesome!
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    I don't understand the need for Calibre as I am able to read the PDF files just fine so I don't really see the point in a conversion at all. Maybe ya'll can help me understand the point in it.
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