Convert any text to epub for Apples iBooks app!

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  1. Max

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    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!

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    Happy reading!
     
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    Yeah Max i also use Calibre it’s really useful software i use for collect book in the Gutenberg project and from other place .. and he save it in their server so after i collect all my book in the iPad for read i use Stanza and everything work just fine …

    Concerning the wifi i didn’t get any trouble at all
     
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    Sigil is a nice complement to Calibre. Sigil is a e-book authoring app. Depending on the original format, Calibre sometime doesn't do a real good job converting to ePub. That's when I use Sigil. It takes a lot more time, but some books are worth it.

    Max, I don't know why your book cover doesn't match the store bought ones. All of the books below (except Winnie the Poo ;)) were created using Calibre and Sigil. Is it possible that the image you are using for the cover has a white border?
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    You can change the art from iTunes just you do with music.

    I've been using calibre for years to convert books for my Sony reader. It is a wonderful tool that has joined me in my transition to the iPad.

    -Greg
     
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    I tried to switch in itunes info section, it worked for itunes, but still doesnt change the cover on the ipad! Ill give Sigil a try! Thanks for the tip! :)
     
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    It works for me. You might want to delete and re-add the book.

    -Greg
     
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    Im an idiot, the cover is in the original pdf file...lol
    Tried out sigil, but couldnt get it to work. Ill look more into it at a later point.
     
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    Long time Calibre user, and it is an awesom program. Worth giving a donation to...
     
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    Or, just read that pdf with goodreads. I've converted pdfs using a variety of programs over the years and the problem is that often times you end up with a garbled mess of text. The beauty of ipad is you can read the pdfs great in their current state no need to convert.
     
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    +1 for goodreads. The flow feature works great in it....
     
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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

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

    NCbrew
     
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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
    Spikey
     

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