Converting PDF Book into IPad Format

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    Converting PDF book into IPad format
    Hi everyone:
    I wrote a book on how to read music. I have the book in both PDF and doc format. Attempts to convert the PDF into an IPad friendly format through Calibre failed. When the book was successfully translated as a doc (again, through Calibre), the music images shrunk and the page footers disappeared.

    Does anyone know how to accomplish this task? It is critical for my book to appear as written; otherwise, when one puts the IPad on one's music stand, the music images will be too small.

    Thank you so much for any help you might provide.
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    You might try with Sigil, which also is free.

    It takes a while to master though.
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    :)Thank you so much for the suggestion and quick reply! I will give it a try and let you know how it works....
    Upon reading about Sigil, it mentions ePub. I am a Mac person, and the only reason my book is in PDF format is because that is what the publisher required. My husband says that we are not working in ePub, because that is a PC program.
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    Odd introduction.....

    People can simply get one of many PDF readers for iPad, the best being Goodreader....Most everyone has a PDF reader on their iPad.....

    I don't think you will really get the results you want in ePub if there are a lot of graphics......
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    Epub is not a PC program at all. It is an ebook format developed recently to unify ebook reader manufacturers to a one and unique format. It is doing its job so far.

    You did not say if you needed your pdf book on an iPad for yourself or for a certain public or publishing.
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    Please, trust me on this one, leave in a PDF...... Read my post above....
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    Converting PDF Book to iPad Format

    Thanks, Bremen. That's what I wanted to hear. I'm new to all of this, as you can see. Thank you for taking the time to address the issue. I will keep you informed.:eek:

    Bremen: I wanted to thank you again for your invaluable suggestion. It takes a huge load off of my mind, knowing that I can leave my book intact as a PDF.

    With regard to protecting it (DRM?), do you have an opinion with regard to the best program for preventing piracy, unauthorized use, etc. of the PDF file? The ones I have found are way too expensive, and this is the only document (until the next book) that I need to protect.

    Thank you so much for any advice you may have.
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    Converting PDF Book to iPad format

    Ivan: Thank you for your reply. I was clearly talking off the top of my head when I was referring to ePub. My husband knew this.:eek:

    I need the book on an iPad so that people who don't want to buy the hardcopy (spiral bound) book can still learn how to read music.
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    P.S.

    p.s. I believe that the Adobe Acrobat 9 may work, as long as it can't be hacked into by FreeWare, and will work with GoodReader for the iPad.

    (I looked up your web site, and am looking forward to listening to your music!!)
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    All I know for sure is Goodreader, and many other PDF viewers on the iPad, will read any standard Adobe PDF file. Good luck to you on all this.....

    Have you thought about going through an indie publisher like https://www.fifobooks.com/ to publish? They cater to several devices, including the iPad.....
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    Converting PDF Book to iPad format

    Thank you, Bremen! I will check this out. After speaking with the Adobe Acrobat Pro 9 representative, I believe that it will meet my needs. Now I just have to sell enough books to pay for it!

    Thanks again for your masterful advice.
    lesley
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    This is what I received from Fifobooks:
    (My Question): How do you compare with Adobe Acrobat? You advertise to the reader that you will never impose limitations, such as DRM. How am I, therefore, protected from those who would pirate my work?

    Answer: "PDF files are not well suited to reading content on ebook devices (excluding perhaps the iPad).

    Your work is available to buyers in mobi (for Kindle and Blackberry) and epub (iPad, Sony Reader, nook, etc.) formats, which are the respective native, optimal file formats for those devices.

    DRM can be circumvented and so only provides a false sense of protection. You are probably aware of the changes in the music industry over the past two years where music is no longer DRM-protected - for example the Apple iTunes store. That is why we don't add DRM to authors' work."

    This is a bit disconcerting. I believe I'll stick with Adobe Acrobat. What do you think (regarding the likelihood that DRM will be a dinosaur in a couple of years)?


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    DRM, is already a dinosaur … but the question of piracy is also seriously a problem … yet all editor are locked if the use proprietary format they take risk and reduce their market share … if they use open format it’s the open door to illegal copy and piracy …

    so it’s like the case of the cat’s bite is queue DRM it’s just a cloud of smoke as he can be easily bypass … but they still insist because they don’t have any better solution otherwise they will apply from the day before yesterday
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    Thank you, IPad One. So what you are saying is there is no real way to protect my book from piracy, even with Adobe Acrobat?
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    Let me put it this way, I rip the DRM off every book I buy. If someone has a DRM scheme that is hard to do (some Kindle books are "topas" which I have done, but is hard) I get it somewhere else... if there is nowhere else I just go to the torrents.....When I buy something I refuse to ask permission to use it, so I remove all DRM...

    You can put all the DRM you want on a book, but if it is a book people want... it will be on the torrents (pirate sites) in a week anyway....

    DRM makes DRM companies money. Adobe is one that is in the DRM business....Even Sony uses the Adobe Digital Editions DRM for the ebooks it sells in the Sony store....

    And... I like to buy Adobe DRM'd books, because it is one of the easy ones to remove......

    It matter not to me what you do... I am just telling you what it is in the real world :)
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    This is true. DRM can be circumvented. I wouldnt completely despair though - I would guess that the majority of users are not going to go to the lengths that Bremen does.

    Its a complex problem. As a consumer, I am also irritated by DRM. I want to be free to take something I have purchased and copy it to any device I want. DRM makes that overly-complicated and ends up punishing the people doing it legally while those stealing seem to hardly be slowed down.

    On the other hand, if I had written a book, I would be concerned about people being able to so easily distribute it and me getting paid for my work. Its a balance you as a content producer and possibly your publisher have to find for yourself. Lock it down and annoy your customers while possibly making more sales, or make it customer-friendly knowing that some will abuse your goodwill.

    Good luck with your book!
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    Thank you, Bremen and Pallentx. The information you provided is very helpful. We found Smashwords today and are considering it as a possible outlet for the book.

    Frankly, I don't think the book will lend itself to pirating, as it is 228 pages long, and contains hundreds of images - both hand drawn and from Songwriter (although perhaps this isn't an issue).

    Since my goal is to share the joy of reading music
    with as many people as I can, I am leaning toward trusting people not to abuse the privilege of obtaining the book in PDF format. If they do, they will have to live with it, and it will be my responsibility to forgive them.

    When I decide in what direction to go, I will make another post. In the meantime, thank you for saving me the expense of investing in purported (but useless) protection devices - and for wishing me well with the book!

    Lesley
    http://www.thepictureofmusic.com
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    Just curious if the subject of interactive PDFs has been discussed. I'm trying to create a rich experience without necessarily developing an app. Any advice?

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