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Converting a text book into an Ipad format and/or kindle format


iPF Noob
Jan 12, 2012
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I have a text book that i would like to conver into an Ipad format. It is currently written in Quark. It' s a very large file with many photo, diagram, illustrations and tables.
I've heard of epub and calibre but wondered what happens to all the formatting from the original file in quark? Does it stay the same or do we lose the formatting therefore i would have to reformat the book.
It's also in a PDF file.
Can an Ipad read PDF? IF it's in PDF can the textbook be sold on the Ibook Store?

Can Quark also conver to AZW format (kindle)? Same question: Would i lose the formatting?


Staff member
Apr 24, 2011
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Brisbane, Australia
Hi and welcome to the Forum!

Sorry I have no knowledge on this, I do know that PDF's can be saved in ibooks though. Others should chime in here though.

The IPad Forum is a community of members from all walks of life and from all over the world coming together to share our experiences and to help each other learn about this wonderful piece of technology the Ipad. There is a wealth of information already here in the many threads we have so doing some searches will answer most of the questions you have. If then you cannot find the answer you are seeking then by all means post your question. There are many friendly and informed members here only too willing to help you.

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iPF Noob
Jul 17, 2012
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TBH I'm really not that into closed file formats, having used software in the past with proprietary data formats, which then becomes obselete or no longer maintained and having to try to get my data back out.

As far as iPad handling PDFs goes, I'd advise you to get GoodReader - it does displaying and navigating PDFs, writing notes, getting PDFs in and out of your iPad among other things. It also has a really low power footprint and is actively maintained with regular updates- nothing else comes close imho.

As to converting anything into a pdf - on your desktop computer if it runs OSX use Preview, then print but choose the "Save as PDF" from the printer dialog.

For comic book lovers dealing with .cbr files - ditch the unecessary file format. Get UnRarX, change the file ending from .cbr to .rar then double click, this will extract all the images into a folder. Go into the folder, select all, then open in Preview. Still in in Prieview, select all again and look for the "Print selected images", then "Save as PDF".

You can use the same method to merge pdfs.
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iPF Novice
Jun 5, 2011
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Quark format is going to be the problem. I don't believe Calibre can read that directly if you want to convert to ePub.

ePub can handle all of the formatting you want, but the intermediate format may be a problem.

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