The two most popular eBook file formats are PDF and EPUB. While PDFs are great since they preserve formatting independent of operating system and device, EPUB, the standardized ebook format, however has a number of advantages over PDFs. The main advantage being that they are reflowable, meaning that the text adapts perfectly to different screen sizes in terms of paragraph and line breaks, thus making reading texts on small devices easy. In this article, we will introduce you the 5 best PDF to EPUB converters and we will provide a detailed step-by-step guide on how to use each of the listed programs.
Calibre is a downloadable ebook management and creator tool that will let you take full control over your ebooks. The software is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. With Calibre you can organize your ebook collection, add new items to it, edit, and even convert PDF to EPUB. The file support of Calibre is what makes it really stand out among all other ebook publishers. Apart from sound and video files, virtually any file format is supported.
Step1 Adding your PDFs for conversion
Once you have installed and launched the program, simply drag and drop your PDF files on the given area, or click the Add Books button in the top-left corner, and select the PDFs you want to add manually from your computer.
Step2 Click Convert Books
Highlight the book you want to convert by clicking on it once in the list of books. Now, click the Convert books button on the toolbar across the top.
Step3 Choosing the output format
A new window will pop-up prompting you to choose the output format of your file and to enter information regarding the metadata of your file. The output format should be EPUB, the rest of the information is up to you to enter.
Step4 Start the PDF to EPUB Conversion
Once you have entered all the relevant metadata, click OK in the bottom-right corner and the program will change PDF to EPUB automatically. To view conversion information, click the Jobs button in the bottom-right corner where you can view and stop selected jobs. The newly converted EPUB file can be accessed from the output folder.
PDFMate Free PDFConverter
PDFMate’s Free PDFConverter is a versatile piece of free software that lets you convert PDFs into many different formats, including the common ebook format, EPUB. PDFMate features a very user-friendly and easy-to-use interface that takes no time learning to use. Its batch conversion mode makes converting multiple files at a time a hassle free process. A special feature of PDFMate is its built-in OCR recognition tool that lets you convert scanned images into editable text documents. The free version of the program comes with a couple of minor limitations such as not giving you the ability to specify page range for conversions, but all together, the free version will satisfy the basic conversion needs of most users. Here is how you can use PDFMate to convert PDFs to EPUB.
Step1 Adding PDFs for conversion
After downloading and installing PDFMate’s converter, launch the application from your computer. In the program’s main window, you can choose to add a single PDF file, multiple PDF files or even an entire folder containing the PDFs.
a) Adding a single file
Click the Add PDF button in the top-left corner of the main window to choose the target PDF documents. You can just keep on adding files using the “Add PDF” button. All the added PDFs will be added to the list of files.
b) Adding a folder
If you have a folder for all the files you want to convert, it is easier if you just add the entire folder with one click. To do this, click the Add Folder button on the toolbar and select the folder from your computer.
Step2 Choosing the output format
On the bottom of the window, you can select the output format for your file. Select EPUB. Now specify the output destination for your file and hit “Convert” afterwards.
Step3 Tracking the conversion process
The progress of your conversions can be tracked in the status column in the file list. When the conversion of a single file has finished, “Success” will be displayed in the status bar.
In contrast to the previously mentioned tools, Online-Convert, as the name suggests, is an online PDF to EPUB converter, but it can do a lot more than simply that. Online-Convert has its very own image, video, audio and document converter as well. Everything is done online, the only thing you need is a browser and internet connection. You can also directly add PDF from online sources like Dropbox and Google Drive. Moreover, the online interface lets you fully customize the metadata information related to your book. Online-Convert is a user-friendly, easy to use tool that works on any browser. Here is how it works.
Step1 Choosing the file to upload
There are 3 upload methods for you to choose from. You can upload a file from your computer using the Choose File button, you can enter the URL of an online source or you can import a document from your Dropbox or Google Drive account.
Step2 Optional settings
Once your file has been uploaded, under Optional settings you can add metadata to your book, change the font size and most importantly, select a preset for your target ebook reader so that your text is optimized for your device. Once you have configured the settings, hit Convert file.
Step3 Downloading your file
The program will now process and convert your file and once it has finished, the download should automatically start. There are a number of other options you can do with your converted file. You can delete them from Online-Convert’s servers, you can export it to your cloud storage account, you can view the metadata and structure of your file and you can farther convert the converted file to another file format. You may also sign up for the premium service here as well.
To ePub converter is part of a larger service that offers a vast array of other free online converting tools from and to PDF. You can upload up to 20 PDF files during one conversion session. The interface of the tool is very simple and streamlined, which makes converting PDF files to EPUB easier than ever. The drag and drop system makes file uploading a hassle free process. Once your files have been converted, you can download each file separately, or you can download them in a bundle as a zip file. Below is a detailed explanation of how To ePub can be used to convert your files.
Step1 Upload your PDF for conversion
Open To ePub’s official website using the link provided above and upload up to 20 PDF files you want to convert. Uploading can be done using the drag and drop method, or you can upload each file manually using the Upload Files button. After uploading a file, conversion will start automatically.
Step2 Downloading your converted files
Once you have uploaded all your files, you can download them individually by clicking the yellow download button under each file or you can download all the files in a batch by clicking the Download All button. To clear a file, click the small “x” icon in the top-right corner of the file or delete them all at once by clicking the red Clear Queue button.
PDFEPUB is another free PDF to Epub converter that has an interface very similar to that of the previously mentioned To ePub website. Similarly, mass conversion is also supported by this program and the file limit is 20 per session. The tool supports the conversion of files up to 50MB and they can be downloaded individually or as a bundle in a zip file after conversion. Below we have provided a brief explanation of how the tool works.
Step1 Uploading your files
Upload your files either by clicking the “Upload Files” button and selecting the documents from your computer or by dragging and dropping the files on the given area.
As soon as the file has been selected, the program will begin uploading and converting it automatically. The progress of the upload and the conversion can be tracked in the status bar.
Step3 Downloading your file
Once your files have been uploaded and converted, you can choose to download each file individually using the yellow download button below each file, or you can download them all at once in a zip file by clicking the DOWNLOAD ALL button on the bottom of the page.
As you can see, there are a good variety of PDF to ebook converters available in the form of both online and offline tools. To create EPUB from PDF is not as difficult as it may seem at first. Most programs mentioned above will get the job done in a couple of clicks. While the underlying method for conversion is the same in all cases, each program differs slightly in terms of performance and functions, so experimenting with a couple of them will let you choose the one the best matches your conversion needs. If you are not satisfied with any of these or you are looking for an ultimate PDF management tool that will not only convert PDF to EPUB format but do a lot more, such as editing, splitting and merging your documents, AceThinker’s PDF Writer is a great cost-effective solution recommended by many of its highly satisfied users.