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Old 04-15-2010, 10:59 AM   #1
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Question Converting ebooks for iPad to swap over?

Hello All.

I am a religious user of my cybook ereader, using the mobipocket format - prc (i think) and also dabble in the eReader for the iPhone which I think just uses the eReader format.

I really, really like the look of the iPad and would really, really like to get one.

However before I order one (in Australia) I was just wanting to know if I will be able to read the prc or eReader format on the iPad, or can I convert all my prc format books to the the ePUB format which I hear the the iPad uses (and how can i do this?).

I am guessing (and crossing fingers) that the eReader app for the iPhone will be usable on the iPad, so problem solved for all my eReader format books. But can anyone shed light on my prc problem with the iPad?

Also, can anyone let me know if the iBooks store will be turning international with the release of the iPad world wide? Or should I just go through my normal ebook store (fictionwise) and just keep converting my files?

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Old 04-15-2010, 11:34 AM   #2
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Hello All.

I am a religious user of my cybook ereader, using the mobipocket format - prc (i think) and also dabble in the eReader for the iPhone which I think just uses the eReader format.

I really, really like the look of the iPad and would really, really like to get one.

However before I order one (in Australia) I was just wanting to know if I will be able to read the prc or eReader format on the iPad, or can I convert all my prc format books to the the ePUB format which I hear the the iPad uses (and how can i do this?).

I am guessing (and crossing fingers) that the eReader app for the iPhone will be usable on the iPad, so problem solved for all my eReader format books. But can anyone shed light on my prc problem with the iPad?

Also, can anyone let me know if the iBooks store will be turning international with the release of the iPad world wide? Or should I just go through my normal ebook store (fictionwise) and just keep converting my files?

Thanks Forums

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You can use Calibre to covert prc to Epub ( works fine) If not use Kindle for Ipad.
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Old 04-15-2010, 11:46 AM   #3
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I have an Ipod Touch, and I have most of the 'readers' on it... I can read Epub, Mobi/prc, PDB.. That's what I like about the Ipod, and it even syncs with my Kindle.
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You can use Calibre to covert prc to Epub ( works fine) If not use Kindle for Ipad.
The problem is getting the Mobipocket content onto the iPad for the Kindle App to display. I don't think there is a way other then jailbreaking.
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When I switched to iPad from my Kindle, I used Calibre to convert all of my (non-DRMed) mobi/prc files into ePub, which loaded just fine in iBooks.

I agree with JSWolf, I haven't yet found any way to get mobi/prc books into the iPad's Kindle App. It's a real pain. I would go for the Calibre/iBooks approach instead.
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The eReader app is not a usable option on the iPad. Either (a) you keep it at the original size and it takes a fraction of your screen (roughly iPod Touch-sized), or (b) you blow it up and the text looks terrible. You should not expect that eReader will be updated for the iPad anytime soon - if ever - since it has been purchased by Barnes and Noble. You will not be able to import your books the B&N application.

You will also not be able to import your books to the Kindle application. Even if you were to jailbreak it, placing files in the Kindle's data folder is not guaranteed to make the Kindle application read them.

I recommend using calibre to convert them to ePub. As long as your books are not DRM'd, this will be a very simple process. Even if they are DRM'd there are ways around this problem if you like cabbages. After converting, you can use any non-DRM ePub reader to read them, including iBooks. I personally am currently using readMe, because of its support for downloading epubs from the browser. (I run calibre server and download them from there.)
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I personally am currently using readMe, because of its support for downloading epubs from the browser. (I run calibre server and download them from there.)
Is readMe an app for iPad? I use calibre to convert formats, but haven't done anything with calibre server. Can you point me to any forums/tutorials on it?

I must admit I'm completey & totally enamored with the iBooks app as an ereader. I've had absolutely no issue reading for long periods on the screen. The interface is just incredibly intuitive & it works "out of the box", or more appropriately, once the download is complete!
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Is readMe an app for iPad? I use calibre to convert formats, but haven't done anything with calibre server. Can you point me to any forums/tutorials on it?

I must admit I'm completey & totally enamored with the iBooks app as an ereader. I've had absolutely no issue reading for long periods on the screen. The interface is just incredibly intuitive & it works "out of the box", or more appropriately, once the download is complete!
Yes, readMe is an iPad app. I am currently using it as a drop-in replacement for stanza. Calibre-server is talked about here.
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Yes, readMe is an iPad app. I am currently using it as a drop-in replacement for stanza. Calibre-server is talked about here.
Thanks for the link. I'll check it out.
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When I switched to iPad from my Kindle, I used Calibre to convert all of my (non-DRMed) mobi/prc files into ePub, which loaded just fine in iBooks.

I agree with JSWolf, I haven't yet found any way to get mobi/prc books into the iPad's Kindle App. It's a real pain. I would go for the Calibre/iBooks approach instead.
You can use BookshelfLT but it does not have the most sophisticated interface.
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