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Old 01-24-2012, 04:39 AM   #1
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[Solved] ebook-convert not working (linux)

Hi,

I have several books to convert (mobi to epub) so I installed calibre via Synaptic package manager and the installation seemed to go fine.

As I just want to convert files at the moment I tried the command line:

ebook-convert (etc) and received the following error:

The program 'ebook-convert' is currently not installed. You can install it by typing:
sudo apt-get install calibre


I ran Calibre from the gui and went for the conversion tool but this only allows conversion FROM epub.

Does anybody know what's going on?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 01-24-2012, 06:28 AM   #2
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The GUI should allow conversion between any supported formats. Are you sure that the GUI is showing the .mobi file, and that it is not DRM protected?
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Yes, that is correct.

I have not used calibre before and did not realise that the book had to be loaded in before conversion could take place.

However, my original problem still remains - I am unable to run ebook-convert from the command line.

FWIW, I don't particularly want to use Calibre as a book management system, only as a conversion tool.
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Hi,

I have several books to convert (mobi to epub) so I installed calibre via Synaptic package manager and the installation seemed to go fine.



Does anybody know what's going on?

Thanks in advance.
You don't say what distro, ... BUT.
Most are stale, old versions.
Completely Uninstall the Distro version using Synaptis.
The Copy the Command shown on the Calibre Linux download page,
Paste that into a Terminal window.
That is the latest Calibre. ( You need to repeat this command to get each update. Save it somewhere )
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Thanks theducks, that did it.
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