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Old 02-12-2013, 10:40 PM   #1
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A complete guide of ebook conversion for kindle

Hello, i am a newbie here. I have recently get a kindle as a gift from a relative. I am a student and i have my ebooks available in my PC. I need to convert them to suit in my kindle. I used calibre and K2pdf for conversion with default settings. But none of them give satisfactory result with default settings. I am afraid to check all the settings since theres so many. I have browsed through this forum. But there are also many tips and tricks. What i need a complete guide for ebook conversion.

Can anyone help me out?

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Old 02-13-2013, 12:18 AM   #2
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Hello, i am a newbie here. I have recently get a kindle as a gift from a relative. I am a student and i have my ebooks available in my PC. I need to convert them to suit in my kindle. I used calibre and K2pdf for conversion with default settings. But none of them give satisfactory result with default settings. I am afraid to check all the settings since theres so many. I have browsed through this forum. But there are also many tips and tricks. What i need a complete guide for ebook conversion.

Can anyone help me out?

Basically you don't really need to change much if anything I've found in order to do a straight conversion. What format are you trying to convert from?
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:01 AM   #3
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Basically you don't really need to change much if anything I've found in order to do a straight conversion. What format are you trying to convert from?
from pdf to say mobi.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:19 AM   #4
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from pdf to say mobi.
    • if it is not OCRed> use an OCR app ( [ Adobe Acrobat ( free version)+mobipocket creator] , ABBYY Fine Reader, etc ): pdf>html
    • for OCRed PDFs Mobipocket Creator: pdf> html
  1. MS Word with this and this tools: html to html(via transform-html) or filtered html ( using Word's save-as option)
    using outline view to determine titles (ie chapters) could be easier
  2. calibre (or kindlegen): "zipped html" to mobi or azw3

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Old 02-13-2013, 03:51 AM   #5
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PDF is a terrible format to convert from. See this thread for information on why:
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=118605

The Calibre Conversion forum is the place to ask for further help if you're using Calibre to convert your PDFs to mobi: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=235
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You might also find this program of use.

http://www.pdftoepub.com/ It can convert to HTML, Epub, or Kindle format directly though I'd convert to epub then open it in Sigil to clean up any errors before converting it to Kindle via Calibre.
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You may as well forget the PDF exists. It's just a hassle to convert. You cannot do a conversion without errors. After you choose what software to convert the PDF, you then have to do an A/B compare the PDF to the conversion, fix that up and then fix the formatting. It's a lot of work for very little return.
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