How to Convert a PDF to EPUB on Any Device – Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android

Creating a PDF is simple – it’s a versatile file type that’s perfectly suited to handle images and text. They look great on a variety of devices and allow some amount of interaction. But not

 every device displays them as well as others, and your readers might notice one small, but significant difference.

With PDFs, you scroll from top to bottom, as if moving through a series of disconnected images. EPUBS, or e-publications, are designed for the reader to have more of a book feel, swiping through pages from left to right. This more reader-friendly feel has made EPUBs a sort of industry standard, much like the MP3 became the formatting standard for music files in the late nineties. It’s a free and open standard, and quite easy to convert, if you know how.

Note: It’s important to remember that these steps can convert pretty much any non-DRMed ebook format into an EPUB file, meaning that no digital restrictions have been set on the file. We do not recommend attempting to reformat protected materials.

How Do You Convert a PDF into an EPUB?

There are multiple free resources online that you can use to complete the conversion, but today, we’re focusing on Calibre. This free ebook management software is rich and user-friendly, making it a great way to not only convert but store your files after conversion. Calibre supports plenty of file conversions, making it easy to convert over thirteen different document formats into EPUB, PRF, and MOBI formats for use on all your e-readers. You’ll be able to move your newly converted ebooks onto your Amazon Kindle, Sony PRS, or Apple device with ease.

Calibre works on Mac, Windows, and Linux. You’ll find that these directions are universal. Once you’ve downloaded and installed Calibre on whichever computer you’re using, you’re ready to follow along.

1. Set your defaults. The first time you open the program, you’ll want to select default as your device type. You can get more specific with your device, but selecting default will not affect your results, and it keeps these directions universal, should you ever need to try again on a different device.

2. Drag and drop. Find the ebook that you want to convert to EPUB into Calibre. If the drag and drop option isn’t working for your computer, use the ‘Add books’ function in the top left corner of the software. ‘Add books from a single directory’ should allow you to download your PDFs seamlessly. Once you’re done selecting your ebooks, the file will upload and you’ll be given the option to edit your metadata, including:

– Title

– Authors

– Author Sort

– Publisher

– Tags

– Series

– Comments

If you’re not automatically given the option to edit metadata and you’d like to make a change, right-click the book in Calibre and select ‘Edit meta information’ and then ‘Edit metadata individually.’ You can also change out your book covers, if the design doesn’t suit you.

3. Verify your formats. In the top left corner of your window, you’ll see a drop-down window for input format. On the opposite side will be your output format. While the input format should default to the current file type, you’ll have to confirm that the output format is EPUB.

4. Convert your files. Once your formats and metadata are set to your liking, click okay. Your conversion will begin automatically and you’re ready to move your new EPUB onto a device.

Where Are My Files Stored Once They’re Converted?

When the conversion is complete, right-click the cover and select ‘Open Containing Folder’ to find your newly formatted file. If the right-click option isn’t working for your interface, you can click the ‘Jobs’ icon in the bottom right-hand corner, then select ‘Show Job Details.’ This will show you the output location of your files. This is all you need to do, but if you’d like to move the EPUB onto a device like an iPad, you can simply drag and drop the file into iTunes. From there, you’re free to sync the file onto any and all devices.

What Other Ways Are There to Convert PDFs Into EPUBS?

There are plenty of free web-based conversion tools that you can use, including Online-Convert.com. I recommend Calibre because you own the files on your computer, rather than uploading and downloading them from a web-based interface. You can sort your files and keep them neatly organized within the software, rather than having a pile of messy internet downloads.

If you’re looking to convert your PDFs into EPUBS on a mobile device like an Android, there’s an app for that. EPUBator is an app for Android that allows you to convert PDFs directly on your smartphone or tablet. It’s so user-friendly that you won’t need a step by step tutorial now that you’ve seen this done on a computer.

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