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Jorge65 Level 1 Level 1

Trying to convert a pdf file to ePub to read on iPad and eventually upload to the Apple store. I have tried Calibre, Wondershare (paid version) and pdf to epub converter. I also have the native inDesign file used to create the pdf and tried exporting it as an ePub file. Of course it worked but when viewed on the iPad, the formatting was off. Every ePub file I have created has had formatting issues when viewed on the iPad. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!

iPad 2, Windows 7
  • lilyshan Level 1 Level 1

    try this mac ebooks converter, it can convert pdf to epub in seconds, also it is an all in one epub , pdf, mobi converter.

  • Jan Olsen1 Level 1 Level 1

    Where can I find more info on the above application? I have been trying it and still seems to not work

  • George Krompacky Level 3 Level 3
    Mac OS X



    If you have the native InDesign file and you have InDesign, export to epub is the way to go.


    But you have to be aware of limitations in the export--InDesign epub export is not at the point where you can expect everything to look the same as you have it laid out. There are specific fixes for the exported html and the css.


    You should get a book on how to do this--Elizabeth Castro has a couple of titles that are appropriate.

  • AM-pubsec Level 1 Level 1

    What George said is right, you will get much better results from ID > EPUB if you prep the file a bilt in ID, and if you make some tweaks in the resulting EPUB files.


    In addition to Liz's boks, you might check out the video tutorials I've done on for this, called InDesign CS to ePub and the iPad. There are 3 diff. titles, one each for InDesign CS4, CS5, and CS.5. Working on another for CS6. Here's the link to the CS5.5 one:


    it's a subscription site ($25 for a month) but each of the titles has some free sample videos. Or you can get a free week's trial of the entire site:


    Another good place to ask InDesign > EPUB questions (or any epub question) is on Twitter with the #eprdctn hash tag; ebook production folk use that tag. Not sure if you're into Twitter or not, but it's worth it for that alone.



  • George Krompacky Level 3 Level 3
    Mac OS X

    The reason what George said is right is because I learned everything from you, AM.


    I highly recommend Anne-Marie's videos on Lynda, and the many other tutorials as well. The subscription is well worth it if you are regularly working with Adobe titles.


    It's kind of amazing that e-books and the epub spec is so popular and yet the state of making ebooks is still kind of in the semi-dark ages. If it weren't for Anne-Marie and Elizabeth I wouldn't be on the verge of finishing my institute's first InDesign to ebook conversion.

  • Calroven9868 Level 1 Level 1

    Are you looking for a PDF to EPUB converter on PC or for the ipad? The same with you, I have a PDF that I converted to epub in PDF Converter so I could import it into iBooks. It worked but the color images all came out looking like photo negatives.


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  • TommyBadger Level 1 Level 1

    The hardest lesson I had to learn is that with epubs, you surrender any fantasies of control over formatting, layout, everything that you think is creative and cool. It's no wonder you think it doesn't look right. Epub is exactly like CSS/HTML in that you set up your design with your divs and your type styles and all that, but then it's going to look different on each platform. Don't think it's ever going to look like your InDesign pages. It's very cut and dried with minimal control over line breaks, page breaks, and how type and art line up. Once you get used to it, however, it's kind of liberating. 

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9

    TommyBadger wrote:


    with epubs, you surrender any fantasies of control over formatting, layout, everything that you think is creative and cool.


    Have you tried Fixed Layout Epub?


  • TommyBadger Level 1 Level 1

    That is very cool. Glad that someone heard all the designers sobbing late at night.

  • Phlllis239 Level 1 Level 1

    I recently grabbed a Nook and now I’m 1 week in and I think I’m going to trade it in for an iPad… Mainly because the bulk of the books I’ve purchased from sitepoint are technical (those code snippets are vital, and sometimes images.) How does sitepoint’s move to epub format look like on these ereaders with heavily graphic books like Sexy Web Design, and large blocks of code like PHP Anthology where resizing fonts on ereaders mess up the format of the code making it hard on the eyes to read, and the images aren’t handled entirely well, I also use PDF to ePub converter app.


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  • Makelda Level 1 Level 1

    Here is a free ebook tool for you.


    You can easily convert your ebook from epub to pdf,epub to mobi, epub to kindle, etc.


    Free Online Converter / EPUB Converter



    It provides you with the best mobi to epub converting experience.

  • HolyTaria Level 1 Level 1

    I've been using Calibre for a while now to convert pdfs to ePub for reading on my iPod Touch (via the Stanza App). It does butcher graphic print pdfs from time to time, but it's overall the best tool I've found for the job like Vibosoft.

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  • JanetLy Level 1 Level 1

    To the Op, have you already got the quite right problem for your conversion?

    For mac, there are some nice PDF converter to get, I got an Enolsoft and it worked on PDF to Epub files conversion.

    If on Windows, Calibre is OK.

  • Somill Level 1 Level 1

    Maybe you can try another iPad app, e.g. Bluefire Reader, if you just need to view the file on your iPad, don’t convert it to ePub, just read the PDF file using the free Adobe Reader. If you are still willing to convert your PDF to ePub file, see this tutorial.

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