Why do digital publishers need an eBook conversion tool?
A typical book publisher has to go through various stages of the publishing cycle before the book reaches the reader. However, modern-day digital publishing tools have cut the long list of processes involved in publishing into half, saving time and money for the publisher. The digital publishing process usually begins with an eBook conversion tool, because digital books come in various file formats. And before you publish, you have to decide the format you want your final eBook to be available in. This is because not every eReader supports all eBook formats.
For example, an ePUB format can be read on any device, except Kindle. So, if you want to make your eBook available on Kindle, you should avoid the ePUB format and opt for something that is compatible with Kindle, such as MOBI, AZW, or AZW3 format. The format of your eBook determines the devices that the reader can use to read your eBook.
Let us have a look at some of the benefits of eBook conversion-
- You can make an eBook easily available to your users. They can download a copy that is compatible with their eReader. Easy access leads to more sales, which means more revenue.
- No loss of data. Files stored on local drives in PDF or text formats could be lost if the system crashes. An eBook conversion software can convert your files and store them on the cloud.
- Cost of production is significantly lower than publishing printed books.
- The tools help transform eBooks, making them more capable of capturing the user’s interest and keeping them engaged with its interactive features such as videos, graphics, animation etc.
Here are some popular reading devices and the eBook file formats that they support:
- Barnes and Noble’s Nook– ePUB and PDF
- Kobo– ePUB, PDF, TXT, HTML, RTF, MOBI, CBR, CBZ
- iBooks– ePUB and PDF
- Kindle– MOBI (a native Kindle format), AZW, AZW3, DOC, DOCX, HTML, RTF, TXT formats.
- Inkbook– ePUB, PDF, TXT, HTML, RTF, MOBI, CHM, DOC, FB2
- Android devices (via FBreader)– ePUB
- Computers, tablets– ePUB, PDF
Once you have zeroed in on the format of your eBook, the next obvious step is to choose a tool to do the job.
Below are the best free and paid eBook conversion software tools that support multiple file formats:
Kitaboo converts PDF documents into ePUB3 and Mobi/KF8 eBooks. This platform allows the creation of interactive content enriched with the read-aloud feature, external hyperlinks, videos, and audio files. It also supports HTML5 interactivity and games.
After conversion, the eBooks can be made available on Android, iOS and Windows operating systems and can be viewed on all major book platforms such as Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Google Playbooks, Kobo, Adobe Digital Editions, Readium-based custom eBook readers, ePub.JS-based custom eBook readers. This is a paid service, where the company does the conversion for you and offers you a well-designed eBooks in both fixed layout and reflowable formats. Find out more here.
This is a free online tool that lets you convert your files into an eBook. The formats that this tool supports are AZW, ePUB, MOBI, PDF, LIT, LRF, PDB, TCR and FB2. This online eBook converter also has audio, video and image converter, document converter and more.
With free eBook conversion, you can convert up to 20 files per conversion, whereas if you sign up for an account, you would be able to convert 200 files per conversion. So, if you want to convert a lot of pages, signing up would be a better option. Also, files of account holders are given more priority over free users and results in high-speed eBook conversion. Find out more here
You would have to download this software in order to start the conversion process. It is easy to use with simple functions. You only have to upload the files and select the device you want your eBook to be accessed on, and then hit convert.
This software converts your files to TXT, PDF, FB2, LIT, HTMLZ, PDB, LRF, PUB formats. The software allows your eBooks to be accessed on Kindle, iPad, iRiver, Sony, Nook, Kobo and many such devices. Find out more here.
With this tool, you can either opt for online eBook conversion or you can download Windows or Mac version and then proceed with the eBook conversion. This software converts EPUB to PDF, EPUB to MOBI, Kindle to PDF, MOBI to PDF, MOBI to EPUB, AZW to PDF, TXT to EPUB, TXT to MOBI and many more such combinations.
It converts one format of eBook to another eBook format. However, it does not convert a PDF file into an eBook format, but it does convert eBooks into a PDF. Find out more here.
How to Automate PDF to ePub3 Conversion
This is a free and easy to use software, where you have to upload your file and select the format in which you want your output and begin converting. You will receive your converted file through an email. You do not need to download this software.
This tool works on all operating systems and even converts files through email attachments. Their free service only lets you convert 50MB files, whereas for converting larger files you would have to sign up for an account. Signing up for their service also guarantees faster file conversions. Find out more here.
This conversion tool supports over 30 input formats. You can select a target conversion format and upload your file. Within minutes you would find your newly converted eBook ready for distribution on different reading devices. The tool is simple and easy to use. Find out more here.
You can either download this software or purchase it. Although the services that it provides in both cases is more or less the same. PDF Mate operates on Windows and Mac systems. You can convert your PDF to ePUB, TXT, MOBI, DOC, IMG, HTML, SWF formats. The tool supports up to 24 input formats, such as PRC, HTMLZ, DOCX, etc. Find out more here.
This is also a paid service, where the company offers eBook formatting and conversion services. The eBooks can be published on Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo Reader, Android Google Play and others. The cost of service depends on the kind of services, and the number of services you need from them.
ePUB is a widely used file format for eBooks and is supported by a lot of reading devices. Converting your eBooks in ePUB format will guarantee more readership as it can reach a wider audience.
A lot of publishers are going for ePUB as it also supports both fixed and reflowable format; which means, it can be used for text-heavy as well as image-heavy eBooks. It allows you to add multimedia enhancements to create a compelling and visually appealing eBook.
Choosing the right format for your eBook depends on factors such as your target audience and the content (only text or text with a lot of images). With so many similar conversion tools available online, one might not find a major difference between them. Some of these software tools are free to use and some only allow paid subscribers to use their tool.
While a free tool is always preferred by most people, paid software could provide you with additional features and better output. The reason why an enterprise decides to opt for a paid software service is because it offers secure and safe conversion, along with advanced features that you may or may not find in a free tool. Consider wisely before selecting an eBook conversion app, because a good quality eBook that is embedded with enhanced features and interactive elements is something that always engages the readers.
Also Read: 7 Best eBook Converters for Bulk Conversion
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