What does it take for an author to publish a book? In a traditional setting, an author would first have to look for an agent or a publisher, send out manuscripts, face multiple rejections. Not to mention the complexities involved in the payment procedures. Thanks to evolving technology, today, authors need not go through this lengthy process. eBooks have made lives simpler for everyone- the writer, the publisher, and the reader. The only thing the writer needs is a well drafted digital manuscript and a eBook conversion software to convert his manuscript into an eBook.
The process of eBook conversion is quite simple. All you need to do is upload your file to the software and hit the convert button. There is a range of software packages available that will help you convert your PDFs into an eBook. However, sometimes, a lot of options tend to confuse us.
Before getting to the publishing part, you first have to decide the format you want your final eBook in. This depends on the eBook reader on which you want to make your eBook available. Because not every reader supports all the 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.
Here are some of the major 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
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 which support multiple file formats:
Kitaboo converts PDF documents into ePUB3 and Mobi/KF8 eBooks. This platform allows the creation of interactive content enriched with read-aloud feature, external hyperlinks, videos, and audio files. It also consists of HTML5 interactivity and games. After conversion, the eBooks can be made available in Android, iOS and Windows operating systems and can be viewed on all major book platforms such as Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Google Play books, 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 eBook.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and authors 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 of your eBook (only text or text with 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 an enterprise decides to opt for a paid software service is because it offers secure and safe conversion, along with advanced features which you may or may not find in a free tool. Consider wisely before selecting a tool, because a good quality eBook that is embedded with enhanced features and interactive elements is something that always engages the readers.