12 Replies Latest reply: Feb 20, 2013 12:58 AM by sjpt RSS

    PDF to epub not converting correctly

    Maliazmom

      After I change my PDF to an epub file, it does not look the same. I have two photos per page in the PDF, and when it converts to epub it shows only one picture per page with double the amount of pages?

        • 1. Re: PDF to epub not converting correctly
          MichaelKazlow ACP/MVPs

          How are you converting it to epub? Acrobat doesn't export to epub.

          • 2. Re: PDF to epub not converting correctly
            Maliazmom Community Member

            I am converting it in Adobe Buzzword.

            • 4. Re: PDF to epub not converting correctly
              inman2787 Community Member

              Try Calibre. It's an open source ebook management app that organizes ebooks and can convert between multiple formats.

              • 5. Re: PDF to epub not converting correctly
                Eileen Spears

                You can use some pdf to epub converter for mac or windows. Goole "pdf to epub converter" or "pdf to epub converter mac". There may be more useful informations for you.

                • 6. Re: PDF to epub not converting correctly
                  jena518

                  Yes, Calibre works very well in my experience BUT it doesn't work if you buy something in pdf and the Seller put a DRM on it.

                  • 7. Re: PDF to epub not converting correctly
                    Frustrated in AZ Community Member

                    Nor should it do anything differently than any other software package.  DRM

                    is implemented the same way across the board.

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                    • 8. Re: PDF to epub not converting correctly
                      jena518 Community Member

                      In some ways I agree with the theory of DRM...just not the practice if the original format doesn't work when told it does.  That's the equivilent of stealing isn't it?  Charging for something that the Buyer can't use.  If you have purchased something, believing that it will work and disappointed when it doesn't shouldn't there be a solution for the end user or is it just written off by the companies that have that in the software?    Bottom line is $$$ for any company...but customer satisfaction, support...are those things no longer important to companies?   Individuals that buy software that have this ability should be able to use it but when it's used to cheat as a scam, why is finding help a challenge?  The End User did nothing wrong but with all the technology out there...there's no real reason something can't be done to help us. 

                       

                      It's not right nor is it fair...but no one who can 'fix' it really cares do they. 

                      • 9. Re: PDF to epub not converting correctly
                        Frustrated in AZ Community Member

                        I may become a PITA for you, but I think you need to step back and

                        determine how you started this process.....

                         

                        .pdf is a file format that's been used for documents for what seems like

                        forever.  It has many limitations, and for that reason, other formats for

                        epublications were developed.  Those formats permit more flexibility in

                        formatting text, illustrations and colors that .pdf does.  Adobe developed

                        the 'epublication' format (.epub) many years ago, and it's one of the

                        standards in the industry.  There are very few companies that publish

                        ebooks that don't have an .epub version available.

                         

                        I don't know why you chose .pdf format for the ebooks you downloaded.  The

                        results seem unsatisfactory (!).  You say 'the original format doesn't

                        work' , but you chose it - perhaps not knowing how limited a .pdf file is,

                        and on the faith that the NOOK supports .pdf.  Digital Editions does also,

                        but within limitations, because it does not incorporate all of the features

                        found in Adobe Reader software (which is designed to handle .pdfs).  So,

                        there's no telling whether the ebooks you purchased in .pdf are using

                        features not supported by either the NOOK or Digital Editions - until you

                        run into a problem.

                         

                        This 'feature' problem is compounded by conversions.  You have no idea when

                        you start whether the program you're going to use will do the job correctly

                        because you don't know what .pdf features are incorporated in the original

                        ebook.  Slowly, step by step, we go down the rabbit hole...

                         

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                        • 10. Re: PDF to epub not converting correctly
                          jena518 Community Member

                          Yes, you're right about the different formats available.  BUT, pdf is what I was given so not being able to use it, to read more than one word on a line isn't unreasonable.  However, I know that other people that have Nooks just rebuy the item after trying to fix the problem.  I don't have that kind of disposable income.  Most people look for deals and it a great opportunity for scammers to take advantage of that....but when 57 books from on author are set up that way....and youi have several authors it's difficult to understand why there is no help. 

                           

                          Again...more exercises in futility and fustration.

                          • 11. Re: PDF to epub not converting correctly
                            Frustrated in AZ Community Member

                            I feel for you, Jena.  The technologists who do this don't think of those

                            consequences.

                             

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                            • 12. Re: PDF to epub not converting correctly
                              sjpt Community Member

                              BUT it doesn't work if you buy something in pdf and the Seller put a DRM on it.


                              I agree with this comment and your points in post 8 about the practice of DRM.

                              There are DRM strippers such as epubee. 

                              You can then use the best converters available to escape from the inappropriate .pdf format.

                               

                              The legal case of using these strippers is not clear and varies from country to country.

                              However, the moral case seems pretty clear.

                              They should not be used for breaking the intent of the DRM (eg for sharing copies with other people).

                              However, their use is completely justified in cases where the DRM implementation is faulty, as it is in many ways with Adobe DRM, to enable books to be read in an appropriate manner.