Yes, there are many free online ebook file converters.
But is there a good open-source program to convert epub files to pdf so you can print out an epub book or certain pages?
Yes, there is and it is a much better way to correctly convert any ebook file format to a pdf file.
Online ebook converters generally give you only one file format you can upload for converting. On top of that, the quality of the conversion may not be perfect.
A better way to convert epub to pdf
Wouldn’t it be better if you could convert all of your ebook formats and get an accurate pdf file to print pages of an ebook every time?
Well, you can, and you can even edit your ebooks before you start converting.
On top of all that, you can convert all these different file types and more for free.
Convert epub to pdf
Convert epub to docx
Convert mobi to pdf
Convert mobi to docx
Convert AWZ3 (Kindle) to pdf
Convert AWZ3 (Kindle) to docx
Pdf (portable document format) files were developed by Adobe Systems. They are useful if you want to print out parts of an ebook.
This is very helpful for students because so many textbooks are now using electronic publication or ebooks.
Why would you need to convert?
For authors, being able to annotate and print out ebook files can help with proofreading.
It is also a practical way to send an ebook to a reader who does not have an electronic reading device such as a Kindle.
Epub format, developed by the International Digital Publishing Forum is one of the most common ebook file types.
It is used by most publishers and online ebook retailers, apart from Amazon Kindle which uses its proprietary AWZ file format.
No matter what format your ebook is in, epub, mobi or AWZ you can convert it to pdf very quickly.
So what do you need to do?
Getting started on converting epub to pdf files
Your first step is to download a free program called Calibre.
It is free open source software and it is easy to use and has a logical user interface.
Or in other words, it looks very nice and it is really simple to understand and learn how to use.
It is the ultimate file converter for ebooks, so every author should be using it.
You can download a version of Calibre for Windows, Mac or Linux, depending on your computer operating system.
Once you install the Calibre ebook converter, you are ready to start uploading and converting your ebook files.
If you do not know where your ebook files are, you can read this how-to guide to back up your Kindle ebook files.
For Apple iBooks, this short tutorial will help you find your epub files on your Mac.
Once you have located your ebook files, you are ready to add your first ebook to Calibre.
How to add your book file
Click on the Add Book button, and select your book file in whatever format it is and you are ready to change your ebook to pdf format.
Your book will now be at the top of the list.
Select your book, and then click on Convert Books to start the short process to convert your epub file, mobi or AWZ to pdf.
When the new screen opens, you will see all the details about your selected ebook.
In this screen, you can edit your book details or even add a new cover if you wish.
On the left-hand side, there are many tools for editing ebooks,
These are mostly used for designing a new ebook after uploading in docx format.
So you won’t need to use any of these for a simple epub to pdf conversion.
But you might want to investigate the full range of options that Calibre offers when you have some spare time.
If you are happy with the details, all you need to do is to click on Output Format in the top right-hand corner.
Then you can select from a dropdown list of file type options. In the image above, you can see the arrow pointing to start the pdf converter.
Once you select pdf, you will see the program working to convert your book. It usually only takes a few seconds.
Now you can go to your Calibre Libray, which is the button in the middle of the top menu, where you can select and view your new pdf file.
You can open your new file in any pdf reader, and from there you can annotate or print parts or all of your book.
You have finished your first conversion.
Now that you have installed Calibre, you can use it for any type of ebook conversion, or for formatting your new ebooks.
Another practical use for Calibre is to use it to store your ebook files.
It is an easy way to create a reliable back up of all your ebooks.
You can back up any ebook in any file type and be sure that if anything happens to your reading device, all of your ebooks are safely stored on your hard drive or cloud drive.
If you are a new author, you will need to be able to convert your Word manuscript into ebook files.
By doing so, you can check your ebook formatting in most common file types.
To learn how to do it, read our how-to article about how you can quickly convert Word docx files to mobi or epub.
There are many, many ways to use Calibre.
Take a look around after you have learned how to convert to pdf and see what more you can do with this free and extremely useful program.
It really is like the Swiss Army Knife tool for ebooks and is a must-have tool for all authors and publishers.
I started my working life as a lithographer and spent over 30 years in the printing and publishing business.
Originally from Australia, I moved to Switzerland 20 years ago. My days are spent teaching English, writing and wrestling with technology while enjoying my glorious view of Lake Geneva and the Alps.
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