How to pay without creating a PayPal account

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Many services all over the world wide web require you to pay via PayPal. Why? Because it’s easy, convenient, and provides many useful features, securities, and possibilities for both, buyers and sellers. Yet, not everyone feels safe using and registering for PayPal, and linking their bank account information to their new PayPal account. PayPal fraud is still something many people are afraid of. All that’s needed – most of the time – is clicking on one link to give your private information to someone on the other side of the net.

Some sellers, however, offer you to pay for their services via PayPal without creating an account! If you, for example, want to sign up for one of the premium services of Online-Convert.com, all you need is a credit card.

If you decided for the service package you want to purchase, you will be automatically directed to PayPal. The standard view is the one displayed below. Yet, after being prompted to log in to an existing PayPal account, many don’t look further. If you want to pay with your credit card without signing up on the page, you should do that though. Click on “Pay with Debit or Credit Card”.

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Now, you are presented with a form that requires the information about your credit or debit card. Depending on your country, you may also be asked to enter your address, email address, or phone number. To continue after entering all the information necessary, simply click on “Pay now” at the bottom of the form.

 

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Afterwards, you will be asked whether you want to create a PayPal account. If you decide to do so, you can register with the information entered. If you still have no desire to use PayPal more regularly by entering your information, you can – of course – decline.

With getting the confirmation of PayPal that your purchase has been made, the services you ordered will be available for you immediately.


 

Problems you may encounter

While Online-Convert.com offers the service of paying with credit card instead of creating a PayPal account, not everyone does. Sellers can choose to disable this feature, only enabling you to pay when having an account with PayPal.
Furthermore, it may be that your country isn’t supporting this kind of payment. In case the problem lies within PayPal though, it may help to clear your browsing data and delete the cookies.

If PayPal is not accepting your credit card, it may also be that you already have an account that is linked to your card’s information, preventing the site to pay with it without logging in.

For more information about paying with credit or debit cards, please visit the PayPal customer support page or refer to this announcement.

 

EDIT 11/08/2016: We have updated the screenshots and our article since PayPal did a few changes.

Convert e-Books to PDF for More Flexibility

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The creation of e-readers is either the best invention since sliced bread, or it’s the biggest curse of the last decade, depending upon your perspective. However, regardless of your perspective, if you do use e-readers, you should know more about the limitations of e-reader files and learn about how to convert e-books to a pdf format.

If you’re an “old school” reader, you may not be excited about these devices because you lose the feel of having a good book in your hands, and turning one page after another as you read through the book. However, many other people love e-readers because of their portability. No matter where you’re going and what kind of internet access you do or do not have, you can have your favorite 500 books literally at your fingertips. You may not have the physical book in your hand, but you also don’t have to carry about the heavy weight on the chance that you’ll have an opportunity to sit down and read.

However, even if you are a big fan of e-readers and e-books, there are some downsides. There are more devices than ever before that work with e-readers and allow you the portability, but if you want the flexibility of reading books on different devices, you will eventually run into a problem because not all e-readers can read all the different e-book formats. This is where it helps to have the ability to convert e-books to PDF.

Different Devices

You have a couple different options if you want to be able to read your e-book on devices that don’t support your specific e-book file.

The downside to converting your e-book to a different format is that you are still likely limited to specific devices. If you have multiple devices you may potentially want to use, this probably isn’t going to be your best option. In this case, the best choice is probably to convert e-books to PDF. The PDF format is widely used on most types of devices so the chances are much higher that you can convert your e-book one time, and be able to add it al all of your different devices and have them be able to open the file so you can read it.

Convert e-books to PDF

We do have the functionality on online-convert.com to convert e-books to PDF. When you use the tool, you just need to use the browse function on your computer to tell us which file you want to convert.

When you use this url to convert e-books to PDF, simply click the “Browse” button. That will make the files on your computer available and you just need to navigate to the location of your e-book and select it. Then you can input or adjust any of the “optional settings” available that you want to, and click on “Convert File”. Our converter will then convert your e-book to PDF and will tell you how to download the resulting PDF.

How to Open Unknown Files

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Did it ever happen to you that you downloaded a song or video clip, or someone sent you a file via email and once you want to open and view it, it doesn’t work? Of course you wonder why, and after checking the file you see that you may have never heard of this kind of file before. Don’t panic. The next time you encounter such an unknown file, you will be well prepared!

In this article, we will tell you how to easily handle unknown file formats, and what you can do to use them on your computer without installing any additional software.

What’s the File Extension?

The first thing to do when you find a file that you can’t open is to find out what file extension it has. Because once you have the extension’s name, you can find out what kind of file it is and how you can open it.

Find the file in question and click on it with your right mouse button. Depending on what OS you use (Windows or Apple) a list of options will pop up. One of them should be “Properties” or something similar (also depending on the language of your computer). Once you clicked on it, a pop up window will open which lists all the properties of your file. When using Windows, you will have a point that says “File Type:”. There you will find the necessary information about your file type, e.g. PDF-File (.pdf)

The file extension are the letters following the dot in the brackets. In this case, the file extension would be PDF.

What kind of File is it?

Now that you know what kind of file extension you’re dealing with, it’s time to find out what kind of file it is. A document, an image, or maybe a music file? Or something else entirely?

The easiest and most informative way to do so is by referring to a list of file formats where you can easily search for the one in question. Such lists not only give you information about the developers and all kinds of technical data about the file type, but also about the programs with which you can open them!

For example, you found an AIF file on your computer. Searching the list linked above, you find a listing under “Audio Files.” Now you know that this file was developed by Apple, contains audio data, and can be opened by the Quicktime or Windows Media Player.

How to open/view this File?

In the best case, you can now choose the program you prefer to open the file, may it be a document file or a spreadsheet. But what if you don’t have any program from the list presented installed on your computer? Instead of having to install yet another video player or Office suit program, you can easily convert your file into a format that the most popular programs can open.

Unfortunately, especially when it comes to video files, there can still be problems when you want to play a video that contains codecs that are not installed on your computer. T find more about these cases, you can read our article about video codecs and containers.

How to Transfer Books to a Kindle

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The Kindle is one of the most popular e-readers on the market, as you would expect with any product that was produced by Amazon. The product has been amazingly popular and has been through several updates to expand its capabilities. While the newest version of the Kindle Fire can compete with many of the lower end tablets on the market, the Kindle still excels at its original purpose – to function as an e-reading device.

It’s relatively easy to make a purchase from Amazon and have it automatically downloaded to your Kindle, but most people believe they are limited to books purchased from Amazon (or any other online store that connects with your Kindle). However, you can also add most of the old eBooks you already own if you know how to transfer books to a Kindle.

Kindle Format or Other Format?

The first thing you must determine is what format your old eBooks are in. The Kindle format is AZW3 and your Kindle has the ability to read a few other types of files as well. If the eBooks you want to add are in a format Kindle doesn’t recognize, they just need to be converted. Converting eBook formats is actually very easy once you find a good online eBook converter.

How to Transfer Books to Kindle

File Transfer

The easiest way to transfer books to Kindle when they’re old is to simply transfer them from your computer directly to your Kindle. This is done through a micro USB cable. This likely did not come with your Kindle so if you don’t have one, you will need to go to your local store that carries computer accessories to pick one up.

Once you connect the two devices, you can easily transfer files from your computer to your Kindle.

Email Transfer

There is another option you can use to transfer books to Kindle that most people aren’t aware of. When you purchase a Kindle, you are prompted to register the device with Amazon. This allows you to make purchases and have those purchases sent directly to your Kindle. This is also used if you make online checkouts from your local library.

However, a little known fact is that when you set up this account, you are also given a new, Kindle-specific email address. This email address generally looks like this: name_number@kindle.com. In this example, the “name” is your user name and the “number” is a random number that has been assigned to you. If you don’t know your kindle email address, it can be found in the Settings/My Account sections of your Kindle.

Once you locate your email address, you can simply email the files you want added to your eBook to that email address. This can be the files containing a new eBook, a PDF, or anything else you want added to your Kindle.

Now you know two different ways to transfer books to Kindle. You should be ready to convert your old ebooks and load up your Kindle with some of your old favorites. It also works well to get some new books ready for your beach vacation, business trip or just to have handy anytime you want to read!

Kindle File Formats – How to Read Everything on Your Kindle Fire

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It’s a pretty well known fact that the Kindle is the most popular e-reader on the market. It came out relatively early in the e-book revolution and is backed by Amazon, which means it has a tremendous distribution network. The size of the Amazon network also means you should learn about the Kindle file formats so you can use your Kindle for your old e-books as well as your new ones.

Why You Need to Convert

One of the few problems with the Kindle (and many of the other readers as well) is that it only reads a specific type of e-book file. They developed their own Kindle file formats called AZW, or AZW3 (in the more recent versions). The Kindle also has the ability to read files in the MOBI and PRC formats. As far as document files, the Kindle can easily manage TXT and PDF files.

However, if you have e-book files that do not use those specific file extensions, your Kindle will have trouble opening them because they were not created with the specific Kindle ebook file format.

As we become more technologically savvy, and more dependent upon our devices, this gets more complicated. For example, if you previously had a different kind of e-reader device you may have many books that you want to keep, but in most cases, if those books aren’t using the Kindle file formats, your new Kindle won’t be able to read them.

You might also have a large document that you need to read for work, but you want the convenience of having that document on your Kindle instead of having to carry around your laptop anytime you think you may want to read it.

The good news is that you don’t have to lose access to those books or important documents if you have access to a good online ebook converter.

How to Convert

The really good news is that it is very simple to convert your e-book files from one type of format to one of the Kindle file formats, if you have a good converter.

In most cases, all you have to do is access the e-book converter and then tell it which file you want to convert simply by browsing on your computer and selecting the proper file. Then you select which of the Kindle file formats you want the file converted to. There may be some additional features to choose from, but they will depend upon the specific converter you’re using.

The converter should then either send you an email of the converted file or provide you with a download button on the website page you’re using. Then you just need to add the newly converted e-book (now created in one of the Kindle file formats) to your Kindle and you’re ready to go!

Which Format to Choose

Of course, if you are converting your e-book files to something that will work with your Kindle, you should convert it to the AZW or AZW3 formats. However, if you are converting your files for a different type of e-reader, make sure you select the specific file that can be read by your device.

Cross-Conversion – What is possible?

The basic and general features of a file converter, whether it’s a software tool you have to install on your computer or whether it’s an online service, are mostly the same: You upload a file and convert it into another format, either because you can’t open the initial file, because you want to reduce the file size to send it over the internet, or because you want to send it to people that may not be able to open the original file format.

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These conversions mostly happen inside a certain category or type of file formats, e.g. from one image file format to the other, or from one document to a different type of document. Yet, there is something else our online converter service can do for you, and it all falls under the term Cross-Converting.

Cross Converting entails that you can not only convert your audio file into another audio file, but that you can actually convert across file types. Converting a movie file into music, or an image into PDF are only a few possibilities. This article will show you many different options of cross converting your files, creating many new possibilities for you!

Extract audio from a video

Sometimes, it’s hard to get your hands on certain movie background music, or the tracks on the OST or Score do not really convey the feel they had when heard in the movie because certain background sounds have been missing. Or maybe there is an interesting part of a speech or monologue from a recorded lecture or speech you want to extract.

The Solution: If you are just interested in the audio data from a video, you can easily extract it by converting the movie file into MP3, WAV, or some other audio file like Apple iTune’s AAC.

Create audio from a document

There are different ways to learn, and next to reading and repeating, listening is a big part of the remembering process. Furthermore, at times it’s difficult to find the time to read your lecture notes, online articles, or even longer correspondence that include a lot of information – especially when you’re on the road a lot.

The Solution: Convert your PDF or Microsoft Word documents into an audio file format, preferably MP3 because it’s supported by most audio playing devices and mobile phones. This way, you can listen to your notes and writings, rewind, repeat, and memorize the information even better.

Extract text from a picture

Another very popular way of taking notes is taking a quick photo of blackboard notes or presentation slides. But what if you want to use the text to alter or insert somewhere? There is an easier way than copying the text from the picture by writing it down yourself.

The Solution: Depending on the quality of the photo you have taken, it can be converted into a TXT or DOC file which gives you the text of whatever has been on the picture.

The easy way to make a presentation

Holding a presentation is so much easier when you have just one file with all the information on it instead of having to switch in between pictures, texts, audio, screenshots, and video.

The Solution: If you have your notes already prepared in a text document or even saved as PDF, you are only one click away from converting your document into a PowerPoint presentation.

Also: It works the other way round as well though. By converting PPT or PPTX files into PDF, you can get not only a printer friendly version, but you can also ensure that most people are able to open and vie your presentation.

Animated GIFs

Animated GIFs are one trend on the internet that will never completely die out, being revived again and again. Yet, not everybody is skilled in the art of creating such animated pictures, and not everybody has the programs necessary to make them.

The Solution: A very easy way of creating an animated GIF is to convert your MP4 or other video file. If you upload a larger movie file, only the beginning will be converted into an animated GIF, so the most convenient way is to cut the video into the portions you want to be “giffed” and upload them individually, creating an receiving the animated pictures you wanted.

From document to eBook

Another great way of memorizing your notes and rereading them is a very paper saving one as well. Most people take notes in lectures, talks, or meetings on their laptop nowadays, but it can be annoying and impractical to carry it with you whenever you want to re-read on what has been talked about. Printing all the notes isn’t a very convenient option either.

The Solution: Convert Microsoft Word or OpenOffice documents into an eBook format. The purpose of eReaders is to store books and other papers in a space and paper saving way. Furthermore, they re very light and easy to take with you, with a library option to quickly find the notes you need.

Present your Design projects

Creating a design project for your customers is linked to quite some struggles. One is faced when you want to present your progress or suggestions to your customers. It is very likely, that they can not open your vector graphic or EPS, PSD, or DWG file.

The Solution: Converting your special image files into JPG or even PDF makes it easy and convenient for your customers to look at the design you made for them. Furthermore, the conversion will leave your original file untouched!

And there’s more…

These are only the most common and most popular Cross Conversion features online conversion tools can offer. If there are any more features you would like to see implemented concerning Cross Conversion, feel free to contact our support team. We are constantly striving to better our service for you, and suggestions made are always welcome.

Files Supported by Your eBook Reader

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eBook readers have a lot advantages over books in a printed paper-form. They are lighter, multiple books can be stored on one device, you don’t need any bookmarks because the reader remembers the page you read last, and so on. Yet, once you decided that you want to buy an eBook reader, you have quite the variety to choose from.

Following, we have listed some of the most popular eBook readers and the different file formats they support. Whether your can open and view PDF documents, MOBI files, or even PNG images on your mobile reading device can help you to choose the right one for you.

Amazon Kindle

The most well-known of all eBook readers isthe Amazon Kindle, as well as the Kindle Touch and Kindle Paperwhite versions. The one file extension most commonly associated with the Kindle is the eBook format AZW3 (or AZW for earlier versions). Other files the Kindle can open and display are:

  • eBook Files: AZW and AZW3MOBI and PRC (unprotected)
  • Document Files: TXT and PDF

Other files are supported by the Kindle as well, made usable on the device through conversion:

  • Document Files: HTML, DOC, and DOCX
  • Image Files:  JPEG, GIF, PNG, and BMP
  • Audio Files: AA, AAX, and MP3 (Kindle Touch)

Unfortunately, not all eBook file types can be opened with Amazon’s Kindle devices. The very common EPUB file, which is used by many other eBook readers, is not supported.

Barnes & Noble Nook

The Nook series of eBook readers was developed by and for the American company and book retailer Barnes & Noble. The e-reading devices are based on Android technology, and B&N even offers a service where you can read a Nook Store book for free for one hour per day when connected with the wi-fi connection in the B&N stores.

  • eBook Files: EPUB and PDBCBZ (Nook Tablet)
  • Document Files: PDF; DOC and DOCX (Nook Color and Nook Tablet)
  • Image Files: JPEG, GIF, PNG, and BMP
  • Audio Files: MP3, AAC, and OGG (Nook 1st gen and Nook Color)
  • Video Files: MP4, 3GP, MKV, WEBM, and more (Nook Tablet)

The Nook does not support Amazon’s AZW3 and books stored in the MOBI file format.

ECTACO jetBook

The jetBook is ECTACO’s mobile reading device which was introduced to the market in 2008. Files supported by the jetBook include:

  • eBook Files: EPUB, FB2, MOBI, and PRC
  • Document Files: PDF, TXT, RTF, and HTML
  • Image Files: JPEG, PNG, GIF, and BMP
  • Audio Files: MP3

The built-in MP3 player enables users of the jetBook to listen to music directly on the device while reading.

Amazon’s AZW and AZW3 files are not supported by ECTACO’s jetBook.

Kobo eReader

The Kobo (the name is an anagram to the word “book”) was developed by Kobo Inc. in Toronto, but later on bought by the Japanese company Rakuten. The following files are supported by the Kobo reader:

  • eBook Files: EPUB, MOBI, PRC, and CBZ
  • Document Files: PDF, TXT, and HTML

The Kobo Reader does not support Amazon’s AZW and AZW3 files.

PocketBook

Thee is a huge list of mobile reading devices developed and going under the name of PocketBook. The brand also produces tablet computers with an Android operating system.

  • eBook Files: EPUB, MOBI, FB2, and DJVU
  • Document Files: TXT, PDF, and HTML

Amazon’s AZW and AZW3 files are not supported by PocketBook devices.

Now that you read about the file formats supported by the most popular eBook reading devices, it should be a lot easier to make a choice. But even if you encounter an eBook you can not open with the reader you bought, you can still convert your eBook files into a supported file format.

 

The Best eBook File Formats

In the early days of the eBooks, there were limited options when it came to the file extensions that were used. Whatever file they gave you was what you used because that is likelyebook file formats all that was available. However, today people and businesses have started publishing eBooks and there are also eReader devices on the market today. Of course, another problem is that we seem to replace our frequently replace our electronic devices with “bigger and better” models.

Because of those things, it’s become more confusing to keep track of the eBook file formats you can use on your devices and what will need to be converted before you can open and read it (or send it).

We’re here to clear up that confusion for you.

ePub

This eBook file format can be used on the Barnes & Noble Nook, Sony Readers and most Apple devices. There are also addons that can be used in Firefox to read the book on your computer. ePub is an open format and it was created with the purpose of acting as the source file for the book as well as the format needed for the end user.

AZW

The AZW file format is based on the MOBI format (but it has a much higher level of compression) and is used exclusively on the Amazon Kindle. However, Kindle has created many apps that allow their eBooks used on Apple products, computers and most tablets.

LIT

LIT is one of the eBook file formats that has been discontinued. It was developed for use on mobile Windows devices through the use of Microsoft Reader software. Since this has been discontinued, you will probably need to convert your eBook files to a format that can be read on your current devices.

PDF

The PDF eBook format is familiar to many people because it is a typical PDF file from Adobe. While this is one of the more popular eBook file formats, it has limitations. It can be read on any device that is equipped with Adobe Reader (and a few others), it does not scale well. This means the PDF eBook format is not very good for smart phones and smaller mobile devices.

ODF

The ODF file format is an XML based format. This is becoming popular because it is the default option for the OpenOffice suite of products that have been developed to give people a free alternative to the traditional Microsoft Office products.

Mobi

The MOBI format is used by the MobiPocket Reader. There is also software and apps available to read these types of eBook file formats on other approved devices. Some of the reading apps for other devices also open Mobi files. However, MOBI files sometimes have trouble converting tables and images on different size devices.

 

Now that you know what the best options are for eBook file formats, you can make a better choice when you are forced to use an eBook format converter on any of your eBook files.

Why eBook Converters Are Becoming More Popular, and Necessary

In the early days of this frenzied electronic revolution, it seemed like everything was much easier. You had one computer and you read your books in their “old school” physical form. While those early daysebook-converter were less complicated, we also didn’t have nearly as many options as we do today. These days, more and more people are reading books on many different electronic devices. While this is wonderful technology, it has also created some very technical problems. solving those problems is the reason you need a good ebook converter to help you out.

Today, we don’t just have those desktop computers, we also have laptops, tablets, and smartphones. When you throw e-readers into the mix, it gets really, really complicated. The problem is that our expectations have changed along with this technology and today we want to be able to access everything we have, from anywhere we want, and we want to be able to do it “now”.

All Devices, All the Time

Everyone wants all of the books you buy to be available on your e-reader, but sometimes you also want to be able to read on your phone or your computer. Sometimes you want to even buy your ebooks from different sources. When your old e-reader wears out, you may even want to move your books from one e-reader to another.

In order for all of those pieces to work like you want them to, sometimes it means you have use a good ebook converter to help you make it happen.

Reasons You May Need an Ebook Coverter

One of the potential problems with e-books is that they are delivered in a very specific type of file. Some e-readers can handle many different types of files, but some are also very limited in the number of different files they can read.

In the best case scenario, the ebook you buy is delivered in a format that works with your e-reader, computer or phone. However, this is not always the case. If you get a book in the wrong type of file, you may have to convert it before you can read it.

If you buy a new e-reader that does NOT read the types of files from your old e-reader, it can be very difficult to transfer them. This happens a lot with e-readers that are inexpensive. One of the ways they keep costs down is that they don’t offer very much flexibility. Of course, unless you’ve experienced this problem before, you are not likely to understand the potential problems until it’s too late. The good news is that a good online ebook converter can help you retain access to your books.

You can also have a problem that is caused from where you purchased the ebook. In most cases, if you bought the book from a larger seller, you probably won’t have very much trouble. However, if you buy the book from a smaller seller, or even an individual person or small website, you may receive the book as a file type that doesn’t work with your device. In this case, you may have to convert the ebook files before you can even access the book in the first place.

Another reason you may need to find a good online ebook converter is if you have a huge document that you want to put on your e-reader (so it’s always with you and ready when you have a few spare minutes while waiting for the dentist or standing in line). You can’t do that with a Word document unless you have a mobile device that ALSO has the ability to read Word files, which is rare. A simple answer is to convert the Word file to the type of file that can be viewed by your e-reader and add it.

Clearly, it’s important for you to have access to a good ebook converter from time to time. If you bookmark this page, you’ll be able to convert your ebook, stress-free, when the time comes that you need it.

Convert PDF to Kindle Format – Free!

Whether you have a lengthy PDF you want to read on your Kindle Fire or are an author self-publishing a new e-book, using an online file converter will make your life a lot easier.  In an instant your PDF will be converted to the ideal format for viewing on a Kindle E-Reader, and free of charge!

This same basic process of converting files online will work for your Nook and other E-Readers, you would just change the target format.  Also, these instructions apply if you have an MS Word or other text documents you would like to be able to convert to Kindle format.

To convert your PDF to the Kindle format, follow these steps:

1. Under Ebook converter, select “Convert to AZW.”

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2. Choose the file you want to be converted.

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3. The settings in this box are completely optional.  You can specify if this will be for Kindle or Kindle fire, though the result will work on either.  It is also possible to change the name and author of the document.

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4. Select “Convert file” and you’re done!  Your PDF is now ready to be viewed on any Kindle.

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Remember, by changing the target format, you can use this same process to take any text document and convert the file online and read on a Nook or your other favorite E-Reader.