FAQ – Everything You Need To Know About E-Book Conversion

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Do you know this problem? You download an e-book and want to open and read it with your e-book reader or tablet and the book does not appear in your library. But when you open your e-reader’s directory on your computer, the file is there.

If this happens, your e-book is in a format your reader or app can not open. Don’t worry though, that doesn’t mean that you have to delete the file and will never be able to read the book, story, or article. It just means that you have to convert the file into a format your device supports.

Here are a few frequently asked questions and the according answers about e-book conversions. With those in mind, the conversion will be no issue anymore!

E-Book Converter FAQs

What’s an e-book converter good for?

It depends on the e-book reader or app for your tablet or iPad you are using which e-book formats you can use. Not all e-readers support the same formats, and not all apps can open and correctly display all files. This means that files you can open on your Kindle may not be supported by your Nook. To still be able to read an unsupported file, you can convert it to another e-book format. Let’s see which formats are supported by which e-readers.

  • The Amazon Kindle supports AZW, AZW3, MOBI, PDF, and unprotected PRC files.
  • The Barnes & Noble Nook supports EPUB, PDB, PDF, and even comic book files in the CBZ format.
  • The Kobo eReader supports EPUB, MOBI, PRC, PDF, and also CBZ files.
  • The PocketBook supports EPUB, MOBI, FB2, PDF, and DJVU files.
  • Sony Readers support EPUB, FB2, and PDF files.
  • For more information and the support of document files, check out this article about Files Supported By Your E-Book Reader.

In this list, you can see that there are at least eight e-book files (and one comic book archive file) that can not be opened by all e-readers in the list. Thus, if you have an AZW file from an Amazon Kindle purchase, you have to convert it to, e.g., EPUB to read it on your Nook. If you have a DJVU file but no PocketBook, you have to convert the file, e.g., to MOBI to read it on your device.

And this is exactly what an e-book converter can do for you!

How do I convert my e-book files?

Well, we have good news for you! It’s very simple, really! Especially if you are

  • in a hurry,
  • don’t want to install a program on your computer,
  • or are not really tech-savvy

an online e-book converter is your place to go. The handling is fairly easy, you only have to download the converted file, and the conversion is rather quick. But the best of all? It’s completely cost free! So, how does it work?

You go to ebook.online-convert.com and choose the format you need for your reading device or app; for example the widely supported EPUB. Now, you have three possibilities to choose from:

  1. Upload a file from your computer
  2. Enter an URL to an e-book stored online
  3. Choose a file from a cloud storage like Google Drive or Dropbox

Now you are good to go. Click on “Convert file” and wait until your download starts. Of course, you can also send the file to yourself or a friend via email, or save it to your cloud storage.

What are the Optional Settings?

If you checked out one of the e-book converters, you have surely seen that there are optional settings you can use when converting to e-book. You don’t need them for the conversion, but they provide some additional value other e-book converters may not be able to provide!

First of all, if you own one of the e-book readers from the given list, you can choose it to add additional information to the conversion. The converted e-book file will then contain information and settings for that particular device.

Furthermore, you can change the title and author information of the e-book. This can be very helpful if you received a file from the internet with crooked or incomplete information. Or if you want to find a certain book in a series faster than the title would let you. Furthermore, you can add a border (in cm) to the e-book file for easier reading or, if your device supports that option, for adding notes.

More formatting options are given as well. If you converted e-book contains strange signs, you can try changing the embed font. You can also choose the coding of the input depending on the language and coding style used in the original, as well as create an ASCII output. Those last two options should be used by experts though, because they could screw with the input of your ebook if you don’t know what you are doing.

What else can I do?

Using an online e-book converter, you can do more than converting e-book files from one format to the other! The keyword here is cross conversion. To read documents, notes, and scripts on the go, you can convert from many different formats to e-book. For example:

  • from Microsoft Word to e-book
  • from PDF to e-book
  • from a presentation (like PPT) to e-book
  • from image (JPG, PNG, TIF, SVG) to e-book

What e-book files can I convert to?

The most common and widely used e-book formats on the market are available as output formats. Some may be discontinued, which means they are not compatible with newer versions of the respective e-readers. However, if you have one of the older models, they may still be of interest for you.

  • AZW3 – Amazon Kindle format
  • EPUB – Open source, widely available and supported
  • FB2 – Open source, created and most commonly used in Russia
  • LIT – Microsoft reading devices format; discontinued
  • LRF – Readers format; discontinued
  • MOBI – Mobipocket format, but supported by a variety of other devices and apps as well
  • PDB – Palm PDA format
  • PDF – Version of Adobe PDF documents optimized for e-book readers
  • TCR – Psion Series 3 format

How To Write an eBook

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You will soon find that the more words and time you put into writing content as a freelance writer, the more you are rewarded. But what if you wanted to get super efficient, or simply have a deadline that you are struggling to meet. Before you compromise on quality, check out these steps.

Break It Down

Start with your numerical goal. Not monetary figures, but words. If your topic starts with something serious like ‘ The Ultimate Guide…’ then you might need the freedom of 10, 000 words or maybe even a little more to get the job done. The best strategy is to at least work on a longer and complex eBook once every ten months, and publish smaller ones in the time in middle.

Break the book into 2000 words and so on. Most blog posts are usually in the range of 1000 and 2000 words. This is what typically is recommended for most bloggers, even though many times longer and short posts do the trick. Sometimes, writing an eBook can easily look like an impossible task. However, writing 10 blogs does not always fare bad with a lot of people. For example, if you need to jot down 17000 words in one eBook, break it into 10 chunks of chapters, or sections, or anything that goes with the format of your eBook.

You will most probably be breaking down into sections like Introduction, The Why, Top Tips, Figures, Case Study, etc.

When you are starting out, it helps to brainstorm a list first. Plus, this way you will also be able to assess that anything that can be explained in another section does not need to be separately repeated in another chapter. You never know you might just think of something that you missed out. Moreover, if you are organized, things get done faster too.

Write These Chunks

It is okay and works if you approach each chunk that you have chosen as a mini book. This way you will be able to properly give each an introduction, fill it with supporting points and a conclusion. You are not only making things easier for yourself but also for people who are skipping to sections straight from the Table of Contents.

A good idea would be to simply outline everything that goes further into each section and take cues from there so that there is nothing to stop you from simply writing away the eBook.

Read It Like A Reader Would

Read the final draft from the start to finish and then evaluate what you think of it. You may come across new ideas that you missed or think that something is really irrelevant in an eBook.

Check out the eBook converter on our site, all you have to do is input the document and we will do the rest.

Convert Text To eBook For Summer Vacation

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It’s summer, and that means it’s the main vacation time!

It is fun to plan going on vacation, booking a flight and hotel, already imagining to lie on the beach and leave all the stress behind. However, as soon as you start packing your bag, you always notice a quite striking issue: your bag is too small!

Airlines have restrictions when it comes to the weigh of your luggage, and who wants to carry around a bag that weighs as much as him or herself anyway?

So what do you do? You sort out everything that seems unnecessary. We have another approach that may help you save some space and trouble though!

Convert Documents and Text to eBook Formats

In you vacation, you may finally find some time again to read. It is indeed a great feeling to lie on the beach, listening to the waves, and engaging in the stories of an exciting book or novel. Yet, books – even though the consist of paper almost exclusively – make your luggage a lot heavier. And if you are a fast and enthusiastic reader, you have to carry more than one or two books with you.

If you are the owner of a tablet or eReader, however, you can drop the extra weight easily by transferring books to your portable reading device!

  • Are there important texts for school, university, or your job you have to read through?
  • Did an aspiring author in your circle of friends send you a Word document or PDF to skip through?
  • Are you a passionate reader of online articles, fanfiction, or other online content?

Then make your documents “kindle ready”! All you need is

  1. the document or the link to your resource, and
  2. an eBook converter.

How to Convert Text to EPUB

EPUB is one of the most common eBook formats (alongside with MOBI and AZW). Converting your texts to EPUB will enable you to read them “on the go” on your tablet or eReader. But how do you get there? Check out our video tutorial and you will know how to, e.g., convert PDF to EPUB.

Yes, it can be that easy to take your favorite fanfiction, online articles, business correspondence, or any other digital text on vacation. There is no need to constantly look for a wi-fi hotspot or debit your mobile contract for roaming. After converting, you can read your texts offline.

Of course you can choose another eBook format rather than convert to EPUB as well! Does your smartphone, tablet app, or phablet not support EPUB? Then you can always convert EPUB to MOBI or AZW.

 

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How and Why You Need to Know How to Convert eBooks to Other Formats

eBook converters are really easy to use, but if you aren’t already well versed in what they can do, it can be confusing.  Most people are becoming more familiar with document converters, but eBook converters still seem to have a lot of questions surrounding them.

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We’re going to explain everything you need to know about why you need to know how to convert eBooks and how to do it.

What is an eBook File Converter?

An eBook is an electronic book you can read on your computer or mobile device. However, behind the scenes, an eBook is a specific type of file that is viewed on those devices. Each eBook is created in a specific type of file and can only be read on the devices that have the technology to open them.

When you’re working with word processing documents, the most common type of file is a .DOC. This is because that document type is created by Microsoft Word, which is the most popular type of word processing software.  Since other types of software want you to use their software, they usually also give you the ability to open DOC files because it’s good for their business to allow their users to interact with Microsoft products.

However, if your software can’t open the DOC document type, you simply have to use an online document converter to change the document type. eBooks are the same.

Why You Need an eBook Converter

Since there are now dozens of eReaders on the market, that means there are dozens of different types of eBook files. Because of this, the chance that at some point you will want to read one of your eBooks on a device that can’t open it is relatively high. This is why it’s necessary to learn how to convert eBooks.

You may also need to convert eBooks to a different format because you need it to become a PDF file, or a Word document.  Other people may need to convert eBooks because they’ve changed devices and their new device doesn’t have the same capability as their old one.

How eBook Converters Work

The hardest part of converting eBooks isn’t the conversion process, it’s finding the right converter.  There are a lot of things to consider before you decide what type of document converter to use. Some of those items are to review what features are available, whether the features you need are available, whether to use a desktop converter or an online converter, and of course, they must have the ability to handle the specific type of conversion you need.

How to Convert eBooks

Once you find the tools you’re going to use to convert eBooks to a different type of file, the hard part is out of the way. At that point, it’s just a matter of completing the steps in the conversion tool.

Most tools offer you a simple browse method of selecting your file. This means you will simply use your computer file manager to select the specific eBook file you want to have converted. This is done in the same manner as selecting a Word or Excel file to open.

Once you select the file, you will just need to tell your conversion tool how you want the eBook file converted. After you select the type of file you need, the tool should then convert your eBook. You should either receive an email that includes the new file, or a link on the website page that will allow you to download your converted eBook.

Now that you know how to convert eBooks, you should be able to read any of your eBooks on any device you have!

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.