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5 Free Tools to Convert Files for the Kindle and Other Ebook Readers

by Wendy Woudstra   

 
 


There are a number of reasons why you might want or need to convert your files and manuscripts to e-book formats. Perhaps you want to convert personal files for reading on your Kindle, or maybe you want to make your galleys available digitally to reviewers, or your want to sell your own books as e-books from your website.

No matter what your reason and your needs, there are a variety of tools to do most of the hard work for you.

Calibre
http://calibre-ebook.com
WIN | OSX | LINUX

This is my all-time favorite program. I can plug in all my documents, from PDFs to RTF, .lit and Microsoft Word... and on the fly I can send them as .mobi to my Kindle, or as an ePub book to the Sony Reader. The number of devices it works with is impressive, and it does a better job of managing and making use of your entire ebook collection than anything else I've come across.

As a by-product of all this awesomeness, it works pretty darn well as an ebook converter too. Just plug in your file -- RTF or Microsoft Word work fine -- then specify your metadata, give the thing a cover, and convert it to .mobi for the Kindle, and ePub for other readers.


Mobipocket eBook Creator
http://www.mobipocket.com/en/downloadsoft/productdetailscreator.asp
WIN

Another free conversion application that does a great job converting text and Microsoft Word files to .mobi, which are viewable on the Kindle, and on Windows PCs, Windows Mobile, Blackberry Palm and Symbian OS with the Mobipocket eBook Reader, as well as on several dedicated ereader devices like the Cybook, Illiad, iRex and BeBook.


eScape
http://www.pincette.biz/odftoepub/index.xhtml
WIN (with OpenOffice)

A tool to convert OpenOffice.org documents into ePub format. Follow the styling rules, create a cover image and select a style sheet, then create your ePub. The license to use eScape is only for individual, non-commercial use only, so you can't use it if you want to charge for your ebooks.


eCub
http://www.juliansmart.com/ecub
WIN | OSX | LINUX

eCub is a free, cross-platform tool for creating EPUB and MobiPocket books with options for generating a table of contents, a cover page, and a title page. You can create a simple cover design image using templates and a simple design tool. Then you can compile, check and try out the EPUB at the click of a button. eCub only creates unencrypted files, but may be used for commercial purposes.


Simplicissimus BookMaker
http://bookmaker.simplicissimus.it/?lang=en
WIN | OSX | LINUX

Simplicissimus is an Italian web application (don't worry, the instructions are in English) that will let you upload a file and convert it to PDF, ePub, or .mobi on the fly. It accepts .rtf, .doc, .odt, .txt, .html, lit, .and .fb2 files for conversion.