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Best EPUB to PDF converter
#1  Lordblacknail 12-17-2017, 10:47 PM
Not sure if this is the proper place for this, but does anyone know of a really good epub to PDF converter that will actually work properly?
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#2  dwig 12-18-2017, 10:41 AM
In order to get any usable responses, you need to provide your personal definition of "work properly".
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#3  DaleDe 12-18-2017, 12:58 PM
Moved this thread to a better forum that has people who deal with this sort of problem.

Dale
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#4  JSWolf 12-18-2017, 01:06 PM
Quote Lordblacknail
Not sure if this is the proper place for this, but does anyone know of a really good epub to PDF converter that will actually work properly?
There is no "works properly". You have to A/B compare everything and fix what needs for a proper conversion. There's no way to do it otherwise. PDF is a crap format to convert from.
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#5  Tex2002ans 12-18-2017, 01:52 PM
Quote JSWolf
There is no "works properly". You have to A/B compare everything and fix what needs for a proper conversion. There's no way to do it otherwise. PDF is a crap format to convert from.
He said EPUB -> PDF, not PDF -> EPUB.

Anyway, there isn't great solutions for that either, and depends on how complex your book is.

Calibre can make PDFs from EPUBs, but the quality on those is.... lacking.

You could also generate PDFs by importing the EPUB into your favorite Word Processor (Word, LibreOffice, [...]) and probably tweak everything and save a PDF from there.

If you wanted higher quality, you could use Jellby's "Prince PDF" plugin:

https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=230027

All of these solutions have their own pros/cons though.
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#6  BetterRed 12-18-2017, 05:54 PM
Quote Lordblacknail
Not sure if this is the proper place for this, but does anyone know of a really good epub to PDF converter that will actually work properly?
If I assume "will actually work properly" means "works perfectly", then No.

But nothing works perfectly for everyone. See Tex's post.

BR
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#7  dwig 12-18-2017, 08:38 PM
Quote Lordblacknail
Not sure if this is the proper place for this, but does anyone know of a really good epub to PDF converter that will actually work properly?
Keep in mind that normal ePubs, "fixed layout" ePubs excepted, do not have any concept of "pages" and PDF requires a page specification. There is absolutely no way that any application can automagically read your mind and create a page specification that matches your expectations.

There are two broad classes of methods to produce PDFs from ePubs. One is to use a conversion tool like those already mentioned, along with many others. These can yield PDFs with separate test and images, but require manual input to select page size, margins, text size, ... .

The other method is to open the ePub in an ebook reader application that haa a print function and select a PDF virtual printer as your printer. The current Win10 has a default virtual printer and 3rd party virtual printers have been available for ages. The macOS also have a built in service to do the same though it is a separate button in the print dialog rather than a listed printer. These generally produce PDFs with images for each page rather than "live" text.
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#8  RobertDDL 12-19-2017, 04:27 AM
The slowest way, but the one that probably will give you the best control over the result:

- export to HTML
- edit HTML
- create new document in Open (or Libre) Office
- import HTML
- format and edit
- export to PDF

No guarantee that it works properly with all ePubs ...
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#9  Hitch 12-19-2017, 05:26 PM
Quote RobertDDL
The slowest way, but the one that probably will give you the best control over the result:

- export to HTML
- edit HTML
- create new document in Open (or Libre) Office
- import HTML
- format and edit
- export to PDF

No guarantee that it works properly with all ePubs ...
This ^ is really the ONLY way to do it. Believe me, I've tried every single way under the sun. If all you need is a quick-n-dirty, for someone to proof some test or something, Calibre with Prince plugged in (and licensed) is the way to do that, but if you need any of the niceties, then this method is the only one that works.

You can also do this with Word--in step 3. Just open the HTML file with Word. You can then save as, use DOCX, and then open it in Publisher, or INDD, or whichever.

Hitch
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#10  Janet16 12-20-2017, 05:58 AM
This PDF Creator claims could create PDF document from EPUB, you could have a try first.

Oh, my bad, it's only works for Mac, for Windows, I found this via google:
http://www.pdfforge.org/pdfcreator
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