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convert rar to epub
#1  chipa 03-04-2012, 04:16 PM
Can someone please let me know how you convert a rar file to a epub file. The help would be fantastic. thank you.

#2  HarryT 03-04-2012, 04:21 PM
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#3  vxf 03-04-2012, 06:35 PM
Quote chipa
Can someone please let me know how you convert a rar file to a epub file. The help would be fantastic. thank you.
While I am by no means an expert - here is my limited knowledge.

.rar is a compressed file. Basically a single file that contains one or (more often) multiple files, compressed to save space. To open a .rar, you need a specific utility. For example, WinRar (google it, you should be able to get it for free).

Once you open the rar archive with WinRar, you will find multiple files inside. One of them could be an epub. If there is no epub in the rar, then you need to convert the files inside the rar to an epub. How to do that exactly depends on the type of files you have inside the rar - but the generic advice is to use Calibre (also, if you google it, you should find it easily - it's free, but donations are accepted).

#4  rkomar 03-05-2012, 02:07 PM
If the rar contains image files, then I would recommend creating a PDF file rather than EPUB with Calibre. See this thread: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=164266

#5  bill_mchale 03-05-2012, 03:13 PM
As VXF stated, .rar files are not an ebook format. They are an archive format like .zip or .tar. So, you can't simply convert into an epub. It is possible that an actual ebook format is contained with in such an archive, but you will have to extract the file. I would point out that books obtained from this format have a high probability of being an from a file sharing site and therefore, you have no way of knowing if the contents contained within it are actually something you want on your computer.

#6  CrankyBird 05-12-2015, 11:00 AM
Assuming you have a legal right to do this.

01) Scan the .rar file with a virus detector program BEFORE you open it.
Co-workers are just as likely to give you a virus as a web site, maybe more likely.

02) If the file is clean, open the .rar file INSIDE a folder.
.rar's will usually open into a bunch of .jpgs
In other words, a picture of each page of a book. magazine, comic or manga.
You can not copy text off .jpg pages.

03) It is best to download the FREE Calibre app for your operating system (Mac, Linux or Windows).

Calibre can change the format of almost anything into everything.

When I downloaded Calibre it converted files between CBZ, CBR, CBC, CHM, DJVU, DOCX, EPUB, FB2, HTML, HTMLZ, LIT, LRF, MOBI, ODT, PDF, PRC, PDB, PML, RB, RTF, SNB, TCR, TXT, TXTZ documents.
* This is an old list, so it probably converts more file formats than these.*

04) Then, direct Calibre to convert the file, inside the folder, into the format you want, in this case an epub.

* I think you can drop the folder on the Calibre app and it will ask what you want to do with it.
Calibre is very easy to use. *

05) Wait till it finishes the conversion, usually less than a minute.

06) Open the converted file with your .epub reader app. and enjoy.

I do not advise making a .pdf from .jpgs as you will make the file size even larger.
Convert the .jpgs into either an .epub or a .djvu file, depending what you want to read it on.
These two formats have the smallest file size.

*** Remember, every time you reduce a file's size or convert a file, it gets slightly more blurry. ***

* Note: You can see/read a set of .jpg inside a folder using a .chm reader. *

.chm readers are the applications most frequently used to read .jpg format books, like technical manuals, comics and manga.

There are quite a few FREE .chm readers.

Of course, you can just look at each .jpg one at a time and skip converting it.
If I am not keeping the .jpgs, I usually do this.

I highlight the first .jpg and press my space bar once.
It lets me see a preview of the .jpg, without opening it.
Then I just arrow down thru all the .jpgs.
When done, I delete the folder, .jpgs and all.

I hope this helps you.

#7  HarryT 05-12-2015, 11:04 AM
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