How to convert e-books from epub to mobi (and back again)!
By David C.P. Leland 171229.
There are so many books that you might want to read, and only so much room in your home for shelf after shelf of reading material. It’s either a dream, or a nightmare, to have so many books, but in any event, the convenience and availability of e-books could easily bring you to the format – it did with me! Now, the only issue is device compatibility! Hence, this itty-bitty technical guide!
1. Go find a book that you want to read, or reference which you want to use, in the *.epub format. Some of them are free books, others are copyrighted material with royalties to be paid. Some are old works, like the Bible, or Beowulf, but also some are new, such as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Make sure that you pay the authors for their wonderful works of literature and entertainment, journalism and research – they light up our lives, we should honor their work, and help them keep the lights on at their home!
2. Go to http://www.avs4you.com/ and make use of their always-free download of the AVS Document Converter. (Platforms: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP, 2003, Vista (no Mac OS/Linux support)) It is an extraordinarily powerful application which is easy to use, and uses few system resources as well.
3. In Document Converter, there is only one home screen, keeping the interface simple. On the left-hand side, there is a column where there are selection buttons for target formats. For this purpose, select “to eBook”, and then “mobi”.
4. Below the output formats, there’s detailed menu choice groups which open, one at a time. The defaults will include graphics/pictures from the original in the converted result document, as well as pagination, formatting and most fonts.
5. In the center of the user interface, there is a large field where the source file(s) are to appear, after using the explorer interface to tag them.
6. At the bottom, and at the right-hand side of the UI are buttons and boxes to designate the target file location and to CONVERT NOW!
7. The program works pretty quickly, depending on your system speed and resources. I have even checked it operating on a file located on a network drive attached to a server by USB, and got a 4Gb *.epub file converted and stored back on the same drive in about 7 minutes. The resulting *.mobi file was about 0.9Gb.
8. If you’re intending on using the e-book on a Kindle, you can either email it over, or send it locally, such as by USB cable. On the Kindle, place the file in the /documents path, and then dismount it from the computer. When you return to the home screen, and then the library, you should see the new title listed first!
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