Have you downloaded a book in ePub format and now would you like to convert it into a PDF file to be able to read - and maybe edit - more comfortably on your tablet? No problem. This is an extremely simple operation that you can complete without spending a single cent.
All you have to do is download the application I am about to recommend and feed it the ebooks you want to turn into PDFs. In a few seconds you will get documents formatted in a decent way, more than decent I would say, to be used freely on tablets, computers and any other device capable of reading PDF files.
How do you say? Don't feel like installing programs on your PC just to convert an ebook? In the second part of the guide I will also speak you to some online solutions that allow you to convert ePub files to PDF directly from the browser, without installing programs. But now let's go in order and see how to turn ePub to PDF in a “traditional” way, ie with software to be installed on the computer.
Program to Transform EPub into PDF
The most complete and reliable program for convertire ePub in PDF è caliber: it is a free and open source software compatible with Windows, macOS and Linux that allows you to manage your digital library at 360 degrees. Using it, you can transfer books to ebook readers and tablets, read ebooks directly on your computer and, in fact, convert various formats of electronic books to each other.
To download Caliber on your computer, connected to its official website, click on the logo of the operating system installed on your PC (eg. Windows a 64 bit o OS X) and select the item Download Caliber on the page that opens.
When the download is complete, if you are using a Windows PC, open the Caliber installation package (calibre–64bit-xx.exe), put the check mark next to the item I accept the terms in the License Agreement and complete the setup by clicking on first install and then Yes e Finish.
If you are using a Mac instead, open the package dmg which contains Caliber, drag the program icon into the folder Applications macOS and that's it.
Now all you have to do is start Caliber and follow the initial software configuration procedure: it's about setting the language in which to use Caliber, select the folder computer where you want to save the books and specify the template ebook reader o tablet in their possession.
If you are using a Mac and the first time you start Caliber an error message appears, right click on the application icon and select the item apri give the menu check if you press.
Once you have completed the Caliber configuration procedure, click on the button Add books located at the top left and select the books in ePub format you want to transform into PDF.
Then wait for the import procedure to be completed (it shouldn't take long), select the books to be transformed into PDF from the Caliber library by doing Ctrl+click on their titles (cmd+click if you are using a Mac) and presses the button Convert books located at the top left.
In the window that opens, choose the item PDF give menu to tendin output located at the top right and modify the following parameters to optimize the content of the ebook to PDF format (otherwise you would get a book with gigantic characters and very narrow margins).
- Go to the section Output PDF of Caliber (in the left sidebar), put the check mark next to the item Ignore the paper size set in the output profile, make sure that in the drop-down menu Sheet size the item is set Letter and set the Default font size and Fixed-pitch font size on a value between 14 e 20 (or in any case on a value that is not too high, otherwise you will get PDFs with giant writings).
- Go to the section Set page of Caliber and set all margini on a value of 50.
At this point, click on your button OK which is located at the bottom right, wait a few seconds for the conversion to complete and enjoy the final result.
At the end of the conversion, to access your books in PDF format, select their title in the Caliber library and click on the item Click to open present in the right sidebar. The folder in which the ebook was saved in PDF format will open and then you can open, copy or move the file as you prefer.
If the size of the fonts and / or the thickness of the borders in the PDF file do not convince you, you can repeat the conversion with Caliber by setting different parameters than those I indicated earlier.
Trasformare EPub in PDF Online
Don't feel like installing other programs on your computer? Would you like to convert an ePub file to PDF directly from the browser? No problem. Here are some online services that allow you to transform ePub files into PDF without installing any program on your computer. They work with all the most popular web browsers, do not require registrations (or in any case do not require them in a mandatory manner) and protect the privacy of users by automatically deleting, within a few hours, all the files that are uploaded to their servers. Choose the one that seems to you best suited to your needs.
Online Convert is an all-in-one converter that allows you to convert not only ebooks, but also photos, music files, videos, Office documents and many other types of files. It does not require registration and has no stringent upload limits, in fact it allows you to upload files up to 100MB.
To convert an ebook with Online Convert, connected to the service using the link I just provided, click on the button Choose File / Browse and select the ePub book you want to turn into PDF. Then choose the destination device of the document (eg. Tablet) from the drop-down menu Target ebook reader; set, if you want, borders to add to the pages of the document indicating their thickness in the field Add border (in cm) and click on the button Convert file to start processing the ebook.
The book will first be uploaded to the site, then converted and finally downloaded as a PDF to your PC. The operation may take a few minutes to complete: try to be patient.
Another online service that allows you to convert ePubs to PDF is CloudConvert, which is completely free - in its basic version that allows you to convert up to 10 files at a time - and is extremely easy to use. It is a universal converter, in fact it allows you to convert not only ebooks but also Office documents, images, videos, music and more and does not require mandatory registrations in order to work.
To use CloudConvert, connected to its main page, click on the button Select files and select the ePub files to convert to PDF (there is no size limit). So press on the button Start conversion, wait for the processing of the ebooks to finish and download the final PDFs to your computer by clicking on the button Download that appears next to each file name.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to adjust either the size of the characters or the thickness of the margins, however the books generated by the service look pretty good and generally do not have gigantic fonts.