Last time I promised to talk about Calibre, a great free tool that I found online for document conversion. I don’t claim to be an expert on the program, but I’ll share what I’ve learned so far.
What does a conversion tool do?
It does exactly what it sounds like it would do. 🙂 You upload a document (.doc, .docx, .mobi, .epub…) and the program converts it into a different file format. In e-book publishing there are really only two kinds we use .mobi for kindle and .epub for everything else. A note of caution though, the conversion process can really mess up formatting sometimes. Always double check the converted file.
Why do I use Calibre?
I found that with epubs especially Calibre offers me more editing options that I just don’t have with online conversion sites. Although it took a little while to figure out what I was doing, once I did it was easy. Calibre allows me to upload a word doc, and pick which file I want to change it to. I can edit the metadata, the cover, the images, and just about anything I want. Once converted, I can go into the file structure and fix any mistakes.
The only downside I’ve found is that unless you convert to an .acwx file (supposedly a file amazon uses) you can’t edit .mobi files in their editor. I may be wrong about that… like I said I’m still working on it.
What other tools are out there?
On the internet you’ll find several conversion sites. I’ve used one called ebook.online-convert.com which allows you to immediately delete your uploaded file.