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PDF to Epub converter software - iskysoft. Thoughts?

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 07:07 PM

So, I recently stumbled across software for my Mac known as iskysoft pdf converter. http://www.iskysoft....verter-mac.html


It has outstanding reviews and I wanted to know if anyone has used this to convert a pdf to epub and upload to Kindle Direct? I really want to maintain formatting and the specialized fonts I have in the printed version of UNDERTOW.


Has anyone used this software?


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Posted 31 July 2013 - 08:49 PM

I'm not familiar with the software, but you're going to have difficulty preserving the look of the physical copy in the eBook. Specialized fonts won't translate to an ereader, because the user can select from several system fonts to read in. If you wanted to keep chapter headings in a special font, you might be able to do it by turning those headings into graphics, but I haven't experimented with including graphics in eBooks. And going straight from the PDF wouldn't accomplish that.


Looks like the software has a free trial. I certainly wouldn't pay for it until I'd tried it out, load the result onto an eReader and see what it looks like.


(Also, does Amazon now support uploading as an EPUB and they'll convert it to Kindle format? That wasn't the case previously, I don't think.)

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 09:57 PM

Newer versions of Kindles have better support for fonts but unless you have very good reasons for selecting specific fonts, like a children's book, it might be better to stick with the defaults. There are several things to consider:

Older versions of Kindles may render the book differently - you'd certainly have no control over that.

Readers have preferences for the font style, size, spacing etc and might not appreciate those being overridden,

Kindle Version 8 (KF8) has a number of built in fonts that you can specify in CSS - you can even embed your own fonts but Amazon don't recommend this.


You can find more details in the Kindle Publishing Guide Lines


If the software is free, you have only your time to waste creating an epub. If the results look ok (and the software might disregard font info anyway for an epub conversion), you can use other free software to convert to Kindle format. Calibre will do this as will KindleGen. As RC mentions, I'm pretty sure you can upload an epub file directly to Amazon and it will convert to Kindle and you can view the results in the previewer.


Good luck and prepare for plenty of head scratching.



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