How to create ePub from PDF

Books? Paper documents? Museum stuff! By now you only read e-books and view documents only if they are in electronic format. And woe to you if someone offers you to read them on a computer: you have just bought an iPad and an iPhone and you want to view everything on them. OK, but tell me one thing: what are you going to do with all those PDF documents you keep on your PC? Wouldn’t you like to turn them into ePub format files and read them in a much easier and more comfortable way on both iPad and iPhone?

If your answer is yes, then you should really consult this article of mine entirely dedicated, precisely, to how to create ePub from PDF. In the following lines it will be my concern to show you which tools you can use to transform your PDF files into ePub documents in order to be able to view them optimally on your Apple-branded devices and not, of course. It is essentially a matter of exploiting some specific software and online services used precisely for the conversion of the formats in question. They are very easy to use and also ensure a good quality for the output files, within the limits of the possible, of course. Oh, I almost forgot, they are all at no cost or in any case can be used free of charge for a trial period.

Then? what are you doing still standing there? Take a few minutes of free time all to yourself, make yourself comfortable in front of your trusted computer and immediately start reading the instructions on what to do that you find below. In the end, you will see, you will be able to tell yourself very happy and satisfied with what you have learned, I have no doubts. Are you ready? S? Great! Let’s ban the chatter and proceed. Good job”!


  • Caliber (Windows / Mac / Linux)
  • AnyBizSoft PDF to EPUB (Windows)
  • Zamzar (Online)
  • Convertio (Online)
  • To ePub (Online)

Caliber (Windows / Mac / Linux)

The first of the resources to create ePub from PDF that I want to suggest you try is Caliber, probably the best tool on the market for carrying out the operation in question. It is a free and open source program usable on Windows, macOS and also on Linux that allows you to create and manage digital libraries in a complete way. In addition to allowing you to transform PDF files into ePub, it also allows you to transfer books to tablet ebook readers and to read books in digital format directly on your computer.

To start using it immediately, first connect to its website, click on the logo of the operating system you are using and select the Download Caliber link on the page that is subsequently shown to you. When the download is complete, open the executable file you just obtained, click on Yes / Run, check the box next to  I accept the terms in the License Agreement and complete the installation procedure by pressing first on  Install and then on  Yes and  Finish.

If what you are using is a Mac, open the downloaded .dmg package and drag the Caliber icon into the Applications folder via the window that appears on the desktop. Then go to the macOS Applications folder , right-click on the Caliber icon and select Open from the menu that appears to start the program.

Once the Caliber window is displayed on the screen, follow the initial configuration procedure that is prostate by setting the language of use of the program, selecting the folder on the computer in which to save the books and specifying the ebook reader model or tablet you own. When setup is complete, click on the Add books button  at the top left and select the PDF documents you want to turn into ePub.

Then wait for the import procedure to be started and completed, then select the documents just imported from the central part of the program window and click on the Convert books button   located at the top left. In the window that appears, select the EPUB item   from the Output formats menu   at the top right and click the OK button at the bottom.

If you want, before starting the conversion procedure you can also intervene on the various parameters relating to appearance, structure, index, etc. of the final ePub file below your needs and preferences. Just use the tabs on the left side of the window that you see appear after clicking the Convert Books button.

At the end of the conversion procedure, you will be able to view your books in ePub format by selecting the title from the Caliber library and then clicking on the item Click to open which is in the sidebar on the right. The folder in which the newly converted files were saved will then open.

AnyBizSoft PDF to EPUB (Windows)

If, on the other hand, you are looking for a specific conversion program that does not also offer other functions for the management of e-books, you can rely on  AnyBizSoft PDF to EPUB. It is a software for Windows operating systems only that, in fact, allows you to convert PDFs into ePubs to read them on iPad and iPhone and various mobile devices, including e-book readers, in an extremely easy and fast way. It is paid, but it is also available in a free trial version (the one I used for this tutorial of mine) that allows you to freely convert the first five pages of any PDF document. Let’s see in more detail how it works.

The first step you need is, of course, to download the program to your PC. To do this, connected to the download page on the Softpedia website, click on the Download button at the top left and then select the Trial Version (Regnow) link.

When the download is complete, open the executable file obtained, click Yes / Run and, in the window you see appear on the desktop, press the Next button and then the Run button . Now, click again on Next , accept the conditions of use of the program by putting the checkmark next to the item I accept the agreement and click first on Next three times in a row and then on Install and Finish to complete the installation process and start AnyBizSoft PDF to EPUB.

In the window that opens, click on the Free Trial button to start using the free trial version of the program. Then click on the Add Files … button at the top of the software window to select the PDF documents (including protected ones) that you want to convert to ePub or add them by drag and drop and start the conversion procedure by clicking on the Convert button at the bottom of right. At the end of the procedure, you will see a specific warning appear on the screen.

If before starting the conversion you want to personally select the folder in which to save the converted PDFs, click on the […] button at the bottom and in indicates the reference position. Alternatively, you can choose to save the ePub files generated by the program in the same location as the source documents by selecting the option  Save target file (s) in source folder, which is always at the bottom.

Then I would like to point out the possibility, if you deem it appropriate, to intervene on the program settings relating to the test colors and images and to the formatting of the texts by clicking on the Options button which is in the win alo part of the AnyBizSoft PDF to EPUB window.

Zamzar (Online)

Do you need to convert only a few PDF documents into ePub and don’t feel like downloading and installing special programs on your computer? Then you might want to consider using Zamzar. In fact, I’m talking to you about a zero-cost and easy-to-use Web service that allows you to create ePubs from PDF while maintaining the formatting of the texts and leaving the original quality practically unchanged. It also allows you to perform various other conversion operations but at the moment, I don’t think you care. Note that the upload limit is set at 100 MB in total and, in addition, to download the converted files, a valid email address must be indicated.

To use it for your purpose, connect to the  Zamzar home page and click on the Choose files… button corresponding to the Step 1 section . In the window that opens, select the PDF file you want to act on. Alternatively, drag the document directly into the browser window, in correspondence with the word Drop your files here that you will see appear.

If, on the other hand, the file on which you want to work is online, click on the Zamzar URL Converter tab and fill in the field that you find under the heading Step 1 with the relative link.

Once the upload is complete, choose the epub item  from the drop-down menu attached to the Step 2 section , type your e-mail address in the text box corresponding to the Step 3 section , press the Convert button   that you find in the Step 4 section  and in the window that opens click the OK button .

Once the upload of the document to be converted has been started and completed, you will receive an email from Zamzar (it could take several hours, the service is a bit slow). Open it, click on the link inside and click on the green Download Now button on the  new web page that will open to download the PDF transformed into ePub on your computer.

Convertio (Online)

As an alternative to Zamzar you can turn to Convertio , another online service useful for converting PDF documents (as well as other file formats). It allows you to upload files with a maximum size of 100 MB and the converted documents can be saved directly on all those that are the most popular cloud storage services.

To serve, visit its main page , press the From a computer button  and select the files saved on your PC that you want to convert to ePub. Alternatively, drag them directly into the browser window. You can also upload files to act on via Dropbox or Google Drive, just click on the relevant buttons on the screen and log in to your account.

If, on the other hand, your files are on the network but not on a cloud storage service (or in any case not one of the supported ones), press the button with the  chain and enter the relative link in the appropriate field. To add more links click on  + Add another URL.

Then select from the drop down menu in the right voice EBOOK and then the EPUB  Picture  then presses the button Convert  which is below. When the transformation is complete, click on the Download button to download the newly obtained ePub files on your computer or click on the buttons with the icons of the cloud storage services to save your documents on one of the latter.

To ePub (Online)

To conclude, I want to tell you about another online service that can be useful for creating ePubs from PDF. This is  To ePub. It is very easy to use, does not impose particular limits in terms of uploading and protects the privacy of users as all data uploaded to its servers are permanently deleted within 1 hour.

To try it, connected to its home page , click on the EPUB button and drag the PDFs on which you intend to go and act in correspondence with the wording  Drag your files here. . If you prefer, you can also manually select the PDF files to transform by first clicking on the Upload files button.

Therefore, wait for the sectioned documents to be uploaded to the service and for the conversion procedure to be started and completed, then click on the Download button on the preview of your files to save them one at a time on your computer. If you prefer to download the files all at once, click the DOWNLOAD ALL button  below.


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