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Top 5 Android PDF to ePub Converters

An eBook or electronic book is the digital version of the traditional printed book. It contains text, tables, images, diagrams etc. It can be read using a personal computer or a special device called eBook Reader. An eBook reader may be an application or a device designed especially for reading eBooks. Some major book retailers and multiple third party developers have developed free eBook reader applications. Those applications are available for Mac or Windows PC, Android, Blackberry, iPhone, iPad etc. On the other hand, Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, Kobo eReader, Barnes and Noble Nook are the most popular eBook reader device. PDF, Portable Document Format, is an open standard for distributing electronic document in a way that is independent of application software, operating system or hardware. It was invented by Adobe Systems and now it is maintained by International Organization of Standardization (ISO). PDF is mainly used on computer. So, if people want to read PDF on Android, it's better to convert PDF to ebooks. ePUB, on the other hand, is an open and free eBook standard invented by International Digital Publishing Forum(IDPF). Its full form is Electronic Publication. File created with this standard has .epub extension. There are a number of Android based tools that can be used to convert PDF to ePUB format. One may ask why to convert a PDF file to an ePUB file. The reason is the unique features of ePUB standard such as:

  1. Reflowable, resizeable or fixed layout.
  2. Inline raster and vector image.
  3. DRM support.
  4. CSS styling.
  5. Supports audio and video content.

Part 1: Top 5 PDF to ePUB Converter for Android apps

Here is a list of top 5 Android PDF to ePUB converter:

Name Google Play Store URL Price Ratings
ePUBator https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=it.iiizio.epubator&hl=en Free 3.9/5
ePUB Converter https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.srsahu.epubconverter Free 3.7/5
Media Converter (MP3 & Video) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.andromo.dev10265.app264461 Free 3.4/5
ePUB Creator : PDF to ePUB https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.woostudio.epub Free 3.4/5
Epub Generator (Pdf-Epub) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.crayon.crayonepubgen $ 1.98 2.5/5

ePUBator

ePUBator is an offline PDF to ePUB converter. It was created by Ezio Querini. It can recognize text from PDF files and then extract text out to place in ePub format. The latest version of ePUBator is v0.11 when this article was being written. ePUBator requires Android OS 2.2 or above.

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Features

  1. PDF extraction is based on iText which is an open source library that allows to manipulate PDF documents.
  2. It works offline.
  3. It is ads free.
  4. It tries to extract only GIF, PNG, and JPG images.
  5. It extracts contents in a table.
  6. It doesn't extract any font size or style.
  7. It saves the ePUB file in the same directory of the PDF file.
  8. It creates the ePUB with the same name as the PDF file and the title in the front page is also the same as the PDF file.

Advantages

  1. No Internet connection is required.
  2. It is free to use and ads free.
  3. It is more secure as it does not upload the PDF file to any insecure Internet.

Disadvantages

  1. It works with only PDF books not all PDF documents.
  2. Images can not be placed at the same place in PDF files but placed at the end of the ebooks.
  3. It will fail to extract PDF text when the book size is too large.

ePUB Converter

ePUB Converter is another free and open source PDF to ePUB Android app. ePUB Converter was actually inspired by ePUBator created by Ezio Querini. The latest version when this article was being written was version 0.4. The minimum Android OS required for this app is 2.2 and up.

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Features

  1. Like the first app, its file extraction is also based on iText library.
  2. Users can set it to run in the background.
  3. It can also work offline.

Advantages

  1. Users don't need to upload to any website for conversion. No network is required.
  2. It is free to use
  3. The interface is simple and user friendly.

Disadvantages

  1. It behaves inconsistently with multiple column PDF document.
  2. It is hard for users to find the converted ePub books.

Media Converter (MP3 & Video)

It is another wonderful Android app for PDF to ePUB conversion. What you will need is an active Internet connection to make the conversion. PDF to ePUB conversion is just one kind of conversion what Media Converter does. Users can convert multiple formats to other common formats. The latest version was 1.0. This app runs only for Android OS 2.1 and above.

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Features

  1. It works online.
  2. Media converter is best to say as a web browser app to converter files.
  3. It is versatile to convert between all common formats.

Advantages

  1. By a single download, lots of conversion can be performed.

Disadvantages

  1. It requires an active Internet connection to run this app.
  2. Some people can not import files to convert.

ePUB Creator : PDF to ePUB

ePUB creator is another Android PDF to ePUB conversion app. Like almost other converters, it works offiline. It adopts the same technology with the first two apps to extract text from PDF files and place in ePub format. The Android OS requires at least 2.2 and higher.

pdf to epub android converter

Features

  1. It can modify or delete the contents of USB storage
  2. It works well with text.

Advantages

  1. No Internet connection is required.
  2. It will access the USB device.

Disadvantages

  1. It works with only three common image format png, jpg and gif.
  2. Only single column PDF documents work well.

Epub Generator (Pdf-Epub)

It is a powerful PDF to the standard ePUB format eBook generator. It converts directly from the device resource without any active Internet access. The latest version of this app is 1.4.1. Android version 2.2 or above is required to run this app.

pdf to epub android converter

Features

  1. It requires no DRM.
  2. It enables users to change the cover image of the eBook.
  3. Can convert a full gallery of image to ePUB.

Advantages

  1. It enables customization to change cover image of the eBook.

Disadvantages

  1. It requires an ePUB reader to view the result.

Part 2: Desktop Tools to convert PDF to ePUB for Android

The above PDF to ePub Android apps are mostly used for PDF books. If you want to convert any PDF documents to ePub files to read on Android. The best way is to convert with desktop tools and then transfer to Android devices. There are a number of tools available to convert PDF to ePUB on desktop computers. Zamzar is a free online tool for file type conversion. It is secure, powerful and versatile. No need to download any software. All you need is just an active Internet connection. But you can only convert a PDF file upto 100MB for free. For larger file you will have to buy a monthly package. Wondershare PDF Converter Pro is a versatile desktop tool to not only convert PDF to ePub but also convert between all document formats.

Features of Wondershare PDF Converter Pro:

  • Can convert a password protected PDF file.
  • Can secure PDF files with password.
  • Can convert scanned PDF file to editable text using advanced OCR

Let's see step by step how we can convert a PDF file to ePUB using Wondershare PDF converter Pro.

Step 1: After installing Wondershare PDF converter pro on computer, click on the Add PDF Files button to upload the PDF file that you want to convert. As batch upload is supported, you can also upload multiple files at a time.

pdf to epub android converter

Step 2: Select from the Output Format drop-down list and choose ePUB on the right side of the page.

pdf to epub android converter

Step 3: Choose the output folder. You can set the Output Folder the same as the source PDF file or you can customize the output folder.

pdf to epub android converter

Step 4: Click on the Convert button to begin the PDF to ePUB conversion. After few minutes, the conversion will be finished. Click on the folder icon on each PDF item bar to see the output file.

pdf to epub android converter

Part 3: Convert PDF to MOBI by Calibre

MOBI is another open eBook publication formats for eBook Distribution. The eBook format is based on XHTML and also supports frames and JavaScript. DRM protection, tables and images are also supported. It was created by a French eBook company called Mobipocket. They wanted to create a format for mobile device that will optimize certain elements such as images to be used on low bandwidth. So, MOBI file format is commonly used for eBooks on Smartphones, PDAs and Amazon Kindle. Converting PDF files to Mobi and reading is also a way to read PDF files on Android. But there are no PDF to Mobi converter for Android on the market. What you can do is to convert PDF to Mobi on your computer and then transfer to Android.

Calibre is a free and open source eBook library management software. It can convert a lot of file format to a lot of other file format. In this section, we will discuss how to convert PDF files to MOBI using Calibre.

Step 1: Download and install Calibre. The home screen of Calibre looks like below:

pdf to epub android converter

Step 2: You have to add books you wanted to convert. Click on Add books at the upper-left side of the home screen as shown below:

pdf to epub for android

Step 3: Select Add books from a single directory or other options according to your requirements. The following open Select books dialog will appear. Choose the PDF file and click Open

pdf to epub android converter

Step 4: Now you can see the file in the middle of the screen as below:

pdf to epub android app

Step 5: Click on the Convert books icon and select Convert individually or other option as your requirements as below:

pdf to epub for android

Step 6: From the next screen as shown below you can see that the input format is PDF at the left side of the screen. Now, choose the output format as MOBI from the drop-down list at the right side of the screen. You can also change other options like Book Cover, Author of the eBook, Metadata and other options.

pdf to epub android converter

Step 7: Finally, click on the OK button and within 1 or 2 minutes your PDF file will be converted to MOBI file. You can view the eBooks by clicking the View icon or you can navigate to the saved path by clicking the Click to open at the left side of the screen as shown below:

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