These conversions tools are handy when you have an image or a document you need in a different format. Or find someone to do it for you using the resources listed in the Online Marketplaces chapter.
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Use the free, open-source Calibre desktop app to convert your book files into MOBI and EPUB format.
When you’re creating Advanced Reading Copies (ARCs) for reviewers, I always recommend providing a choice of print, PDF, MOBI, or EPUB. Personally, I like reviewing books on my Kindle. I travel too much to haul books around with me. If they’re not in MOBI format, I’ll never get to it.
Once you download the Calibre application you simply add your book—it can be in Word format—complete the book metadata (title, author name, description and all that), create a simple cover or upload your professionally designed cover, click the CONVERT button, and download it to your computer. Then upload it to a private folder on DropBox (or similar, see Business & Productivity Tools), and invite your reviewers to grab a copy.
Convert Town’s Change DPI of Image
Very handy! You need images of at least 200 dpi for your print books, but what if your images (and screen shots) are only 72 dpi for digital publishing? If you don’t have Photoshop or GIMP image-editing programs, or you just want a fast way to increase the DPI of an image, use this tool. Just drag your low-resolution to their site to make it either 200 (for simple graphics) or 300 (for photos).
Related is Zamzar, a file conversion service described below.
GEEK ALERT! If you need to convert files from one markup format into another, pandoc is your swiss-army knife. Pandoc can convert documents in (several dialects of) Markdown, reStructuredText, textile, HTML, DocBook, LaTeX, MediaWiki markup, TWiki markup, TikiWiki markup, Creole 1.0, Vimwiki markup, OPML, Emacs Org-Mode, Emacs Muse, txt2tags, Microsoft Word docx, LibreOffice ODT, EPUB, or Haddock markup to HTML, word processor formats, ebooks, documentation formats, archival formats, page layout formats, outline formats, TeX formats, PDF, lightweight markup formats, and custom formats written in lua then this is for you.
If you’ve formatted your Word doc correctly using Styles just drop it into Publish Xpress to create an EPUB and a MOBI file. It does an amazingly good job. Free! If you need to edit the EPUB or MOBI, use Calibre (see above).
Zamzar is a browser-based conversion tool for over 1200 kinds of document, audio, and video formats. I use this app all the time.
For example, for Word documents created on the Mac, which do not retain hyperlinks when converted to PDF. For quick conversions of your docs into MOBI and EPUB formats, which is great when you want to offer a freebie to your email subscribers. You can also use Zamzar to convert image files.
I use the free version but if you convert lots and lots of files they offer basic, pro, and business versions for $9, $16, and $25 per month.