[Athen] Converting EPUB to PDF

Susan Kelmer Susan.Kelmer at colorado.edu
Wed Aug 29 06:41:04 PDT 2018

Andrea, this is basically what we do with Bookshare files. Most of my sighted students have no interest in learning to navigate a bookshare file, so we convert to word, add in page numbers and heading levels (because those do not exist or are poorly done in most bookshare files) and then convert word to PDF, or just give the student the word files.

Isn’t it amazing the hoops we jump through for your students? This is also why I am so angry about publishers finding yet another few hoops we have to jump through to get what our students need. Why are they making things more difficult?

Susan Kelmer
Alternate Format Production Program Manager
Disability Services
University of Colorado Boulder

From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Andrea L. Dietrich
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 7:03 AM
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Subject: Re: [Athen] Converting EPUB to PDF

I use a free program called Calibre (also available in a “portable” version in case you don’t have the ability to install software on your computers yourself). It’s designed as a general ebook management program, but it has really good conversion capabilities. The only issues I’ve had with epub to PDF are that sometimes the conversion will divide pages in odd places, and that there are usually no original page numbers to correspond to the hard copy of the book.

Depending on your time constraints, you might want to convert the epub to .docx, add page breaks manually in Word, and then convert that file to PDF so that you can “recreate” the original publisher layout for the book, but obviously that’s more time-consuming.

Good luck!

-Andi :)

Andrea Dietrich
Cornell University
Student Disability Services
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From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu<mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu>> On Behalf Of Robert Spangler
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 8:54 AM
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Subject: [Athen] Converting EPUB to PDF

Hello, is it possible to convert from EPUB to PDF and, if so, how would I go about doing it? We distribute PDFs only to our students unless otherwise requested, but a publisher on AccessText is stating that Epub is the only option available from them.

Robert Spangler
Disability Services Technical Support Specialist
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