How to Convert ePUB to PDF

Convert your ebook file to PDF to make it easier to access

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If you want to view your ePUB files in a printable document, learn how to convert ePUB to PDF with a web-based tool. You can also use a desktop ebook converter to add metadata and edit your converted PDF document in Microsoft Word.

Instructions in this article apply broadly to all web browsers and operating systems.

How to Convert ePUB to PDF Online

Zamzar is an online ebook converter that lets you turn ePUB files into PDFs without downloading any software. To convert ePUB files with Zamzar:

  1. Open the Zamzar website in any web browser and select Add Files.

    Open the Zamzar website in any web browser and select Add Files.
  2. Select the ePUB file(s) you want to convert to PDF.

    Select the ePUB file(s) you want to convert to PDF.
  3. Select Convert to, then choose pdf from the list of options.

    Select Convert to, then choose pdf from the list of options.
  4. Select Convert Now.

    Check the box beside Email when done if you want to receive an email with a link to the converted PDF file.

    Select Convert Now.
  5. Select Download when the conversion is complete.

    Select Download when the conversion is complete.

You can use these same steps to convert a PDF file to ePUB format.

How to Convert ePUB to PDF With a Desktop Ebook Converter

Online ebook converters like Zamzar don’t give you the ability to make changes to your ePUB file. If you want to add metadata or change the cover of your ebook, use a free desktop ePUB converter like Calibre instead. To convert an ePUB file to PDF format with Calibre:

  1. Open Calibre and select Add books to open the Select books dialog box.

    Open Calibre and select Add books to open the Select books dialog box.
  2. Select the ePUB file you want to convert to PDF.

    Select the ePUB file you want to convert to PDF.
  3. Select the ePUB file to highlight it, then select Convert books to open the Convert dialog box.

    Select the ePUB file to highlight it, then select Convert books to open the Convert dialog box.
  4. Set the Output format to PDF.

    Set the Output format to PDF.
  5. Add or change the metadata as needed, then select OK to return to the Calibre library.

    Add or change the metadata as needed, then select OK to return to the Calibre library.
  6. In the left pane, select the arrow beside Formats to expand the list, and then select PDF.

    In the left pane, select the arrow beside Formats to expand the list, and then select PDF.
  7. Select your PDF file, then select Save to disk to save the PDF file to a folder on your computer, removable media, or cloud account.

    Select your PDF file, then select Save to disk to save the PDF file to a folder on your computer, removable media, or cloud account.

Different converters produce different results, so if the PDF file doesn’t look the way you want, you could use a different ePUB to PDF conversion tool. When you work with online and desktop ebook converters, you won’t know what you’ll get until you try. Alternatively, you can edit the PDF file yourself to get the exact results you’re looking for.

You can also use Calibre to convert a PDF to an ebook.

How to Edit the PDF File in Word

There are several online PDF editors available. There are also desktop apps that can handle the editing job. Microsoft Word, for example, is a popular desktop app that edits PDF files and saves files in PDF format. To edit a PDF in Word:

  1. Open the PDF file in Microsoft Word.

    Open the PDF file in Microsoft Word.
  2. Select OK to convert the PDF into a format that can be edited in Word.

    Select OK to convert the PDF into a format that can be edited in Word.
  3. Make any changes you want to the PDF file, then select File.

    While you’re making changes, the file is saved in Microsoft Word format.

    Make any changes you want to the PDF file, then select File.
  4. Select Export.

    Select Export.
  5. Select Create PDF/XPS to open the Publish as PDF or XPS dialog box.

    Select Create PDF/XPS to open the Publish as PDF or XPS dialog box.
  6. Navigate to the folder you want to save the PDF file in, then select Publish.

    Navigate to the folder you want to save the PDF file in, then select Publish.