Ebook formatting 2: Epub to Calibre

Posted: April 24, 2012 in School papers
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I’ve been taking an ebooks class this semester, and for my final project I decided to do a little formatting experiment. We learned all kinds of formatting and CSS in class, but a lot of what we learned didn’t work on every form of output. The same epub file might come out differently in Adobe Digital Editions versus iBooks. So I created a mini-ebook in both epub and mobi, with all kinds of formatting “issues” I could think of–colors, lists, images–and took screenshots of how they came out in different programs and devices.

In the last post, I covered epub to Adobe Digital Editions. In this post, I’m covering epub to Calibre.

For starters, you can download the epub here. But it is possible to get the gist of the experiment without downloading it.

Let’s see how the epub displayed in Calibre.


There were no centering problems with the thumbnail this time (not shown). The cover didn’t fit on one page, and handled it by splitting the picture and putting the bottom on the following page, which is better than ADE’s solution of just not showing the bottom of the image.


Everything worked except Thornburi (the weirdest of the fonts included). Nice job, Calibre!


Above, you can see that the anchor on the first line is not hyperlinked like it was in ADE. (It shouldn’t be.)

This all worked just fine, none of the ordered list fail we saw in ADE.


Everything worked! As with ADE, the window had to be wide enough to get the pictures in line with the text, otherwise they appeared below.

Links and Backgrounds

Both links worked, and obviously, so did the backgrounds.

Not bad, Calibre. Not bad at all.

Next: epub to iBooks.


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