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I'll tell you clearly and loudly: I don't like Calibre! So, how can I convert PDF to ePUB without it?

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We know you don't like Calibre... but have you tried it's CLI conversion tool?

The Calbire install provides the command "ebook-convert" that will handle what you want, and there's no need to run Calibre.

ebook-convert file.pdf file.epub

is all that's required.

If the output looks a little wrong - try this

ebook-convert file.pdf file.epub --enable-heuristics

It will try a "smart" way to convert. Not perfect, but can work well in most conversions.

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Any way to make it work with 2 column documents? The --enable-heuristics flag does not work well with those. – zakkak Nov 20 '14 at 15:55
According to their website, multi-column PDFs are not supported. – Drac Noc Dec 23 '14 at 17:13
Wow thanks. For multiple PDF files within a folder I used this after cding to the directory: find ./ -iname "*pdf" -type f | while read f; do echo -e "\e[1mConverting file $f \e[0m" ; ebook-convert "$f" "${f%.pdf}.epub" --enable-heuristics ; done – Wilf Apr 24 '15 at 12:14

LibreOffice has an epub exporter extension, so you can install the LibreOffice PDF importer extension, import your PDF, and then export to epub.

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Have a look at, you can easily convert .pdf to .epub using their free online conversion tool.

share|improve this answer - the same online converter with batch processing and output compression files

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