Is there any application which can convert a .pdf file into a .mobi file?

  • the only interest of converting a pdf to mobi would be in keeping the formatting and images in the mobi format: this is not possible (at least not in Calibre, and there are no better ways). to have a readable and easily editable file without original formating,convert pdf to text, and maybe then, if desired , to mobi (but there's no supplementary advantage there).. to keep all formatting, images etc, try to read pdf on the ebook reader
    – user47206
    Commented Jan 27, 2013 at 23:43

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Once you have installed the calibre package, you can use the GUI, but if you want to script it, there is also a command line converter installed as part of the calibre package - ebook-convert (docs). The simplest way to call it would be:

ebook-convert document.pdf .mobi

which will convert the pdf into MOBI format with the same name. That should "just work" but if you want to go deeper then see the detailed documentation on conversion.

Note that Calibre supports lots of formats, not just MOBI, for both input and output.

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    I would note this appears to convert to HTML first, then to pdf from that. You may want to adjust the pdf first using k2pdfopt then convert to .mobi
    – rogerdpack
    Commented Aug 2, 2015 at 15:56
  • btw, I've managed to extract ebook-convert from calibre (to avoid having to install Qt/X11 dependencies) and be able to run it on a headless/server machine: askubuntu.com/a/1453851/182054
    – Mladen B.
    Commented Feb 7, 2023 at 5:22

Try http://calibre-ebook.com/ I'm not sure how well it works for Linux but on Windows it is the perfect solution for managing your eBook library and obviously also converting from anything

  • not all pdf can be converted properly into mobi using Calibre, in which case try to convert to text, and then to mobi in Calibre
    – user47206
    Commented Jun 7, 2012 at 15:05

You can also do it online... Although it is not always recommendable to convert PDFs to Mobi since the formats are quite different.


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    This site displays ads, invokes trackers, and never returns a completed conversion. Commented Sep 25, 2019 at 20:06

you can convert online pdf files to mobi / epub with the following conversion tool kit webpage:


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