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EBook Converters

Chances are, if you are looking for ebooks on the web, you might find them in a format that might need to be converted before you can read them on your handheld device. To do this you need a program that will convert it. What converter you will need will depend on the original type of file that you want to convert, and the reader that you are going to read it with on your handheld device. As there are many readers and many fomats, there are also many converters. Generally most readers come with their own converters unless they are purely intended to be used with the generic palmDOC/AportisDOC format. The table below has links that will take you to directions for converting files. The row across the top list types of files for the PC that you may find ebooks in. The column to the left lists types of files on handheld devices.

Conversion Matrix

txt html pdf doc (word) RTF prc/pdb
(palm DOC)
Pdb(plucker) txt to plucker html to plucker pdf to txt

txt to plucker
doc to html
html to plucker
rtf to txt
txt to plucker
prc/pdb to txt

txt to plucker
pdb
(palmreader)
txt to pml
pml to pdb
html to pml
pml to pdb
pdf to txt

txt to pml
pml to pdb
doc to pml
pml to pdb
rtf to pml
pml to pdb
prc/pdb to txt

txt to pdb
Pdb(isilo) txt to isilo html to isilo pdf to txt

txt to isilo
doc to html
html to isilo
rtf to txt
txt to isilo
prc to isilo
Pdb(adobe)



adobe converter


prc/pdb
(palm DOC)
txt to prc html to prc pdf to txt

text to prc
doc(word) to txt
text to prc
rtf to txt
txt to prc
NA
LIT LIT to txt




Converter Programs
Converter Input Types Output Types Comments
Calibre HTML, TXT, EPUB HTML, TXT, EPUB Dedicated to ebook conversion. Attempts to make converting to different formats as easy as possible.
Open Office Word,HTML,TXT,
SXW,ODT
palmDOC Opens many types and saves directly to the DOC format (not a word doc) which is usable by most ebook readers (not Kindle).
Plucker HTML, TXT plucker.pdb Highly Compressed. Perfect for highly formatted HTML hyperlinked documents.
DropBook PML palmreader.pdb Creates very nice looking ebooks that can be read with Palm Reader on virtually any platform.
MakeDoc txt, palmDOC txt, palmDOC DOS utility that quickly makes palmDOC documents from text files. Can also reverse the encoding to make txt files from palmDOC documents.
Pyrite HTML, palmDOC, txt ZTXT; RichReader; TealDoc; palmDOC Works on multiple formats. Does automatic conversion with an easy to use windows interface. Based on MakeDoc. Has Windows and Linux versions. I haven't tried it yet, but it looks promising.
MakeDocW text palmDoc Lots of user selectable options to allow the creation of documents with little to no prep work. It does seem to have trouble sometimes though. If you don't need a windows interface and you can deal with the command line interface of MakeDoc instead of MakeDocW, it would probably be a pretty good idea.
Isiloweb HTML, Palm, TXT isilofree.pdb Highly compressed but proprietary format.
Adobe PDF Adobe.pdb Lets you convert adobe PDF files so you can read them on your handheld device.