As an eBook lover, especially a loyal Kobo eReader fan, I guess you must want to take full advantage of your Kobo device and make all the downloaded eBooks readable on it. For books purchased from Kobo eBook store, if we sync them via Kobo desktop or Kobo eReader, we usually get Kepub format file, which is created by Kobo and based on the standard EPUB format. But sometimes, we may also get EPUB files from other online eBook shops and want to view them on our Kobo eReader, we transferred them to Kobo device, finally just find they don't work well on Kobo at all. The EPUB doesn't offer some features present on Kepub. How can we solve the problem? In fact, if you need, we can convert EPUB to Kepub and get some extra reading experience on Kepub. How to? Next I will tell you for details.
Why we need to convert EPUB to Kepub
Compare with EPUB, Kepub does have a few key features that attract some Kobo users. Here I have listed the possible reasons you prefer Kepub and need to convert EPUB to Kepub:
- Quicker to respond to page turn gestures
- Faster text selection (e.g. when highlighting large areas of text)
- Support for footnote previews
- The zoom possibilities for pictures
- Page numbers show the number of page turns remaining in the current chapter instead of the estimated number of pages for the entire book. (If you don't want this, there is an option in the driver settings to force full-book page numbers.)
- The book title is shown at the top of each page.
- The chapter title, if any, is shown at the bottom of each page with the page numbers.
I guess you may say, change the file from .epub extension to the .kepub extension is OK and it's rather easy. But there are still some difference, if you just change the extension, when you close and reopen the book, you will always be taken to the start of the chapter you were in. Any annotations stored will not be redisplayed in the book. A conversion of EPUB to Kepub will solve the problem.
How can we convert EPUB to Kepub
For converting EPUB to Kepub without limitation, we'd better make sure the EPUB files must be DRM free. Here you can use the eBook DRM Removal tool --All DRM Removal to decrypt DRMed EPUB files, then start converting EPUB to Kepub. It's a powerful DRM decryption program, compare with other similar software, its friendly and clean interface make it easier to use. Besides, the process speed is also very fast. You can download it for free trial.
After we have got the DRM free EPUB files, how can we convert EPUB to Kepub? Which eBook converter should we use? Here I recommend you a powerful eBook management tool Calibre, but we should know the fact that itself doesn't support Kepub formats. To convert EPUB to Kepub, we need to install a plugin--KoboTouchExtended to enhance it. This plugin enables some additional features for the Kobo Touch, Glo, Mini, Aura HD, and Aura. When transferring EPUB books to Kobo device, it will automatically convert EPUB to Kepub. Now just follow the steps below to start conversion.
Step1: Get the plugin
Click "Preference" on the menu bar, a window below will pop up, then tap "Plugins" under "Advanced".
Next, you will see a following dialogue, simply click "Get new plugins" button on the bottom left corner to find the KoboTouchExtended plugin.
As there are so many plugins listed, we can enter "kobo" in the search box behind "Filter by name", then we will find the KoboTouchExtended plugin easily. Simply select this plugin, hit "Install" button to install it. You may see an alert about the security risk, ignore it and click "Yes".
Step2: Convert EPUB to Kepub Calibre
- Connect your Kobo eReader to computer with USB.
- Add EPUB files you need to convert to Kepub to Calibre.
- Select EPUB files you want to send to device and click "Send to device" button.
- Choose EPUB as output format.
When the transfer has been finished, you can see the job status turns to "zero", open your KoboeReader drive, in the root folder, you will find there are several new created folders which are named as author's name. Open it, you can see your transferred EPUB files have become .kepub.epub format.
Eject your Kobo, wait for a while, then you can see your newly copied files.
By the way, there is another plugin which can also convert EPUB to Kepub, it's KePub Output. After you installed it, when you convert EPUB files, you can see Kepub in the list of output format.
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Ada Wang works for Epubor and writes articles for a collection of blogs such as ebookconverter.blogspot.com.