How to Convert Ebooks to Text Format

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As the number of eReaders increases, you may acquire documents in different eBook formats, including ePub, Mobi and Lit. You may wish to convert an eBook to a simple Text file due to compatibility issues or for simplicity. To do this, you will need to download Calibre, a free, open-source eBook manager. Calibre works on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

  • Download and install Calibre. There is a link in the Resources section.

  • Open Calibre. Specify a directory for your eBook library. Click "Next." Click "Finish."

  • Click "Add Books."

  • Navigate to the directory that contains the eBook you wish to convert. Highlight it and click "Open."

  • Highlight the eBook you wish to convert to Text format. Click "Convert E-books."

  • Choose "TXT" as the "Output Format" in the upper-right corner of the "Convert" window. Click "OK."

Tips & Warnings

  • Calibre automatically saves your converted documents to the directory that contains the original eBook.
  • You can convert more than one eBook at once by highlighting each eBook you wish to convert, then clicking the arrow next to "Convert E-Books." Select "Bulk Convert." Choose "TXT" as your "Output Format" in the "Convert" window.
  • If your eBook features DRM (Digital Rights Management), it is a protected file and cannot be converted to another format.

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