June 15, 2012

Lost In Conversion: From PDFs to E-Books

Publishers wanting to convert their libraries of books to eBooks may find it problematic, given a test run by the Flemish Innovation Center for Graphic Communication (VIGC) that found tools for converting PDFs to EPUB files scored an average of 30 percent accuracy, with the lowest-performing tool scoring just 10 percent. And even more significant: the four EPUB validation tools that VIGC used produced different results.

“There’s no doubt that the popularity of eBooks is soaring,” says Eddy Hagen, general manager at VIGC. “This trend leaves publishers facing a big challenge—they have to convert their whole back catalog to make them available as eBooks.

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