Use Calibre to convert ePub eBooks for iPhone iPad

ePUB is an iPhone-friendly eBook format, no matter which iPhone model you bought, you can read ePub books on your iPhone. This guide will walk you through easy steps to convert PDF and other eBooks to ePub for your iPhone with Calibre. Anyone can actually convert eBooks for their iPhone with this free eBook converter.

Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application with eBook conversion function and many more useful features.

quotation markOther than making your own ebooks or convert existing books, you can also download free ebooks online:
How to download free books to iPhone iPad?
How to download free books to Android phones?

You can find bellow main functions in Calibre:
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  • Library Management
  • Ebook Conversion
  • Syncing to Ebook Reader Devices
  • Downloading News from the Web and Converting it into Ebook Form
  • Comprehensive Ebook Viewer
  • Content Server for Online Access to Your Book Collection
  • Calibre does much more than converting your book to EPUB format for different readers such as iPhone, iPad, Sony Reader, etc.

How to Convert ePub eBooks with Calibre for iPhone?

Step 1. Download and install Calibre.

You can download it from its official site. It runs on Windows, Linux and OS X Systems. You can also download the portable version of Calibre onto a flash drive.

Step 2. Set output profile to iPhone/iPad.

Start the eBook converter for converting eBooks for iPad, iPhone. Set the output profile to iPad under Preferences > Conversion > Common options > Page setup > iPad (this will work for iPhone/iPods as well).

Step 3. Add books to the iPad eBook converter.

Click Add book button on the top left menu bar to add books to the Calibre library/device from files on your computer. You can also drag and drop the ebook you want to convert to ePub into Calibre.

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Step 4. Edit Metadata of the eBook – Optional

Click Edit metadata button next to Add book button. You can edit title, authors, sort, rating, tags, Ids, dats, publisher, add comments, etc.

Step 5. Select EPUB as output format which is iPhone compatible – Optional

The output format should default to EPUB. If it’s not, just set EPUB as the default under Preferences > Interface > Behavior > Preferred Output Format > EPUB.

Step 6. Convert eBooks to ePub for iPhone.

Simply click Convert books from the top menu bar, then choose OK from the pop-up dialog.

Find converted ebooks on computer

At the right column of the ebooks converter, you can preview the thumbnail of the selected ebook file. Its author, format and save location can also be found at the lower section. Click ‘Click to open‘ besides the Path to quickly open the folder where the source and converted ebooks are saved.

Transfer Calibre ebooks to iPad iPhone

Now you know how to convert eBook for iPhone ePub format for free. Now add eBooks to your iPhone through iTunes, or emails. Email is the easiest way you can do that. Simply attach your ebooks to an email then send it to yourself. After that go to download the books from email to your iPhone. If you have not added any email accounts on iPhone, you can refer to this guide to set up Hotmail on iPhone, just as an example.

Except the above two methods, Calibre has also the Content Server feature that can turn your PC or Mac into a server so your mobile devices can connect to them wireless to download ebooks. Check out this guide to transfer Calibre books to iPad iPhone via Content Server.

Should you have any further inquiries about ePub books converting or sending them from computer to iPhone, feel free to leave us a message in the comment section below.

Update Nov 2018: this article was originally published in Oct 2012 and has since been updated. In this update, we added the new screenshots to reflect the changes in the latest version of Calibre for Windows.

Update Dec 2018: added the new way to send books from Calibre for Windows or Mac to iPhone iPad over Wi-fi.