Calibre Converts Ebooks to Epub for Sales at Major Retailers

Make and edit Epubs for ebooks to sell on Amazon, Apple, Google and global retailers. Self-publishing tips for writers.
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  • Lectures 14
  • Length 1 hour
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  • Languages English
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Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

Use Calibre to create Epub files for sale at major retailers. Write in MS Word or other format and easily convert to Epub for selling ebooks at:

  • Amazon
  • Apple iBooks Store
  • Google Play
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Kobo
  • Smashwords
  • Scribd
  • Draft2Digital and more

Epub (electronic publication) is a standard file type. Epub files are preferred because they're optimized for any reading device (reflowable).

Calibre is open source (free) software and the one-stop solution for your Epub needs. Calibre enables you to convert documents to many file types and edit them. You can also edit metadata: the ebook title, author, cover image, series info, publisher, tags and more. Calibre makes it easy and this course shows you how.

Converting file types is amazingly simple. You'll love what this program can do.

The course is taught by Jason Matthews, bestselling author and self-publishing expert. In less than 1 hour you'll be creating Epub files that are ready to upload to major retailers.

What are the requirements?

  • Download the free Calibre software for this course

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Convert Word to Epub
  • Convert PDF to Epub
  • Convert Epub to any file type
  • Edit within Calibre
  • Pass Epub Validator
  • Upload Epub files to major retailers (Amazon, Apple, Google, Smashwords, etc.)

Who is the target audience?

  • writers
  • authors
  • readers

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Welcome to Epub and Calibre

Calibre enables writers to create Epub ebook files, which are perfect for uploading to Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks Store, Google Play and Kobo because those retailers use Epub for their devices. These files also work well at Amazon, Smashwords, Draft2Digtal and many other retailers.

With Calibre, you can convert file types, edit metadata, add cover images, edit within your book and so much more.

You're going to love what this program can do!


Epub stands for electronic publication, and it's become a standard file type that can be uploaded to major ebook retailers like Amazon, Google, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and many more. Epub files are preferred because they're optimized for any device (reflowable).

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Calibre is a library management system, perfect for readers. It's also great for authors because of its ability to convert documents to different file types as well as edit them and their metadata.

Section 2: Adding Books

It's best to format ebooks as well as possible before uploading to Calibre including metadata, although all sorts of editing is possible after uploading.


Metadata includes the ebook title, author, series information, publisher, tags and more. Calibre allows you to edit everything.


Converting file types is amazingly simple with Calibre. You're going to love what this program can do!

Section 3: Working with Your Epub File

Calibre makes it easy to edit within your document and also has a preview area for what your changes will look like.


Epub Validator is a handy tool for checking if your Epub file passes inspection. If it does, you can upload confidently to retailers. if not, you'll be ready for some troubleshooting.


Fortunately Epub Validator gives a detailed list of any errors including their locations in Calibre. Then you can go back to editing mode or even to your original document, make the required changes and try validating again until the file passes inspection. Congratulations!


Besides a detailed user manual, the Calibre website also has a link for an active support forum where you can browse many topics or post a question for specific help on any issue.

Section 4: Uploading to Retailers, Coupons and Contact

It's smart to have two versions of your Epub ebook, one with a cover inserted as the first page and one without. The reason is because some retailers add the cover image separately while others do not.

Calibre makes it simple to create two versions for this purpose.


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Instructor Biography

Jason Matthews, Author and Self-Publishing Expert

Jason Matthews is the author of multiple titles, both fiction and nonfiction. His books have been translated into 8 languages and his self-publishing lessons have been viewed by students in 123 countries.

Jason works with writers around the world and teaches many courses on self-publishing topics (listed below).

He lives in San Luis Obispo, California. He's a skier, soccer player, beach lounger and loves a game of chess or scrabble. He can be contacted through his websites and social media links.

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