Do Those Auto-Magic Conversion Websites Work?

Yes, we know that you’ve probably seen Internet websites and ads on Google saying “Convert your PDF to Word Now!” or other such promises.  Mostly, this is snake-oil.  We have been doing this for four years, and we have never found an “easy" way to convert PDF's to HTML to make an eBook.  We’ve never even found a good way to make a clean Word file from PDF, at least, not with "push-button magic." 

We get a lot of Word files in here for quoting that were obviously made from PDF's using these snake-oil conversion sites or worse, software you have to buy.  Please don't fall for this.  When we look at the “underneath” in these files, it's harder to clean and more time-consuming than just making the book from the PDF file you had.  Unless you have a lot of expert knowledge of Word, please don’t try to use these converters and then send us the resulting Word file.  When you think of the results of these "auto-magic" conversions, what you see as a result is not what you get; you see a tiny piece of the surface, like an iceberg.  The submerged part, however--the part that actually makes your eBook--is a disaster.  You can read a bit about this in our article, Why PDF's Really Don't Work At Kindle

What we do to convert PDF to Word/HTML is very time-consuming and takes a lot of knowledge, to do correctly.  We don't say this to fool you.  We say this to save you money and time.  The files made by these “EZ convert" programs are quite simply no good, and are worthless for conversion.  You're better off simply giving us the PDF, and allowing us to work from that, for accuracy of conversion. 

 

 

 

T'was the Night Before Christmas... 

 (With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, may he forgive my doggerel...)

...and all through the shop,
all we minions were working,
   until ready to drop.

The ebooks were flying,
the covers were spare,
The edits were crazy,
   with "one more thing I must share!"

We waited for Santa,
'Cuz we love old Saint Nick,
But Hitch made us work,
   Waving 'round an old stick!

So slave we all did,
And made all your books,
So that Hitch would say now,
   that we're off the hook.

Come today we're off,
to rest up our fingers,
Our hats we will doff,
   No books they do linger.

But we'll all be back,
Don't give it a thought,
for like all wage slaves,
   we're easily bought.

We'll be back on the fifth,
all eager and fresh,
All ready for you,
   after a well-deserved rest.

So Hitch wants to say,
very strongly and loud,
THANKS ALL YOU GUYS,
  you're the best type of crowd.

Indy and Len and Hitch and the gang,
will be back on the 5th,
to do books with a BANG!

In the meantime don't worry,
if you're in a hurry,
'cuz some poor guy got stuck
   sitting here like a duck.

Your emails we'll receive,
so no need to grieve.
We'll be a bit slow,
but we're raring to go.

Your books will be worked on,
your edits still made,
we're just resting a bit,
   before we all fade.

So please excuse the delays;
It won't be for days;
we'll jump on your queries,
   for your wondrous new series.

We waited for Santa,
'Cuz we love old St. Nick,
And sure 'nuff he came,
   It wasn't a trick.

And as he rode off,
into the night,
I could swear I heard Hitch yell,
   "That Edit's Not Right!"

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We'll be back on the morning of January 5th; we'll be here parttime between now and then, thanks.