Rendering Beautiful PDF Documents with Calibre

The free software Calibre allows to convert various ebook formats (such as EPUB and MOBI) into PDF documents.

Unfortunately, the default settings of Calibre do not result in the creation of easily readable documents.

Thus, I have provided here some sample settings for a nice looking PDF output for Calibre:

  • First, import the book you would like to convert to Calibre. For this, just drag and drop the file from your file browser onto the Calibre screen.
  • Right click the book and select the option Convert Books / Convert Individually

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  • Change the output to PDF on the top right corner of the screen
  • Go the the page ‘Page Setup’ and change all margins to 75 pt.

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  •  Go the the Page ‘PDF Output’ and set the following settings:

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Now you can start the conversion. Right click the book after the conversion has completed and select ‘Open containing folder’ to access the converted PDF file.

Free PDF Printing for Windows without Adware

Printing from any windows application to a PDF printer is not supported in the most recent Windows versions by default.

Most free applications for this purpose which can be found through a simple Google search unfortunately often come with unwanted Malware or Adware (hello, Ask.com toolbar!).

However, there is a free and easy solution which comes bundled without any additional software:

Ghostscript + The FreePDF printer

Just download and install Ghostscript from here: heise.de.

Then, download the FreePDF printer from here: freepdfxp.de/download_de.html

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The website is in German, so I highlighted the download link in the image above.

Next time you print a document, the FreePDF printer should be available as one of the windows printers:

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You then can choose whether to save the file or sent it by email (as well as choose the quality):

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The FreePDF/GhostScript solution might not look shiny but it certainly does the job done (and leaves your system free of any unwanted guests).