I have a .docx file of a rough draft of a book in Hebrew that I would like to read on my Kobo.

I have tried the following things:

I tried converting it to epub so that I could read it on my ereader using Calibre, but it fails, without giving an error message that I understand.

I opened the file in LibreOffice, and exported it as a PDF, but this file doesn't display the characters.

I tried changing the font of the document, and exported that as a PDF. This "worked", but because it is a PDF, the letters are very small and it can't be read, practically speaking.

I think I can eventually figure out how to get it working, but if someone has a guide or tried-and-true method, I would be glad to follow their example.

  • When you say 'it fails', what do you mean exactly? Does Calibre not produce an epub file at all, or is it just not readable on your Kobo? – evilsoup Sep 14 '15 at 18:39
  • I mean that Calibre fails to produce an epub. – Eyal Sep 15 '15 at 13:09
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    Hmm. Works for me with some random Hebrew text taken from the internet. Make sure you're using the latest version... maybe try with a smaller sample? Also, as a makeshift, if you use a smaller page size then you should be able to get a more readable PDF. – evilsoup Sep 16 '15 at 17:32
  • Changing the page size is a great tip. – Eyal Sep 24 '15 at 23:19

AFAIK, Kobos have two rendering engines: one for regular epubs and one for ePub3 epubs that uses the ACCESS rendering engine. (ePub3 epubs have the file extension kepub.)

If you manage your books with Calibre, you can install a free plugin that'll convert your books on the fly to the kepub format.

You can also use Calibre's editor to check your file before sending it to your Kobo.

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