Is it possible to export an .ePUB document to .txt but also be able to retain the formatting of italicized and bold text? (For example, they can be in their own tags.)

  • Just unzip the epub to HTML - or is HTML not what you are after. epub is just zipped HTML files – mmmmmm Mar 30 '18 at 0:25
  • @Mark Sure I can do that, but I'll end up with a sea of tags. The answer below does what I want almost good enough. – blackened Mar 30 '18 at 7:44
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    .txt by definition is raw unformatted text. It cannot be formatted. Therefore, the question asks the impossible. It's easier to cut and paste from HTML output inside a browser and drop it into a text editor (for unformatted text) or MS Word (if you want formatted text). – idiotprogrammer Mar 31 '18 at 15:40

You could convert your epub book to a markdown/textile text file with Calibre. Make sure to select markdown/textile, before running the epub to txt conversion. (Preferences > Output options > Text output > Formatting > markdown/textile.)

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