I noticed some users looking for this, so here’s how to convert CBZ and CBR ebook files into PDF. This can be easily done using free software.
You will need 2 tools; a decompression program that can extract ZIP and RAR, and JPGtoPDF, a program that can convert multiple image files into a single PDF.
[Post last updated: July 19th 2012]. This post originally appeared in Nov 2006. Note that some of the comments under this post may be referring to a different way of converting to PDF, as we originally recommended using a virtual PDF printer to do it.
However, we believe that the process described this time around (below) is a lot faster and easier.
|Step 1: Rename the files so that the .CBZ and .CBR extensions are changed to .ZIP and .RAR, respectively. If you don’t see extensions on your filenames then either (a) see instructions on how to display file extensions in Windows on this page, or (b) skip this step altogether and use HaoZip in step 2 below.|
|Step 2: Decompress the newly renamed archive into a folder. You may already have a default decompression program installed on your machine that can do this. If not, Extractnow, a small program that performs extractions only, can do it. Alternately, try my favorite freeware decompression program HaoZip, or any of the free decompression programs that we’ve previously reviewed on this site. Note that HaoZip will decompress CBZ or CBR files without having to rename them first.|
|Step 3: Next, download “JPG to PDF”, which despite its name can convert many image formats to PDF. Extract the downloaded archive in an appropriate place (anywhere on your hard drive) and run the” JPEGtoPDF.exe” executable.|
|Step 4: click into the folder from step#2 and any subfolders within it until you get to the image files. Select all the images (simply click CTRL+A on Windows), and then drag all of the images into the JPEG to PDF program dialog. If there are non-image files in the mix JPEGtoPDF will simply say that it cannot import these; just click ‘ok’ to move to the final step.|
|Step 5: In the JPEG to PDF dialog, you can enter a different output path and different output filename (the default filename is ‘PDF-Output.PDF’). You can also tweak page size and margin settings, or simply leave everything as is and click ‘Save PDF’ the bottom right corner.|
That’s it. You’re done!