I want to create epub document, but I only have a tex file (unfortunately, mathematical formulas, and drawing diagrams). I tried pandoc: tex to html, tex to xhtml, to xml, but nothing works properly. I use tikz.

You can do the epub file with png or svg?

Some ideas?

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    This question has been asked before several times. Look at the answers here: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/1551/use-latex-to-produce-epub. From my personal experience, every solution needs some tweaking. I've been playing with tex4ht to generate html, do some tweaking, build the epub with a script, some more tweaking and then calibre. As for images, I don't remember if epub supports svg, but it does support png. – Nico Jan 30 '14 at 14:25
  • Thx, I'll try, but I must have an automatic tool. – mkjasinski Jan 30 '14 at 14:29
  • The tweaking I've mentioned I've managed to do it with a script. Actually, 2. One to convert to html and one to create the epub. – Nico Jan 30 '14 at 14:34
  • I've done a lot, but I can't do charts. – mkjasinski Jan 30 '14 at 14:37
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    You're unlikely to get perfect results with pandoc, unless your tex file is pretty simple. However, this might be of interest: a pandoc filter that will process the tikz diagrams in your document and turn them into embedded images which can appear in the EPUB. For background on pandoc filters, see <johnmacfarlane.net/pandoc/scripting.html>. – John MacFarlane Jan 30 '14 at 18:32

OK, I have solution.

  1. create pdf (input.tex)

    pdflatex input.tex
  2. create png

    convert -quality 05 input.pdf output.png
  3. create html (png files have so much how many pages in PDF file, for example: 4)

    <!DOCTYPE html>
        <meta charset="UTF-8"/>
            img {
                display: block;
        <img src="output-0.png"/>
        <img src="output-1.png"/>
        <img src="output-2.png"/>
        <img src="output-3.png"/>
  4. create metadata for EPUB (metadata.xml)

    <dc:identifier id="pub-id">[ebook_id]</dc:identifier>
    <dc:creator opf:file-as="[secondName,firstName]" opf:role="aut">[firstName secondName]</dc:creator>
  5. create epub file

    pandoc -f html -t epub3 --epub-metadata=metadata.xml -o output.epub output.html

Your best bet might be the tex -> pdf -> epub route. Calibre or other software can make a decent attempt, but it will probably not be fully automatic.

  • I tried, but unfortunately there are problems with graphs. I must have an automatic conversion tool, Tex is built automatically, epub also must be built automatically. – mkjasinski Jan 30 '14 at 14:28
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    Using pdf as an intermediate format is a disaster. Loses all semantic markup, many paragraphs, introduces new paragraphs at every page break. Just. Don't. – WillAdams Jan 30 '14 at 14:43

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