How to convert ebooks to formats supported in Amazon Kindle

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ebook logosAmazon Kindle is a series of popular e-book reading devices. Sadly, Kindle does not support the current e-book standard - ePUB file format and utilizes its own proprietary formats AZW or KF8.

But what if you want to add your ePUB, or any other books to Kindle ? Well, you have to convert them to Amazon Kindle formats and in this article we will show you how to do it.

Luckily, Kindle's main format - AZW - is identical to another common e-book format - MOBI. There is just slight difference in the DRM, because MOBI e-books have no restrictions.

Converting e-book to MOBI using Calibre

Calibre logoIt's rather easy to convert any e-book format to MOBI format using Calibre.

The program is not only great e-book manager, but also have extensive e-book conversion capabilities, with support for most e-book formats available on the market.

It is a free and open-source program and you can download it on its website (see links).

Load your e-book to Calibre

Simply add your e-book you wish to convert for Amazon Kindle to Calibre with the Add books button. When it's loaded to your personal library you can simply convert it by right-clicking on it, and selecting the Convert booksConvert individually option.

Calibre ebook converting procedure part 1

Convert your e-book to Calibre

In the upper right corner of the next window, simply switch the output format to MOBI, or AZW3 and voila, your e-book is ready for Amazon Kindle.

For maximum compatibility we recommend to use the MOBI format thought, as there were some problems with AZW3 format on Amazon Kindle Fire devices.

Calibre ebook converting procedure part 2

The new book will be saved in Calibre's default library, which should be located inside your users directory in the /Documents/Calibre Library folder.

Read your e-book on Kindle

Now just connect your Kindle to your PC via USB cable and copy your converted e-book to the device.

Kindle connected to PC via USB message

And that's it, you can now enjoy your book in Kindle! If you are looking for more free e-books, check another of our articles Top websites for free e-books

Related software and links:

Amazon Kindle icon

Amazon Kindle    Amazon Kindle platform
Popular portable e-book reading device from

Amazon Kindle for Android icon

Amazon Kindle for Android    Google Android platform
An e-book reader and manager for Android

Amazon Kindle for BlackBerry icon

Amazon Kindle for BlackBerry    Blackberry mobile phones and devices platform
A Kinde app for BBs

Amazon Kindle for iPhone icon

Amazon Kindle for iPhone    Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch devices) platform
An iOS version of Amazon's ebook reader

Amazon Kindle for Mac icon

Amazon Kindle for Mac    Apple macOS / Mac OS X platform
A Mac version of the e-book reader from Amazon

Amazon Kindle for PC icon

Amazon Kindle for PC    Microsoft Windows platform
A PC is software reader for Amazon e-books

Amazon Kindle for Windows Phone icon

Amazon Kindle for Windows Phone    Windows Phone / Windows 10 Mobile platform
Amazon Kindle app for Windows Phone

Calibre icon

Calibre    Microsoft Windows platform
A free e-book library management application

Calibre for Mac icon

Calibre for Mac    Apple macOS / Mac OS X platform
A free open source ebook creator, converter and viewer


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azw - Amazon Kindle eBook format

azw1 - Amazon Kindle Topaz e-book

azw2 - Amazon Kindle program file

azw3 - Amazon Kindle eBook

azw4 - Amazon Kindle Print Replica ebook file

kf8 - Amazon Kindle Format 8

mobi - Mobipocket eBook format

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