Here are the best ways to convert any ebook file to work properly on your Amazon Kindle.
The Amazon Kindle is a bit more picky than many other eBook readers when it comes to the file formats it will accept. Common EPUB files commonly used by many other electronic readers will not work on your Kindle. Some of the other formats that work won’t allow you to adjust things like font size, making it difficult to read.
Fortunately, there are tons of quick and easy ways to convert any eBook format for reading on your Amazon Kindle. These converters range from software, online tools to mobile apps for Android and iOS.
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What eBook formats can you use with Amazon Kindle?
There are tons of different eBook formats that have slightly different purposes and uses, with EPUB being the most widely used. But unlike many other e-readers, the Amazon Kindle cannot read EPUB files. The best file formats to use with your Kindle are AZW3 and MOBI.
However, AZW3 is preferred over MOBI for several reasons. AZW3 format tends to improve performance and give you a smaller file size so that you can load more books.
It is also possible to read PDFs and other generic document formats such as TXT and DOC on Kindle. However, when uploading these types of files, the document will not be redistributable. This means that you won’t be able to adjust things like the font size, which can make it difficult to read without straining your eyes.
Caliber free e-book management software has many great features to manage your e-book library and is ideal for converting any format so that it is readable on your Amazon Kindle. You can quickly convert to AZW3 by following a few simple steps.
- Go to the Caliber website and download the software for the operating system you are using. It is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS. Once downloaded, install the program and open it.
- Add the book you want to convert to your Caliber library. You can do this either by dragging and dropping it or by pressing the button Add books and locating the file on your hard drive.
- Click on the title of the book in your Caliber library and click on the button Convert books .
- In the book conversion menu, click the drop-down menu Exit and select AZW3. You can also change the title and various other settings, but this is not necessary.
- Click on okay at the bottom right of the screen and the conversion process will begin. The book should only take about a minute to convert.
If you don’t want to download any software, you can also use Online-Convert eBook converter tool. This easy to use tool will convert any type of file you need to AZW3 or MOBI.
- Go to the Online-Convert website, and under the option Ebook Converter in the side menu, click Convert to AZW.
- From AZW3 file conversion page, you can either drag and drop the book you want to convert into the green box Drop files here , or click on Choose files and find it on your hard drive.
- Once the file has downloaded, click Start the conversion.
- The conversion process takes less than a minute. When finished, click on the button Download to place the converted file on your device.
3. File converter app (iOS and Android app)
File Converter application can convert video, image, document, audio and ebook files. It is available for Android and iOS devices. The app is available for free through Google Play and the Apple App Store. It is a fast and efficient way to convert any ebook file using mobile device.
- Download the File Converter app for Android or iOS and open it.
- In the main menu, you will have a choice of several conversion options. Press the button that says Ebook Converter.
- In the menu Ebook Converter , select the first option, AZW3.
- It will now ask you what type of input you want to convert. Press on File and find the book you want to convert from your device.
- Once you have selected the file you are trying to convert, a summary menu will open. At the bottom of this page is a big button Start conversion ; tap on it to start the conversion process.
- The entire conversion process may take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes depending on the size of the file. When finished, you can press Save as and choose a folder in which to save the converted file.
4. Ebook Converter (Android app)
Ebook converter is a tool available exclusively for Android devices. Its sole purpose is to convert various ebook files and accepts any commonly used ebook format. The app is really simple and can quickly create AZW3 files for your Kindle.
- Download Ebook Converter for your Android device from the Google Play Store and open the app.
- To add a file (or multiple files) to convert, press the pink round button + in the lower right corner of the app in the menu Files .
- This will open up a few different options. Press the small button with an image of a file to access your internal storage. From there, navigate to the file (s) you want to convert, select them and press the button Add .
- Once your files have been added, select the menu Conversion to top of the screen.
- In option Convert to , select AZW3. You can also type the author and title of the book you want to display on the converted file and add a cover image.
- When you are done, select the folder where you want to save the converted file and click the button Convert .
- The conversion should only take a few moments, and your converted file will be located in the output folder you selected.
Download: Ebook Converter for Android (Free in-app purchases available)
Which ebook conversion method should you use?
Each method in this article works great to convert any format of eBook to read on your Amazon Kindle. However, Caliber E-book Management will provide the most reliable conversions. The software will include the book cover and can be downloaded to your Kindle with just the push of a button.
Both Converter app and Ebook Converter are ideal if you are on the go and need to use a mobile device. Online-Convert website works well if you don’t want or can’t download software and need a quick conversion. Each of these tools can also be used to convert a variety of other e-readers.