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Converting Microsoft Reader (.LIT) Books

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Initial post: Jan 15, 2008 7:33:29 PM PST
I have a fairly large library of .lit books. Does Kindle offer conversion of these to .azw format? If not, is it planned for future release? I would certainly like a reader that can handle my current library of ebooks.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2008 8:52:31 PM PST
If the .lit books have DRM on them, it is unlikely that Kindle (or anyone) will convert them to another format. At least not legally.

If there is no DRM, conversion tools exist to recover the content as HTML and conversion tools from HTML to Kindle are readily available.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2008 4:44:25 AM PST
T. Schiel says:
There is a tool, Convert Lit that supposedly can copy some DRMd lit books...there are at least two versions of DRM on lit books for older then newer books. If they are not DRMd, Book Designer 4 and the update Book Designer 5 will take most of them and convert them to .htm. Then you take those and convert to .prc with Mobipocket Creator. Both are simple to use. I use Book Designer just to clean up author and title so they show up properly in the .prc. I just have a few .lit books, given to me some years back and all but one converted that way. The last one I had to use ABC Amber lit converter to get it into text and then convert with Mobipocket.

I know there is a hack around to convert those DRMd lit books, but I haven't any idea how and where to find it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2008 6:38:15 AM PST
Thanks for the input. When I get my Kindle, I will give "Convert Lit" and "Mobipocket Creator" a go.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2008 8:56:13 AM PST
ConvertLit will actually convert nonDRM files are well to HTML.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2008 10:19:07 AM PST
A. Berkovich says:
How about mac users? I also have a large library of .lit files and was wondering what a mac user would use to convert them?

Also, I have a great deal of PDFs and know that MOBIcreator can covert them. It doesn't seem to be available on macs though and was wondering what other options I had?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2008 10:41:38 AM PST
For pdfs your easiest answer may be to send them to, and have Amazon convert the files (free) and send them back to your computer. has an untested MAC version of Convertlit.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2008 10:50:05 AM PST
A. Berkovich says:
Do you feel that Mobi converter is somehow more reliable than amazon's experimental converter, though? Or do you feel I'd get similar results from both?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2008 1:26:41 PM PST
T. Schiel says:
I've never used Amazon and I don't have any PDFs....I always found them too clumsy to read on anything. My few lits and all my text, html, Word docs, and rtfs I put through Book Designer 5 (You have to have Book Designer 4..installed since 5 is just an update) and edit them. It is a book formatting program and it sets up your docs for Mobi. It is a garbage, in garbage out system. A badly formatted document will make a badly formatted .azw or .prc. I like to do it myself. Mobi does a great job on a nice clean document. You can also insert pictures into Mobi. I don't know how many, I just did some cookbook covers. Once you get in the conversion routine it just takes a minute.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2009 9:25:58 AM PST
Sophia says:
I would try Stanza from lexcycle. It works for files that don't have the DRM on it there's a function where you can export the book into .azw files. It works great but there are some bugs, usually it can't pick up the author to be displayed on your kindle. I've been using it and just putting the author and title in the "title" so i can sort them out on my kindle.
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