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Do PDF's work on the Kindle Fire?

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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2012 5:54:52 PM PST
Where is the PDF saved, then? I downloaded a small book as a PDF, but cannot find it now. A friend emailed it to me, and when I open and try to save it, that isn't allowed.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 6:09:12 PM PDT
JannE says:
This is too strange, but I saw a couple books on one of the free book links that had the .pdf ext. I am still trying to understand converting mobi and epub so I can read them.

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 2:32:02 PM PDT
If you download the adobe reader app from the app store and then open the pdf with adobe. Open adobe then select the document, you can then zoom the page and actually read it. I did a a file transfer as it was a textbook and on my gen2 I could not do it as it was a reading mess. The fire is much clearer as it uses adobe. The file will be in documents, or it should be. There is no need to convert the book, but if you do realize you will still end of the the pdf page as well it doubles the size of the file. if a book is email to your KINDLE email account convert must be in the subject line for it to convert it. I am loving this feather as this book is used in more than one class and now I feel comfortable with getting more this way as last term I had to sit at my pc to read the text, so I bought hardbacks for this next term, 20lb books who doesn't love those. I do know know if convert will work with the outside emails as it doesn't go through the amazon server.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2012 2:43:03 PM PDT
CFeagins says:
But my problem is that I need to be able to read pdf's of screenplays, which is a different format than most documents. The print is too small the read and I have to adjust every single page to read it. And if I email them with "convert" in the subject line, it reformats them into a text version that is unreadable. Anyone know how to solve this problem?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2012 2:47:33 PM PDT
Use ezPDF app:

Very comfortable.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2012 3:21:20 PM PDT
if u use the adober reader it will allow you to zoom so the font gets bigger, let it have a few seconds to adjust, I am reading a textbook and you know how intricate and small print and the formatting issues are large. Mine is stil a pdf and I am fine. again once you have both on the fire, open adobe and then select the document, you will get a list of them at the top. I just did this today so it is very fresh in my mind.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2012 4:53:32 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 22, 2012 4:55:15 PM PDT
kurtomitch says:
@CFeagins- The problem is that the converter uses OCR (optical character recognition) and is set up to ignore white space until it finds a character. This is why the white space formatting of your screen play is blown away... the app ignores the white space. Your document needs to have a border around it. That way the app sees a dark pixel in the upper left hand corner as it begins to parse the page. I just recently did a picture book with lots of illustrations; I needed to add a box to "lock down" the art in position.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2012 5:06:24 PM PDT
CFeagins says:
Again, it shows on the screen in the screenplay format, but very small... too small to read, unless I adjust each page with my fingers to make it large enough. But if that's not the case, and what you're telling me is the problem, then basically I'm screwed.

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 5:41:42 PM PDT
send me an email to my account at and I will try and figure this out for you. attach a screenplay and i will see what I can do and find a good answer for you hows that?

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 1:45:49 PM PDT
Qiqqa If you are looking for a free, lightweight, fast PDF reader with pinch/zoom, search, bookmarks and remember-where-you-left-off, try out Qiqqa in the Kindle Fire Store. It is also able to synchronize with a larger PDF management desktop application, available at

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 1:46:32 PM PDT
QiqqaIf you are looking for a free, lightweight, fast PDF reader with pinch/zoom, search, bookmarks and remember-where-you-left-off, try out Qiqqa in the Kindle Fire Store. It is also able to synchronize with a larger PDF management desktop application, available at

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2012 2:02:27 PM PDT
JannE says:
Downloading as I type! I only have one pdf book, but with that I bet I can find more!! I also found out that my Fire reads .mobi files. I don't understand it, however. Guess I ought to get to the right forum, eh?

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 12:57:29 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 20, 2012 12:59:39 PM PDT
I use the app epubbud for downloading free books. Is this available on kindle fire?

Posted on May 3, 2012 10:32:29 PM PDT
ia_hwks says:
Just bought a K Fire to use with some military classes I'm taking (ACSC) and it's comprised of several Pdt files. Each book is 450-500 pages long. I just used the convert email method and it worked like a charm. Thanks for the tips. So far I'm glad I went with the fire.

Posted on May 3, 2012 11:33:31 PM PDT
ouizee 47 says:
If you have the pdf file on your computer, and you have the micro usb cord for Kindle fire, you can copy the pdf files over to the KF the same way you would with an external drive or a usb thumb drive. Having said that, make sure you store the pdf files in the documents section, not the books.

And I'm having a problem with other formats of files....rtf for example. I have documents on my computer, that I want on my KF, so I can follow the instructions on how to do something while using the laptop (and not have to keep going back and forth between windows). I don't have a program that reads/stores .doc files. I have notepad, wordpad (.rtf), and a couple of word processing programs that would be useless on a KF. Someone on here said a .txt file (I believe that is notepad?) would work...but to my knowledge you can't copy/paste pictures into the notepad document, can you? My .rtf files contain pictures, which are needed (I'm a card maker type crafter and need the pics in front of me to see what I'm supposed to have it look like). Anyway, any suggestions would be appreciated. Oh yes, you can store jpgs on KF also.

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2012 12:05:19 AM PDT
for rtf to work you must have an office app. This type of file is read by work. You could print it to pdf on your computer and then transfer to your KF that way.

Posted on May 5, 2012 8:58:35 PM PDT
elarga says:
Great discussion, but not sure I am finding an answer to my question: I have a pdf file on my laptop, which I have annotated. I send the file to Kindle Fire, and annotate some more. Question: will Whispersync synchornize the two files for me on both devices?

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2012 12:28:56 AM PDT
ouizee47 says:
I don't know about synching..not even sure what it is used for...but have figured out how to get the rtf file switched to a .doc file so that it does work on my Kindle Fire now. I forgot I have microsoft works wordprocessor, which saves in .doc formation. That has also helped me figure out how to open the blasted .doc files I have (always thought I was saving in .rtf format, but have a lot in .doc format and could never open them). I guess getting the Kindle Fire was a lot more helpful to me than I thought it would be LOL.

I don't think I can print to PDF unless I have paid for the full versioned PDF program? I can open/read pdf's but not save to etc. Then again I could be wrong. I seem to recall there being a free program similar to pdf that you can do all that with, but can't remember what it was and no idea if it would work with KF. Don't know why I can't ever remember I have this office program! But I was able to copy/paste everything from the .rtf file into the work file (whatever it's called) and save as a .doc file and that worked great for kindle! thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2012 12:33:48 AM PDT
ouizee47 says:
My KF has a thing at the bottom, if I touch the screen, that allows me to choose the size of txt, font etc I want to use when reading a pdf or book etc. If you touch the screen at the bottom, a "menu" screen comes up. You should see the letter "A" in various sizes; tap the one you think you want to use and that's all there is to it. If you want a different style of font, you can change that too. I've not had mine very long, and did only just learn how to make the screen images bigger by using my fingers to pull the screen in opposite directions at the same time, so still have a lot more to learn yet.

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2012 12:39:32 AM PDT
ouizee47 says:
@Rebecca J. Clift:. If it is being transferred from your computer to your KF, you have to use the micro usb cord to connect the 2 devices, of course. Then you use the KF as you would an external drive or thumbnail drive. You open the KF "drive" and in there you will see many folders. If it's a .pdf file you save it to documents if you want it to show up in the carousel (at least that's how I had to do mine). I tried saving it to "books" but that didn't work. Same goes for .txt or .doc files too. When the friend emailed it, did the friend email it to your computer email account or your kindle fire email account? If it was to the KF email, then it's in Cloud and you have to download/install it from there. If it was in the email to your computer email account, as an attachment, you would possibly have to save the attachment to the desktop first, then transfer it over maybe? Just a thought.

Posted on May 15, 2012 1:31:21 PM PDT
J. R. says:
I have tried both opening and saving emailed books - neither works.
They are ones that Amazon publishes, sent by the author for reviews.
There MUST be a way, but . . . how????

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2012 2:55:13 PM PDT
Okay please remember it is adobe reader, you CANNOT put comments and such that you could in full acrobat. You can create bookmarks and make a listing there. For books from amazon same thing it is still a pdf not a amz so you cannot adjust the text the same way another book, you can zoom your page and then make sure to give time for the pages to adjust as you scroll. Do not email the doc, transfer it via the micro usb cable you get a better read. Also as I have stated before:#1 open acrobat reader, #2 select the document. If you do this in the reverse order you cannot zoom the page correctly.

Posted on May 15, 2012 3:07:01 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 16, 2012 12:15:18 PM PDT
monty99 says:
I don't know if an un-rooted Kindle Fire can download the TXTR application, but if you are able to download that app, then the TXTR application is MUCH better at reading .pdf files than Adobe reader. You will need an Adobe account (which is free) and then you'll want to create a (free) TXTR account. When you open the .pdf file with TXTR, you will be able to move forward and back in the .pdf file (tapping on the right side or left side of the screen).

Additionally, there is a setting that allows you to increasingly set the size of the font, one tap at a time.

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012 8:30:38 PM PDT
ouizee47 says:
Are you sending it to your kindle fire address (the cloud?)? If so, you go to cloud when you're online, find it in books, and download it to the device itself. If you're emailing it to a different email addy, then I would think you'd have to d/l it to the puter, connect the puter and the KF with the micro usb cord and transfer (slide) it over to the KF under Books?

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012 8:34:10 PM PDT
ouizee47 says:
When I finally realized I had the MicroSoft Works wordprocessor program that saves .doc files, I was then able to transfer it over to Files. I know the pdf Mr Foods cookbooks are in that section also. The photo on their front covers do not appear until I click on one of them biggie. I've also learned that I can listen to my music while reading a book, but I'm sure that's going to zap the battery really quick that way.
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