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How do I get .prc files and pdf files on my Kindle Touch?

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Initial post: Apr 25, 2012 10:11:19 PM PDT
Hi. I just got the Kindle Touch recently and am getting ready to take it on travels. I want to download a book I found on a website with a .prc file extension, plus I'd like to download some pdfs. I'm not very computer-savvy. Could someone please help me figure out how to do this? Do I need to download a program to my computer (if so, any recommendations?), then download the .prc file, and then somehow transfer it to my Kindle? Thanks a lot.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 10:17:03 PM PDT
Artist says:

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 10:27:25 PM PDT
Thanks Blaiz. So it looks like I just copy the file to my computer, hook up the kindle, and then drag the copied file into the document file. I think I can do this with .prc and pdf files. So what is the purpose of programs like Calibre which I think convert files? What do you use these for?

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 11:13:55 PM PDT
Artist says:
I don't use calibre because I don't care about the metadata and I don't convert files. You didn't ask how to convert those documents into Kindle format, so I didn't address that in my response.

Other people should be along later to tell you all the things they do with Calibre.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 11:25:12 PM PDT
Kribu says:
Conversion is needed for files that the Kindle can't handle natively. For example if you have books in epub format (the most common ebook format, which every other ereader apart from the Kindles use), or in lit or fb2 or any less common/now-obsolete format, you'd need a program such as Calibre to convert them into mobi or prc for the Kindle first.

Many people also prefer to convert PDF files into mobi first, as the Kindle's 6'' screen isn't very good with most PDF files and straight text PDF will generally be easier to read on the Kindle when converted.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 12:16:45 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
Christopher, both file types you mentioned are supported by Kindle natively, so no need for conversion. Some people use Calibre not only for conversion, but also as a library manager, and it also "knows" how to transfer books from its library to Kindle (using the same "copy over USB" method).

I import all my content into Calibre, even DRM-protected Kindle books, in order to tag them, import descriptions etc. I expose the library using tiny Calibre content web server, and search it from Kindle using its browser. When I find what to read next, I download it over web directly from Calibre if it is non-DRM-ed, or just find it by title in my Archive if it is from Amazon.

I would probably not bother with this if Kindle supported collections on archived items, both for Amazon books and personal documents in the cloud.
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