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Initial post: Dec 18, 2007 8:44:32 AM PST
What formats of ebooks and documents does Kindle support. I know not PDF but does it support others?



In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2007 1:10:56 PM PST
The Plothole says:
The Kindle natively supports mobipocket (unencrypted), plain text, Audible files, MP3, and of course its own AZW. Additionally Amazon has a converter for Word, HTML, PDF, and various image formats. (the converter itself is free to use. It only 10 cents to deliver the files wirelessly)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2008 1:35:27 PM PST
Actually, if you read the detail, it does support PDF, but there is no assurance the PDF file will come through well. The more basic and simple PDF files work the best. Today I uploaded a two column 900 page book in PDF to my kindle address and within ten minutes the entire thing was sitting on my Kindle with no formatting problems. The two columns are simply one column on the Kindle, and in proper order. So, play around with the PDF function. You will lose any complex formatting, etc. but for simple text documents it probably won't be a problem. You will even get back from Amazon an "error" message type of e-mail telling you that PDF doesn't work, but I got my stuff through anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2008 6:32:58 AM PST
S. Jacobs says:
I have tried the Mobipocket desktop software for XP - and it converts PDF's pretty well. Presumably you can take those and download them via USB to your Kindle to read there. I don't have mine yet but I am looking forward to doing that. Right now - I read these PDF's on my Blackberry using the Mobipocket reader software and that works pretty well.

Posted on Jul 17, 2011 11:13:49 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 17, 2011 12:37:14 PM PDT
I do not like my Kindle; I LOVE IT! I'm a bit enchanted by the new color Nook, but for sheer enjoyment, I will take the Kindle over just about any other reader I've seen so far. You CAN use PDF directly, however, the difficulty in reading it is a pain. I use Nuance's PDF Pro 7 to convert PDF to the Word format which can be read on the Kindle, along with .TXT files. I copy text from the 'Net, paste the text into a notepad, do a quick editing job and just keep adding to the file. I then download it to the Kindle and can read the articles at my convenience. There is also a free converter that can take various formats and convert them into the native Amazon format; but those I can just read on my notebook.

WHOA...I made a mistake above. The .doc or .docx cannot be read directly. Here's exactly what I do:

Using Nuance's program, I convert a PDF file to the Word 2010 format, then CTRL+A, CTRL+C Then bring up a Notepad, CTRL+V to paste the text to the .TXT format and THEN I can send it to my Kindle via USB.

Using the same technique, I can copy HTML without having to send it to Amazon. It sounds complicated, but it just takes less than a minute to accomplish. Why bother doing it that way? That way, instead of having to schlep my laptop with me, even with my CLEAR portable dongle, I just take my Kindle with me while I wait in a doctor's office or a pharmacy, etc.

Hope that helps.

Posted on Jul 17, 2011 11:49:09 AM PDT
Joan Long says:
Here is Amazon's advertising list:

Content Formats Supported Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2011 12:38:44 PM PDT
Thanks, Joan. I've just copied your comment, put it into a TXT file and it is now on my Kindle.

Posted on Aug 9, 2014 8:08:00 AM PDT
Charles P. says:
If you use the free program "calibre" it pretty much does all the work you need done for most formats and devices. I use it for my original kindle and for my kindle fire and have yet to have any real issues

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2014 8:49:06 AM PDT
Miss Carol says:
You're responding to people who wrote these things at the very least 3 years ago and at the most (the OP) 7 years ago. I think they've probably all figured it out by now.

Posted on Aug 9, 2014 10:06:39 AM PDT
We have a winner, folks.
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Posted on Jul 5, 2015 11:41:18 AM PDT
My book is written in Microsoft Publisher, I do not have PDF capabilities. How can i upload my book to Kindle using .jpeg? Help me PLEASE? Do i save each individual .jpeg-file page into another file and upload from that file, or upload to kindle each .jpeg-file page at a time? (Which would be very time consuming)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2015 12:19:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 5, 2015 12:19:58 PM PDT
An application called Publisher must have the ability to save in some other format besides JPEG. Find out what it can save as. Hopefully, one of the formats will be more easily converted.

I just googled it, and it looks like you can save as HTML, which is perfect for conversion.

Yes, JPEGs have to be saved one at a time, unless you create a Word file or PDF and embed the images, then convert that.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2015 9:19:06 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 6, 2015 10:39:04 PM PDT
PS56k says:
ok... I'm confused....
clicking on your "profile" seems to indicate you have some history claiming to have several writing accomplishments in Film, TV, and a book - but nothing found on IMDB ?

However, your "book" jacket image - when scanning the ISBN is bogus -
and searching for the title, yields this eBay seller - with a ZERO rating -
again, with another bogus ISBN....compared to the book cover jacket.

SO - what's the deal ??
And if you are really an "author" - you would know all this format stuff...
and not be asking here how to transfer a "JPEG" book created with MS Publisher ???
or selling "their book" on eBay ???

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2015 12:38:39 PM PDT
Erich says:
From Jamie's Profile page here on Amazon (for when it is inevitably deleted):

Jamie Strong is a Carolina cable television Talk Show host, Film Maker, and Author.
Jamie's forte has been writing for as long as he can remember. He has written 13 feature films, a sitcom (all airing on television), and is currently writing his 2nd novel.

The simplest answer to PS56k's question is, "Jamie is lying."

It's possible that he/she/it is using a pen name. But really, how likely is that? NO professional author with that sort of portfolio would use MS Publisher to write a book. Short of using notepad, Publisher is arguably the worst application to write a book with. And even if one were that stupid, Publisher can export to PDF format in two ways; either with the "save as", or printing to a file. I use Publisher on a regular basis and export to PDFs all the time. Again, a professional writer would know this.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2015 12:41:07 PM PDT
T. Cook says:
"and is currently writing his 2nd novel."
"It's possible that he/she/it is using a pen name. But really, how likely is that? NO professional author with that sort of portfolio would use MS Publisher to write a book. "

I guess the question (if you want answers) is what program was the 1st novel written in, and why wasn't it used for the 2nd...

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2015 1:51:26 PM PDT
A. Dietz says:
You should be asking questions like this in the Kindle Direct Publishing Forum, not here.
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