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Does Kindle Paperwhite support EPUB?


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Initial post: Dec 21, 2013 11:46:12 PM PST
Fursuit Yiff says:
Are the kindle paperwhites able to take .epub and .pdf format epubs?

Posted on Dec 21, 2013 11:52:16 PM PST
Retired EE says:
pdf yes but not Epub.

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 12:58:51 AM PST
jp7395 says:
You can use Calibre, which is a program that can convert a crapload of different formats (like .epub and .pdf) into .mobi, which is ideal for Kindle.

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 7:32:44 AM PST
Note: Calibre will not convert books with DRM.

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 7:43:04 AM PST
M42 says:
If you haven't purchased an ereader yet you may want to consider getting a Fire. With the Fire you can install reading apps that will allow you to read epub books. The Overdrive app will let you read epub books checked out of the library. You can also install the Nook app or Kobo app to read epub books from those stores. And you can install third party reading apps like Moon reader and Aikido.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2013 7:45:36 AM PST
TuxGirl says:
Just note that the fire is a tablet, not an ereader, so it won't have some features of ereaders, like the wonderful paper like screen.

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 8:04:17 AM PST
If you want to read epub, get a Nook, Sony, Kobo, iPad. They all work great

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 8:54:27 AM PST
lonbeehold says:
I much prefer the Kindle format and Kindle e-readers for reading (I have three Kindle e-readers and use the Kindle apps for ioS) but I have found that some books from my local library are only offered in e-pub. The gap is shrinking but it's still there. For those books, which are by and large DRM protected, I bought a Nook Simple Touch on sale. I can read those e-pub books on my iPad, too, but like the e-reader experience much better.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2013 8:58:59 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
At least not without a little help....

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 1:07:27 PM PST
Jay says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2013 1:15:19 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 22, 2013 1:20:17 PM PST
lonbeehold says:
VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health . . . for Good and Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation are two books that my local library currently has available in epub only. They are available in Kindle, but not yet in that format at my library. I want to read both but don't need to buy them, so for those, I'll borrow and read in epub.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2013 1:23:12 PM PST
M42 says:
You can read epub books from the library on a Kindle Fire by downloading the Overdrive app. Once installed enter your library credentials and from that app you'll be able to directly access your local library and check out books in epub format and read them in the app. The app also has a feature that permits you to turn on page turn animations provided the book you're reading supports it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2013 1:26:52 PM PST
lonbeehold says:
Yes, I do that on my iPad. But as I stated above, I prefer to read on a dedicated e-reader, hence my purchase of a Nook.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2013 1:29:23 PM PST
How about...every single digital library book in Australia, Erin?

Overdrive doesn't yet support azw format in Australia (or, indeed,in any country other than the US).

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 8:40:38 PM PST
Jay says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2013 11:06:30 PM PST
Erin, if that's a reply to me, I'm well aware of the copyright laws, but that's not really the point. The point is that books which **are available in Australian libraries** in epub format are NOT available in kindle format. No Australian libraries yet offer books in kindle format.

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 5:58:31 AM PST
R. Myhr says:
I personally use Kobo readers, usually the equivalent of the Paperwhite. I like being able to use the device like paper, using only available light. I do sometimes find that books I want are only available on Amazon in Kindle format, and use Calibre to convert to epub. Of course DRM is a problem.

The Amazon hardware is great, but I do find their proprietary approach to formats very irritating and it's why I won't buy a Kindle - and there is no need to with excellent devices like the Kobo, widely used around the world.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2014 12:44:28 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 15, 2014 12:45:53 PM PST
John Fuller says:
There are plugins for Calibre that have DRM removal functionality. I've not had to use them myself, so I can't vouch for their quality.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2014 12:52:24 PM PST
King Al says:
But note that (at least in the United States), stripping DRM is illegal, even for personal use.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2014 1:06:56 PM PST
<sigh> Not necessarily, it isn't. There are a whole host of exemptions, including one for in the event of likely obsolescence and one for print-impaired people.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2014 7:16:50 PM PST
Tyler Fitch says:
This is not entirely true. Just takes more work finding some plugins.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2014 7:53:43 PM PST
Dorsie says:
There are exceptions to that rule and a Library of Congress decision in October of 2012 made them broader.

http://www.the-digital-reader.com/2012/10/25/u-s-copyright-office-publishes-final-rules-with-dmca-exemptions/#.Uv2Sj569KSM

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2014 7:56:57 PM PST
King Al says:
Yes, I am aware of exemptions, but they don't apply in most peoples' cases.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2014 3:03:18 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 16, 2014 3:09:21 AM PST
Dorsie says:
The group I am thinking about are the increasing number of us who have the presbyopia that is nearly universal in those above 45-50 years of age.

It advances at a rapid pace and is dependent on a good selection of larger font sizes. Virtually all of Amazon's updates to e-ink screens in the past two years have consistently lowered that selection.

My Paperwhite 2 was perfect when I bought it in early January and the very next update in early February did not include the font and line spacing that was best for me. Especially making the smallest line spacing bigger than it had been meant I had to not only choose the next higher font size but now got only 13 lines per page with it, instead of the previous 17. That's a lot of page turning with arthritic hands. The several non-DRM books that I converted to mobi went back to the old font size distribution and line spacing, so I get the font that was juuust right and 18 lines per page.

I'm not a lawyer but this copy of the decision seems to give me the right to alter the book's format just because it is the version I own, whether any better versions are avilable or not. At least it was interpreted that way by the analysts.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2012-26308.pdf

ETA: I tried to prevent the update that messed up my perfect Paperwhite, but it snuck in with a sync. We should be able to turn updates off, at our own risk.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2014 3:21:15 AM PST
That depends on whether you think there's a possibility that azw format could become obsolete in the next few years. And honestly, who can't anticipate a particular electronics obsolescence that far ahead? :-)
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