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Do PDF's work on the Kindle Fire?

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Initial post: Nov 3, 2011 5:38:50 PM PDT
So, I am a student and all of my books are downloaded into PDF formats.

Can I download PDF's onto the Kindle Fire?

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 5:44:24 PM PDT
J. Harnden says:
I copied this directly from the Product Description for the fire
"Kindle makes it easy to take your documents with you. You can e-mail documents - including Word, PDF and more - directly to your Kindle so you that you can read them anytime, anywhere."

Honestly, the product description page holds a wealth of info about the fire and what it can do :)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2011 5:44:39 PM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
Heather, yes. It's possible, of course, that there would be security in the PDF that would prevent it, but outside of that, it should be fine.

You can read that and more information on the

Kindle Fire product page

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 5:46:04 PM PDT
CLB77 says:
And this helpful list is from just a little further down the same page J. Harnden used:

Content Formats Supported: Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 8:46:52 PM PST
I just bought a Kindle Fire and installed Adobe pdf reader since dropping my PDF's onto the Fire, they aren't readable in the Docs section, some have DRM but I can read most with Adobe reader. However, when I move some over to the Fire from my macbookpro, sometimes 4kb duplicates of the pdf show up that are unreadable naturally. I tried deleting the original readable version of the pdf's but the duplicates remain on the list of pdf's in the app. I would like to know why this is happening and how to get rid of the duplicates.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2011 11:00:10 AM PST
JPink says:
Thanks for the infor Michael. Do you generally find that the quality of reading PDFs user experience is bad, acceptable, good, great? e.g. legible, easy to zoom in and out, landscape mode works, etc.? I want to read scientific academic papes using an ereader and I hav found that the normal kindle is between bad and acceptable as a pdf reader. Thanks!

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 2:22:16 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2011 7:34:47 PM PST
HappilyOdd says:
This happened to me too. I moved mine over from an iMac using the micro USB that came with the Fire. The pdf file that I was reading was just a plain Print to PDF file format. The readable file is fine. You can pinch open to zoom, but the text is not adjustable like the Books or a free book in .mobi file format.

Posted on Nov 20, 2011 5:23:38 PM PST
I am in the same boat too. All my reading is limited to pdf's , if someone could share their experiences with pdf reading on fire , it would be a great help.

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 1:19:18 PM PST
B. Grebowiec says:
The reading experience for PDFs on Kindle Fire is hit or miss. The default PDF reader is OK in landscape mode. The font-size is readable, but the physical line length seems too long and vertical scrolling is doubled. Some PDFs come with larger font-size so they are somewhat readable in portrait, but most have fonts that are way too small for comfortable reading. I've tried several of the available PDF reader apps and they all have some limitations. Some have bad doesn't persist from page to page or align the PDF correctly. Also, the vertical scroll is not locked in when zoomed in so if your finger slips sideways, your whole page moves. Best PDF reader so far is the Documents To Go. It has the option to word wrap or re-flow the PDF text. Another option worth considering is converting PDF to MOBI using Calibre or Stanza. This too isn't bulletproof. Tables of contents look ugly and some conversions mess up the characters. Stanza also has conversion to AZW. There's also conversion through emailing the PDF to your email address. This seems to work best, but is the slowest. In general, there is no single method of getting your PDFs to work well. It's very much a trial and error exercise. It's time consuming and just very annoying. Adobe needs to update the PDF format to have a word wrap or re-flow option.

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 7:41:57 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 26, 2011 8:08:36 PM PST
A. Mcgrady says:
Update: I was wrong kindle fire dosnt support epub. I will look into this issue as I too also need to read pdfs on a kindle fire. By the way how do you all like your kindle fire I dont have one yet but I am doing research on them.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2011 7:43:44 PM PST
I didn't know you could do all this. This is very helpful. I'm glad I found your post. (I could have read the Product Description too, duh.)

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 7:51:38 PM PST
Expelliarmus says:
You can send your PDF files to your Kindle email address and put "convert" as the subject. Then all the PDF files will be converted to Kindle content. The formatting works much better this way instead of doing a USB transfer. In the past, when I did USB transfers for PDF files the font was too small to read and I was unable to enlarge the font size.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2011 7:58:30 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 26, 2011 7:59:01 PM PST
A. Mcgrady,
No one has to pay Amazon to convert a pdf. It just does it if you put "Convert" in the subject line when sending a PDF, via email, to your Kindle device.

It doesn't cost a thing and it's generally reflowed about as well as an ePub file would be when converted, meaning, they both significantly change the original idea of exact layout of a print page, and the resulting conversion is hit or miss, depending on the complexity of the original document.

- Andrys

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 8:03:55 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2011 9:54:13 AM PST
You may wish to give Qiqqa a whirl. It is a free PDF manager with the ability to sync and read your PDFs on your Android devices, including Kindle Fire.


In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2011 8:41:25 AM PST
Ifiok Moses says:
Thanks for a very useful review. My main concern has been reading PDF documents and has delayed my jumping on to the tablet bandwagon. I really need a handheld device to read my technical documents with as sitting for long hours on a laptop is becoming impractical, but reading them on tablets has been very discouraging. Amazon did a lot to convince me on the Kindle 3 and I have found it just barely acceptable. Do you know if the ipad2 does better in this regard.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011 5:32:58 AM PST
Jeffrey Gill says:
I'm especially interested in someone else's take on Michael's question, because in experimenting with various ways to upload pdf pre-1920 books, which are my main interest, I've had some convert well, some convert unreadably, some I downloaded again from on the Fire which worked well, and others that showed up with page scramble. But I can't find any way to delete pdf files (when they don't show up on "Docs" in the carousel), and now the Adobe Reader app keeps saying "Out of Memory" even though my device memory shows 5/6th unused. How do I delete a bad pdf upload experience?

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 10:40:32 AM PST
In the link below a review of the Kindle Fire PDF Feature.

I bought a Kindle Touch for this matter and I am absolutely disappointed. I am returning mine and upgrading to... something else. Not sure yet if the new Nook or the Fire.

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 5:44:29 PM PST
Has anyone discovered how to make embedded url links in a PDF file function when the file is opened as a document in Kindle Fire?

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 7:02:09 AM PST
I keep reading that the method to put a PDF on your KFire is to email it to your KFire. My PDFs are all textbooks and are too large to email. Is there another method to upload PDFs to the Fire?

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 7:07:28 AM PST
I sideloading one for a text book. The reading of pdf's isn't as full featured as a kindle e-book, but it does work.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2011 8:58:00 AM PST
If the PDF is too big to email; can you just drag it on the kindle from a PC?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2011 1:29:31 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 14, 2011 3:17:15 PM PST
J. Sampson says:
With a KF: I am trying to click on a link that is a Pdf. It looks like is id downloading, but then it fails. Any ideas?
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