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Initial post: Oct 25, 2008 11:09:56 AM PDT
Just wondering if anyone knows if other types of documents can be uploaded to read. I would like to use this for college reading instead of carrying books everywhere and were able to download books to computers.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2008 9:27:12 PM PDT
You must convert these documents before adding them to the Kindle.
It's easy and it's free. You email the document/s to an email address and they will email it back in the correct format. Then you upload it to your Kindle via the USB cable.

They can send it wirelessly to your Kindle, but they do charge $0.10 for that option, which is nice but not necessary.

I did this for some college course reading material myself. It was very helpful!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2008 10:33:16 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 25, 2008 10:34:06 PM PDT
Patrizia says:
with all due respect to Jessica that is not totally the case, you do NOT have to convert them, this is done for you. In you manage kindle account you put in email addresses that you will send from (this keeps you from spam) you simply send yourself the file in a .doc of .pdf format. then it will be emailed to your kindle address (which is your logon name and , also my documents were delivered whispernet through my email I did NOT ever once have to use a USB connection to my computer.

I do some work for a publishing company and read my manuscripts this way all the time

its as simple as sending yourself email. As far as the .10 for that option, they say they will charge that but I have yet to be charged and I think I have probably sent myself 50 documents by now... I guess its more cost to do process the 10 cents, but as far as I know no one has been charged for this service.

Posted on May 4, 2012 10:40:37 AM PDT
can someone tell me how to download books from the archives?

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012 7:00:34 AM PDT
Go to Manage your Kindle Barbara. On your list of books there will a little down pointing arrow, when you hover over it a drop down will pop out. Select download and transfer. You'll need to connect the Kindle of course and open the folder. Then you open the Downloads folder on the PC. Then it's a simple copy and paste into your Kindle.

Have to do this all of the time myself as there's very little unsecured Wi-Fi in the area of the city I live in.

Posted on May 17, 2012 7:50:11 PM PDT
Stephanie says:
yes, i have downloaded the program called "win2pdf" and it will convert all sorts of files over to pdf and then you can put them on your kindle, its so easy to do, literally takes seconds to do, and also it is free. just type in "win2pdf" in google and you should find the download.

Posted on May 17, 2012 10:37:16 PM PDT
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Simply El says:
Kindle reads both doc and pdf formats. And you don't need to convert anything, thus u don't need programs to do it either. You can simply send to you kindle account e-mail (as mentioned above) or just through usb connection from your computer

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012 11:01:17 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 17, 2012 11:01:49 PM PDT
Chrissy says:
You should go to the manage your kindle, then personal documents. The charge which J. Kennedy stated is for the 3G not for the wireless (the wireless is free). If it is sent either from the email option or the send to kindle (available for both PC and Mac)(I use this) It could be stored in cloud and holds all of the notes you put in (I believe I am not 100% sure), but it could be re-downloaded.

I believe it will convert everything except epub

Posted on May 18, 2012 6:04:07 PM PDT
Thank you for posting this. I will send this over to a friend of mine whose son is going away to college. I don't know if her son has a kindle or if he will get one or use the app, but I think this will help him out a lot.

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2012 5:55:23 PM PDT
If you want to convert epub (I can understand why Amazon wouldn't want to work with a competitor's product) or any other format, Calibre is a free download, also lets you organize and build libraries, as well as a physical backup on your storage media of choice. As for the PDF, yes, kindle reads it, but I've had some experiences where parts were garbled mush when reading. Convert to .mobi (non-DRM'd kindle format, the DRM of most downloads from here is .azw) and the mush goes away. Again, my personal experience, YMMV.

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2012 7:20:53 PM PDT
bert schulz says:
i have a friend whose husband found some software on the web that converts other types of documents to a format you can read on the kindle. you might try a web search on open source software or free apps. not sure if it was free though

Posted on May 20, 2012 7:23:12 PM PDT
Sorry, this isn't exactly what was requested, but it's not been mentioned anywhere I've read. Has anyone ever successfully converted Microsoft Reader ebooks to Kindle. I have several of those from years ago and hope it's possible.

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2012 7:26:36 PM PDT
I believe I recall converting MR to .mobi, Calibre is a free download (open-source software, no adware or gimmicks) at I use it often not just for conversion, but backup and library building.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 1:11:04 AM PDT
Thank you. I'll take a look at it.

Posted on May 21, 2012 1:22:45 AM PDT
FWIW: I simply send my PDF file to my Kindle email addy, with only the word "convert" in the subject line. That's what the instructions told me to do and that's always worked for me; I get my stuff and it fits right in with the Kindle formatting.

Didn't know you could do Word, though.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 4:34:17 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 21, 2012 4:35:32 PM PDT
K. Cafaro says:
Download Mobipocket Creator to your PC or Mac to convert PDF and Word Documents to a Kindle compatible format.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 5:58:58 PM PDT
Nicole says:
I do this all the time for research reports I want to read on the airplane. You email your document (give it a name you will recognize) as an attachment to: (your kindle account name) In the Subject: you put "convert". They will send it back to you shortly with a link in their email. You do not need to go through the link. You can just right-click on the document, now with an ---.azw extension and "Save As" into your Kindle/documents file (your Kindle has to be connected to your computer, via USB cable). Once it is in your Kindle unplug it from the computer, and you are on your way!

You can learn more about transferring personal documents to your Kindle in their help pages:

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 6:00:48 PM PDT
My Kindle Fire absolutely supports pdf and Word. Check the users manual for details. but the easiest thing to do is email them to yourself.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2012 1:06:32 AM PDT
you can just go to you archives on your Kindle and select the book you want to download and it will automatically download, just sync you kindle. No computer needed. Also, you may go to Amazon on manage you kindle, choose the device and it wil download and you'll recieve a message that it was successful.

Posted on May 25, 2012 7:05:43 AM PDT
Speaking as a published author on the conversion software Calibre does work rather well. The thing is, if there is any (DRM) Digital Rights Management enabled on the e-book you're wanting to convert you can't convert it to any other format.

It might be possible on those Microsoft e-books to convert, I don't remember if there was any DRM on them. I thought it was e-pub for the formatting.

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2012 2:24:33 PM PDT
gykinga says:
I often download stuff from the Internet in a Word doc, then save it as PDF and put on my Kindle. I make the letters 22 big, Times New Roman, so it is readeable easily. Also the bottom margin needs to be raised up to 20 on the sidebar so that lines are not cut off.

Posted on May 31, 2012 8:10:19 AM PDT
Keva says:
I just simply forward any pdf docs to the kindle email i have and then I go to 'docs' ( i have the fire ) and its just there...

Posted on Jun 1, 2012 9:29:38 AM PDT
The newer Kindles (not my old original Kindle 1) do officially support PDF's, meaning you can just copy a PDF directly to your Kindle and it will open it.

BUT unfortunately it seems that the native PDF reader (tried this on Kindle Fire, also on Kindle 4 "Basic" eInk) while it can open a PDF now, does not understand the active links in the Table of Contents of a PDF, so all you can do is scroll, you can't jump & follow TOC links, which may be OK for short PDF documents but is inconvenient for book-length PDF's.

So you may be better off just "converting" your PDF to a native format before transferring to your Kindl, by one of the various standard methods (Calibre, Amazon, etc.) and hopefully that will preserve the active Table of Contents links in the final format, whether the final output file has extension AZW, MOBI, PRC etc.

Posted on Jun 7, 2014 4:49:32 AM PDT
Carol T. says:
What to do when it states that I need an Adobe Reader?

Posted on Jun 7, 2014 4:52:29 AM PDT
Carol T. says:
Sorry, I didn't give enough information. I have a Kindle Fire HD. What to do when it states that I need an Adobe Reader?
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