Amazon Kindle e-readers now convert EPUB to Kindle format

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As a potential blow to all the apps and websites that have popped up alongside the Amazon Kindle to streamline the process of converting EPUB e-book files to the e-reader’s proprietary file format, from “end of 2022” the Kindle Personal Documents Service will do this finally supports EPUB filesto expand where users can source their content.

The Amazon Kindle’s original AZW e-book file format was based on the MOBI format developed for an e-reader app called Mobipocket, which was first released in 2000 for a variety of PDAs and legacy mobile devices. Over the years it has evolved into the KF8/AZW3 format and now the KFX format, all of which are proprietary to the Kindle. For those who rely solely on Kindle e-readers and apps and only buy e-books from Amazon, a proprietary file format is not a problem, especially when Amazon offers one of the largest selections of e-books available today and a streamlined way to get these files on his devices.

But there are countless e-readers on the market that offer better features than the Kindle. including colored E Ink screens, and all instead support (among other things) the EPUB e-book file format, which is the most popular format in the world. It’s also a format Amazon has so far declined to support. This has usually meant that someone looking to buy an e-book reader has had to either commit themselves entirely to the Amazon Kindle ecosystem, or choose one of the many alternatives and stick to their choice, since e-book files they purchased or downloaded were not wrong -compatible.

This is still mostly the case, but according to a recently updated help page on the Amazon website A workaround will soon be available for the Kindle Personal Documents Service, which streamlines the process of sending files and documents to Kindle e-readers. Beginning in late 2022, users can either email EPUB files to their device or use one of the Send to Kindle apps to download EPUB ebooks to their Amazon e-readers. The Kindle still can’t load EPUB files natively, so plugging the e-reader into a computer and copying EPUB files manually is still not an option, but the Send to Kindle service converts EPUBs to Kindle-friendly KF8 /AZW3 files. It’s not a perfect solution, but it’s still a welcome place to stay for users who are sitting on a mountain of EPUB files and want to settle for a Kindle device.

The help page also notes that Amazon plans to drop support for sending legacy MOBI files through the Send to Kindle service as well. “Starting in late 2022, you will no longer be able to send MOBI (.AZW, .MOBI) files to your library using Send to Kindle,” the page reads. “This change will not affect MOBI files already in your Kindle library. MOBI is an older file format and doesn’t support the latest Kindle features for documents.” Why Amazon doesn’t just upconvert older MOBI files to KF8/AZW3s is unknown, but for those who refuse, an old collection of e-book -Letting go of files, there is always one free apps like caliber to convert between any desired e-book format.

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