The Kindle natively supports 5 text documents only: AZW, TXT, MOBI, and PRC. You can get other types of text files to the Kindle, but they have to be converted first to Kindle-recognized formats. Here are tips on how to get different documents to your Kindle.

1. Use the Kindle Personal Document Service

Amazon can convert the following file formats via email:

1. Microsoft Word (.DOC)
2. Rich Text Format (.RTF)

3. .HTML, .HTM
4. .JPEG, .JPG
5. .GIF
6. .PNG
7. .BMP

Your files can also be bundled and sent as .ZIP file. The conversion service will automatically unzip the files and individually convert them into a Kindle format, then sent them to your computer or Kindle device as specified.
You can get the documents converted for free or for a small delivery fee.

1. For free conversion – Send the document via email to your primary email address ( The documents will be sent back to your personal email address. You can then transfer the documents to your Kindle via USB. For the latest Kindle models, you can have the documents delivered to your Kindle via WiFi.
2. For paid conversion – Send the files (as email attachment) to The documents will be wirelessly delivered to your Kindle. Delivery fee is $.15 per MB in the US and $.99 per MB outside the US.

Third-party Conversion Software

The Kindle conversion service is a very convenient way of getting various documents to your Kindle device. However, the conversion service works only for the formats listed above. For other format types, you can use a third-party conversion service.

1. Calibre

One of the most popular conversion services is Calibre. It can convert the following file text documents to MOBI format:   CBZ, CBR, CBC, CHM, EPUB, FB2, HTML, LIT, LRF, ODT, PDF, PRC, PDB, PML, RB, RTF, TCR, TXT.

File conversion using Calibre can be done in two ways:

1. After installing the software, select the books in your library and click the “Convert eBooks button”.
2.  Plug the Kindle to your device. Select the books you want converted; click “Send to Device’. Calibre will automatically convert them to MOBI format, then send them to the Kindle.

2. Kindle Gen

KindleGen is a free conversion tool developed by Amazon. The software converts HTML and ePub files to MOBI format.

1. After you have downloaded the software, plug your Kindle to your computer.
2. Drag and drop your ePub files from your computer to your Kindle document folder; the software automatically converts the files.

3. Retro Reader

Retro Reader can convert any Google Book in ePub format into Kindle format to your Kindle or PC for free via your personal email addrees. Delivery to your Kindle (via your Kindle address) also has some fee; in this case, Amazon’s Whispernet delivery fee of $.15 per MB applies.

4. Mobipocket

If you want to convert PDF files to Mobi format, one convenient tool to use is the Mobipocket conversion software.

5. Tubby

This software can convert CHM files to HTML files.

6. ABC Amber Lit Converter

It can convert .LIT files to Kindle-recognized format.
There are other free conversion services on the web, but the 6 featured above are some of the best ones.

3 Responses to “How To Convert ePub Files And Other File Types To Kindle Format”
 J.M. says:
October 7, 2010 at 8:21 pm
This is only for non DRM files right?
 carlsonlen says:
October 9, 2010 at 9:13 pm
Aren’t non DRM books mostly pre 1923? Many public library books are DRM protected so I’m not sure how useful this is.
 Andrey says:
February 23, 2011 at 8:38 pm
Check another software for convert epub to kindle format (

Jack Smith

direct conversion to any format does not give 100% accuracy it needs some manual edits also, I have got my books converted from
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That is not a big issue now online tools are available to kind of formats as you want.


Found your site from another blog and wanted to see where I could find more info

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