Amazon Kindle e-readers will now convert EPUB to Kindle format

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In a potential swipe at all the apps and websites that have sprung up alongside Amazon’s Kindle to streamline the process of converting EPUB ebook files to the e-reader’s proprietary file format, from “end of 2022”, Kindle personal document service finally supports EPUB filesexpanding the sources from where users can find their content.

The original Amazon Kindle AZW ebook file format was based on the MOBI format created for an electronic reading application called Mobipocket, which was first released in 2000 for a wide variety of older PDAs and mobile devices. . Over the years it 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 ebooks from Amazon, a proprietary file format isn’t a problem, especially when Amazon has one of the largest selections of currently available ebooks, and a simplified way to get the files to their devices.

But there are countless e-readers available in the market which provide better features than Kindle, including E Ink color displays, and all of them support the EPUB ebook file format (among others), which is the most popular format in the world. It’s also a format that Amazon, to date, has refused to support. This usually meant that someone looking to buy an ebook reader had to either fully commit to the Amazon Kindle ecosystem or pick one of the many alternatives and stick with it, because the files from ebook he had purchased or downloaded were not crossed. -compatible.

This is still mostly the case, but according to one Recently updated help page on Amazon website for its Kindle Personal Documents service, which streamlines the process of sending files and documents to Kindle e-readers, there will soon be a workaround. Starting in late 2022, users will be able to either email EPUB files to their device or use one of the Send to Kindle apps to get EPUB ebooks to their Amazon eReaders. The Kindle still cannot natively load EPUB files, so connecting the eReader to a computer and manually copying EPUB files is still not an option, but the Send to Kindle service will convert EPUBs to Kindle compatible KF8/AZW3 files. It’s not a perfect solution, but it’s still a welcome accommodation for users sitting on a mountain of EPUB files who want to opt for a Kindle device.

The help page also indicates that Amazon also plans to drop support for sending older MOBI files through the Send to Kindle service. “Beginning in late 2022, you will no longer be able to send MOBI files (.AZW, .MOBI) to your library using Send to Kindle,” the page reads. “This change will not affect any MOBI files already in your Kindle library. MOBI is an older file format and does not support the latest Kindle features for documents. It’s unclear why Amazon doesn’t just convert older MOBI files in KF8/AZW3, but for those who refuse to get rid of an old collection of e-book files, there is always free apps like Caliber to convert between any eBook format you want.

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