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How to read EPUB books with a Kindle

Amazon’s Kindle line of devices are some of the most popular E Ink gadgets for reading eBooks, and for good reason. They’re relatively inexpensive, have good displays, offer long battery life, and make reading books from Amazon’s Kindle store super easy.

But what about books you didn’t buy from Amazon? Kindles can support books that use Amazon’s own MOBI or AZW file formats, as well as TXT, HTML, RTF, DOCX, and PDF files. But they don’t support EPUB out of the box, which is annoying since that’s the format most other eBook stores use.

The good news is that it’s surprisingly easy to convert a DRM-free EPUB file into something that you can read on a Kindle. All you need to do is change the file extension and then email it to your Kindle account. (Yes, I realize that technically this means you aren’t reading an EPUB on a Kindle, but if you’ve got an EPUB that you want to read on a Kindle, this is how you do it).

The easy way

First, let’s assume you’ve got a DRM-free book. Here are the steps for reading it on a Kindle:

  1. Navigate to the eBook in a file browser on your computer.
  2. Change the file extension from .epub to .png
  3. Email it your Kindle email address.

The harder (but more versatile) way

The method listed above is the easiest way to send an EPUB to your Kindle. But if you’re looking for another method… and one that also gives you a ton of other options for managing your eBook collection, Calibre is your friend.

This free program is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux and it provides a way to organize your eBook library, update cover art, sync books with your device, and much, much more.


Over to you

So, try it, and let me know how it works in the comments below!

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