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Old 07-13-2013, 11:57 PM   #1
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How to turn Word into Kindle Format 8?

I know I can upload a Word document to my Kindle email address, and get a mobi file on my Kindle device, but I found it's not in Kindle Format 8.
How can I control the output format?
My device is old Kindle Keyboard, I'm not sure if it's relative to the device, but it does support Kindle Format 8 after updated to version 3.4
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Old 07-14-2013, 12:41 PM   #2
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I know I can upload a Word document to my Kindle email address, and get a mobi file on my Kindle device, but I found it's not in Kindle Format 8.
How can I control the output format?
My device is old Kindle Keyboard, I'm not sure if it's relative to the device, but it does support Kindle Format 8 after updated to version 3.4
Thanks.
KindleGen will produce a KF8 file for you from an ePub. Atlantis Word Processor can take a word file and produce both an ePub and a KF8 file at the touch of a button if you have KindleGen installed as well.

It may be that Amazon has not updated their information on your device. At some point you can probably get a KF8 from them directly. You might want to contact them.

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I saw a kindleGen at softpedia for free download. Is that okay?
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Old 07-14-2013, 01:26 PM   #4
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It may be that Amazon has not updated their information on your device. At some point you can probably get a KF8 from them directly. You might want to contact them.

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This is what I exactly want to know, if I inform them, I 'll get a Kindle Format 8 file?
If this is possible, I needn't any other software or additional work.
I'm contacting Amazon, but still no response. And I found no any information can be searched on web.
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:16 PM   #5
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I saw a kindleGen at softpedia for free download. Is that okay?
Hi Alice,

Why don't you go to the official KindleGen page and download it from there (among other goodies)?
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:50 PM   #6
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I know I can upload a Word document to my Kindle email address, and get a mobi file on my Kindle device, but I found it's not in Kindle Format 8.
How can I control the output format?
Even Amazon recommends that at least you create a “clean” HTML from MS-Word and upload it to KDP. At least you will be able to check the HTML with your PC. This method may work if you have an eBook with very simple formatting.

IMHO, the best solution is to create your mobi/KF8 locally on your PC with a dedicated tool and test it with Kindle Previewer.

After evaluating all possible solutions to go from MS-Word to mobi/KF8 and/or epub I finally selected Jutoh Plus as the foundation of my set up. You have total control of the output format and the mobi/kf8 file generated is compliant wth KDP Guidelines. You can even generate automatically various ePubs according to the different platforms you want to upload your eBook to.
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Old 07-14-2013, 04:04 PM   #7
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I know I can upload a Word document to my Kindle email address, and get a mobi file on my Kindle device, but I found it's not in Kindle Format 8.
How can I control the output format?
My device is old Kindle Keyboard, I'm not sure if it's relative to the device, but it does support Kindle Format 8 after updated to version 3.4
Thanks.
The old mail service returns only a Mobi 7 version, and for that reason is not much used any longer except by those producing very basic books. It actually didn't serve much purpose anyhow, because you could get the same result by uploading to the KDP, then downloading the converted book file (Step 6).

Early models of the K3 can't show KF8; later versions (including the one I own) can.

I have found that the easy way to get good html from Word is to run the Word doc through word2cleanhtml.com online. There is also a Toxaris utility you can download for the newer versions of Word (mine alas is 2000).
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Why do you care what format the output is in?
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Why do you care what format the output is in?
Well, I suspect the OP wants to see what his or her book will look like on a Fire tablet or Paperwhite or other more recent Kindle device or app. Unfortunately, the mail-to service returns only a Mobi 7 format such as used by the early model Kindles, up to the original K3 Keyboard device.
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