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Old 01-31-2010, 06:53 AM   #1
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Converting Files For Kindle

Have been researching which reader to buy and it looks like a Kindle is my best option as there is not much available in Australia that is comparative and competitive in price.

Just wondering if some experienced Kindle users could clarify my understanding of converting files to read on a Kindle.

I have quite a few books I have downloaded from Gutenburg and the like and a number of documents I have created myself. They are mostly in .DOC, .HTML, .PDF & .TXT format and as I understand it I need to convert them to either .AZW, .TXT, .MOBI or .PRC format to read on the Kindle.

I assume I have to send them to AMAZON to convert to .AZW and that I can convert to .TXT, .MOBI & .PRC myself using Calibre then load them on the Kindle direct from my PC via USB connection.

Am I on the right track?

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Old 01-31-2010, 07:57 AM   #2
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The AZW and MOBI formats are identical. So you can either email to Amazon or use Calibre for conversion. For Calibre, convert your .DOC to .RTF (or HTML if it contains images) first.

The Kindle now supports PDFs directly, but unless they are formatted for a Kindle 2's screen you are generally better off converting them to MOBI/AZW.
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Old 01-31-2010, 02:58 PM   #3
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Most of the Gutenberg books are available on the other public domain sites (like Mobileread, Feedbooks, and manybooks.net) already formatted for Kindle. Often, they are better formatted. I don't know, though, if there are any geographic restrictions.

Mobipocket Creator, Publisher edition will convert most basic formats, and Calibre will convert a few others. Both are free downloads.
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Old 01-31-2010, 03:47 PM   #4
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Calibre is great, except for the PDF. I use Mobipocket Creator for that. I guess I'm just paranoid - I don't want Amazon knowing I buy books elsewhere, so I convert them myself. The few I sent to Amazon in the beginning for conversion weren't converted as the ones I did myself, anyway.

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Old 01-31-2010, 07:36 PM   #5
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Thanks everyone for the advice. Now all I need to do is get my Kindle.

While I'm waiting for it I'll start converting some files so I'm ready to go when the Kindle arrives.

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If you follow any rss feeds, Calibre does a great job of assembling them into an e-book for you. It allows me to read my hometown newspaper while traveling internationally, for example. A great program with a very responsive developer.
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Calibre is great at converting, but I've sent a bunch of PDF's and RTF's to Amazon and they've come back perfectly.
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Thanks everyone for the advice. Now all I need to do is get my Kindle.

While I'm waiting for it I'll start converting some files so I'm ready to go when the Kindle arrives.

Regards
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I ordered my Kindle on a Tuesday and received it the next Monday... They're very quick... When you order something here in Australia it takes 5 days just to process the order...

It's a great unit... So easy to read on even in dim light - my light in the loungeroom is shocking, and I couldn't read my Hanvon, but I can read my Kindle.
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If you follow any rss feeds, Calibre does a great job of assembling them into an e-book for you. It allows me to read my hometown newspaper while traveling internationally, for example. A great program with a very responsive developer.
Do you pay for the downloads?
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Do you pay for the downloads?
Nope, calibre is free, and moving the downloaded feeds to your Kindle is free (well, assuming you use the USB cable to do so). If you absolutely must have them delivered via Whispernet, you can set calibre up to do so, but you'll pay the standard personal document delivery charge. Simpler just to plug it in, in most cases.
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Nope, calibre is free, and moving the downloaded feeds to your Kindle is free (well, assuming you use the USB cable to do so). If you absolutely must have them delivered via Whispernet, you can set calibre up to do so, but you'll pay the standard personal document delivery charge. Simpler just to plug it in, in most cases.
Thank you! I've only had my kindle a few days, so I have lots to learn.
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